These are the characteristics that define the Shattered Arena as a unique dueling experience. Throughout development, these core values have been integral to the game’s design and they will be respected as future content is added.
In its soul, Shattered Arena is designed to put you in the center of a vivid blow-by-blow dueling experience where every action is easy to visualize. You will feel the satisfaction of countering your opponent’s spear thrust to your body armor with a surprise lunging technique that allows you to strike and break his helmet despite his range advantage. You will despair as your opponent quick draws a dagger for one final thrust when all your defenses are exhausted. Will you taste the bitter glory of surviving to steal a hard fought victory, or will you burn in humiliation as you meet your end with jeers of the cruel Tyrants ringing in your ears?
Players must consider the consequence of every action and anticipate opponents’ moves. Discern who will have the advantage when trading blows. It is sometimes necessary to avoid a counterattack by not attacking your opponent directly. Use range advantage to prevent an opponent from reaching you with a counterattack or bait them into guarding a thrown utility to create an opening. Press your opponent into action with Poison or control the fight by using afflictions like Fear or Berserk. Layer on armor and imbue it with deterrents against counters to mount an offense with impunity. There are many possible builds for you to discover.
Shattered Arena puts you in the role of a captive fighter forced into a deadly duel for the pleasure of the sadistic Tyrants. Resource cards are attributes like those used traditional and computer RPGs. They include Strength, Agility, Arcane, Endurance, and Appeal. A weapon may require a certain amount of Strength to wield. When building a custom deck, you are defining your unique character’s core attributes, equipment, and combat abilities. Will you be an agile and appealing fighter who always has a technique to play and the favor of the Tyrants at your back? Will you outlast your opponents with heavy armor and limitless endurance supported by arcane magic? Create a fighter that resonates with your own sense of strategy and style.
As a captive fighter, enter a subterranean nightmare world dominated by the undying magic of the heartless immortals known as the Tyrants. Their sadistic creativity and insatiable thirst for the suffering of humankind is unparalleled. It is for their own pleasure that the Tyrants have devised a spectacle of violence in which human beings assail one another. At the will of the Tyrants, these mortal duels employ the weapons and harness of great fighters of the ancient world. This is Shattered Arena.
The combat in Shattered Arena is a struggle for survival between mortal human beings, not invincible heroes or creatures. Victory means taking the life of another human for the pleasure of the cruel Tyrants. You will be wounded. The Tyrants will taunt you. You will live to entertain them or you will die.
From the beginning, Shattered Arena was designed to support more than two players in various game modes. 3 player free for all and 2v2 are excellent multi-player alternatives to the standard duel between two fighters. Don’t forget that all fighters refresh their committed cards each time a player refreshes. Utilities may be used on allies as well as adversaries. Create your own multi-player game rules that would please the Tyrants.