Absolver is an online multiplayer role-playing game in which players wear masks and fight each other in a real-time combat system.

At the start of the game, all players are placed behind the mask of a Prospect looking to join the elite fighters called the Absolvers. All of this plays out under the watchful eye of the Guides, the new rulers of the fallen Adal Empire. The mask rids you of earthly needs such as hunger and thirst. You can’t even die. As you explore this ruined empire, you will encounter other Prospects like yourself, “learn new combat styles, acquire weapons, gear and armor, and build a team of warriors with whom to fight side by side in Arenas of combat”.

Developer Sloclap is definitely exploring something different with Absolver. It’s a fighting game, but it’s also an online multiplayer RPG. The melee combat starts as you choose one of four tactical stances. During these real-time battles, you’ll be able to “execute devastating attacks, dodges, and parries”. Movement is crucial in Absolver whether you’re fighting one-on-one or “intense” three-on-three battles. You’ll be able to choose your own playstyle by picking a combat style and weapon. You’ll even get to arrange attacks in something called the Combat Deck in order to design a unique and personal attack flow.

Players will encounter each other seamlessly in the world and decide for themselves if they want to engage in combat or trade. They can also befriend each other and form relationships. Experienced Absolvers can choose to become mentors to new Prospects. The world includes PvP battle arenas “where champions will receive spoils of victory and progress in the ranks of the Absolvers, and PvE dungeons in which players cooperatively battle to retrieve rare loot and equipment”.

There’s still no definite release date for Absolver, but it is expected to come out sometime in 2017.

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