Bound by Flame is quite seriously less than a month away from its May 9 release date, which may be why we're seeing so many trailers released recently. Today, however, the trailer released is quite the example of the game's mechanics. The combat trailer focuses in on how players will be fighting against the Ice Lords that star as the villians in Bound by Flame. Whether playing as a Warrior, Rogue or Pyromancer it seems one thing all classes share is constant action.
Contrary to the current trend of Dark Souls style slow, strategic combat Bound by Flame focuses instead of fast-paced, highly reactive, tactical and skill-based. We're talking more Devil May Cry than Dark Souls. In fact, it's difficult not to associate the game with the now dead Kingdoms of Amalur, what with its RPG-like skill trees, few classes and enemy variety. Not to mention that fantasy look, though Bound by Flame certainly has more, well, blood. The stuff inside those enemies we're stabbing.
Personally, I've got to admit Bound by Flame looks very solid from a gameplay perspective. I'm more concerned about the narrative, as these low fantasy games tend to settle for good guys fighting armies of bad guys for honor! Not exactly the most compelling argument to persuade players to dedicate their time learning a complex combat system. Still, I'm certainly intrigued by what Spiders has shown.
Expect Bound by Flame to be released on May 9 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC -- sorry, no Xbox One fellas. Developers Spiders is perhaps best known for their most recent title Mars: War Logs which had a number of serious launch issues, or they'd probably better prefer having The Testament of Sherlock Holmes mentioned. That one was much better received, though none of them are particularly comparable to the action-centric Bound by Flame.