2023 is shaping up to be one of the best years in the history of video games due to the sheer number of diverse titles released. We’re getting productions of all possible kinds, and one of the genres that’s doing particularly well is the souls-like genre.
After receiving Lies of P earlier this month, a work set in a twisted Pinocchio universe that is being well-received by both specialized press and players, now it’s time for Lords of the Fallen. But didn’t this game already come out? The answer is “yes,” but there’s a catch.
Lords of the Fallen was originally released in 2014 by Deck13, the creators of The Surge and Atlas Fallen. However, on October 13th, we are getting a new Lords of the Fallen, this time developed by the team at CI Games. Is it a reboot of the series? It functions as a reboot, indeed, which is why there isn’t a number attached to the title. However, the game’s storyline actually takes place a thousand years after the events of the original Lords of the Fallen from 2014.
I, the author of this piece, had the privilege of playing a demo during the past Gamescom 2023 in August. And yes, it’s aiming high: the game looks much better than the one from 2014. It’s not just about the passage of time and the obvious technical leap – although that’s logical – but there’s more expertise now in creating a notable Souls-like game to surprise the audience. The parries, the weapons, the feel of the fight, the movement, etc., everything was more integrated or closer to what one expects from a Souls-like game.
Additionally, there’s its original approach: if we die, the game doesn’t end; instead, we continue to play in a kind of underworld. It’s here that if we die again, the game does end, but in return, it offers a new opportunity for redemption. On October 13th, we’ll find out more on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X | S, and PC.