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Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: RPG/Action
Developer: Massive Work Studio
Release Date: Early 2019

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'Dolmen' (ALL) Introduces Your Spaceship, Character Armor - Trailer

by Rainier on April 25, 2018 @ 6:06 p.m. PDT

Dolmen is a third person Action/RPG, where sci-fi and cosmic horror have mixed in an engrossing gameplay experience!

In Dolmen you will be introduced to the alien world of Revion Prime, as the only survivor of a crew of astronauts, abducted in a distant future. Adaptation and exploration will be your main weapons.

Would you kill a world to survive? The answer of the aliens called Nikiderma to this question was felt for millions of lives, launched to the stars that warmed their planets, in a terrible massacre. But none of these places have ever lived what they did to Revion Prime. No human has ever crossed this line. Let’s stay on our cozy beds: These are unimaginable experiences to a mind of an earthling. But it was not like that. We’ve decided to go to outer space. And unfortunately we’ve discovered that the worst part of it has also decided to meet us…

The exact location is a mystery. The star maps were lost and after the Nikiderma invaded it, very little can be said about that planet. Its star is called Nynfeid. As neighbors, it has four gas giants. The corpses of its people were expelled from its atmosphere, so their mass decomposition wouldn’t alter the ecosystem.

Being alone in Revion Prime is like having been forgotten by life. But today, something extraordinary is about to happen. An earthling wanders through that unwelcoming environment . As he stood up, he had no idea where was his crew was or why he got there. For what reason was he the last to be awaken from cryogenic slumber? What went wrong with the mission? With no answers and no hope, looking for the others could be his last choice…

The subtle intricacies of creating a game from the ground up are rarely appreciated when we play the finished product. The beauty of indies (and particularly crowdfunded titles) is that we get to observe the process more intimately, and sometimes even shape a game’s direction.

The team at Massive Work Studio believes that community involvement is a crucial part of a game’s success and, with only two weeks left and just under half their Kickstarter campaign goal met, they’re doubling down by offering another behind the scenes look at their horrifying Soulsborne-inspired Action-RPG Dolmen.

Meet the massive, eerie Zoan spaceship and experience the protagonist’s pivotal genesis in this new introductory video.

The Zoan ship is where the journey begins. It just so happens to hold some of humanity’s most advanced technology and doubles as the only small piece of normalcy in DOLMEN’s world —  acting as a proverbial life raft for the player facing the otherwise inhospitable planet of Revion Prime. Aside from an impressive command room and fully-equipped workstation for building and modifying weapons and armor, there is also a kitchen on the ship — a small, yet meaningful connection to home and human society. The Zoan ship also acts as the protagonist’s larger inventory, meaning resources obtained in the outside world not stored there can be lost forever. Home is where the loot is, after all. 

The development team knew they couldn’t fit Dolmen’s protagonist with a traditional spacesuit — there’s no way he could do a barrel roll in such a clunky thing! Each crafted armor has its own signature attributes specific to the creature it came from. That’s right; no resources go un-scavenged. Each armor suit is custom crafted for maneuverability to effectively combat massive, nightmarish creatures — a corpse never goes to waste on Revin Prime. 

The Zoan ship and the protagonist are only a couple of the game’s carefully constructed aspects that make Dolmen the intimidatingly detailed and eerily fascinating game that it is. Stay tuned for more as we unveil additional behind the scenes updates throughout the rest of Dolmen's Kickstarter campaign.

Massive Work Studio has launched a Kickstarter campaign, looking for $90,000 USD, to finally bring Dolmen, to the world on PC and consoles, and depending on the success of the game’s Kickstarter campaign and stretch goals met, Dolmen will also release on the Nintendo Switch.

Additional game content — levels, items, enemy types and more — as well as extra game modes New Game +, multiplayer PvP and cooperative play are among the stretch goals.

The Dolmen’s story may be comprehended as an investigation focusing the past and present of an alien planet as seen through the eyes of a human being. Although his original task was very different from this, he has been brought to a place never seen before, with no resources and unprepared for what he will find there. Exploration and adaptability shall be used to unveil some truth about what really happened to him.

That’s when the game begins. In a dark place, miles away from the surface of that strange planet, inside the caves which once were part of an evolved society. A society that no longer exists. There’s just a lonely person, from the distant Earth, trying to be part of that place to survive it. He’s the only witness to what’s left of something he may never completely understand completely. But he must either try or become a part of its remains. There’s no option.

Since the history of the human race is based on evolution and the ability to endure suffering, maybe he will triumph against adversity. Or maybe he won’t.

Key Features:

  • Explore a Devastated, Darkly Beautiful Planet: Revion Prime is an alien world, with environments inspired by the work of macabre artists like H.R. Giger and H.P. Lovecraft, that challenges you to unearth its dark history by connecting fragments of the past.
  • Engage in Fast-Paced Dynamic Combat: Combat is intense and heavily based on timing, mixing melee-based attacks, Over-the-Shoulder (OTS) perspective long-range shooting and the use of defensive maneuvers such as dodging and blocking.
  • Adapt or Perish; Craft to Survive: Mankind, so we believe, has become a prevalent species due to its ability to endure and adapt to inhospitable environments. Build up your skills and scavenge what little resources are available to create items and customize your equipment. You’re going to need anything you can find to live to see another day.

Dolmen is currently targeting an early 2019 release on Steam, with console versions planned for a later date. 

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