Immersive open-world action RPGs have been rather light on the ground in the current console generation, but developer Piranha Bytes is looking to bolster their number with new science fantasy game ELEX.
Not much is known about the game yet; the official website displays only a single image of solitary hooded figure overlooking a stark fantasy setting. The image is accompanied with a short overview describing it as “a huge, seamless game world full of original characters, mutated creatures, deep moral choices and powerful action.”
The developer is, of course, is no stranger to the role-playing genre, having developed multiple titles in both the Gothic and Risen series’. ELEX is being developed in collaboration with Nordic Games, publishers of the Darksiders series.
“To say we are excited to see this new project unfold in the hands of Piranha Bytes is an understatement. ELEX is going to be edgy, dark, uncompromising, complex, and we love it already,“ said Reinhard Pollice Business & Product Development Director at Nordic Games.
If Piranha Bytes live up to their vision for the title it could be a serious contender for current fantasy RPG king The Witcher. Although the CD Project Red developed title needn’t worry about being dethroned just yet as ELEX won’t launch until late 2016 or early 2017 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
ELEX which, according to the game’s press release, stands for eclectic, lavish, exhilarating and xenial, will be shown at Gamescom 2015.