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Bound by Flame Bursts Out First PlayStation 4 Footage

Posted by Joe Donnelly

Your hex is on fire

Not so long ago, very little was known about Bound by Flame. It came like a comet, showcased by a thrilling trailer and a subsequent smattering of equally impressive screenshots, but then appeared to retreat into the shadows like a beast of folklore, only spoken of in hushed tones around midnight campfires.

That is, until last month, when Focus Home Interactive and Spiders Studio announced a 9th May release date for the forthcoming fantasy RPG. Now, the developer has released a new combat trailer – the first to exhibit PlayStation 4 gameplay – which suggests that the game could well be more than just a stopgap between now and next year's much anticipated The Witcher 3.

"Today, we decided that we’d focus a little more on the game’s combat and show off some PS4 footage for the first time," said project manager Walid Miled on the PlayStation Blog. "In Bound by Flame, the combat system lets you instantly switch between three stances – Fighter, Ranger, and Pyromancer – allowing you to adapt to the enemy that you’re facing on the fly. We also showcase some of the creatures that you’ll be fighting. There’s a lot of them out there, and each has its own characteristics and tendencies in combat."

The trailer below shows off some sophisticated swordplay, two-handed hammering, and – as the protagonist is possessed by a flame demon – some scalding sorcery. Take your pick.

[via blog.us.playstation.com]

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User Comments (14)

Punkinhead145

#4

Punkinhead145 said:

The combat kind of let me down a bit from what I can gather, but there's probably more to it than meets the eye. I'm still going to keep an eye out for this one, but, like I have been, a little under the radar.

JaxonH

#8

JaxonH said:

Combat outdated? That's just how alot of RPG's play. In fact, I was surprised at how in-depth and strategic the combat looked for a real-time combat RPG. It seems like you have to time your moves well, similar to Monster Hunter, although this game isn't as free-flowing as the MH franchise. It almost seemed as if it was combat from Xenoblade (the enemies seemed to attack in 2-3 second intervals) but without the battle system in place. I'm fairly impressed!

Where did this game come from? I'd heard the name whispered, but had no idea what it was or that it was coming out in just one month's time. That's crazy! Yeah, I think I'ma have to grab this one. Tide me over til Witcher 3 and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate next spring.

Ginkgo

#9

Ginkgo said:

I love the genre. Certainly keeping an eye out and if reviews are good, might take the plunge.

BlueProxy

#10

BlueProxy said:

The trailers and game features really had me interested, but for some reason this PS4 version seems... honestly unexciting. I really hope my impressions are dead wrong, because we need a Dragons Dogma-type game for PS4.

drumsandperc92

#12

drumsandperc92 said:

is this a FTP or indie title? It looks way too clunky both graphically and gameplay wise to be a full retail release...

drumsandperc92

#13

drumsandperc92 said:

is this a FTP or indie title? It looks way too clunky both graphically and gameplay wise to be a full retail release...

Captain_Toad

#14

Captain_Toad said:

Gotta love this guy's over the top grunting sound effects. Heh, heh. Hopefully it plays better than the over the top animations looks.

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