Hi PlayStation community, I’m Julian Maroda, Creative Director at Norsfell. On behalf of the whole team, I just want to express how excited we are to reveal more about what you can expect to see in Tribes of Midgard!
Tribes of Midgard is a Co-op Survival Action RPG for up to 10 players developed by our team at Norsfell and published by our friends at Gearbox Publishing. You will play as an Einherjar – a glorious Viking hero who resided in Valhalla, hand picked by the Valkyries to descend from the heavens and protect the earth (aka Midgard).
Now let me lay the groundwork with my storyteller cap: The seeds of the Yggdrasil world tree, which have protected and nurtured Midgard since the dawn of the nine realms, are now scattered and hidden throughout the realm. The enemies of Asgard seek these flickering remnants of life and light to bring about the end of the world – Ragnarök. This is where you come in. There are two ways for you and your friends to save Midgard: an Adventure mode where you will have to try to defeat our fearsome seasonal boss, and a survival mode based on “how long can you?” you survive? Endless fashion style.
Thrive in the wild by hacking and slashing enemies, and collecting the resources needed to craft tools and equipment to help you survive. You can of course explore the world on your own, but we recommend that you bring friends with you, as you can play with up to 9 others! The world of Midgard is full of treasures to discover, including upgrades that can have dramatic effects on combat, gathering, and more.
But before you can kill Trolls and conquer enemy camps, every powerful viking has to start somewhere – for you, that’s with a few sticks and flint. Collect these materials to craft basic tools, allowing you to harvest sturdy crafting materials like wood, ore, and stone. You can also hunt deer to get leather for armor, but crafting a weapon may be the simpler option. For more advanced gear, you’ll need some of the more sophisticated resources you won’t find in medium rock, like silver, gems, and obsidian. Oh, and watch out for the Eir Effigies (statues that provide health, speed, and mana benefits) scattered throughout the wild. They can be a lifesaver… because if you die there, your souls are gone for good, and you have to hike a whole lot to collect all the loot you dropped. Think about all that deer meat, left in the wild for scavengers!
Once you are back in the safety of your village, regroup your resources at the War Chest. You can upgrade the town’s many village stations, giving you access to the best weapons, armor, and bonuses (potions, buffs, etc.) a Viking can dream of! You’ll craft fortified materials from your friendly villagers (who’ll help you in battle too!) And use the souls you collect from enemies to build powerful gates and watchtowers. Make sure you spend time preparing and strengthening your defenses by strengthening the village walls.
Keep Ragnarök away by protecting your village seed from the hordes of Helthings that arrive each night. Shoot them down, collect their loot, and maybe even give yourself a shout of victory – or use one of our emotes to celebrate with your tribe.
Spend the night and explore different biomes, complete quests, and pursue gameplay events (like saving a prisoner or finding elusive roosters) to earn rewards. Some of these rewards can be little more than a quick jaunt from the village walls, and will require you to build bridges and ramps to climb cliffs and cross rivers to reach those unfamiliar corners of Midgard.
The Helthings aren’t even the most dangerous enemies you’ll face. Every few days, a huge giant (aka Jötunn) will march towards your village in an attempt to destroy the seed. Stop them before they reach the seed or it’s over for you and your tribe.
One more thing: Leave your memorization skills at the door, as Tribes of Midgard is never the same game twice. Every trip to Midgard has a procedurally generated map, which means every tree, bush, and river won’t. won’t be where you left them off (so say goodbye to your favorite rock before you log out).
Tribes of Midgard launches for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 on July 27. Good luck, Einherjar, you will need it.