Despite the fact that PlayStations roots are based in North America, that isn't preventing the gaming company from taking strides globally. Sony Interactive Entertainment Shanghai had the pleasure this year of presenting Phase 3 of the PlayStation China Hero Project a couple of days ahead of Chinajoy 2023, which runs from July 28 to July 31.
Essentially, PlayStations China Hero Project helps Chinese developers reach global markets via PS5. Phase 3 of this year's project took place on July 26 and showcased a number of new Chinese-based games that will be making their way to our shores. While there are a lot of exciting games to check out, one that has captured our attention, and the attention of others, is Exiledge.
As a result, we couldn't help but dig up everything there is to know about Enigmatrix's latest project, Exiledge, which appears to be a unique action-adventure TPS with a variety of elements at play. So, if you want to learn more about the game, read on to find out!
What is EXILEDGE?
Thankfully, Exiledge developers Enigmatrix have already done the hard work of introducing the game themselves. As a result, here is Enigmatrixs' overview of the game:
“EXILEDGE is a next-generation high-speed third-person shooting game. This game is created by Unreal Engine, integrating shooting elements and action elements into a new form of combat gameplay. It shows a fictional fantasy from the perspective and cultural context of Chinese developers, with a unique world view and narrative style. The world view is set on a planet covered only by the ocean and constructs. The player acts as a young “tower diver” with a mysterious past. Deal with enemies in the huge and mysterious constructs, and start a thrilling adventure. The project will bring global players a unique immersive experience with multiple shocking theme wonders and refreshing operation feel.”
Although not much information has been released about Exiledge, we do have a general idea of the storyline. According to the Exiledge game page, you play as Alter, a youthful protagonist who “embarks on the adventure to uncover the destiny of the world built by Zora.” Fighting alongside the mysterious girl Zora, you will “search for the truth of this universe and the opportunity to save the world in an eternal cycle.”
Unfortunately, that's about all we know about Exiledge's narrative, which leaves us with some unanswered questions. For starters, who is Zora and what's her place in all this? If we had to guess, we would suspect she's withholding some pivotal points in the plot, which we'll gradually uncover as we play. What's more, we want to know what eternal cycle this world is in and why we must put a stop to it. Regardless, Enigmatrix is doing an excellent job of piquing our interests and making us want to learn more about the story.
Something we don't see too often is games blending two mediums together to create an entirely new experience. However, the year is 2023 and it's time for games to shake up the conventional standard. That is exactly what Enigmatrix is doing with Exiledge's gameplay, as the game doubles as a TPS with roguelike hack-and-slash combat. “In EXILEDGE, experience the unique combat system on the base of TPS with hack and slash.”
As a result, it appears there will be a variety of elements at play in terms of combat. Fusing a combination of guns, hero abilities, and slashing weapons all into one. You can get a good glimpse of the gameplay action in the Exiledge gameplay trailer that released a couple of months ago. However, you get an even better look in the more recent ChinaJoy trailer, which we have embedded just below the Development section. Nonetheless, Exiledge's gameplay looks relatively unique and we're excited to see how it comes together.
As previously stated, Exiledge is being developed by Enigmatrix, which is a video game studio located in China's Suzhou Industrial Park. According to the studios' “About Us” page, Enigmatrix “focuses on the advancement of game R&D technology and the exploration of artistic paths, and is willing to explore new boundaries of artistic expression in games with all of you.”
The company's slogan is “Exploring the boundaries of artistic expression in games,” and based on what we've seen so far, Exiledge will be a fantastic title that fully exemplifies that ambition. Especially given they're using the powers of the new Unreal Engine as the framework for the game.
The latest trailer for Exiledge was shown at Phase 3 of PlayStations China Hero Project. It's the trailer we have embedded above. But, you might also want to check out the other gameplay trailer for Exiledge, which released a couple of months ago. In either case, both trailers do a good job of displaying Exiledge's potential to be a stand-out title for PlayStation.
Release Date, Platforms & Editions
Despite our efforts scouring the web, we can't find anything pertaining to Exiledge's release date. Or a tentative release window for that matter. So, there's really no telling if the game will come in 2023, 2024, or even later. Nonetheless, because Exiledge is sharing a bed with Sony on this one, it's a guarantee Exiledge will release for PS5. At the same time, however, that also implies the chance the game will be a PlayStation exclusive. If that's the case, it won't release for PC or Xbox Series X|S, however, that is purely speculative.
Lastly, we don't know anything about game editions yet. However, if we had to guess we-imagine pre-order promotions and incentives will be in play shortly before launch – whenever that is.
That's everything we know about Exiledge. Nonetheless, stay tuned to Gaming.net as we'll be sure to provide any updates and news on Exiledge when it sheds.