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Online fighting game Absolver gets a release date

And this classy explainer video

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Absolver, the online fighting game from French indie studio Sloclap, has a release date. The online melee-focused title is scheduled to be released Aug. 29 for PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.

Polygon first saw the game at last year’s E3, where we named it one of our biggest surprises of the show. Since then, we’ve had hands-on time at this year’s PAX West and can say that it’s coming along nicely.

Absolver is a hard game to wrap your head around, and thankfully the latest video goes a long way to explaining its allure. It’s a hand-to-hand fighting game where players collect moves over time, and then string them together to create personalized fighting styles. The development team itself has a few members that are very deeply into mixed martial arts, and the animations show it. Absolver even takes player stances into account, and every move in the game considers which direction the player starts off facing in.

The new video also highlights the game’s unique mentoring system. New players, called Prospects, can become mentors to other players that they meet. By remaining loyal to their mentors, new players will be able to draw from an expanded moveset. Expect roving bands of highly skilled players to be a force to reckon with.

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