DEVELOPER Scraping Bottom Games / RELEASE Q3 2017
Developed by the curiously named Scraping Bottom games, Fictorum is an Action RPG that puts the ‘war’ back into ‘warlock’. Set in an open world of rolling hills and sprawling panoramas, Fictorum casts you as a mage on a mission of vengeance in a fantasy realm devastated by reckless use of magic.
Fictorum’s main feature is the sheer destructive potential of your wizardly powers. Your charred grimoire includes spells such as fireballs that can obliterate entire buildings, and lightning storms that will turn villages into gigantic piles of ash. Alongside letting you unleash the apocalypse from your fingertips, Fictorum also lets you get creative with Armageddon. It boasts a spell-shaping system that enables you to design your own horrible hexes and cataclysmic curses by collecting and combining different kinds of runes.
It all sounds fantastic, and those delightfully destructive spells certainly look the part in motion. The only question lies over the game’s long-term appeal. Fictorum’s world looks large, but it also looks fairly sparse, while story and characterisation seem minimal compared with exploration and combat. Fictorum could be brilliantly focused, or it could end up seriously undercooked. We’ll find out in a couple of months.