E3 06: Elveon First Impressions

It's time for Elven martial arts and big, snarling, dog things in Elveon. We head over to the 10Tacle Studios booth to check it out.

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LOS ANGELES--Tucked away in a corner of Kentia Hall at E3 2006 is a booth for company 10Tacle Studios. You may recognize the name from the GTR series of hardcore racing sims, but the game we went to see was about as far from racing as possible. We sat down with the developers for a lengthy demo of the action role-playing game Elveon for the Xbox 360.

Unfortunately, we didn't get to play Elveon, but we did get a good demonstration of the combat system and level design, as well as the physics and graphics engines in the game. Elveon is about an elvish hero in the land of Naon...and that's about all we know thus far about the narrative.

However, one thing we did get to see is the combat system. When you begin a game, you can choose a combat philosophy based on how you want to fight. You can choose to focus all your skills in a single weapon, or you can go the jack-of-all-blades route. There are four weapon classes in the game: daggers, which do the least amount of damage but are lightweight and can be dual-wielded; bows, which are the only ranged weapons in the game; spears, which have a long reach and work well for taking out multiple enemies; and two-handed broadswords, which can inflict heavy damage but are slow and heavy. You can bring up to three different weapons into battle, and each one lets you perform unique attacks and combos. Once you're in battle, you can swap weapons on the fly to take advantage of the strengths of each fighting style.

The fighting itself is somewhat realistic in that you become fatigued as you fight. If you keep performing one strong attack after another, you'll get worn out and will not be able to move for a few moments. That said, the fighting style in the game is still pretty flashy, though not to excess. You can perform lengthy combos and jumping attacks, swing your spear around to quickly clear the immediate area, and more. You can also block attacks and use combos to break through enemy defenses.

The artificial intelligence in the game fights very much the same way that you do. We saw enemies block attacks and then counter when we became fatigued, and the enemies use combos to break blocks, as well. The combat animations look a bit clunky, but that's to be expected from a game this early in development.

The combat we saw took place on a very long, stone bridge high above a valley floor. We only saw one-on-one fights, but according to the developer, there will also be group battles where you'll be able to fight alongside allies against large groups of enemies and monsters. There will also be some arcade-style shooting missions where you'll hop on the back of a flying creature and fire arrows at hostile targets.

The demo then switched gears to showcase the graphical detail and level design in the game. The first area we saw was a huge bridge with a massive, ornate Elven castle looming atop a craggy cliff. We watched as the lighting and weather changed in real time, and the changes were very noticeable and dramatically affected the feel of the environment. The demo then moved inside the castle to show some of the expansive interiors of the game, before moving onto a walkway overlooking a rugged cliff. There were some really lifelike, swaying trees poking up through the crumbling bricks in the walkway.

We then saw an area set in a forest clearing where large rocks were arranged in a pattern similar to Stonehenge. The tall grass and flowers all swayed in the breeze, and the way the light filtered through the massive trees looked especially impressive. Also, we got a look at one of the monsters in the game, which was a muscular dog type of creature, with massive teeth and an even more massive mouth. Again, the weather changed at random from sunny skies to rain. One nice touch was when it rained in a castle area, puddles formed on the ground.

It's still hard to say what's in store for Elveon, since what we saw was still in the very early stages of development. However, based on the level of detail in the environments, the weather effects, and the flexible combat system, Elveon is one to keep an eye on for now. According to the developer, there will be some sort of multiplayer component in the game, as well as downloadable content for the single-player game on Xbox Live Marketplace. The team at 10Tacle is planning for a worldwide release in the Summer of 2007, but until then stay tuned to GameSpot for updates.

Discussion

46 comments
Dragdar
Dragdar

Plenty of melee combat fans were talking about this game, what is up with it now,

jerim007
jerim007

It seems someone needs to post here at least once a year. I've been tracking this game for a couple years, I think. I'd imagine any work done on the game has been scrapped, due to it being outdated. Hmph, it might as well be developed for the next-gen consoles. After a 5 year wait, imagine the big let-down to all the people tracking it when it finally hits the shelves, and it sucks...... I hope not.

cloggsmcluff
cloggsmcluff

By that you mean... You're? In the UK at least.. You are, is you're, and belongs to you, is your. If I'm not mistaken. But I never even went to school.

texasjgc
texasjgc

@ Evo8u, Ok, liberal boy....Looks like your taking advantage of Obama's new educational changes...."ur" instead of correctly used at "You'r". You'r off to a great start! Nice!

Evo8u
Evo8u

@texasjgc Obama has nothing to do with this thread, or why this company is having financial problems. Don't try and use a video game site as ur soap box for ur political views and non-factual opinions!!

Noahthereviewer
Noahthereviewer

Okay, it's 2010. I'll wait. Hopefully an open-world Lord of the Rings-like game. With lots of character customization!

texasjgc
texasjgc

From the elveon website: "Due to several financial problems (the company's stock-value fell from nearly 15€ to 2€) 10Tacle is going to discard 25% of it's employees, especially from the marketing- and sales-fields. Furthermore the studio 10Tacle Bratislava, which has been accountable for the development of Elveon up to now, will be closed. The final developing tasks have already been assigned to several other branches of 10Tacle and it's cooperation-partner Climax Group. What this implies for Elveon can't be said yet, but according to 10Tacle's product-PR it goes along with a completely new gameplay-system. More information are said to come in the upcoming months." Thanks Obama. What business are you going to kill next?

djr1118
djr1118

dam wat a let down to get to the end of the article and read that this was scheduled for summer '07 i hope this game is still in development it sounded interesting...

Gedden
Gedden

Obviously they've put this is on hold and the question is whether it will stay there or not. My guess is that if this does see the light of day it will be very different than from it's initial concept (not storywise necessarily but rather in its development). We'll see...or maybe not.

bluenosepunk
bluenosepunk

I hope this isn't in the bin.This game looks like it could be pretty awesome,no rumors in two years though?

Djdiddles77
Djdiddles77

Long time coming for this game!! If it's still going to come out it could be really good!!

RIP_Hendrix
RIP_Hendrix

I'm not sure this game is even alive anymore...supposedly Climax Group is finishing the game since 10Tacle studios in Slovakia went bankrupt, but it seems like it is going to be a very long finishing process yet if the project is still alive since work was supposed to have resumed during the summer of 2008. I dont see it coming around until after Q3 of 2009, the game has already taken forever, they can take as long as they want now....

Novemberfreeze
Novemberfreeze

if this game had all that in a early stage and they've had such a lllllloooooonnnnnngggggg time to fix it, then it should come out great. hopefully.

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

is it a real time combat system or turn-based? i love RPGs with real time combat, and, although I love the stories and such of many RPGs w/ turn based combat, I never bother with them because I don't have the patience for that =] I find it much more fun to have real time combat. The description sounds like real time combat, but I don't know. Anyone know?

jedos
jedos

c'mon geezers..let's see the game already!!! =)

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

this was supposed to come out over a year ago...what happened lol

Yokuz1166
Yokuz1166

Sounds good. I've always been a fan of immersive environments. I'm still waiting to know more about the storyline though, being as the storyline if the most essential piece of an RPG.

NuKkU
NuKkU

looks pretty cool man Hope it works out well

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Mmmmm looks pretty cool I'll track it and see where it goes from here...hopefully not to the deleted project bin through...

eminem_trick_01
eminem_trick_01

this game looks good for the side of gameplay , it's kinda remind me of Kingdom Hearts, Action-RPG and amazing graphics that look realistic that the game i want.

starjackerseth
starjackerseth

This game seems to have potential, hope it's better than Two Worlds.

Samfisher_1
Samfisher_1

well it's summer now and no news? But yeah looks pretty good

Benny_Blakk
Benny_Blakk

this looks interesting so far. i hope it allows some decent costomization

AnFangs_Endes
AnFangs_Endes

sounds good, wondering if the PS3 version will be delayed like so many other games though..

jamppa-80
jamppa-80

Looking good but hmm! they really should try something new cos there is so many rpg games coming to 360 and they look and sound like oblivion copys like two worlds and jne......! but we see later what comes

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

??? how is this a rpg? can the next poster tell me?

Rizer
Rizer

Well, it sounds interesting, but as it's an RPG I'm hoping the gameplay options expand a little more because it sounds so far suspisiously like a typical dungeon crawling, lord of the rings rip off to me. Hopefully, it's more creative than that and stands on it's own.

riseofnations36
riseofnations36

I'm sorry to say but,the fact that theres only 4 types of weapon classes has lead me to believe this game to be a run of the mill action rpg. But the AI and combat part seem to be good.I will be keeping my eye on this game.

Bane_v2
Bane_v2

No sword and board?!

Magix75
Magix75

Looks awsome to me!!! The Gameplay sounds sweet and the graphics pretty good. I say I am going to try this one out.

Carcrafter7
Carcrafter7

It looks pretty damn good the combat sounds awsome and I saw a trailer of the combat at Gametrailers it looked like nothing I have seen before

Rikkus_Chaos
Rikkus_Chaos

The More RPGs the Better and this sounds good!

NorwegianWinter
NorwegianWinter

Looks very nice. This and "Two Worlds" will be a nice addition to the Xbox 360 RPG lineup.

august_king
august_king

The Xbox 360 needs more quality RPGs! I like what the developers are doing with the combat system for Elveon. I hope they add more weapons and include some sort of old-school 3-4 character party based combat (as in the Final Fantasy games), and not make this a solo hero vs. hordes of enemies like the Elderscrolls: Oblivion. The game will be even better if they include a co-op mode and different story paths/ endings.

Doolum
Doolum

Certainly looks good.Might consider it on release

Ryda06
Ryda06

sounds okay. i'm not diggin the whole fatigued while fighting thing though.

lucas_kelly
lucas_kelly

Hmmmm looks like it could be worth it.

abelmaestro
abelmaestro

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