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Platform(s): PC
Genre: RPG/Action
Developer: Keen Games
Release Date: 2024

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'Enshrouded' Partners With Renowned Creator ElRubius for the Architects of Wonder Contest

by Rainier on March 4, 2024 @ 12:00 a.m. PST

Enshrouded is a 1 - 16 player action/RPG survival game with a robust skill tree, detailed building/crafting mode, and a thrilling fog mechanic called The Shroud.

Players must vanquish punishing bosses, build grand halls, and upgrade their hero to withstand the mist and uncover the secrets of the kingdom’s downfall.

Enshrouded is set in a decaying world of magic and beauty, ruined by a pestilence unleashed from the depths of the earth. Roaming and ravaging the land are the mutated remnants of its fallen people — driven to madness and controlled by the fog. But above the mists and hidden deep in ancient temples, warriors from a forgotten age sleep, dreamless and impervious to time.

Players awaken as "Flameborn", the last hope of an ancient civilization. Guided by nothing but a latent arcane power in their veins, they must hunt, gather, and craft to unleash their power and untangle the secrets of a ruined realm of epic beauty. To unlock truth, treasure, and wisdom, the player must venture into the lush forests, unyielding deserts, deep fissures, and lost dungeons of the land.

But set against them is the Shroud, a creeping blight that absorbs and mutates all life it encounters. To push back the Shroud, the Flameborn must ascend a deep open skill tree to master powerful weapons, spells, and armor — developing their own unique playstyle to withstand warring factions of fell creatures, and conquer merciless bosses in heart-pounding combat.

To protect themselves from the fog and bring life back to the kingdom, players can shape the world's terrain and unleash their creativity to build bases and epic homes, customized to the last detail with a vast array of materials and furniture. Beyond showcasing treasure, powerful NPCs can be awakened, unlocking advanced workshops and the ability to craft unique items and mythic weapons.

Enshrouded developer Keen Games and content creator ElRubius (known as elrubiusOMG on YouTubeRubius on Twitch) invite players from around the world to participate in an in-game building contest - the Architects of Wonder.

Starting today, players can submit screenshots of their best base builds for the chance to win a share of cash prizes amounting to 30,000€ Euros, with a top prize of 15,000€ Euros. The contest is now on and closes on the 7th of March at 08:00 PM CET / 2:00 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. UTC, after which potential winners will appear and be visited on-stream with ElRubius on the 9th of March via Twitch, with the winner being declared live here.

Best of luck to all the builders!  

How to Become an Architect of Wonder?

Starting today, Enshrouded players can participate in this groundbreaking event, wherein they will compete to show off their best base builds. Submissions can be sent via X (formerly Twitter) using the hashtag #EnshroudedAoW  with a screenshot of a base build. The contest begins March 1st 2024 at 8:00 p.m. CET / 2:00 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. UTC to March 7th, 2024 at 8:00 p.m CET / 2 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. UTC. 

Once submitted, entries will be reviewed by a panel of qualified judges to first determine eligibility criteria (please see contest rules for full details on eligibility). Then, the potential winners will be evaluated on their originality and overall visual appeal, as well as elements of fun and freedom that Enshrouded was built on. In short, looking for authentically creative and astounding structures.  To check your eligibility and for the full details, please see the contest rules.

See full rules and regulations for the Architects of Wonder contest here.

Potential winners will be showcased during an ElRubius’ live stream on the 9th of March on his Twitch channel, where the one true Architect of Wonder will be revealed along with several other cash prizes to the following tiers: 

  • First place: 15,000 €
  • Second place: 7,500 €
  • Third place: 2,500 €
  • Ten prizes (4th place to 13th) of 500 € / each

Winners will also be shared on Keen Games and ElRubius’ social media channels after the Twitch stream concludes.

Foundations of Success

In short, this is an opportunity to go big and go home. Enshrouded’s developers are delighted to have an opportunity to construct a truly monumental competition with ElRubius following the successful Early Access Launch of the game. The community and players at large have been instrumental in building up the game since being revealed in May of 2023, and it gives the team great excitement to bring a community-focused event, celebrating the endless possibilities of what Enshrouded players are capable of. Building and terraforming were highlighted as one of the core game pillars back last July while still developing Early Access, and that hasn’t changed - building remains a key mechanic in the game, not only to provide shelter from the dangers in the Embervale, but to allow players plenty of creative freedom to literally shape their worlds.  

By partnering with ElRubius, one of the world’s top content creators (currently #4 of the Top Followed streamers on Twitch with above 20,000 concurrent viewers* who averages 1.3 million views per video on his gaming channel), the creative heights will rise. ElRubius has assembled mountains of unforgettable moments in video and streaming history, breaking records for most viewers in-stream to achieving sky-high viewership on videos covering gameplay for titles such as Minecraft and Fortnite, various challenges, and comedy content, since beginning his career in 2006. 

Key Features:

  • Survival & Exploration: Survive and conquer Embervale, a vast open world full of mutated creatures, mysteries and secrets to discover.
  • ARPG Combat: Play as the Flameborn and battle the Fiends, Fell and other corrupted creatures. Learn their tactical schemes, upgrade your character’s skills, and battle the hordes of enemies to dispel the Shroud.
  • Boss Battles: Face the scourges of Embervale by challenging the faction's monstrous leaders you’ll need courage and your mythical weapons to triumph from them.
  • Crafting & Base Building: Rescue legendary artisans, discover long lost recipes, and build awe-inspiring homes designed to the last detail and shape the world's terrain to your liking.
  • Character Customization: Personalize your character and appearance, upgrade your weapons and armors in Enshrouded’s extensive crafting system.

Enshrouded is in development for PC (Steam) and consoles.

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