My favorite games over the past couple of years aren’t critical darlings like The Witcher 3 or Uncharted. Games like DayZ (the mod anyways), H1Z1, ARK, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is what keeps me playing deep into the night with a group of friends.

A new game with that same open-world multiplayer feel is about to join the club. Citadel: Forged with Fire trades in the zombies, dinosaurs and post-apocalyptic settings of similar games and dives headfirst into the world of magic. Let’s check out the trailer.

I felt like I just watched an ARK trailer with castles and magic instead of dinosaurs. And I want to play it.

Citadel: Forged with Fire hits Steam’s Early Access on July 26th. The devs behind it (Blue Isle Studios and Virtual Basement) also have plans to bring the game to Xbox One and PS4. No details on when, though.

Who are Blue Isle Studios and Virtual Basement?

Blue Isle Studios previously worked on Valley (a first-person adventure game) and Slender: The Arrival. For Blue Isle Studios, this genre is new territory. “Citadel is a completely new genre for us, our biggest goal with this title is to work closely with our community to build the ultimate fantasy sandbox game that is playable online with friends,” said Blue Isle’s Alex Tintor in a statement.

For Virtual Basement, this genre is familiar ground. They helped bring ARK: Survival Evolved to life with Studio Wildcard. We’ll see how that work on an open-world dinosaur taming game translates to a fantasy world.

What we know about Citadel

The game’s Steam page teases the world of Ignus is a 36 square kilometer landmass full of “sweeping plains, dense forests, craggy mountains, festering swamps and frozen tundra.” For a little perspective, PUBG’s island (including the playable water area around it) measures 8 square kilometers.

As the trailer shows, magic plays a huge role in Citadel. We won’t be using pick axes, and mining picks here. The Extract spell does all that work harvesting Ignus’ resources. And you can summon huge meteors from the sky to help take out rival castles.

The developers also promise a “flexible and easy-to-use building editor” will be at your disposal to create the perfect castle. And a “near limitless variety of loot.”

The trailer makes the game look fun. We’ve seen several open-world multiplayer/crafting games find success on Steam and consoles. And new settings like the one in Citadel prove the genre still has plenty of life in it.

You can sign up for this weekend’s beta over at the game’s website. The game enters Early Access on July 26th. We’ll see if it can find and hold success like ARK and Rust, or fade like Conan Exiles.


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