Co-op gameplay is an extremely popular mechanic in video games, and Role-Playing Games are often some of the most celebrated and successful games on the market, but it’s rare to find a co-op RPG on any platform. There are MMOs, which are usually the go-to solution for RPG fans hoping to play a game with their friends that isn’t a shooter, but standard RPGs usually offer a much deeper storyline than MMOs do, so there is always a trade-off.
Phoenix Labs, an independent game studio, revealed their debut title at the 2016 Game Awards this week. The game is called “Dauntless,” and it’s being billed as an online co-op action role-playing game (RPG) set in an untamed science-fantasy world. Players take on the role of elite warriors known as Slayers who protect humanity by hunting ferocious Behemoths. Dauntless is being created by a team of industry veterans from BioWare, Riot Games, and other acclaimed studios, led by co-founders, Jesse Houston, Sean Bender and Robin Mayne.
The studio explains the world of Dauntless saying that it, “has been shattered by a cataclysmic event, creating a vast array of uncharted and majestic floating islands.” The studio went on to say, “Behemoths, as cunning as they are vicious, consume the land, and it’s up to the Slayers to hunt them down before they destroy what remains of the world. Slayers will explore an ever-changing frontier, brimming with verdant flora and unique wildlife.”
“Phoenix Labs is made up of the most talented and passionate game developers in the world,” said Jesse Houston, co-founder and President at Phoenix Labs. “We make games because we love to play them, and we want to share these experiences with gamers everywhere. We’ve taken inspiration from games like Dark Souls, Monster Hunter, and World of Warcraft to create a new, gripping gaming experience.”
In Dauntless, Slayers can go at it alone or join cooperative parties with up to four people to take on the Behemoth threat. No two encounters are alike – each brings its own unique challenges and rewards. To survive on the Shattered Isles, players collect rewards from their hunts to upgrade their arsenal of weapons and armor in a deep and robust crafting system. Dauntless will be available as a free-to-play downloadable game on PC in 2017.
Aspiring Slayers can find out more information on Dauntless by visiting and registering at playdauntless.com.