Publisher/developer Kalypso Media has officially brought their latest game, Vikings – Wolves of Midgard, an action brawler with a Norse theme, has been released in the United States. The game is available for PC, PlayStation 4, and XBox One, as well as via Steam.
The game is set in the Shores of Midgard, a world based upon the mythology and history of the Vikings. The world marches toward Ragnarok, as the coldest winter, the time when the Jotan will come to take their vengeance against the Gods of Asgard, has begun. The player is cast in the role of the clan chief of the Ulfung, the Wolves of Midgard. As the Frost and Fire Giants combine forces for the final battle, the Ulfung lose their village, driving them to fight to save the world and destroy the Jotan.
Players choose to play as either a Viking warrior or a shieldmaiden. Combat styles include sword and shield, two-handed hammer, staff, bow and dual-wield axes, which can be mastered through battle. By collecting resources and special runes, players can use the crafting system to upgrade their equipment. As would be expected, legendary weapons and armors are concealed in each of the levels, as well as Artifact weapons to unlock the most powerful gear in the game. Alongside items and materials, the other key resource is blood, used to level up and earn Gift points, which in turn unlock special powers called “Gifts of the Gods.”
There are complementary elements to the usual action. Players must take precautions against the deadly cold, as well as rebuilding their village in order to obtain better equipment. Destructible environments allow a measure of strategy by dropping rocks on enemies or simply pushing them off cliffs. Players have a choice between playing solo or teaming up with each other via the online co-op mode. In addition to the regular story mode, there is a New Game+ as well as Trials of the Gods mode, where players are rewarded after challenges with special equipment and runes.
The physical releases, known as Special Edition for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and the Special Limited Edition for the PC, include various goodies. The Special Edition includes a digital soundtrack and digital artbook, while the Special Limited Edition includes Vikings outfit DLC, digital soundtrack, and digital artbook. The European versions include a poster.
Vikings – Wolves of Midgard has a suggested retail price of $49.99. The game has been rated M for Mature by the ESRB.