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Clair Obscur: Expedition 33 - Everything We Know

So, a Paintress somewhere in a distant land paints a number every year, and everyone who is that many years old dies. Year in and year out, the Paintress paints numbers trickling downward. There are only so many people willing to wait for the day the Paintress paints their age. So, the only choice seems to be to embark on a dangerous expedition and meet death where it stands. 

Clair Obscur: Expedition 33’s story is beyond riveting. Its gameplay, too, as seen from the trailer, leaves nothing to chance. But how long will you have to wait to get your hands on the game? Well, let’s uncover everything we know so far about Clair Obscur: Expedition 33 down below.

What is Clair Obscur: Expedition 33?

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Clair Obscur: Expedition 33, or simply Expedition 33, is an upcoming reactive turn-based RPG game. It plans to use Unreal Engine 5 to craft high-quality visuals and gameplay. Further, Clair Obscur: Expedition 33 will draw inspiration from the stunning art and culture of France’s Belle Époque. 

Story

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Every year, a Paintress paints death. She paints a number that represents an age, and everyone in the city of Lumière, the last city of humanity, who fits the age turns to smoke and fades away. Year in and year out, the number ticks down, and more people die. Soon, the Paintress will get to the number 33. Everyone of that age will die. As a result, the members of “Expedition 33” arise, setting forth on a dangerous quest to destroy the Paintress. With only one year left to live, they swear to kill the Paintress, so she can never paint death again.

Clair Obscur: Expedition 33 will craft a wondrous world packed with all sorts of dangers. The members of Expedition 33 embark on an impossible quest, where they’ll encounter formidable enemies and bosses. You’ll need to engage in turn-based combat and real-time mechanics to defeat them all. But while the combat will be brutal, the world remains as stunning as ever, with fabled creatures, fantasy environments, and expansiveness stretching far out than the eye can see.

Gustave, Maelle, and their fellow Expeditioners lead the charge to destroy the Paintress. They’re only a year away from death. So, they make sure to investigate the trail of previous Expeditioners and learn from their mistakes. In all the trials they face, you’ll learn more about each character and find ways for them to work together. You’ll unravel deeply personal stories while uncovering the mysteries of the Paintress who has survived all other Expeditioners. Will Expedition 33 be any different? 

Gameplay

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Clair Obscur: Expedition 33 will incorporate turn-based RPG and real-time mechanics into its gameplay. With a party of six characters, you’ll pick teams wisely and upgrade your favorite characters as you progress. You’ll also craft unique builds, choosing from a wide assortment of gear, skills, stats, and character synergies. 

During combat, you’ll jump into an active battle arena that allows you to tap into traditional dodge, parry, and counter moves in real time. Beyond the basics, you’ll mix and match abilities to create slick combos. Combat will require skill, even as you work your way up toward mastering the rhythm and free-aim system to target enemies’ weak points. 

Party characters will have diverse classes to choose from. You’ll have Gustave, a resourceful engineer, Lunar, a passionate mage, Sciel, an outgoing warrior, and Maelle, Gustave’s younger sister. All party members will have intriguing backstories that influence how they approach the expedition and how they interact with one another.

Development

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Developer Sandfall Interactive and publisher Kepler Interactive are currently working on Clair Obscur: Expedition 33. Sandfall Interactive has around 30 developers working on the upcoming game. Founder and Creative Director, Guillaume Broche, expresses the hype the developing team has thus far, saying, “We poured our hearts and souls into creating the game of our dreams.”

Clair Obscur: Expedition 33 is one of the upcoming games that stole the spotlight at the Xbox Games Showcase 2024 event. It’s the first time gamers got acquainted with the brand-new entry from ex-Ubisoft developers. Clair Obscur: Expedition 33 will be Sandfall Interactive’s debut game. So, a lot will surely depend on the game’s success. 

Trailer

Clair Obscur: Expedition 33 - Reveal Trailer | PS5 Games

Check out the official Clair Obscur: Expedition 33 announcement trailer currently out on YouTube. It showcases the story and gameplay you can expect in the final game, packaging the presentation in a compelling way. You can’t help but want to find out more, even as the line, “Destroy the Paintress, so she can never paint death again,” hits home. 

The music score also helps a ton, with riveting tracks we hope to see in the final game. As far as the gameplay goes, if Expedition 33 being turn-based was a point of worry, the trailer does a fantastic job alleviating any concerns you may have heard. It’s stylish, fast-paced, and looks pretty thrilling to pull off in real time. 

Release Date, Platforms, & Editions

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Expedition 33 will launch sometime in 2025. We still don’t know when exactly the release date will be. However, we can confirm that Clair Obscur: Expedition 33 will launch on Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation, and PC platforms via Steam. 

In fact, the Expedition 33 Steam, Xbox, and PlayStation Store pages are already out now. So, you can add Clair Obscur: Expedition 33 to your Steam, Xbox, and PlayStation wishlist as early as now to get a notification as soon as it drops. Xbox owners, on the other hand, can download the game via an Xbox Game Pass subscription from Day One of launch.

As for the editions, they remain unconfirmed at this time. Feel free, though, to follow the official social handle here to keep track of new updates. Meanwhile, we’ll keep our eyes peeled for new information and let you know as soon as it comes up.

So, what’s your take? Will you be grabbing a copy of Clair Obscur: Expedition 33 when it drops? Let us know over on our socials here.

Evans I. Karanja is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything technology. He is always on the lookout for interesting topics, and enjoys writing about video games, cryptocurrency and blockchain and more. When not writing, he can be found playing video games or watching F1.