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Rise of Incarnates is the latest fighting game from Bandai Namco, coming this year

The latest franchise by the creators of Tekken and SoulCalibur is a free-to-play fighting game called Rise of Incarnates that is slated to release in the Americas for Windows PC later this year, Bandai Namco Games America announced today.

Rise of Incarnates features two-versus-two gameplay, a slew of different 3D arenas set in cityscapes that allow players to run, jump and fly, and numerous fighters that offer unique skills and powers. According to Bandai Namco, the variety of characters and their respective skills and roles will accommodate a variety of playstyles in both close-quarters and long-range combat.

Players take the role of humans who "command untold mythical powers as they vie to avoid tragedy and reshape the course of their world." Referred to as "Incarnates," they are hated the general population and the authorities aim to control and exploit their special abilities. A battle for dominance amongst Incarnates is triggered when an unknown voice tells them that they must destroy the "'Sovereign of this era' to avoid certain destruction."

Four characters have been detailed with more to be unveiled at a later date. Announced fighters include crazed incarnate researcher, Dr. Gasper Watteau, who can summon a zombie horde with the Grim Reaper Incarnate. Terrance Blake posses a type of Incarnate called "Deuteros", where he can summon a heavily armored being named Ares to assist with attacks.

Mireia Vaentin is a successful arms dealer whose Incarnate allows her to transform into Lilith, an agile and fast Lepidoptera-like being with the ability to slice opponents to pieces. Jedrek Tyler recently awakened his Incarnate, the ability to transform into a demonic-looking Mephistopheles, after a street fight left him severely injured. As Mephistopheles, Jedrek "rages completely out of control bond to the whims of Mephistopheles' penchant for destruction."

"As a new franchise, Rise of Incarnates represents the next big step in expanding Bandai Namco's footprint in the free-to-play gaming space," director of digital games at Bandai Namco Games America Joon Hwang said in a prepared statement. "Having been built from the ground up, Rise of Incarnates contains the necessary attributes that create a rich and dynamic gaming environment that fans are sure to enjoy."

Players can sign up to participate in the Rise of Incarnates's alpha by submitting their email on the official website.