Camelot Unchained BSC Days Wrap-Up

Combat: Getting Physical

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With all the cool stuff mages get, those who weren’t planning to play a mage might feel a little disappointed already. However, CSE is going to apply many of the same principles from the magic system to the melee system to make sure mages don’t get all the fun.

Like spells, abilities for other characters will be created at the player level by combining components. There are four component types: primary, secondary, modifiers, and modal components. Primary components are the object, or “noun,” that the player wants to use the ability (such as a sword), while the secondary component is the “verb,” or way the player wants to use the object (such as slash). Modifiers and modals, then, make up the majority of components, allowing players to tweak the ability and how their character uses it. All of these parts must be learned and practiced to be used in battle. A small amount of gain in these abilities can be earned through practicing on a target dummy, but the real gains will be in battle against other opponents. As a final note, like mages, specific components will be class or realm locked to promote class diversity.

Gameplay Brawl

Since Camelot Unchained is a physics based game, each body part is judged individually on a character. Helms only protect heads, and boots only protect feet. Likewise, each area has its own health and injury system, meaning that a blow to your shoulder won’t keep you from being able to run away. Thus abilities can target specific areas on a player’s body. Counter-attacks, defense, and ability disruption also play a key role in combat.

A few awesome possibilities and features were also teased. Giants picking up lechorpans and using them as projectile weapons is an awesome mental visual. Since the game has collision detection, giants (and others too, of course) can also stand shoulder to shoulder in an impenetrable wall of flesh to protect their claims. Line of sight will also be an important factor, for both direct attacks and arching abilities, which is promised to help prevent the infamous buff bot problem.

Gameplay Brawl 2

The trouble with the combat system reveal isn’t our doubts that this could work; after all, we’ve seen other physics based combat games come and go for years. The problem is that until we see this system in action, we’re only given a blind man’s idea of the elephant. While there was some live pre-alpha gameplay testing during the event, it’s a very primitive build with none of the aforementioned features yet implemented. But, like the magic system, if the combat system proves true, we’re in for some damned impressive PvP.

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  • Dan

    Lots of games have big ambition but the proof is in the pudding. If they can pull off their ideas then this game is going to be great. I’m really excited that companies are thinking outside of the box. Since WoW MMORPGs have all been basically the same. It kind of makes me think about a mix between DAoC and Shadowbane which is great because both of those games were good for different reasons. DAoC had RvR and Shadowbane had the player driven/build anywhere system that was ahead of its time. Anyone who is a fan of MMORPGs should keep there eye on this game in the coming years as it comes together. We could be looking at the next big thing.

    • ColdSteel

      I feel that we are looking at the next big thing, that is if you like RvR and building. and not grinding npcs to level up. The world being Dynamic would be a huge plus if they pull it off I am guessing they already are pretty confident they can or wouldn’t have suggested it. One thing this game has is CSE founders IMO willing to do different stuff and try things. Both IMO are geniuses.