Between Thor of Marvel superheroes fame and the obvious influences of Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls Online, Norse mythology is at peak popularity right now. We just can’t get enough of it, so it was unsurprising to see EITR, another Norse-inspired game, announced during Sony’s E3 2015 press conference.
The new action RPG is being published by Devolver Digital (who also published arcade bloodfest Hotline Miami) and it stars a nameless female protagonist who we only know as ‘The Shield Maiden’. The game will be released on PC and PS4 at some point in 2016 and you can watch a brand new EITR gameplay trailer after the break.
EITR Announced for PC and PS4
Here’s the official blurb from Devolver:
“The Shield Maiden, as with all mortal Norsemen, was to have her fate determined by the three fate-weaving Norns and their sacred loom before she even entered the world. However, her destiny was shattered when the mischievous god Loki interfered, dripping spots of the wretched substance Eitr into the unwoven loom, forever altering the Shield Maiden’s path and engulfing the great tree Yggdrasil in darkness. Now the Shield Maiden must venture into the nine Norse worlds connected by Yggdrasil and unravel the mystery of her fate.”
Many have noted EITR looks like a pleasant mashup of Dark Souls and Diablo, as The Shield Maiden doesn’t just hack and slash her way through enemies, she has to think strategically to take them down. By the looks of things, we’ll have to dash around and dodge attacks so that swarms of smaller enemies don’t box us in and bigger bosses don’t turn us into pixel paste.
In addition to Dark Souls, I personally think that EITR looks a lot like Jotun, the upcoming indie adventure from Thunder Lotus Games. Jotun stars a female protagonist named Thora who deals with an unfortunate fate, she fights bosses that look just like the giant in the EITR video above, and she even travels to Yggdrasil. As Jotun isn’t going to be released on PS4 (for now) and EITR has RPG elements, the games aren’t quite in direct competition with each other, but if you’re a fan of badass Norse ladies then the next few months are looking good.
EITR will be released on PC and PS4 in 2016.