Shift Up's long-touted Project Eve is finally nearing release. The Korean developer has announced that the action RPG will arrive in 2023 as Stellar Blade. It will be a PS5 exclusive on consoles. Accordingly, the studio used Sony's State of Play event to share a trailer outlining the game's apocalyptic premise.
You play Eve, a warrior who returns to a shattered Earth to rebuild the last city (Xion) and protect it against "NA:tives." Naturally, there will be some intrigue between humans alongside the usual battles against horrific-looking creatures. The action RPG mechanics will sound familiar, but could be intriguing if you thrive on perfecting your gameplay. You'll need "precise timing" with combos, defensive maneuvers and skills to succeed against regular foes, while boss fights will demand a more "strategic" approach.
Project Eve has garnered increasing buzz since the first teaser trailer appeared in 2019, in no small part due to its eye-catching visuals. Whether or not the finished Stellar Blade lives up to those expectations is another story. This is Shift Up's first console game, not to mention its first AAA release. While the company has had success with the mobile-oriented Destiny Child, it'll need to show that its experience translates well to other platforms.