July 25th, 2012 | By Samantha Tighe
Breach Entertainment, a newly formed indie development team hailing from Finland, has finally released a gameplay trailer for their first foray into gaming, Shardlands.
The project is still tightly under wraps and details about it are scattered across the web, but this is what we know. The player controls a woman by the name of Dawn, somehow she finds herself trapped on a forsaken alien planet and her only hope of escape is through rebuilding a lost ancient alien device. Luckily the spirits of the planet’s former natives aid her on her travels. As she solves landscape-based puzzles and avoids monsters and other horrors, she will begin to unlock the mysteries that surround the place where she has landed.
Shardlands is a puzzle/adventure game. Players are able to move objects in the world by tapping and swiping, and tracing a route will move Dawn. It’s also reassuring to hear that the camera can also be shifted, if needed, by use of two finger gestures.
The trailer shows Dawn sneaking through the planet’s ruins. There’s an element of timing the player will need to master – not only does Dawn have to move over fire pits and sidestep crumbling platforms, but she seems to have no weapon. With the inability to attack creatures, monster avoidance is key. Dawn is also seen collecting glowing orbs – as of now it is unclear whether these orbs are the spirits of the helpful aliens or something else. Although the gameplay trailer shows off a lot of Shardlands’ key features – most notably has to be the game’s graphics. Even though it’s not quite finished, Shardlands is still a mighty fine-looking game.
As of now, there is no set release date – Shardlands is technically still in development. When it does become available, it will release in Apple’s App Store and will be playable on the iPad and iPod Touch/iPhone 3rd generation and above. Breach Entertainment also hinted that the android market could possible see Shardlands in the future, but there’s nothing definite quite yet.