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Immortals: Fenyx Rising release date, trailer, story, and gameplay - What we know so far

During E3 2019, Ubisoft unveiled the Cinematic Trailer for Gods & Monsters. Fast forward to E3 2020, and the company didn't have any updates on the game. But, Ubisoft hadn't abandoned the title. During September 2020's Ubisoft Forward event, it revealed the fruits of its labors, complete with a new name: Immortals: Fenyx Rising.

Ubisoft provided a deluge of information on Immortals, and there is a lot to sift through. Of course, most people probably have questions that involve the game's launch date, platforms, story, gameplay, and trailers. While Ubisoft presented many answers, some are hidden in the internet, not immediately obvious to the casual fan. However, we have combed through everything there is to know about Immortals: Fenyx Rising in anticipation of your most pressing inquiries.

If you want the latest news on Immortals: Fenyx Rising news, keep reading.

When will Immortals: Fenyx Rising release?

When the game was originally called Gods & Monsters, Ubisoft aimed for a Feb. 25, 2020 launch date for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. That date came and went, but the company bided its time well, since Ubisoft still plans to release Immortals: Fenyx Rising this year.

According to the official Immortals: Fenyx Rising site, the title will be available on Dec. 3, 2020, just in time for the holidays. Since Immortals will hit digital and physical shelves after the Xbox Series X and (presumably) PlayStation 5 release, it will launch on those consoles as well. In addition, anyone who would rather stream the game instead of download it can play Immortals: Fenyx Rising through Google Stadia.

Ubisoft has already opened the pre-order floodgates. You can purchase the Immortals: Fenyx Rising Standard Edition for $60 or the Gold Edition for $100, which includes the season pass and exclusive equipment.

Is there a trailer for Immortals: Fenyx Rising?

Ubisoft has shared two different trailers that display Immortals: Fenyx Rising from different perspectives.

The first Immortals: Fenyx Rising video was the World Premiere Trailer. Rendered with the in-game engine, it provides a stylized look at the title. The trailer has a fun, power fantasy tone set to the tune of James Brown's "Ants in my Pants." It shows the protagonist crushing minotaurs with an earth-shattering hammer made of thunder and lightning, and beating Medusa in a staring contest before beheading her. As with many cinematic trailers, this is a Cliff's notes summary of the general gameplay experience.

Ubisoft also unveiled the more lengthy Walkthrough video. This includes a small blurb about the game's story, but its meat consists of gameplay. The Walkthrough contains over eleven minutes of Immortals: Fenyx Rising action sprinkled with narration that describes the mechanics, quest system, and combat.

These trailers essentially serve as a litmus test. If you like what you see in the World Premiere Trailer and Walkthrough, then you will probably enjoy Immortals: Fenyx Rising.

What is the story of Immortals: Fenyx Rising?

In Immortals: Fenyx Rising, you step into the sandals of the titular Fenyx, a Greek warrior shipwrecked on the Golden Isle. However, Fenyx's castaway status is no mere accident, as they are prophesied to defeat the evil titan Typhon. Fenyx must explore the Golden Isle's various biomes, gain the favors (and powers) of the Greek gods, and build their own legend.

While Immortals: Fenyx Rising's story sounds straightforward, its presentation will be more nuanced, as it's narrated by Zeus and the titan Prometheus. As events unfold, Prometheus will recount them to Zeus, who will provide divine, godly commentary. Ubisoft has devoted each Golden Isle biome to a different god in the Greek pantheon, and Fenyx will have to clear all the biomes to gain the favor they need to defeat Typhon.

What is gameplay like for Immortals: Fenyx Rising?

Judging by its trailers, Immortals: Fenyx Rising looks like a Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild clone, but without actually trying the game it's hard to be sure. Thankfully, YouTubers such as YongYea have gotten their hands on a demo build and shared their thoughts.

According to YongYea, Immortals: Fenyx Rising does indeed take inspiration from Breath of the Wild. For example, you will be able to freely explore an open world, fight monsters of varying sizes, and delve mini-dungeons for rewards to improve your stats. However, that's true for most open world RPGs.

Immortals: Fenyx Rising sets itself apart in areas such as combat and loot. Action is almost as fast-paced and combo heavy as Devil May Cry 5, but Fenyx Rising uses the same light, heavy, and special attack button layout as Assassin's Creed: Odyssey. Moreover, you can use special attacks outside of combat to solve environmental puzzles. As for loot, Fenyx Rising includes plenty of weapons and armor to equip and upgrade, but without power levels. Equipment serves as sidegrades instead of upgrades, and you can employ whatever fits your playstyle.