Debut Game from New AAA Developer, Ascendant Studios, Defies First Person Shooter Conventions
Watch the Launch Trailer Here
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) and Ascendant Studios launched Immortals of Aveum™, a single-player, first-person magic shooter powered by the groundbreaking Unreal Engine 5.1 technology and set in an original fantasy universe. Developed by a new independent AAA studio made up of award-winning industry veterans and published under the EA Originals label, Immortals of Aveum puts players in a visceral and cinematic fantasy universe that combines modern characters and a story-driven campaign with intense magic-based action, world exploration and puzzle-solving. Summon your power, stop the Everwar, and save the realms starting now on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC via the EA app, Steam and Epic Games Store worldwide.
Immortals of Aveum tells the story of Jak (Darren Barnet), who discovers that he is a magically-imbued ‘Unforeseen’ and finds himself reluctantly caught in the middle of the raging Everwar. Recruited under the tutelage of the powerful General Kirkan (Gina Torres) and an elite order of battlemages called the Immortals, Jak must master all three colors of magic – blue, green, and red. With powerful magic-wielders and legions of soldiers on both sides of the Everwar, Jak and the Immortals must uncover the mysteries of Aveum’s troubled past, if there’s any hope for turning the tides of the Everwar and defeating Sandrakk, the powerful warlord of Rasharn and his mysterious lieutenant, simply known as The Hand.
“I founded Ascendant Studios with the goal of creating a first-person magic shooter that makes you feel like a powerful battlemage,” said Bret Robbins, CEO and Game Director at Ascendant Studios. “We built a world-class team, learned Unreal Engine 5, and created an amazing combat system and story from scratch – all through the adversity of Covid. It’s been the best experience of my professional life. With the help of our partners at EA Originals, we’ve been able to make our dreams come true and transform this wild idea into reality. We hope you love it!”
Immortals of Aveum thrusts players into visceral and action-packed gameplay, testing players’ skills in fast, fluid combat that is easy to learn and satisfying to master. Legions of Rasharnian forces stand in players’ way as they learn to unleash over 25 different unique spells, thoughtful combos and well-timed counters. Featuring a deep progression system with over 80 unique Talents, there are countless ways to build characters and even more ways to crush enemies. Players will be rewarded for experimenting with different playstyles and can expect an over-the-top, fast-paced experience where magic is at the core of both offense and defense.
Beyond combat, the world of Aveum offers a unique fantasy universe with rich storytelling, puzzles and unique locations. From the lush forests of Lucium, to the snowy peaks of Kalthus and lava caves of Calderas, explore over a dozen different biomes filled with vibrant enemies, side content, boss fights and more. Experience a thrilling story with larger-than-life characters, featuring voice performances by Gina Torres as General Kirkan (Firefly, Suits), Darren Barnett as Jak (Never Have I Ever, Gran Turismo), Antonio Aakeel (Slow Horses, I Came By) as Devyn, and Lily Cowles (Roswell, New Mexico, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War) as Zendara.
“Ascendant Studios have cast FPS conventions to the wayside with Immortals of Aveum,” said Jeff Gamon, General Manager of EA Partners. “Ever since EA Originals began back in 2016, we have championed studios that are forging new ways to play, who aren’t afraid to disrupt and are on a mission to create high-quality, exciting titles for players. All of us at EA are delighted to watch gamers put aside familiar weapons, pick up a Sigil and wield battle magic in this refreshingly new, challenging and action packed blockbuster from the talented team at Ascendant!”
Immortals of Aveum is available now on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC via the EA app, Steam and Epic Games Store for $59.99 USD (PC) and $69.99 USD (consoles). Players who purchase the Deluxe Edition for $69.99 USD (PC) and $79.99 USD (consoles) will receive a unique sigil, three rings, two bracers and three totems; all valuable pieces of gear in the fight to save Aveum.* EA Play Pro members will get access to the Deluxe edition on the EA app†.
Watch the Launch Trailer here. For more information and to stay up to date on Immortals of Aveum, visit https://www.ea.com/games/immortals-of-aveum/immortals-of-aveum.
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About Ascendant Studios
We are Ascendant: An independent AAA video game studio with ownership and creative control over our original IP. We’re passionate and creative. Obsessed with originality. Committed to quality. Focused on fun. Determined to rise above the status quo of our industry and live our dreams in an inclusive, collaborative, professional and sustainable work environment.
Founded by Bret Robbins, creative director of the original Dead Space and multiple Call of Duty campaigns, our studio is headquartered in San Rafael, California with the team distributed all over North America. Our passionate and experienced group of storytellers has led the creation of beloved franchises such as Halo, Telltale’s The Walking Dead, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Borderlands, The Wolf Among Us, Mafia, Tomb Raider, Gears of War, Metal Gear Solid, The Elder Scrolls, BioShock and more. Our debut single-player magic shooter and original fantasy IP, Immortals of Aveum, is available now on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via the EA app, Steam, and Epic Games Store..
About EA Originals
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