Clair Obscure: Expedition 33 Announced

As a part of Microsoft's Xbox Games Showcase 2024, a new surprising RPG was announced! Clair Obscure: Expedition 33 is a dark modern turn based RPG that also features real time elements being developed by Sandfall Interactive.

It's story follows a group of people as they set out on their final expedition to put a stop to the cycle of death. Each year a "Paintress" awakens and paints a number - that number is the age of those who will die. This year it's the number 33. In hopes of stopping the Paintress a small group sets out to kill her. They are "Expedition 33."

As for the game's combat, at it's core it is a turn based game; however, real time elements are incorporated in many unique ways. Incoming attacks can be dodged or parried with the correct timing, a free aim system allows you to take control of the party to hit weak points, and attacks are more effective if timed correctly with rhythm based attacks.

The game is scheduled for release in 2025 on Xbox Series, PlayStation 5, and on PC.

From Sandfall Interactive:

Expedition 33, currently in development, is Sandfall Interactive's first game - it is published by Kepler Interactive, a global publisher and game developer built on a unique co‑ownership model. Clair Obscur: Expedition 33 is a turn-based RPG experience aimed at new-gen consoles & PCs, and is set to release on Unreal Engine 5.  

The game will immerse players in an original world mixing fantasy and European "Belle Époque" art influences.

Prepare for an epic single-player narrative-driven adventure.
For more info and wishlist the game, visit the Clair Obscur: Expedition 33 official website


YEAR BY YEAR, SHE ERASES US

 Lead the members of Expedition 33 on their quest to destroy the Paintress so that she can never paint death again. Explore a world of wonders inspired by Belle Epoque France and battle unique enemies in this turn-based RPG with real-time mechanics.

"Once a year, the Paintress wakes and paints upon her monolith. Paints her cursed number and everyone of that age turns to smoke and fades away.  

Year by year, that number ticks down and more of us are erased. Tomorrow she’ll wake and paint “33.” Tomorrow we depart on our final mission - Destroy the Paintress, so she can never paint death again.

-We are Expedition 33."

 

TOMORROW COMES

With only one year left to live, join Gustave, Maelle, and their fellow Expeditioners as they embark upon a desperate quest to break the Paintress' cycle of death. Follow the trail of previous expeditions and discover their fate.

Get to know the members of Expedition 33 as they learn to work together against impossible odds.

REACTIVE TURN-BASED COMBAT

In this evolution of JRPGs, real-time actions enhance the heart of turn-based combat. Build your party and level up six characters. Craft unique builds for your expeditioners that fit your playstyle via gear, stats, skills, and character synergies.

Open an active dimension in combat - dodge, parry, and counter in real time, chain combos by mastering attack rhythms, and target enemy weak points using a free-aim system. 

A HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL WORLD

Explore an enchanting realm populated by surreal adversaries. Wander through breathtaking landscapes, from the Island of Visages to the Forgotten Battlefield, discovering secrets and hidden quests along the way. Find allies of fortune in creatures of legend and recruit special companions, access new travel methods and discover secret areas in the World Map.

Experience the debut game from Sandfall Interactive, fully realized in Unreal Engine 5 with stunning graphics and a heartbreaking soundtrack.

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