Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn

When Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn was announced a couple months ago, it completely slipped under my radar. I also admit that I never played developer A44’s previous title, Ashen, although I danced around it quite a bit (especially when Half-Glass Gaming’s owner Josh was raving about it).

But when a new trailer dropped for Flintlock yesterday (which I’ve posted at the bottom of this article), my interests were immediately piqued. I was reminded of other action RPG titles, mainly ones from the developer Spiders. Even though I’m fizzling out on Elden Ring, I am still very much in the mode to play an action RPG, though perhaps one that’s a bit more digestible. And from what I can tell so far, Flintlock looks like it checks off a number of boxes for my personal tastes. 

You play as a woman named Nor. A door to the afterlife opens and unleashes an undead army into her world, resulting in the death of her father. So Nor is on a mission of revenge to track down the god responsible for her father’s death to give it her regards.

Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn

Along the way, she’ll team up with some sort of mystical dog-sized creature named Enki that is capable of wielding magic. Armed with an axe and a flintlock pistol, and with Enki at her side, Nor and the other members of her coalition must take back their realm and vanquish this invading force.

Flintlock is very much set in the flintlock-fantasy or gunpowder-fantasy genre, which is admittedly something I had not been aware of previously. In my understanding, it resembles a bit of Victorian steampunk, but with a more fantasy-infused, magic-and-monsters aesthetic. I’m sure devotees of the genre can sum it up better than my novice explanation, but hopefully that description gives you an idea of the setting and world within which Flintlock takes place.

There is no concrete release date yet outside of a general 2022 window (you can currently wishlist it on Steam, PlayStation Store, and Epic Games Store), but Flintlock is definitely one to keep an eye on if you are a fan of the genre specifically, or of smaller “BB-tier” action-RPGs in general. Flintlock will be available on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC sometime this year, so long as its 2022 release window holds.

You can check out the Rich World trailer below to see Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn in all of its glory.

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