Grit, gore, and anguish! These are the highlights of every medieval combat game we've come to know about. Behemoth is no different. Making its trailer debut at The Game Awards 2022, Skydance Interactive worked up gamers' appetites with an insight into what we should expect. Frankly, nothing beats the exciting escapades of traversing war-torn landscapes, maneuvering through the ruin with the chance of death lurking in every corner. It really gets your adrenaline going.
Well, this sounds even better in VR. And with Skydance Interactive on board, I'm confident we're all in for an epic and immersive adventure. If you've played The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners before, you could have a clue of what's in store with Behemoth VR. We've ransacked websites and social feeds to get an exclusive write-up on what Behemoth is about and whether it's worth the hype. If the game is on your wish list, here are a few things you should know before you burn a hole in your pocket.
What is Behemoth?
Behemoth is an upcoming VR adventure by studio and publisher Skydance Interactive. From the website, Skydance describes Behemoth as a “story-heavy VR action RPG and survival game.” Also, the studio is behind some of the more intense, seasoned adventure VR games, such as The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners and Archangel: Hellfire, which are both debuting.
The studio's creative director confirmed that the upcoming title would be better than previous releases. He stated, “From Archangel to The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners, we've learned a lot over the years about the unique challenges and strengths of VR.” He further states that the game will give enthusiasts of the genre a “deep, all-encompassing experience.”
In Behemoth, players traverse a wasteland that was once a distinguished empire. In the story-driven game, the inhabitants are short on sanity, and the cities have collapsed. With peril lurking, you play as a diseased wanderer lost in the derelict state of the Forsaken Lands. Well, it's no surprise that the frigid state of the land also holds unfathomable dangers you should be wary of. Not to forget the hazards present in the environment, which culminate in an unforgiving journey that not only tests your strength but your mind too.
Your main objective is to scale the city and locate the cure for the cruel disease that is crippling it and making its inhabitants mad as a hatter. Moreover, there's plenty of scaling to do. Players will have to tower mountain-like features known as Behemoths. If you fail to anchor yourself properly, you'll fall into the abyss. It's still unclear if your character will respawn at the same spot since the trailer only showcases the dramatic fall.
“But when the end comes for you, DO.NOT.YIELD.” The narrator in Behemoth's trailer hints at the challenging gameplay we should brace ourselves for. However, since it is a cinematic trailer, the footage does not represent the actual gameplay. Albeit that, we could expect basic interactions once the game releases with similar combat mechanics to The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners.
The intense action RPG game tests your survival skills by incorporating virtual reality physics. The game implies that strength isn't enough to get you through; you must also put your thinking hat on, maybe over your helmet. You can make the environment your ally and use it to overcome your foes. Equipped with a grappling hook, you can use it to scale the magnanimous behemoths or overpower your foes by grappling them, giving you an attack advantage.
Moreover, the game also features melee combat that goes above and beyond what we are used to. It would help if you thought before striking your enemy. In this case, targeting your foe's weak point is better than aimlessly striking their armor. Behemoth places you in the middle of combat with a reimagination of how crusaders have to battle it out for survival. Although it's a game, Behemoth reminds you that your energy is vital. You can't slash enemies all day and expect to tower the snow-filled colossal giants. In such cases, you can stealthily escape your enemies to conserve your energy since everything in the frigid world comes with a price.
Also, the game allows players to craft their weapons using items in the environment. As mentioned, your strength will not suffice to defeat the gigantic, ghastly monstrosities. You must channel your inner crafting skills to create weapons that complement your strength and appeal to your opponent's weaknesses.
Skysance Interactive announced the game's development during Meta's annual Connect conference. The creative director revealed that the game is a culmination of a decade's work. Moreover, the studio and publisher has showcased a successful streak with its previous VR games with the Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners, gaining nominations for PC Game of the year at the Golden Joystick Awards and the Best VR/AR game at The Game Awards.
Skydance Interactive showcased the game's first trailer at Connect back in October. Although the short trailer didn't spill all the beans we needed, it hinted at the game's environment and survival theme. Behemoths' second trailer made its debut at The Game Awards 2022. The 1-minute 44-second trailer captures the intense tactical VR combat and the monolithic monsters that stand in the player's way. Aside from hinting at the unforgiving journey players should expect, the trailer also briefly showcases the player navigating through a cave and the final boss, an ultimate Brobdingnagian beast.
Behemoth Release Date, Platforms, Editions
Although we don't have an exact date for the game's release, speculation is that it will launch in late 2023. As a VR game, Behemoth will be available on Meta Quest 2, Oculus Rift S, PS VR 2, and PC.
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