Archmages Rises wants to bring the freedom of a tabletop role-playing game to the PC. The game generates its content procedurally and promises individual experiences in every playthrough. The Early Access start is planned for April 2023.
At a time when almost every AAA game is based on an RPG substructure, the approach of the indie game Archmages Rises is very refreshing: Instead of pompous graphics, the Steam title from the small indie team “Defiance Game Studio” focuses on being able to offer an individual and profound gaming experience. For this purpose, the entire world is generated procedurally and should offer an experience through many choices, which otherwise only a human dungeon master could offer in a pen-and-paper role-playing game.
Procedural fantasy world with lots of freedom
The now ten-person team has been developing this indie project since 2014, which, according to the developers, has the following approach: “Can’t we use all this computing power, memory and millions of data lines to give the player more freedom? Nine years we set out to create a procedurally generated, AI-driven, fully responsive RPG fantasy world.”
Archmages Rises promises to offer “complete freedom”: The player should be able to give his character a job and follow it until his natural death. Of course, dungeons can be explored and magic learned, as befits a tabletop RPG. In Defiance Game Studios the user can choose between good and evil and build either an orphanage or a prison tower with his money. The main character can hire apprentices and servants and train them to become traders or scientists. Each non-player character will have their own personality, and this will take place in a procedurally-generated open world that is recreated for each game. Archmages Rises is slated to hit Steam Early Access in April can already be put on the wish list on the gaming platform.