Meet Altai– I mean, Arthur Artorias, a ghost in more ways than one. See, following a massacre that devastated your family’s legacy some eight years ago, you – as in, Arthur – are assumed long gone. Dead. No longer of this world. Only, you are very much alive, vengeance the one thing on your mind in Winter Ember. Strike from the shadows and keep your wits about you. Then perhaps one day, the time for sweet revenge shall come.
Before any of that, however, you’ll have to overcome a slew of challenges and obstacles across the cold Victorian town of Anargal. Hidden passageways and crafted arrows are bound to tilt the odds in your favor as a smoke arrow will help with concealment while one dipped in poison… well, I’m sure you know how that works. Here’s the thing though: like in any good stealth game, action is far from the optimal solution, and in Winter Ember, a bloodstained carpet is bound to raise suspicion; attention that you could most certainly do without.
From rival gangs to unique characters, approach each scenario in a myriad of ways. Take advantage of the environment, find solutions to every problem, and move past any challenge standing in your way.
While there are ways to dispose of bodies, non-lethal solutions do exist too, and while knocking someone out only removes them temporarily, it should be enough for you to slip by with relative ease. Peek through keyholes, use elevated terrain to survey your surroundings, and come up with a cunning plan before making a move. Oh, and your playstyle can be customized beyond several dozen unique arrow types, courtesy of no less than three skill trees – stealth, combat, and utility – featuring a blend of passive and active skills.
Will you succeed or fail miserably at exacting revenge upon the dastardly villain who, for all intents and purposes, deserves whatever Arthur is plotting at this very moment? Fortunately, it won’t be long until we get a chance to find out, as the launch of Winter Ember is right around the corner.
Winter Ember will be on PlayStation 4/5, Xbox One/Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, Steam, and GOG.com, come April 19, 2022.