Elderborn artwork and official logo

Despite the massive popularity of The Elder Scrolls series, and the somewhat cult following behind Dark Messiah of Might and Magic, there are basically no first person hack & slash games out there. It is exactly this little 'problem' that the developer Hyperstrange has decided to solve with the upcoming Elderborn - a first person hack & slash entirely focused on challenging melee combat.

Elderborn is still early in development, but if you would like a sneak peek at how its shaping up to be you'll find the recently posted demo video right below. Its a bit rough around the edges, and the FOV definitely needs work, but I must admit it does look quite interesting. Have a gander:

Besides a variety of enemies that each require a different approach, Elderborn will also feature "deadly traps and chasms" for the player to avoid. While I do like the general premise behind Elderborn, the inclusion of first-person platforming only serves to bring back some very, very bad memories of early 90's shooters. There are barely any games that have managed to get it just right, so to see a small indie team tackle something giants have tripped over is not exactly encouraging, but I suppose we'll have to wait and see.

Speaking of waiting, I'm afraid there is currently no release date set for Elderborn, though judging by the gameplay demo above I would say mid-2018 is a pretty good guess. If you would like to learn a little bit more, or check out some of the earlier gameplay videos, you should head over to the official website. And finally, here's a couple of rather dark images to send you on your way:

Elderborn screenshot of an arena

Elderborn chopping up a zombie screenshot

Elderborn screenshot of a giant scorpion