Externus: Path of the Solari – Overview

Externus: Path of the Solari is a character-driven tactical roleplaying game (RPG) adapted from an original tabletop game.

Externus Path of the Solari

The game features turn-based tactical combat, full 3D battlefields, character-driven story, choose your own adventure sequences, permadeath that changes the story, and more.

In-Game Backrgound Story

The story of Externus: Path of the Solari follows Osmund Steele and his sons Alrik and Amante as they travel through the continents of Alcretia and Katrona. Osmund is part of an order known as the Soldat Solari, a tradition he intends to pass down to his sons, that is tasked with keeping balance and order throughout the world of Externus.

Our story begins as we follow the Steele family and their companions on their way toward the town of Zyais when they run into unexpected trouble from a mysterious group known as The Monotheists. This group of zealots is led by a man named Gabriel who has a history with Osmund and the Soldat Solari. Was it fate that brought them together on this day? Was it the will of the gods? With Gabriel in the picture and rumors swirling of a larger threat, known only as The Abomination, the Steele family will have a lot of roadblocks in their way as they try to keep the balance of the world from shifting into chaos.

Will your choices balance things or plunge them further into chaos? What does Fate have in store for you and your companions? Death matters in the world of Externus and losing an ally can change the story.

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Gameplay

Externus: Path of the Solari features classic turn-based gameplay. The battles will take place in full 3D battlefields that allow you to rotate the camera a full 360 degrees. The character-driven story will be told using those battlefields alongside interactive story sequences featuring custom artwork. You can traverse theworld using a map that highlights the two distinct continents that make up the world of Externus. The world map features unique artwork inspired by early cartography.

Externus: Path of the Solari uses a turn-based battle system that takes advantage of full 3D battlefields to make sure you can see all angles of the battlefield. This will help you weigh all your options from a tactical standpoint. The detailed battlefields feature elevation and other tactical landscapes to use to your advantage when facing your opponent. Sometimes it’s just easier to push someone off a cliff, right? Your choices make all the difference in combat.

The goal for the battle system in Externus: Path of the Solari is to challenge the player so that they feel accomplished in defeating their foes. You should think about the risks and rewards of bringing certain characters and using their specialized abilities. Your actions and choices matter. Think about the world in terms of fate. Was it fate that a character died? Was it a punishment from the gods or just a mistake caused by an error in tactics? Death will be permanent in Externus, how will you react? Let the story play out and see how a character’s death affects those who knew them both in positive and negative ways. Maybe it’ll even send a ripple effect out into the world!

Externus: Path of the Solari is a storybook brought to life and your actions on and off the battlefield can change the pages as they’re presented. This goes back to tabletop roots of wanting to tell a collective story that changes based on the players around the table.

Gameplay

Key features

  • Strategic Turn-Based Tactical Combat
  • Full 3D Battlefields
  • Character-Driven Story
  • Storybook Choose Your Own Adventure Sequences
  • Death Matters, Each Ally You Lose Will Change Your Story
  • Unique Full-Color Artstyle
  • Based On An Original Tabletop RPG

About the developer

Winterborn was formed by Kent Gambill in November of 2018 to make a tactical role-playing game set in a world he created over 15 years ago as a tabletop game. The studio was founded alongside Moudy Hamo, Jack Steele, Stephen Boilegh, and Trevor Osz to make a game using their unique skills.

As a studio, Winterborn was formed to adapt the original tabletop game that the team played for many years into a video game. They all have fond memories and a lot of stories to tell about their time playing the game. Now is their chance to tell those stories and make the kind of games that they grew up playing.

Official website: https://externusgame.com/
Twitter page: twitter.com/winterborngames 
Facebook page: facebook.com/winterborngames 
Instagram page: instagram.com/winterborngames

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Release date & platforms

Planned Summer 2021 for Windows PC and Xbox. The developer hope to release on more platforms, but they are pending approval. Below the trailer and their Steam page

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