Free-to-Play Brawler Rise of Incarnates Brings the Fight to Steam Early Access Next Month


With a development team that has worked on the Soul Edge/Soulcalibur and Tekken series behind it, Bandai Namco’s upcoming 2 vs. 2 cooperative arena fighting game Rise of Incarnates has the potential to slip in under the radar as a fun early 2015 sleeper. As just announced this week, the game is officially a go for Steam Early Access launch beginning February 4th, completely free to play for all challengers.

At launch, Rise of Incarnates will come out swinging with eight playable (and customizable) characters, arena maps based in New York City and Paris, and three modes including Versus matches, Arcade mode, and Bot matches. Additional characters, maps, modes, and other new features, as well as any needed adjustments to play mechanics and character balance based on community feedback, will be introduced as the Early Access process plays out.

If you’re itching to jump into the arena on day one and would like to receive a special Early Registration Gift containing customization kits for the eight characters, click over to and register for the email newsletter. You must sign up before the February 4th launch to get the gift.

And speaking of the initial character lineup, scroll through the galleries below to acquaint yourself with the eight fighters and the daimones from which they draw their mythical powers.

Terrence Blake / Ares:
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Erendira Quinn / Brynhildr:
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Dr. Gasper Watteau / Grim Reaper:
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Mireia Valentin / Lilith:
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Jedrek Tyler / Mephistopheles:
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Reinhold Kruger / Odin:
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Brad Burrell / Fenrir:
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Ricardo Abascal / Ra:
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