First Dwarf Is a New Open World Survival RPG With a Visual Touch of Breath of the Wild

First Dwarf is a new open world action-RPG that includes base building and survival elements – and seems to be taking its visual cues from Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

The game sees you play as the titular First Dwarf, a scout in a mana-powered mech, sent to find a new home for his people. As you can see in the exclusive trailer below, you’ll be exploring a pastoral open world set across floating islands, looting, crafting, building a colony, fighting off threats, and seemingly uncovering a more personal story along the way.

First Dwarf will come to PC, Xbox Series X/S, PS5 and Switch in 2023.

“Planet Driftland is no more,” reads a plot synopsis from developer Star Drifters, “a war between mages of four races has shattered the globe into floating islands and the inhabitants turned into barbaric tribes. Amongst the desolation the dwarves prevailed, but not for long – resources are running short and the once great civilization is catching its last breath. In a desperate attempt to secure the future, mighty airships are sent to the celestial islands in search of materials to save the dwarven kingdom.”

Star Drifters promises that, along the way, you’ll be able io upgrade your mech armour, allowing you to visit more far-flung floating islands, uncover the hidden past of your character’s father, and even unlock the use of a miniature dragon called Ragna.

Although built in Unreal Engine 5, the game is adopting a more stylized look than a lot of its peers on the new engine. Its painterly textures and naturalistic colors definitely seem to be drawing on Breath of the Wild – not a bad comparison, all things considered.

First Dwarf – 17 Screenshots

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