Sloclap, a brand new development crew composed of ex Ubisoft employees that once worked on Watch Dogs and Ghost Recon, have a new IP they’re ready to showcase to the world. Entitled, Absolver, the new online RPG is poised to take a martial arts based focus on the crowded melee genre.

The crew at Sloclap, in conjunction with Devolver Digital, have been working on Absolver since May 2015. A year into the project, they’re confident enough to bring their vision out to the masses – and what they’ve brought to us looks intriguing as hell. The title is said to control via “fluid real-time combat” with a “customizable style and flow”. Here is the game’s synopsis:

“In the ruins of the fallen Adal Empire, you awaken with a mysterious mask on your face, and faint recollections of an esoteric ceremony. Freeing you from hunger, thirst, and even death, the mask is the creation of the Guides, the rulers of these lands, who have placed you here to determine whether you are worthy of becoming part of the elite corps of Absolvers. As you wander these forsaken lands, encountering other Prospects like you, you will learn new combat styles, acquire weapons, gear and armor, and build a team of warriors with whom to fight side by side in Arenas of combat.”

The combat allows players to “position yourself in one of four tactical stances during real-time battles and execute devastating attacks, dodges, and parries. Movement becomes your weapon as you engage in solo duels or intense three-on-three melees battles.” While the customizable styles promise that “players will define their character’s playstyle by picking a combat style, a weapon of choice, and arranging attacks in their Combat Deck to design their unique and personal attack flow.” While the online focus of the game teases ” a rich and dynamic world including dedicated PvP battle arenas where champions will receive spoils of victory and progress in the ranks of the Absolvers, and PvE dungeons in which players cooperatively battle to retrieve rare loot and equipment from the depth of the Adal mines.”

There’s a lot of promise going on with this year old project, but the first trailer looks quite good as far as art style and potential combat go. The game plans to appear on PC and consoles in 2017. Take a look below and let’s hope we get a closer look at Absolver next month during E3.

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