Chronos Before the Ashes A new game called Chronos: Before the Ashes was succinctly announced today by THQ Nordic and Gunfire Games. The teaser trailer does not feature any gameplay, but it does at least reveal that it’ll be out on December 1st for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia.
VR fans know that Gunfire Games released a game called Chronos for the Oculus Rift platform back in 2016, receiving positive reviews. It seems like that this is a port to non-VR platforms; the subtitle also suggests Chronos: Before the Ashes will be treated as a prequel to Gunfire’s most recent game, Remnant: From the Ashes.
In Chronos, you play a young hero who tries to save his home from an ancient evil. It’s set in a labyrinth, with “unforgiving and brutal” combat. There’s an interesting ageing mechanic: when you die, you have to wait a year to return to the labyrinth, which means you can try again but one year older. According to the official blurb: “When you start your journey, it’s still easy to get stronger and quicker, but the older you get, the more important your wisdom about the arcane powers will become.”
original VR game
Below you can find the description provided by Gunfire for the original VR game. It should largely correspond to this port, too, though we’ll certainly report back more details about Chronos: Before the Ashes once they are revealed.
Chronos is an atmospheric RPG that chronicles one young hero’s lifelong quest to save their homeland from a great evil. Central to this quest is an ancient labyrinth, which holds the secrets necessary to restore life and peace to their home. Chronos Before the Ashes, However, the architects of this labyrinth designed it to open only once a year. The labyrinth is a test, and each time the hero fails they are cast out and must wait one year to return.
Adventure RPG – Refreshing combination of Adventure Game elements and RPG mechanics. Unique leveling mechanic – Each journey into the labyrinth cost the Hero a measure of his life. Player’s must adapt to their advancing age as they progress their character; start the game young , nimble and quick, and end wise and more attuned to magic.
Unlock the Secrets of the Labyrinth There are many mysteries behind the origins of the labyrinth. Who built it? Why did they build it? What does it do?
If this sounds familiar, it may be because Chronos: Before the Ashes is based on Gunfire’s VR-exclusive Chronos. But it’s been overhauled to work without VR, and is set to launch on 1st December 2020 on PC, Stadia, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.