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Tribes Of Midgard

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Gearbox Publishing
Developer: Norsfell
Release Date: July 27, 2021

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'Tribes of Midgard' Reaches 1 Million Players, Season 2 And Holiday Events Later This Month - Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2021 @ 8:30 a.m. PST

Tribes of Midgard is a cooperative survival game where up to 10 players fiercely fight Giants during Ragnarök.

The Asgardian Gods and the Giants of Jotunheim battle endlessly. Fed up with the constant trickery and deception of the Gods, the Giants have decided to invade Asgard. Much to the dismay of the Vikings of Midgard, the Giants must pass through their realm and regard humanity's impending destruction as a necessary casualty of war. Ragnarök, the death and rebirth of the nine realms, has begun. Yet not all is lost, for the resolute Viking warriors will defend the seeds of the world tree Yggdrasil that binds all realms and protect the Gods.

Customize your character, form a tribe and explore procedurally-generated worlds full of fabled resources and creatures. Defend your village at night from the legions of Hel, and prepare for the Giants' mighty arrival. Grow ever-stronger by surviving each day, feeding enemy souls to Yggdrasil, and crafting new equipment with the help of the townsfolk. Hack-and-slash combat makes each battle a gripping affair, and weapon-based special moves provide an incentive to search for the rarest materials, whether they come from dangerous faraway lands or the corpses of Giants.

Explore Viking mythology through beautifully hand-painted cel-shaded artwork. Orchestral music solely using instruments from the Viking era sets an ominous tone for the coming apocalypse. Ragnarök is inevitable, but fight fiercely and die a glorious death to ensure the tribe's brave souls arrive at the gates of Valhalla. Should the seed of Yggdrasil be destroyed, the world collapses and the game is over. Come back stronger and fight for the realm.

Developer Norsfell and Gearbox Publishing announced that Tribes of Midgard will launch Season 2: Serpent Saga as a free update on December 14, 2021.

Season 2 adds a boatload of content for players, including a new Season Track, Saga Boss, Open Seas biome, weapons and armor, five new Runes that bring the game’s total 40 Runes, Boats, Swimming, and various quality-of-life improvements alongside a festive three-week Yuliday event.

“Our goal has always been to build Tribes of Midgard into the ultimate Viking Sandbox, and Season 2 seamlessly continues that journey for the one million Vikings who are already members of our Tribe!” said Julian Maroda, CEO and Creative Director of Norsfell. “This new season radically changes the world, allowing players to swim (literally!) through our ever-growing Norse sandbox, setting sail on new horizons, and fighting waves of new enemies as they enjoy a boatload of QoL improvements. We're delivering a true expansion in every sense that was built from the ground up to expand upon every facet of the original content, giving players new tools regardless of which Saga Quest they're on.”

Serpent Saga

Grab your weapons and craft some Boat Kits, because starting in Serpent Saga, Vikings can explore new horizons of Midgard with the addition of Boats and Swimming. Boats and Swimming are all fun and games, but make sure you don’t get too distracted, as you have another Saga Boss to contend with before Fimbulwinter. Players must race against the oncoming winter to find and unlock the island lair of a mysterious new Boss. But fear not, Wolf-fans - Fenrir still awaits those brave enough to choose to attempt to take down both Saga Bosses in the same session. 

Season 2: Serpent Saga Key Features:

  • A New Saga Boss - Just like the fearsome Fenrir from Season 1, you will now have another mysterious but powerful beast of myth to tackle before Fimbulwinter. Take to the seas to find and unlock its Lair, and defeat the beast to stop Ragnarök.
  • Shipyard - Your Shipyard, located right outside your village on an Ash Beach biome, will need to be rebuilt just like the Quarry, Farm, and Lumberyard. Once rebuilt, you can use resources to craft Boat kits and take to the seas! Smaller boats are flimsier, but are more nimble and require less materials. Larger boats unlocked by leveling up your Shipyard can hold more players, travel faster, and have more HP, but cost more resources. With different tiers of boats, players can choose the right boat for their playstyle.
  • Boats - Vikings can now sail the seven seas by building and constructing Boats crafted in the Shipyard. Boats can be placed and built through your Construction Inventory, but only in the Open Seas off a coastline, shore or cliff - not in rivers or ponds. 
  • Swimming - For shorter trips, or on the off chance your ship takes a turn for the worst, Vikings can now swim! While a quick lap or trip back to an accessible shoreline or Boat ladder is fine, swimming is limited by your Viking’s Stamina gauge - so make sure you’re back on your boat or dry land when that bar hits zero, or you’ll start taking damage until the water claims you. 
  • Exploration: Explore the Open Seas and access uncharted islands off the shores of Midgard to find Merchants and new Beacon Camps filled with turrets and brand new enemies! The expanded map allows you to discover new lands full of resources, enemies, and loot. However, there is also a greater challenge, as you will have to traverse this expanded world to unlock and defeat the Saga Boss before Fimbulwinter.

Holiday Events

From December 14 - January 3, players can take part in the seasonal Yulidays event. For three weeks, players can unlock cosmetics, a pet, and other festive goodies as a part of three limited-time Festive Challenges, along with a thematic village and main menu. Make sure to log in every week to unlock all the Yuliday drops - it’s the gift that keeps on giving!

More to come

Alongside the announcement of Season 2, Norsfell also released an updated roadmap for Tribes of Midgard, slating a new Saga-Boss variant, Fishing, Farming, Mounts, Housing, and a bunch more for 2022 and beyond.

Key Features:

  • 10 Player Co-Op Survival: Form a tribe, from 1 to 10 players, and survive together as long as you can.
  • Explore Procedural Lands: Discover procedurally generated worlds filled with secrets and surprises.
  • Craft Legendary Equipment: Use your gathered materials to forge new equipment and reinforce your village.
  • Defend Your Home At Night: Work together to stop the legions of Hel from invading your village at nightfall.
  • Fight Together In The Wild: Face a variety of enemies while exploring the world and loot them for rewards.
  • Stop The Giant To Prevent Ragnarök: Engage menacing Giants and defeat them before they destroy the Seed of Yggdrasil.
  • An Ever-Changing World to Explore: A vast, procedurally-generated world filled with ancient relics, daunting dungeons and treacherous enemy camps. Midgard's regions are home to unique weather effects that impact your survival, and during the game's day-night cycle, fearsome foes emerge in the darkness.
  • Unique game modes:
    • Saga Mode: players build, craft and fight their way to the ultimate confrontation against epic world bosses before Fimbulwinter - the prophesied endless winter that signals Ragnarök's arrival. This mode will receive seasonal updates that add new content, bosses and more on a regular basis. 
    • Survival Mode: a survival-focused sandbox that challenges players with defending their village against a constant flow of enemies that become stronger the longer they survive. Parameters selected affect the Season XP earned. The World is saved when you exit and can be revisited.
  • Classic Top-Down Combat: Hack-and-slashing Viking action with an isometric look and feel, built in a stunning 3D environment.
  • Crafting and Building: Craft legendary gear, build structures to traverse difficult terrain and share resources with your companions.
  • Progression, Loot and Treasure: A rewarding progression system based on leveling up across eight specialized classes, crafting and looting stronger weapons and armor, and collecting over 30 different rune modifiers that can make you the ultimate Viking warrior. 
  • Challenging Boss Battles: Giants that reign over the land with their terrifying stature and will arrive at your village gates every few days. They can crush the underprepared in a single blow, so make sure you're ready.
  • Seasonal Content: Continuous updates and seasonal content to keep Midgard fresh, maintaining an ever-evolving world that lets you live out the myth of Ragnarök in all of its aspects.

Tribes of Midgard is available for PC (Steam), PS4 and PS5.

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