VARVARION new gameplay footage released: anime-style 3D action game being developed by a solo developer

Publication date of the original Japanese article: 2021-11-22 13:48 (JST)
Translated by. Ryuki Ishii

Solo game developer POLYGONOMICON released a new gameplay trailer for their upcoming game VARVARION (蛮勇戦域バルバリオン). It shows off the newly added mission that was available on the build showcased at the Digital Game Expo 2021 held in Akihabara a week ago.

*Gameplay footage with English subtitles. According to the developer, “Dialogues were skipped short to maintain the pacing” and “Everything is WIP. Things will change.”

VARVARION is a 3D sword fighting action game that aims to put players “at the center of playable, anime-styled sword fights” and “balance tactical Fighting game-like skill with the wide variety of combat scenarios found in Action Games.”

Players can control a cast of barbaric, valorous characters, including an orc (Ghaf), male/female warriors (Maxi/Shia), and a half-furry-looking girl (Phur). The game will support “a wide assortment of combat situations, ranging from 1 on 1 duels to group melees.”

Players can use a variety of melee attacks along with guard, jump, and evasive maneuvers to take on enemies. There’s an element of cost management as well, in which the players must manage their character’s life, stamina, and mana during battles. Stamina and Mana increase/decrease depending on the result of your actions. For example, Mana, which is used for activating special moves, can be earned by successfully attacking enemies or evading incoming attacks at the perfect timing.

The newly released gameplay footage showcases the game’s field exploration, interaction with NPCs, and battle sequences. Maxi, one of the playable characters, shows off his agile maneuvers and fierce sword fighting skills against a group of enemies. A 1 on 1 duel against the female warrior Shia takes place towards the latter half of the footage.

The anime-style graphics, smooth animation, dynamic camerawork, and flashy visual effects. They all look impressive, especially when considering the fact that the game is being made by a solo developer.

This isn’t the first time the developer released a gameplay trailer of VARVARION. However, unlike previous trailers, the newest one thoroughly showcases the gameplay, including segments outside of combat. Indicating that development is progressing smoothly.

VARVARION is being developed by a 3DCG artist using the Unity game engine. The game will feature a PvE single player campaign, split screen co-op, and Versus mode for up to 4 players. As for online multiplayer, “Hopefully sometime, but it is not top priority at this moment,” stated the developer. They are concentrating on developing the game’s core features first.

The game was well-received at the Digital Game Expo, and we look forward to seeing more details about it.

VARVARION is set to release for PC via Steam.