Thymesia finally gets a release date: August 9, 2022. The action RPG features a plague doctor and is heavily inspired by Bloodbourne.
Thymesia the Bloodborne Inspired Action Soulslike Gets August 2022 Demo and Release Date
- Genre: Action-RPG, Similar to Souls
- Developped by: OverBorder Studio
- Published by: Team17
- Release date: August 9, 2022
- Price: To be determined
- Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Windows (Steam, GoG)
Fans of the Soulslike genre certainly have a lot to choose from in 2022. Of course, we have the hugely popular Elden Ring released last February. On the horizon we also have games such as Dolmen and Achilles: Legends Untold with more unique settings. However, gothic horror fans will definitely find solace in Thymesia, which was just announced for release on August 9, 2022.
The developers at Thymesia have also announced that there is currently a limited demo available for the game. Players can try out the title between May 2 and May 9, 2022.
What is thymesia?
Thymesia is an action-RPG Souls game heavily inspired by Bloodborne. The game is developed by OverBorder Studio and is published by Team17 (who also published the RTS survival game Age of Darkness). It’s a lot faster than things like Dark Souls, and a bit more cinematic. The game has quite a few art moves and flashy abilities that make things interesting to watch.
We at Fextralife were lucky enough to get early access to the beta late last year. You can check out our more detailed impressions of Thymesia – A Bloodborne-like Action RPG coming next year (2022).
For everyone else though, here’s a little primer. Players take on the role of plague doctor Corvus. The unnamed land in which Thymesia takes place once thrived through the use of alchemy to prevent disease. However, the use of such sciences has been found to have catastrophic consequences. Instead of preventing the plague, alchemy was responsible for it. People turned into monsters and went on a rampage all over the kingdom, creating anarchy and destruction everywhere.
Only Corvus holds the key to solving all problems. However, he has conveniently lost his memory and must find a way to unlock the hidden recesses of his mind.
As an experienced plague doctor, Corvus is able to effectively wield the plague as a weapon. He is not, however, a hardened warrior, and far from it. Corvus has to use lots of light attacks, dodges, deflects, parries, and the more unique crow feathers.
Corvus can roam the battlefield performing attacks and parries, which is standard for the Souls-like genre. Feathers are similar to Bloodborne’s Quicksilver Bullets, which are primarily used to interrupt or stun enemies. He also has access to a Raven form that will allow the use of heavier attacks.
Plague Damage is also a special feature of this game. Plague Energy is basically your main mana or resource in the game, which you can extract from enemies. This energy allows Corvus to unleash more devastating attacks and combos.
And they are devastating! As mentioned earlier, Thymesia offers extremely impactful finishing move animations. You can definitely feel the weight of each special kill, bringing smiles of joy.
Plague weapons are also customizable upgrades. Corvus can use magic spears, arrows, and more to customize his playstyle.
Thymesia’s visuals and audio are equally haunting. OverBorder Studio’s game is set in a lonely world that strongly recalls the streets of Yharnam, albeit more infested with bubonic pustules. However, that’s where the similarities end in terms of appearance.
The OverBorder team also make their title stand out with the ominous green glows that are often attributed to plague and disease. Everything from Corvus’ glowing green eyes in his raven form to the ominous tint of his Scythe Plague weapon radiates style and substance.
The enemies are also quite varied. You have your mad and feverish villagers and your knights in standard armor. But you also have a few more twisted abominations, fully taken over by the plague. Horrifying beasts also roam the many alleys and streets of the kingdom, their grotesque, disease-ridden flesh waiting to be sliced through by the many blades of Corvus.
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Thymesia releases on August 9, 2022. OverBorder is releasing the game on PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S. Interestingly, this is one of the first games that won’t have a release on the previous console generation. Thymesia is definitely a good try for fans who crave more Souls-like games and have had their fill of Elden Ring already. It’s a decent action-RPG that fans of the genre should keep on their radar.
The game demo is available now on Steam until May 9, 2022.
For more information, check out SpellForce 3: Reforced hitting consoles June 7, 2022 and Soul Hackers 2 lets you summon demons to do your bidding, out August 26. Also, be sure to check out our roundup of last week’s biggest RPG news.