Graven, a genre-blending first person puzzler, comes to Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S in 2021

Graven Reveal Image
Graven Reveal Image (Image credit: IC Publishing)

What you need to know

  • Graven is a new game from IC Publishing that is coming to current and next-gen platforms in 2021.
  • The game blends a multitude of genres for unique, old-school gameplay that should be appealing to puzzle and adventure fans alike.
  • It follows a lost priest as he hunts down heretics responsible for committing horendous acts against the Creator.
  • Graven is coming to Xbox One, PS4, PC, Switch, PS5, and Xbox Series X / S.

Another genre-blending game has been announced with Graven, a game set in a dark and twisted world that combines puzzle solving mechanics, world exploration, action adventure (inspired by old-school first person shooters and RPG's alike) and more into a very interesting looking game. Graven follows a lost priest that was exiled to a burning desert for taking vengeance upon the heretic that sacrificed his adopted daughter. Seeking to find some measure of peace, the Creator speaks to him directly and tells him that "You will have to earn your peace."

The game's reveal trailer shows a pixellated aesthetic that is quite popular amongst indie games, but with a darker feel to it and gory gombat. In Graven, it looks like you can use a variety of weapons including swords, crossbows, and magic to make your enemies explode in a variety of ways, as you track down heretical factions responsible for essentially screwing up the world and its natural seasons. Graven also has a focus on exploration, using puzzle solving skills and observation to discover new secrets, find hidden gold for upgrades, and even return to old areas with new abilities.

Graven is coming sometime in 2021 for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Playstation 5, and all current-gen platforms including Switch, Xbox One, PS4, and PC. If you're interested, you can follow the official website for news, or wishlist the game on Steam. Overall, Graven looks like a very interesting game that could be a hit if it reaches the depth it's clearly striving for.

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