At PAX East this weekend we got some hands on time with War of the Roses developed by Fatshark and published by Paradox Interactive. Taking place in the  15th century during the bloody battles between the House of the Lancasters (the reds) and the House of York (the whites) for the throne of England. This PC only title will feature massive team based combat as well as a single player campaign.

Our hands on experience with War of the Roses was a 3 on 3 multiplayer game. The first thing that stood out with our time with the game was the amazing visuals. Still in pre-alpha the visuals were stunning. The colors pop and are vibrant and the character models look amazing. Every detail is spot on and grounded in reality. The game had the basic PC controls. WASD controls your movement while the mouse controls your facing.Movement felt natural and was easy to get the hang of.

Players will get to choose 3 of 16 weapons to use in their load-out at a time. Everything from broadswords to longbows are included in these choices and all weapons are authentic for the time period. In the demo we got to use a mace, two-handed broad sword, and a crossbow. Each weapon felt unique and different in their ability to deal damage. The broadsword was slow to charge up and swing and did a ton of damage. While the mace was quicker but dealt less damage.  To swing your weapon you click the left mouse button and move the mouse in the direction you want to swing. The longer you hold the mouse button down the more power there is behind your swing. To block against attacks you hold down the right mouse button and move the mouse in the direction you want to block. The combat control was a little wonky but we were told they were still working on them. Which can be expected for a pre-alpha build.

Set to be released in Q3 of 2012 War of the Roses looks like it’s shaping up to be a great game. While we only got to see 3 on 3 multi-player the single player campaign looks like it is also shaping up to be good. Fatshark is shooting for 64 player matches when the game ships, as well as other game modes aside from team death match.  While none of the other modes are confirmed as of yet we would expect to see a capture the flag mode as well. War of Roses is one game we were surprised by at PAX East and really can’t wait to see more this game has to offer.


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