phantomriftlogoFoursaken Media originally announced their next project (well, one of their next projects) via a Tweet way back in May. At this time the name of the game wasn't even known, but Foursaken described it as "a mix of Bastion and Mega Man Battle Network with tons of equipment, abilities and customization." Foursaken fans in our forums quickly made a discussion thread based off this limited information, and shortly after Foursaken joined in to reveal some more tidbits on the game. First off was its name, Phantom Rift. It's described as an action RPG where you play as a wizard who's caught in a strange nether-realm called The Rift. You roam around the randomly generated world of the Rift uncovering treasures, battling enemies, and eventually finding out why you're there in the first place.

Battles in Phantom Rift are described as "pseudo turn-based" which means that when you encounter an enemy you'll be able to perform basic attacks and dodging in real-time, but you'll be waiting for a special meter to fill up in order to utilize one of your magical spells, which is really the meat and potatoes of combat. There will be a whopping 120+ different spells to discover in the game, and you'll be able to carry 30 of them at a time in your character's magic pouch. When the special meter fills during battle, you'll get a random selection of 5 spells from your pouch of 30 to use, putting an interesting randomized element into each battle. The spells have all been finely crafted to play off one another and allow players to focus on certain areas, like melee attacks, elemental spells, or creature summoning.

In addition to all the magic stuff, Phantom Rift will offer a crazy amount of equipment and character customization options. Foursaken describes "hats, helmets, crowns, armor, furs, capes, gloves, gauntlets, robes, a huge variety of staffs, swords, and more" as just some of the thousands of items you'll be able to equip on your character, all of which will affect how your character looks and plays. All the equipment will have 5 different levels of rarity, so loot-collecting fanatics should have plenty to keep themselves busy. Along with all this information about Phantom Rift, Foursaken has today released a brand new trailer showing the game in action.

As you can see from the video, the way the world sort of flies together as you roam around is very Bastion-like, and the way battles are laid out is very reminiscent of Mega Man Battle Network. The influences are definitely there, but Phantom Rift also very much feels like its own thing.

One final tidbit worth mentioning is how multiplayer works in the game. There's no dedicated multiplayer functionality at all, rather you'll simply be able to run into other players' wizards at random times in the game world and battle against them. There won't be any major penalties for losing, but there will be rewards for winning in the form of a spell from that player's spell pouch. The multiplayer is designed to be built seamlessly into the rest of the game, and the matchmaking all takes place behind the scenes so that if you do choose to take on another wizard you'll be battling against someone who is of a similar level as you. Also, if you just plain don't want anything to do with the multiplayer part of the game, you can turn it off, which also means Phantom Rift won't require a constant online connection.

All in all Phantom Rift sounds like another ambitious genre mashup from Foursaken Media. They're looking to submit in the next few weeks and are targeting a launch sometime in September. Be sure to check out the discussion thread in the forums for more, and we'll bring you more news on Phantom Rift as it becomes available.

  • qdiddy

    Get hype! Combat also kind of reminds me of Radiant Historia.

  • lilneo

    I think this is the first cause for which BH2 does not receive any update yet...
    I like it! :)

    • http://www.foursakenmedia.com/ Foursaken Media

      In all fairness we did release an all new, 20 mission TD mode for BH2 a month of two after release :p

      • RamazUltra

        But other game you if of :'( like Monster adventures, Block fortress WAR, even after that update for BJ2 you forgot about it. I love your guys games but I would love updates for other games hate as of you guys pumping out new ones all the time. Regardless this game looks bad ass and I will buy it of course I just really hope this game gets constant updates :/.

      • http://www.foursakenmedia.com/ Foursaken Media

        The reality is we're a small team and we have to constantly make a choice of whether to update or make new games. If we constantly updated all our games, we'd never make any new games and we'd still be stuck back at N.Y.Zombies 1 (not to mention we'd be out of business)! Or another way to think about it is if we kept on updating Monster Adventures for ex, Block Fortress War and Bug Heroes 2 wouldn't even exist.

        The thing is, we always release our titles as fully featured and "complete games" right off the bat, so we don't feel bad about not giving unlimited updates forever. Of course it is our responsibility to fix any bugs and gameplay issues, and we still always try to give at least one content update per game (Block Fortress War added an endless mode)...

        The other thing is that we're developing $1.99 games... we literally can't afford to continue to update every one of our games forever!

        I don't know, I'm just not sure where this notion of "unlimited free updates" ever came from in the first place for iOS games.

      • RamazUltra

        Right on you're totally right. Like I said I'll be buying your guys next game because you guys make amazing games and I love supporting you guys.

  • Poo

    Daaaaaaamn looks Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!!!

    • SonixManix

      Spelled supercalifragilisticexpealidocius wrong. Jut kidding. :)

      • Poo

        Haha I looked it up before I posted haha it's in the dictionary lol

  • Goggles789

    Ehhh?

  • terrence92

    Instabuy! Wait this is a premium one right?

    • GaZ-OiD

      Premium and I'm very interested!! F2P and it's goes in the folder marked "thanks but no thanks" .......GaZ

    • http://www.foursakenmedia.com/ Foursaken Media

      Will be premium - most likely $1.99

      • terrence92

        In that case instabuy! Love you guys! Always giving us the good old premium games!

  • sivad

    Thank you forsaken media, why can't all devs be as involved and cutting edge as your 4 man team... Can't wait!

  • Rennerd

    It's Gandalf! At 11 seconds.

  • the_rebel14

    Very cool! Can't wait! You guys at Foursaken always do such a great job on your games and this one looks amazing! September can't come to soon.

  • Kenan2000

    Lol the first time I saw the picture from the "news & reviews"I thought this was a bioshock on ios trailer lol,I guess I am too hype about that picture and btw good job Foursaken!You will always be my number 1 developer team.

  • curtneedsaride

    Premium and no connection required?! Count me interested!

  • bababewey

    These guys are the epitome of a small studio that "gets it". They know what their audience wants and they deliver.

  • Ultima12

    Wow!! These guys make good stuff!! Looks amazing!

  • Exact-Psience

    Im afraid the time that Foursaken Media will make bad games is NEVER coming. ;)

  • ImJPaul

    The borderlands-esque loot sold me. I love working for better weapons and armor!!!

  • JCho133

    Bliss.

  • vid_icarus

    This looks rad! I dun twitted it!

  • masos

    Hello foursaken! The game looks amazing! Out of interest will you be doing a sequel to heroes and castles? That is one of my favorite ios games!

  • Sebastian Gomez

    Mage(Mega? xD)-Man Bastion Network...

    Loved both games. I'm not much of a fan of mages, though.

    Still, looking forward.

  • bear-man

    Foursaken, you guys are awesome! Definitely an instabuy for me, too!