December 8, 2023

Don’t Nod’s new and exciting title Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is right around the corner, so what better time to learn more about the game via a gameplay overview. What we know so far is that you’ll be playing as both the titular Banishers, Antea Duarte and Red Mac Raith, two lovers who have sworn to protect the living from the dead as ghost hunters.

Things aren’t as they appear however as Antea Duarte is a spirit fighting others of her kind, giving two unique perspectives and gameplay elements as each character has their own individual abilities. Don’t Nod’s signature emotionally impactful narratives are still present here, on top of returning to familiar grounds for the studio with an injection of action-RPG.

Here’s an overview breaking down more of the gameplay:

What we can gather from the overview is there’s a very similar choice-based mechanic we saw in Vampyr. Like Vampyr’s efforts to lean into or resist vampirism, you’ll be making equally tough decisions in Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden. Will you banish the living to keep your lover’s spirit thriving, or continue your duties and lose her? More details on the story from the Press Release:

A journey between love, life, death and sacrifice

You play a couple of Banishers, Antea Duarte and Red Mac Raith, experienced spirit hunters, sent to New Eden to lift a mysterious curse and solve haunting cases. But after an ill-advised attack, Antea is killed and becomes one of the ghosts she loathesTorn between their vows to protect the living from malicious spirits and the nightmare of Antea’s condition, you must make hard decisions: Will you honor your Banisher oath or sacrifice the living in a desperate bid to bring your beloved back?

Enter the lives of New Eden’s communities in a world plagued with supernatural creatures and ancient secrets. Combine Antea’s spiritual powers and Red’s powerful arsenal to defeat and banish the souls that torment the living. Uncover secrets, navigate mysterious landscapes, upgrade your gear to unleash another measure of power, and meet memorable but tormented characters whose fates rest in your hands.

Heavy decisions will lie on your path as you decide the fate of New Eden’s inhabitants—be they living people or wandering souls—dramatically impacting your story and the challenges you’ll face.

Alongside the Collector’s Edition for the game, there is now also a Red Echoes Edition up for pre-order.

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden releases on 7th November 2023 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC via Steam.

Source: Press Release

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