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F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
Genre: Action/Adventure
Release Date: Sept. 7, 2021

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'F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch' Physical Edition Coming To PS4, PS5 And Nintendo Switch

by Rainier on May 12, 2022 @ 2:26 a.m. PDT

F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch is a dieselpunk-style action adventure featuring an anthropomorphic bunny wielding a huge, weaponized metal fist.

Supposing there was a beautiful, peaceful world, inhabited only by animals. What would happen if it were invaded by a race of machine-like creatures? Amidst the backdrop of the inevitable conflict that would erupt and consume the planet, we pictured the emergence of a lone warrior, a hero. 

Meet Rayton. A battle veteran who has spent the last six years in hiding after his city was lost. Yet when his friend is kidnapped by the Machine Legion, this silent yet determined fighter heads back out into the world on a desperate rescue mission. In F.I.S.T., flesh and blood will clash with metal, idealism will war with realism and faiths will be tested. 

Exploration is a key gameplay mechanic of the genre. Yet unlike open world titles, an exploration platformer’s areas are usually multiple interconnected ‘rooms,’ the sudden change to the look and feel of your surroundings can be jarring. It erodes cohesion. 

Every district is distinct yet feels part of a larger whole. As you explore, subtle yet increasing alterations in the background and level design makes the transitions between each region feel wholly natural. Torch City will feel even more convincing when you factor in a lack of loading between areas.

And of course, it is a city packed with secrets. Some of the best spots in real-world locales are only found through exploration. Numerous hidden areas await, with platform or combat challenges in each, rewarding you with new upgrades or cool collectables for their completion.

Originally released a few months back on PS5, PS4, Steam and Epic Games Store, Microids is bringing a F.I.S.T: Forged In Shadow Torch retail edition to PS5, PS4 and Nintendo Switch in Q3 2022.

“We see this cooperation on the physical release of F.I.S.T. has a special meaning for bilibili Game. We hope the great potential of Chinese indie games can be discovered by console players around the world” declares Zhang Feng, SVP of bilibili.

“After the launch of F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch we’ve received many good reviews from players worldwide, and one of the frequently asked question was about its physical release in Europe and America.” comments Zhang Tao, CEO/Producer of TiGames. “Thankfully, with the help of bilibili and Microids, the question can finally be answered. We hope the physical versions will provide challenge-hungry players with an enjoyable adventure in Torch City. Thank you as always for the warm support!”

“This co-publishing agreement follows the recent opening of our office in China and marks a new milestone in the development of our activity in this key territory, with the support of major local video game companies.” says Yves Bléhaut, Senior VP Strategic Partnerships at Microids.

“Working on the retail versions of F.I.S.T. represents an exciting new challenge for us” adds Wenbin Zhang, Greater China Market Development Director at Microids. “It’s a true honor to be collaborating with TiGames and bilibili. We cannot wait to contribute to the game’s success internationally by providing our expertise in terms of publishing and distribution!”

F.I.S.T: Forged In Shadow Torch's deep and satisfying combat system is built around the trio of weapons Rayton brings with him into battle: the mechanized fist, drill and whip. 

Each has its own unique features and combo chains. The fist is a good all-rounder with the easiest combo strings of the three. The drill is slower to deploy but deals out the most damage. In direct contrast, the whip isn’t as powerful but is lightning quick and also boasts the furthest attack range. Yet you will need to become adept at using all three to survive your travels through the dense cityscape.

And what’s great weaponry without some challenging villains to test them out on? F.I.S.T: Forged In Shadow Torch features a devilishly diverse bunch of baddies that would challenge you with dozens of enemy types – normal grunts, stronger elites and tough bosses. Each has a unique appearance and a distinct combat pattern. The Machine Legion will not fall easily. 

Dieselpunk might not be as well-known as cyberpunk or steampunk, but its style is just as fantastical and fascinating, interweaving oriental-style architecture into the diesel-powered designs, inspired by industrial technology as well as military weapons of the interwar period. 

Powering all this is the Unreal Engine 4. Using the engine’s physically based rendering with extremely detailed textures has perfectly captured the aesthetic. Though the gameplay is 2D, the world of F.I.S.T. has been rendered in beautiful 3D, with background details enriching every location and making the city feel alive. 

Currently available for PS4, PS5 and PC (Steam), a F.I.S.T: Forged In Shadow Torch retail edition is coming to PS4, PS5 and Nintendo Switch in Q3 2022.

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