Greetings Lamp Bearer. Next Friday, October 13, the launch of lords of the Fallen, our debut game here at Hexworks, and we hope you have a fantastic time in the epic, terrifying world we’ve spent the last three years carefully and diligently creating. Lords of the Fallen is the first action RPG developed with Unreal Engine 5 and, when combined with the power of PlayStation 5 and the unique features of the DualSense controller, offers an immersive experience like no other.
Lords of the Fallen is a tantalizing dark fantasy set in the devastated land of Mournstead, and takes place a millennium after the demon god Adyr was exorcised from the world. But, of course, evil can never completely die. Now, a growing corruption heralds his gruesome return and it is up to players to assume the mantle of Dark Crusader, defeat Adyr’s minions and banish him once again. To help them accomplish that herculean task, they will harness the energy of a powerful and supernatural lamp, an object of unholy power that allows players to traverse from Axion, the brutal realm of the living, to Umbral, the nightmarish realm of the dead. , without problems and in real time.
On PlayStation 5, we knew we could deliver our vision of a seamless transition between two worlds thanks to the ultra-fast SSD, but we wanted to further enhance the rich, immersive experience for gamers using the unique features DualSense offers. The DualSense wireless controller’s adaptive triggers gave us the opportunity to make each set of weapons feel different, giving players visceral feedback through setting different levels of resistance when pulling the trigger, allowing them to almost feel the gun in their own. hands. For example, while light weapons and crossbows have lower resistance, medium and heavy weapons seem increasingly substantial to use. The bows have even greater trigger pull, replicating the feeling of pulling the string before firing an arrow into the horrors ahead.
For the sake of immersion, with the DualSense wireless controller, players who use heavy charge attacks will experience that charge at their fingertips; When the majority of the trigger is fully pulled, it will pause until the attack is ready to be fully unleashed. Only then can players pull the trigger the rest of the way and execute the attack to devastating effect.
Haptic feedback is a crucial tool that allows players to feel every light and strong attack. We’ve made sure players know exactly when their Dark Crusader is hit by enemies or from a fall. You’ll also feel that transition from Axiom to Umbral when you kill them for the first time, and experience the devastating resonance of the bosses’ roars. Always held tightly in the brooding protagonist’s right hand, the Eldritch Threshold lamp will also cause the right side of the DualSense to rumble softly when near various access points in Mournstead.
Of course, it’s not just the feel of Lords of the Fallen that we’ve been able to create and enhance through the DualSense wireless controller… it’s also an extra layer of sound. The dangerous journey players face during the game is audible not only through the PS5’s full 3D sound capabilities, but also through the controller’s speaker, as every step taken by Dark Crusader is heard. When players use a weapon to attack their enemies, whether it be one of hundreds of melee or ranged weapons or many magical spells, their unique sounds also come out of the controller’s speaker.
And finally, the DualSense wireless controller’s speaker is the vessel for the sounds emanating from the mysterious Threshold lamp. This supernatural, otherworldly relic, collected by the now Dark-Crusader right at the beginning of the game, whispers to players as different events occur: from approaching Umbral points of interest in the game world, to when they Use the lamp to break the Soul Flay from the bodies of enemies using the Soul Flay mechanic and more.
Paired with Lords of the Fallen’s rich and compelling sound design, these audio details add an extra layer of depth to the entire listening experience, so the daunting tasks players face while traversing Axiom and Umbral never sound too far away. .
Lords of the Fallen is now available for pre-order and will be released on October 13 on PlayStation 5.