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Marvelous Action RPG Silent Hope Falls Into the Abyss October 3rd

Silent Hope artwork of the seven protagonists leaping down a dark chasm with weapons drawn

XSEED Games and Marvelous have announced through Nintendo’s most recent Direct that their brand new IP, an action RPG titled Silent Hope (AKA Frederica in Japan) is coming out on October 3rd in North America and Europe for Nintendo Switch! The game is also coming to PC via Steam. The game stars seven unique characters with different play styles and classes that live in a world where the King cursed the people and took away their ability to speak. An interesting premise, to be sure!

As usual, there’s also a trailer to go along with the announcement of a new game!

Silent Hope Announcement Trailer

Here’s an overview of Silent Hope and its features from its store pages:

Seven heroes, seven fighting styles. Dive into the Abyss and explore their silent world.

One day, a terrible calamity struck a peaceful kingdom. In the chaos that followed, the people began to deceive and backstab each other. Their King used his powerful magic to steal away people’s ability to speak and hurled himself into the Abyss. His daughter, the Princess, cried an endless flood of tears until they encased her in a giant crystal teardrop. 

Many years after these events faded to memory, seven rainbow-colored lights flew from the Abyss. These rays of hope appeared before the Princess manifesting themselves as seven heroes, ready to answer the Princess’ call for help. Why did the King abandon his daughter and his people? And why did he steal their ability to speak? 

Seven Heroes, Seven Unique Fighting Styles
Choose from a motley crew of characters like the well-rounded Wanderer, long-range specialist Archer, or heavy-hitting Warrior to find whose skills suit your playstyle, and embrace new roles and abilities as you gain more experience. Use crystals found throughout the Abyss to switch characters or return to Base Camp.

A Home at the Edge of the World
Find new recipes and materials and return to your Base Camp at the edge of The Abyss, where each character has a unique job. From alchemist to blacksmith to cook, each hero brings something different.

Engaging Exploration and Dungeon-Crawling
Experience a new layout each time you enter the enigmatic Abyss, keeping you on your toes every moment you explore, and look out for Memory Rifts, where greater rewards — and challenges — await.

A Vibrant Storybook Aesthetic
The Princess narrates each step of your journey, giving the feeling of a fairy tale come to life — right down to the dark mysteries waiting to be uncovered in the visually stunning underworld.

Silent Hope Screenshots

Silent Hope Artwork

For even more information and details on the characters, please visit the game’s official site! Silent Hope will launch in on October 3rd the US for Switch and PC digitally for $39.99 USD. The Switch version will also have a physical Day One Edition that includes an artbook and soundtrack for $49.99, which you can see below. The Day One Edition will be available at the XSEED Games Store and participating retailers.

Silent Hope Cover Art (US, Day One Edition)
Silent Hope’s Day One Edition

Not gonna lie—When I first saw the trailer starting in the Nintendo Direct, I thought it was Monolith Soft’s Soma Bringer and got a bit excited. While they are similar in some aspects, they’re obviously different games.

Silent Hope is looking to be really cool on its own though! The story is being told through narration from the crystalized Princess (who I assume is the titular Frederica) and since no one can actually talk, there probably won’t be much dialogue. I do wonder what the gameplay loop will be like since it sounds kinda like a roguelite? Since the Abyss you explore changes layouts every time you enter it. There’s not enough details to really tell yet though, so I’m looking forward to hearing more about this! The jobs described also sound pretty similar to what was offered in Fantasy Life on the 3DS, which certainly piques my interest even more!

Stay tuned to RPGFan for continued coverage of Silent Hope!

…We sure are getting a lot of underground chasms in our video games lately, aren’t we?

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Alvin Lim

Alvin Lim

Alvin was a news editor who is desperately trying to ween himself off mobile games so he has more time to play console games again. If he's not clicking on Granblue Fantasy, he's either adding more RPGs to his massive backlog, or is taking over 100 hours on a single game in it. When not gaming, he is hanging out, traveling, or cooking with his partner.

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