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Insomniac Games has released the first teaser for their upcoming brawling game, Feral Rites. The title is due to release this fall for virtual reality headsets in collaboration with Oculus. The brawler was teased with a short 45-second trailer that gives gamers a taste of the action.
According to Game Informer the title will see players choosing between a male or female character and looking to fight to reclaim the peace in the land after the leader of a tribe is killed on a tropical island. You can see what the game looks like in the trailer below.
Now, according to the description on the YouTube page, Feral Rites will let players take their character and upgrade them to a feral animal, increasing their power and abilities. It reminds me a lot of a new-age version of Hudson's Bloody Roar.
The actual gameplay of Feral Rites is somewhat muted by a showcase of the game's graphics and environments. We see ancient ruins and architecture, along with plenty of jungle areas and some huts. As far as characters are concerned, they're designed to look tribal, almost like the Aztecs or Mayans.
We get barely a half-a-second worth of gameplay, which seems to reveal a third-person combat style. The description further notes that players will traverse from the jungle to ruined temples and various locations in between. As players battle against enemy forces and level up, they will earn and unlock new abilities and special attacks.
It appears as if players can enter into some special transformation portals to turn into a feral beast, but they don't really put a lot of focus or details on that aspect of the game.
Not much else is revealed for Feral Rites, but at least we know a reputable studio is behind the development of the game. Insomniac Games just recently had a remake of Ratchet & Clank make its way to the PS4 to compliment the new movie based on the game. They're also working on the upcoming PS4 exclusive, Horizon: Zero Dawn, where the game sees players attempting to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where robo-dinos roam the land and technology for humans has been made primitive and limited.
Out of the three games, Horizon still looks to be the better of Insomniac's efforts, but we'll have to wait and see what Feral Rites looks like when they reveal more info on the game ahead of its release. We'll likely get more details come E3 in June.
The response to the announcement of the game seems more skeptical than excited. VR is still an unproven market avenue and while early iterations of both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift have sold out quickly, we still don't know what the sales for the games will be like until further into the year. We'll see how well Feral Rites turns out when we learn more about it.