Developed by a Dutch group of designers, The Chronicles of Spellborn uses the Unreal 2.5 Engine to bring a unique fantasy world to life. The Chronicles of Spellborn is an MMORPG with a unique visual style that is quite appealing. The game focuses on skill and intelligent use of force, which puts even lower level players on a good footing for adventure, and player actions shape the world, which even allows players to make a permanent lasting mark on the world. The Chronicles of Spellborn offers loads of secrets to uncover-- fitting the subtitle, "What lies hidden must be found."
The Chronicles of Spellborn is set in the Enclave of the Five Sacrifices, which is a collection of rock realms drifting through the DeadSpell Storm. The DeadSpell Storm allows the Enclave to exist within a mythical setting, empowering all kinds of strange, fantastic things to happen. The Enclave includes lush forests, villages, lakes, and a variety of other landscapes to explore.
Throughout the world are hidden doors that enable players to explore other locations. Through this exploration, players will piece together the history of the Enclave, and that historical awareness will, hopefully, allow players to safeguard the future of the fantasy world. A new adventure lies hidden behind every door, around every corner, and in every dark, forgotten locale.
Of course, there is a real-world behemoth that Chronicles of Spellborn must go up against: The ever-popular World of Warcraft. Hopefully the unique take on visual style and narrative complexity will help this interesting new game achieve a following, and the Spellborn team is making moves to build a devoted group of early adopters. A public beta will launch early in 2006, with the final release following in the first half of 2006.
Users anxious to get more info about Chronicles of Spellborn should check out the Spellborn Scrolls, which are clever interactive stories posted on the Spellborn website. These stories are a lot like the old Choose-Your-Own-Adventure games, in which you read a page and make a decision based on the events. This promotional tactic really emphasizes the importance of narrative in Spellborn.
Check out The Chronicles of Spellborn at http://www.thechroniclesofspellborn.com/
and keep an eye out for the public beta to launch in the coming months. Spellborn will be out for PCs in 2006.