Nival, creators of Defenders [Free], known as Prime World: Defenders outside of iOS, and King's Bounty: Legions [Free], have announced Etherlords, coming September 4th for iOS, boldly forgoing the "Title: Subtitle" format of their previous games. As well, they're trying to make a free-to-play game that is much more player-friendly than similar titles.

Etherlords features two distinct phases: a 3-on-3 RPG battle system, where players use their creatures to try and win matter. Combat is somewhat automated, but with various character abilities that can be triggered every so often. Then, there's the world-building portion, where earned matter can be used to build out each level, discovering new creatures and progressing further to new battles. It'll be possible to fight other players and fuse creatures to make them stronger.

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Etherlords will be free-to-play, but will eschew some of the most annoying tactics that games of the business model tend to use: Nival is promising that the game will have no energy mechanic at all. A constant internet connection will be unnecessary, too: even for PVP modes, which will work a kind of development trickery to work offline.

The game is scheduled to release for free on September 4th, and should prove to be a bit more interesting of a free-to-play RPG battler than most in the genre.

  • sivad

    I see stamina bar and 3 currencies... Looks like they are breaking the freemium mechanic and going for a new way of getting money

    • ImJPaul

      Ya man. I don't know how you can promise not to have an energy system when I clearly see a "life" system and 3, yes, 3 currencies. If they're trying to appeal to the anti-freemium iOS gamers (see Injustice) this doesn't appear to be a shining example but I will reserve all judgement for release day. Game itself looks very interesting.

      • sakara214ever

        Yep the game "screams" throw real money on me just to play and not wait for timers.

      • Kenan2000

        How injustice is anti freemium with all these energy bars?

      • ImJPaul

        Just play it man. Or read about it. Too long to explain.

    • maxipr

      It is not a stamina bar. The game has no stamina whatsoever.

  • Bone16

    Looks good. We'll c how the timers play out

  • Pham

    Softlaunched in Denmark last week.

  • Tommmy

    People are getting tired of free-to-play shit.

    They could've just ported the original Etherlords with single player campaign.

    • Stormourner

      when new people becomes fans of Etherlords you should be thankful for the F2P Etherlords game. of course they should bring the original Etherlords to iOS if you ask them

  • ste86uk

    Sounds like the same old rubbish I'm use to seeing. Anything where you collect multiple units just to fuse them to make one stronger turn me off instantly. It's nothing like an rpg levelling system.