Tokyo Game Show 2023: Altheia: Wrath of Aferi Looks Set to Take Story-Telling to New Heights, Following in the Footsteps of Abzu and Journey

Published 09/21/2023, 7:38 AM EDT

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People were all hyped for the Xbox Tokyo Game Show 2023. And as things stand, it has well and truly fulfilled the hype. This year’s TGS saw fans witnessing tons of gaming reveals, from Persona 3 and 5 getting new trailers to a brand new map coming to PUBG. This event had it all. But there was one reveal that caught everyone’s eye.

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Today we got to witness the reveal trailer of the beautifully crafted game, Altheia: Wrath of Aferi, initially known as Project Altheia. But more than the trailer, the surprising similarity of this game with other similar titles got more attention.

Altheia: Wrath of Aferi: Similarities with Abzu and Journey

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In TGS 2023, we got to witness the long-awaited reveal trailer of the action-adventure odyssey, Altheia: The Wrath of Aferi. This title was developed by two indie developers, who happen to be brothers, Andrea Marsili and Marco Marsili, and published by Neon Doctrine. Both of them perfectly depict the immersive gameplay.

Now, after looking at the gameplay, fans are finding some uncanny resemblances between this game and two other titles in this genre: Abzu and Journey. Both of these games emphasized mainly the graphics. There was hardly any combat or dialogue in the game. (Although there will be a large amount of combat in Altheia.) But fans still immersed themselves in the stunning visuals of the games. All you need to do is traverse through breathtaking environments and evocative music.

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In Journey, you won’t be getting any instructions on how to play this game, but as you dive into the game, the subtle environment and your instincts will guide you through your journey. It’s like you were born for this. Also, you will find some companions on your way through, but you can’t communicate with these real-time players. But surprisingly, after playing for some time together, you will find a deep connection and bond between both of you without a single word being spoken. That’s the magic of the gameplay.

Altheia: The wrath of Aferi is also going to be something like this. No, not like a carbon copy; we are talking about visual storytelling. Witnessing this immersive and outstanding visual storytelling, it can be stated that Altheia is following in the footsteps of games like Journey and Abzu.

The storyline of the game

This game is the most ambitious project of MarsLit Games, an indie-developing company set up by these two brothers. This game has been inspired by the movies of Hayao Miyazaki and Mamoru Hosoda, two of the most famous Japanese manga artists and animators. In Altheia, you have to fill the shoes of Lili, a girl who has to struggle a lot alone as she just lost her mother.

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Here is the reveal trailer:

But her life took an unexpected turn when he met a shapeshifting monk called Sadi. Sadi will become her pathfinder, who will guide her through a completely new, adventurous journey that will change her life forever. The gameplay is based on the heroes’ combined skills. The game has many dungeons and environmental puzzles. Every aspect is designed around the synergy between the heroes. In fact, their cooperation is crucial to continuing to play. The fight system is also based on this aspect. Some weapons and enemies require Sadi’s support.

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As of now, there is no release date revealed by the developing brothers. Hope this game comes asap and takes us to its mesmerising world.

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Nilendu Brahma is an eSports Content Writer at EssentiallySports, bringing his passion for gaming and sports journalism to the forefront. With a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Nilendu combines his love for writing with his expertise in eSports. As a die-hard Barcelona fan and a cricket fanatic, he understands the pulse of sports enthusiasts.
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