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Atone: Heart Of The Elder Tree

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC
Genre: Adventure
Publisher: Untold Tales
Developer: Wildboy Studios
Release Date: Early 2023

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'Atone: Heart Of The Elder Tree' Is A Rhythm Combat RPG Coming To Switch And PC, Playable Demo Available - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 3, 2022 @ 1:36 p.m. PDT

Inspired by Norse mythology, this hand-drawn, story driven, rhythm combat RPG blends narrative, exploration, and music all into one special journey.

Inherit the role of a young warrior named Estra as she journeys through Midgard to unveil the truth behind her father’s death.

The Gods have abandoned Midgard. Once a prosperous land teeming with mythical beasts and beings, it now rots from the inside, tainted by unknown forces. Odin’s chosen guardians of the realm are gone. In their absence, the sacred Elder Tree they swore to protect is exposed to abuse and manipulation. Now, the only remnants of hope reside in Estra, the daughter of mankind’s last great leader.

With a heavy emphasis on narrative, Estra’s journey through Midgard is filled with Nordic lore, mysterious twists, and consequential decisions. Players will converse with a variety of characters and share in Estra’s discoveries as she learns more about her family’s past and the looming darkness spreading across the realm.


A PC demo is available and will also be taking part in the Steam Next Fest.

Key Features:

  • Estra’s path is fraught with difficult decisions and untrustworthy characters that can lead her astray. Her story is intertwined with the player’s ability to discern fact from fiction and to decide right from wrong. Avoid battle, help companions, save your people, but remember that the consequences are Estra’s to bear.
  • Along the way, players must solve incrementally challenging puzzles that reveal insightful secrets, fantastical abilities, and hidden passageways. While trial and error is useful, patience is necessary. Not every problem allows for multiple mistakes and failure is most certainly an option. The answers you seek may be lost if you make the wrong decision.
  • Violence isn’t always necessary, but, when push comes to shove, Atone’s combat is a delicate dance of sword and axe. Combat is grounded in the rhythm game genre and the mechanics of titles like Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution. Music is a crucial component, with each fight receiving its very own song.
  • Atone’s music and sound design are composed by a variety of incredible artists, including: Julian Ratschiller, Australian artist Luminist (a.k.a. James Shuar), who blends a synth-heavy score with the digitally corrupted sounds of period-specific instruments, and Andrew Prahlow, whose name can be attributed to the critically acclaimed hit Outer Wilds and epics like Star Wars and Blade Runner.

Atone: Heart Of The Elder Tree is coming to PC (Steam) and Nintendo Switch in early 2023.



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