When we think about science fiction RPGs, one particular title more often than not comes to mind, Mass Effect. This is because it’s one of the most well developed titles in this particular sub-genre, not that it’s the only one. The developer, Spiders is working on a new title called The Technomancer that will hopefully join the ranks of Mass Effect in the minds of fans of Sci-Fi games.
In The Technomancer you play as an apprentice Technomancer, Zachariah, who represents one of the powerful corporations warring for the most precious resource on the red planet: water. The Technomancers are formidable warriors, harnessing destructive electrical powers that are channeled through their implants. Your adventure will take you on a journey across Mars, where each decision you make bears consequences.
The Technomancer is a roleplaying game at heart and it starts from the character creation screen, where you will customize your appearance and make your first character development decisions. During the 40 hours of quests, you’ll earn precious experience points, that will let you further develop your character through 4 skill trees tied to 3 different combat stances and your technomancer powers. These will help you face the many dangers of Mars: other human survivors and mutants, as well as the numerous hybrid creatures bioengineered by the first human settlers.
- An adventure set on the sands and terraformed tropics of a post-apocalyptic Red Planet
- 3 combat styles and character customization
- Unleash powerful Technomancy magic on your foes
- In-depth crafting that changes the appearance of weapons and armour
- A world that reacts to your decisions
- Relationships with companions that open new pathways and quests.
You will also learn talents that will be useful during the exploration phases. Along your journey you’ll recruit many companions each with their own story, behaviour, moral code, special quests and talents, that assist you in combat as well as exploration. Steel yourself and your companions with better armor pieces and weapons, and further improve your equipment with the crafting system. All along your journey, you’ll create a unique hero (or anti-hero) and story that reflects the choices, friends and enemies you made.
Spider has worked on another title called Mars: War logs, which is very similar to The Technomancer, however even though Mars is a good game. It is not one that lingers in the mind after playing it. Hopefully The Technomancer is able remain with us for much longer.
The Technomancer will be released on June 21st 2016 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.