First Dwarf is an immersive action RPG with base building elements, which will test survival and exploration skills in an open world, sprawling on islands floating in the sky.
In the game you play as the First Dwarf, named Tru, who is a scout in a mana-powered mech, sent to find a new home for his people. As you can see in the trailer above, you’ll be exploring a pastoral open world set across floating islands, looting, crafting, building a colony, fighting off threats, and maybe uncovering a more personal story along the way.
Developer Star Drifters promises that, along the way, you’ll be able io upgrade your mech armour, allowing you to visit more far-flung floating islands, uncover the hidden past of your character’s father, and even unlock the use of a miniature dragon called Ragna. There’s a gameplay trailer at the Star Drift link on Steam.
Built in Unreal Engine 5, the game is adopting a more stylized look on the new engine. Its painterly textures and naturalistic colors in a pastoral setting are a change from the high-tech look.
Additional story info: Planet Driftland is no more – a war between mages of four races has shattered the globe into floating islands and the inhabitants turned into barbaric tribes. Amongst the desolation the dwarves prevailed, but not for long – resources are running short and the once great civilization is catching its last breath. In a desperate attempt to secure the future, mighty airships are sent to the celestial islands in search of materials to save the dwarven kingdom.
First Dwarf will come to PC, Xbox Series X/S, PS5 and Switch in 2023.
David Raiklen wrote, directed and scored his first film at age 9. He began studying keyboard and composing at age 5. He attended, then taught at UCLA, USC and CalArts. Among his teachers are John Williams and Mel Powel.
He has worked for Fox, Disney and Sprint. David has received numerous awards for his work, including the 2004 American Music Center Award. Dr. Raiklen has composed music and sound design for theater (Death and the Maiden), dance (Russian Ballet), television (Sing Me a Story), cell phone (Spacey Movie), museums (Museum of Tolerance), concert (Violin Sonata ), and film (Appalachian Trail).
His compositions have been performed at the Hollywood Bowl and the first Disney Hall. David Raiken is also host of a successful radio program, Classical Fan Club.