GRAVEN Announced

3D Realms announces GRAVEN, a fantasy action/adventure first-person shooter coming to PC, and consoles next year with four-player local and online multiplayer support. This is in development at Slipgate Ironworks and will be co-published with 1C Entertainment. They are calling this a spiritual successor to Hexen 2, Raven's 1997 sequel to their 1995 sequel to Heretic. They offer a Reveal Trailer with some gameplay and the following details:
Revealed at Realms Deep 2020, GRAVEN delves into a gruesome medieval world of deities and monstrosities as a disgraced Priest of the Orthogonal Order. When a heretical member of the Order sacrifices the Priest’s adoptive daughter, the Priest lethally retaliates in a bout of righteous fury. Tried and found guilty by his brothers and now exiled to the burning sands, he closes his eyes for one last prayer, for peace. The Creator speaks to him directly: “You will have to earn your peace.”

Heed the Creator by hunting down the foul heretical sects responsible for conjuring plagues and twisting the natural order of the seasons. Blending action, exploration, and puzzle-solving, GRAVEN takes cues from classic shooters, immersive sims, and action RPGs alike. Journey across three expansive, open-ended regions, and scour the lands to purge evil.

Carefully observe a reactive world to find the way: with a journal, the player drives the exploration instead of following waypoints. Listen to townsfolks’ woes and slay the monsters responsible for their torment. Banish over thirty distinct enemies from plagued madmen to swamp beasts with powerful sorceries such as wild blasts of lightning and scorching rays of flame. Solve environmental puzzles with those same powers, altering the world with spells.

Wield destructive conventional weaponry, including magic staves and wrist-mounted crossbows. Find hidden gold to upgrade weapons and spells at blacksmiths and alchemists. Return to previously-plundered areas with new abilities to uncover secrets and entirely new areas. With more than 30 weapons and spells, GRAVEN encourages experimentation. Play solo, with one friend in split-screen co-op, or even in a party of four online for complete arcane chaos.

“GRAVEN began as a game we had often dreamed of,” said Frederik Schreiber, vice president of 3D Realms and Game Director on Graven. “‘What would a spiritual successor to a Dark Fantasy series such as Hexen, have looked like if it was made in 1998 in the original Unreal engine?’ We think the answer is GRAVEN. We hope you do too.”
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Sep 8, 2020, 02:41
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HorrorScope wrote on Sep 7, 2020, 13:00:
I think the Voodoo 2 SLI comment takes the cake and it reminds me we need a like button for posts.

Then I read this comment:
"It reminds me of the days when games were good."

I'm sorry I can't watch that 30 minute gameplay video and think OMG now this is what gameplay was like vs what we have today. That gameplay seems plenty basic enough. I guess I'm missing what is making this wowzers. That said, I could still play it, but it looks like a $10-$15 dollar game to me if it gets good reviews. I'm also not a big fan of the hold the book open look, but that is more superficial.

What gets me is that they're calling it a "spiritual successor" to Hexen, but developing the game as an immersive sim. Now that may be fine if the gameplay was mostly the same, but the majority, if not all, of that gameplay video was him running around a village smashing crates and talking to people-that's not the core of what made Hexen great.

Hexen was a dark fantasy action game first and foremost, with exploration, light puzzle solving, and a dash of RPG elements. If you weren't looking for the puzzle piece you missed, you were fighting hordes of monsters in old ruins and twisted dungeons. I'm sure there's a lot more to the game than what they've shown, but so far I'm pretty skeptical.
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Sep 7, 2020, 13:00
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Sep 7, 2020, 13:00
 
I think the Voodoo 2 SLI comment takes the cake and it reminds me we need a like button for posts.

Then I read this comment:
"It reminds me of the days when games were good."

I'm sorry I can't watch that 30 minute gameplay video and think OMG now this is what gameplay was like vs what we have today. That gameplay seems plenty basic enough. I guess I'm missing what is making this wowzers. That said, I could still play it, but it looks like a $10-$15 dollar game to me if it gets good reviews. I'm also not a big fan of the hold the book open look, but that is more superficial.
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Sep 7, 2020, 10:33
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Sep 7, 2020, 10:33
 
Nice post, thanks.
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Sep 7, 2020, 07:07
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Sep 7, 2020, 07:07
 
For a long time I've been looking for a fantasy FPS in the vein of the Serpent Riders series (wish this had been an official licensed property). I even tried the Might & Magic game with the Source engine, but it was disappointing. The graphics look good as per the stated intent, but I am worried about the level design and enemy types in the reveal trailer. Hope we'll see some intricate architecture and the hub design like we did in Hexen 2, as also memorable enemies like the were-jaguar, the wizards, the mummies (heck, even spiders looked great in H2) and of course the amazing bosses.
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Sep 7, 2020, 07:05
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I'm not sure if some folks are trolling or not but it's quite clear these guys are literally going for that nostalgia feel. I have been digging some of these games going back to the good old q1 era style shooters and graphics.
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Sep 7, 2020, 02:36
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Steele Johnson wrote on Sep 6, 2020, 15:46:
I don’t mind the look. It reminds me of the days when games were good.

It's amazing how many people claiming to be proper "gamers" are a subset of that sub-culture that are sometimes derogatively called graphics whores. Don't get me wrong I don't mind pretty looking games, but gameplay always comes first.
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Sep 7, 2020, 02:29
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Sep 7, 2020, 02:29
 
They're calling it a successor, but it doesn't look very Hexen-y to me. Plus it's an immersive sim, which Hexen definitely wasn't. This looks more like a medieval Deus Ex.
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Sep 7, 2020, 01:44
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Sep 7, 2020, 01:44
 
looks like this game could run in a browser? multiplayer is limited to 4 people? would be a nice co-op that "everyone can run" apart from that not sure who their target market is

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Sep 7, 2020, 00:55
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Question is, will it run on my Voodoo 2 SLI?
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Sep 7, 2020, 00:48
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Cant wait to play this coop
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Darks wrote on Sep 6, 2020, 23:20:
ColoradoHoudini wrote on Sep 6, 2020, 13:45:
wtf_man wrote on Sep 6, 2020, 13:32:
What is this? The Quake 2.5 engine? While the protagonists 1st person hand looks detailed, the NPC's are like 1999 blocky, and the swamp water looks straight out of that era.

This was a great trailer.... for 1999

Are you guys really that dense? This is all done purposely, to give the game that original feel of the first game. Come on guys, stop being so lame. I love the game play and graphic style, it fits this game perfectly.

And Coop to. Yea, I'm all in.

Game play trailer.

https://youtu.be/YMUi-slp13c


Agreed again. Here is a full 30 min unedited clip. Includes gameplay from the 10 min vid.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpjeOih2CHA
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Sep 6, 2020, 23:20
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Sep 6, 2020, 23:20
 
ColoradoHoudini wrote on Sep 6, 2020, 13:45:
wtf_man wrote on Sep 6, 2020, 13:32:
What is this? The Quake 2.5 engine? While the protagonists 1st person hand looks detailed, the NPC's are like 1999 blocky, and the swamp water looks straight out of that era.

This was a great trailer.... for 1999

Are you guys really that dense? This is all done purposely, to give the game that original feel of the first game. Come on guys, stop being so lame. I love the game play and graphic style, it fits this game perfectly.

And Coop to. Yea, I'm all in.

Game play trailer.

https://youtu.be/YMUi-slp13c

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Sep 6, 2020, 22:19
 
Graven, Hoyviiin Mayviiin, looks promising.

While the older graphics tech may discourage some, maybe that will mean things like dead bodies, blood decals, broken props etc, wont disappear after 8 seconds like with so many modern games.
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Sep 6, 2020, 22:04
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Mordhaus wrote on Sep 6, 2020, 18:01:
Reminds me of Might and Magic: Dark Messiah. Which means I am in 100%.
Yeah, DM mixed with Hexen and Heretic for me. This game would kill with Coop! Cheerleading

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jdreyer wrote on Sep 6, 2020, 20:46:
Looks like they're making good use of the engine, I just wish this was done in a modern engine. You can really see the limitations for the DX7 graphics vis a vis effects, shadows, etc. Still looks pretty fun.

Same. Don't mind a trip in the wayback machine, but do it with shiny new graphics.
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Looks like they're making good use of the engine, I just wish this was done in a modern engine. You can really see the limitations for the DX7 graphics vis a vis effects, shadows, etc. Still looks pretty fun.
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Sep 6, 2020, 19:49
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Nucas wrote on Sep 6, 2020, 14:54:
Tomas wrote on Sep 6, 2020, 14:42:
I'm surprised none of you seem interested. I'm sold; looks awesome. I loved hexen and heretic, though. If the co-op is good I'll be in heaven.

i think it looks just phenomenal, and its definitely filling a 'fantasy shooter' void.

this is one of the first of the "retro" games that has a consistent, high quality look, like an actual game from the period that was trying to look its best - as opposed to aggressively ugly shit like Project Warlock or Nightmare Reaper that are just mashing together the whole decade of the 1990s into one game.

Agreed, this game looks like it has character and besides how many co-op fantasy dungeon type games are there anyway. This is an insta-buy for me and my buds.
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Sep 6, 2020, 18:30
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Another game to prove we need the 3080GTX in our life. lol
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Sep 6, 2020, 18:15
 
What a coincidence !
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Came to read the news, just after finishing minutes ago, Shadowcaster, a Raven game from 1993.
Promised me 27 years ago that I would finish it, just did, armed with walkthrough, hints, glovepie and cheat engine .
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As planned, will play CyClones another Raven game they made after.
Then will play In search of greed (not Raven's).
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Witchhaven 1,2
Cybermage
Chasm the rift
Technomage
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- https://strategywiki.org/wiki/Category:Windows ok items shadowcaster !!

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Fun, though not as great,
They're Alive
Pariah
Will Rock
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Reminds me of Might and Magic: Dark Messiah. Which means I am in 100%.
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