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New IP Revealed As First PlayStation 5 Game

Gearbox and Counterplay Games unveiled Godfall, a brand new IP, at The Game Awards. The "third-person fantasy looter-slasher" RPG is the first confirmed title for the PlayStation 5.

Godfall combines fantasy ARPG-style loot progression and third-person melee combat to create a new "looter-slasher" genre. "We founded Counterplay Games with the singular desire to create games focused on high levels of personal mastery, rewarding players for the time invested with our titles," Counterplay CEO Keith Lee told the PlayStation Blog. "We get to accomplish both with Godfall and the hugely exciting PlayStation 5 hardware."

This dedication to personal mastery manifests in Godfall's offense-oriented battles, eschewing one-off cat-and-mouse encounters for dynamic, interactive, and highly replayable scenarios. Counterplay has designed the game with co-op in mind, allowing you to experience the world through solo, duo, or trio modes. The enemies you face will adapt to fit the size of your group, altering their behavior and attack patterns to offer party-appropriate challenges. Counterplay will reward your efforts with powerful and attractive loot meant to inspire subsequent character builds.

Based in California, Counterplay Games is known for their work on Duelyst, a free-to-play collectible card game that released to positive reviews on Steam in 2016. Similar to Godfall, Duelyst combines two genres to create a fresh concept, incorporating collectible card game and strategic tabletop elements into what PC Gamer described as "a mix between Hearthstone and chess." 

Godfall, a AAA combat game that draws on a "brand-new high fantasy IP written by Hugo Nebula award winners" marks a significant departure from the developer's first project. It will launch as a PlayStation 5 console exclusive at the end of 2020 and will also come to PC via the Epic Games Store. As the first title announced for Sony's next-gen system, Godfall has some big shoes to fill, especially now that Microsoft has thrown down the gauntlet with the surprise unveiling of the Xbox Series X and Hellblade 2.