Frozenbyte, the Finnish studio best known for the Trine series, just announced and released their new game, Boreal Blade, for the Nintendo Switch. Described as a PVP-focused "team-based melee fighting game," the game is also launching with a free demo on the Switch.
The announcement trailer shows off a healthy variety of arenas, character customization options and, most importantly, weapons. Frozenbyte promises hundreds of weapons and other offensive/defensive items in the game, with players having "complete freedom of attack and block direction." Most of the weapons look to be on the larger side, with players winding up for heavy swings with swords and cudgels that can send their enemies ragdolling when they connect. It looks like players also have the ability to toss a sword or a spear right at an enemy, offering the temporary advantage of a ranged attack at the cost of... well, fending off a battle axe with bare hands seems like a tricky proposition.
Boreal Blade is available for $19.99 on the Nintendo Switch eShop. The free demo includes a restricted selection of maps, items and game modes, but demo players can join any game hosted by another demo player or owner of the full game. It's especially nice to know that early players will have more folks to play against by virtue of the free demo, though whether they'll quickly get tired of playing in the same arena with a limited set of weapons remains to be seen. Rare is the free multiplayer demo that can rival Blood Gulch on Halo for the PC.
A PC beta for Boreal Blade is coming to Steam "soon," with sign-ups being handled through the game's official Discord channel.