Action RPG 'Vindictus: Defying Fate' Announced for PC and Console---Pre-Alpha Signup Details

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Publisher Nexon announced this week that a new action role-playing game based on their long-running instanced action title ‘Vindictus’ IP, ‘Vindictus: Defying Fate’, will launch on PC and consoles. No release date has been given at this time, nor details on the business model that the game will use.

On a hero’s path lies no truth or glory. Vindictus: Defying Fate is a fast-paced medieval fantasy adventure that combines adrenaline-fueled combat with the depth and customization of RPGs. Play with a large roster of distinct characters, each boasting unique abilities and combos, including series favorites Lann and Fiona. Face fearsome Fomorian creatures based on classic Irish mythology and brace for cunning monsters that tower over your character, poised to challenge your prowess. Embrace the challenge, embark on your journey, and be part of the saga that defies fate! 

Nexon will be holding a public pre-alpha test for Vindictus: Defying Fate in the coming weeks. More details regarding this test, including its starting date, will be shared soon. To participate, players need only add the game to their wishlist on Steam before the pre-alpha test begins. Once the pre-alpha test is underway, the game will be available for download and play by anyone on Steam. The pre-alpha test is scheduled to run from the 13th of March @ 1800 PDT to the 18th @ 0100 PDT. Players are asked to report bugs on the game’s official Discord and join in anyway if they’re interested in Vindictus: Defying Fate.

The company has also posted a FAQ for more details on gameplay, connections to the original Vindictus title, its business model, and more. You can check that out below along with Defying Fate’s reveal trailer and screenshots. Nexon is releasing more titles on Xbox this year, namely the loot ‘n shoot ‘The First Descendent’ and the more Soulslike ‘The First Berserker: Khazan’—more details on those will be revealed later this year.

▶ About Game

Q: I’d like to know about the pre-alpha test schedule.
[Pre-Alpha Test Schedule]March 13th, 2024 18:00 ~ March 18th, 2024 1:00 (PDT)
Available Platform: Steam

※ Game data created during the pre-alpha test will be reset when the pre-alpha test ends.

Q: Can I still play the game when my PC specification does not meet the minimum system requirements?
A: The minimum system requirements are the PC specifications that allow you to play pre-alpha test comfortably, but you will still be able to play the game even if some PC specifications are low.
You may have to change the game settings to the environment that works for your PC specifications when playing the game.

Q: Can I play with Steam Deck?
A: The pre-alpha test cannot be played on Steam Deck.

Q: Is the pre-alpha released globally?
A: The pre-alpha test will be serviced globally, there may be some limited regions in the official launch.
More detailed information will be available at the time of launch.

Q: How can I report a bug?
A: If you have any issues with the pre-alpha test, please report them through the following channel.
Log onto the Official Discord
Select #feedback-reports Channel
Click ‘Bug Report’ button
Report a bug

Please note that we may not be able to provide feedback on all the reports.
Thank you for your support and we will strive to provide better service.

Q: How can I give feedback for the game?
A: Dev team welcomes and appreciates any feedback from the players.
If you wish to give feedback or suggestions for the pre-alpha test, please share them through the following channel.
Log onto the Official Discord
Select #feedback-reports Channel
Click ‘Feedback’ button
Leave feedback

Please note this channel is solely for receiving feedback tickets. Please understand that we may not be able to provide answers to your feedback.

Q: Can I broadcast or upload videos of my gameplay footage on YouTube, or Twitch?
A: Yes. You can upload your gameplay footage on broadcast channels, streaming sites, and your social media channels.
We welcome and encourage sharing your gameplay footage and look forward to receiving all kinds of feedback coming from various channels.

Q: How are ingame cutscenes related to the narrative?
A: The pre-alpha test version does not include the game narrative.
The dev team is currently working on the details of the main storyline. So, you could find some cutscenes you see during the pre-alpha test a little out of context.
We ask for your understanding in this matter.

Q: Some outfits seem a little out of place.
A: pre-alpha test includes content for test purposes.
Some costumes are included to test the game technology and physics system and may be subject to change in future updates.
We ask for your understanding in this matter.

Q: Can I change the character outfit or weapon in the game?
A: You can experience some outfits available in the pre-alpha test.
The dev team is currently working on various weapon designs and outfit parts that will be available in future builds.

Q. How many characters will be available through future updates?
A: Two playable characters – Lann and Fiona – are available in the pre-alpha test. The exact total number of playable characters for the launch version is yet to be decided.
The dev team is striving to include wide options of unique characters as providing various action combat experiences through different types of characters is part of the core gameplay of .

Q. Is it a single-player game?
A: Only single-player mode is available in the pre-alpha test.
The dev team is planning to add multi-player mode in addition to the single-player mode which will be the main play mode in the launch version.

Q. Will be released on consoles?
A: We are planning for release on consoles. However, the details on the console platform are to be decided.

Q: Are the playable characters going to be in a realistic art style?
A: The playable characters in the pre-alpha test are depicted a little more in a realistic art style than intended.
The dev team is planning to stylize the playable characters overall in future builds with additional options of playable characters added.

Q: I’d like to know about the future test plans.
A: Future test plans for is to be decided.
We will keep you updated once we have plans for more tests.

Q: Is an open-world game?
A: Currently, the game is not being developed as an open-world game.
However, we are making sizable fields each with unique concept, filled with various exciting factors of their own.

Q: Is a “Soulslike” game?
A: s an action RPG game with various unique characters and an exciting, fast-paced combat style that differs from games categorized in “Soulslike” genre.
Some similarities can be found in the game system since it is inspired by the original title Vindictus as well as other great video games and media content. The dev team is striving to provide a unique action combat experience through various key elements in the game such as various distinctive playable characters, combat tempo and skills.

Q: Is the game going to be F2P or B2P? Is it going to include P2W elements or Premium elements?
A: The details of the business model are to be decided.

Q: Do you have plans to add PVP content in future builds?
A: Plans about adding PVP content in future builds are to be decided.
Please note that your feedback for the pre-alpha test will affect the future direction of the game development process. We highly encourage the users to share feedback and suggestions that will be carefully reviewed.

Q: Does the pre-alpha include character customization options?
A: Hairstyle options will be added while facial options will not be included in future builds.
Body shape customization option is currently under review.

Q. Will there be more Active Skills in future updates?
A: 4 Active Skills per playable character are available for the pre-alpha test and future builds can include more.
The launch build is expected to include less Active Skills in the beginning and the players can unlock/obtain new skills through gameplay and character level-up.

Q. I want to learn more about the launch schedule of
A: The official launch schedule of is yet to be decided.
We will keep you updated and strive to present a game with high quality action combat experience.

▶ Installation/Start FAQ

Q: What are the minimum/recommended PC specifications to play the game?
A: The recommended specifications are as below:
Processor: Kaby1 Intel i7 7700 / Raven1 AMD Ryzen 5 2400G
OS Version: Window 10 22h
Graphics: Geforce GTX 2060 VRAM 8GB / Radeon RX 5700 XT
RAM: 16 GB

Q. Can I play the game on OS versions other than Windows 10(64bit)?
A: The pre-alpha can be played on Windows 11 and some Windows 10 versions.
Windows 10 must be updated versions of 22h2 or higher.
The game does not run on MAC/Linux.

Q. Can I play the game on consoles?
A: The pre-alpha cannot be played on console platforms.
We are planning for the launch version to be available on console platforms.

Q. I have a connection issue with the controller.
A: The pre-alpha only supports Xbox controller.
More controllers will be supported for future builds.

Q. What are some ways to solve commonly occurring issues?
A: Please try the following methods.
1) Reboot your PC
Try rebooting your PC and retry accessing the game.

2) Verify Integrity of Game Files
Restart your computer and launch Steam client.
Right click the game in your Library and select “Properties” from the drop-down menu.
Select the “Installed Files” tab and click the “Verify integrity of game files” button

3) Update OS
Update your operation system to the latest version.
Start → search “update” → run “Check for Updates”

4) Update Graphics Driver
Compatibility issues can be solved by updating the graphics driver.
Update your graphics driver to the latest version through the links below.

5) Reinstall the Game
Launch Steam client.
Right click the game in your Library and select “Manage” and select “Uninstall.”
Reinstall the game.

6) Issues Related to Steam Account & Steam Client.
Please visit Steam Support for Steam account and Steam client related issues.

▶ Inquiries related to

Q. How is different from the original ?
A: aims for a somewhat heavier and restrained battle system. For example, unlike , you cannot fight enemies as being attacked by them. Moreover, attack speed is not one of the stat systems, but is decided by the playable character’s unique combat style.

In terms of outfits, the highest priority is on creating a variety of costume concepts that effectively express physical effects such as capes, outerwear, dresses, accessories, etc., by overcoming physical systems and technology challenges. There will be less outfits with too much exposure or somewhat revealing designs.

We are developing a new action RPG that shares the IP with , but differs in core gameplay mechanics, as well as being built on a different engine and services on a new platform.

will continue to differentiate itself from with its own unique strengths and gameplay mechanics, providing distinct entertainment to the players.

Q. Is Vindictus 2?
A: Since it’s based on IP, various elements such as characters, locations, monsters, etc. can be from the original title.
However, it will not be an upgraded or improved version of the original title .
Instead, we are developing it as a completely new game by incorporating a different story, characters, contents, costumes, etc., that will be original factors of .

Q. Will the lore, characters, monsters, etc. From the original title be found in ?
A: The lore, characters, monsters, costumes, etc. from will not all be found in and the dev team is currently considering various directions for the new title.
Some characters may have altered appearance or different elements, while others may be removed from the new title.
Additionally, original elements of will be updated.
Particularly, core game systems such as growth systems and content are being developed in completely new directions.

Q. Will end its service with the launching of ?
A: Not at all.
As mentioned throughout the FAQ, is a completely new game that only shares the same IP with the original title, and it is separate from the service direction of .
We have no plans to make any changes to or terminate the live service of because of launch.

Q. Will there be a cross-promotion/event between and ?
A: No, there are no plans for Cross promotions nor the event with the original title.

Looks good. I’m definitely interested in The First Descendant. Will keep an eye on this one though.

Forspoken clone ?