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The highly anticipated action-adventure RPG Tails of Iron is now officially available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Players can finally explore the deceptively beautiful, hand-drawn biomes, battle the Frog Clan’s oversized generals, and take part in the savage clash between rodents and amphibians – all while listening to narration from the iconic Doug Cockle (Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher game series).
The next-gen editions will see the title further enhanced, with players benefitting from DualSense Adaptive Triggers, enhancing the combat experience with weighted responses when blocking, parrying, or charging a weapon, in addition to native 4k resolution and 60fps visuals.
Created by indie development team Odd Bug Studio and published by United Label, Tails of Iron follows the story of Redgi, heir to the Rat Throne, as he embarks on a perilous quest to reclaim his Kingdom from the merciless Frog Clan. The grisly new launch trailer confirms players will need a ‘will cast of iron’ if they’ve any hope of rescuing their brothers and restoring peace to the land.
From frog zombies to gargantuan grubs – and everything in-between – the Kingdom is awash with danger. Players will need to master a range of deadly abilities, including parry bashes, ranged attacks, and gruesome executions, to come out on top. With each of the many bosses presenting its own unique combat challenge, there’s also a huge range of weapons and equipment to assist would-be heroes, each with their own distinct characteristics; heavy armour may provide better protection, but can they really afford to slow down their dodge-roll? While axes might pack a punch, quick and nimble spear benefits from a further reach.
Lead Character Artist and Animator, Daniel Robinson, was inspired to create Tails of Iron thanks to the personalities of his own pet rats, sadly none of whom outlived the game’s completion. “During development, the rats were always there for me, to keep my morale high and spark my creativity,” he says. He explains, “Redgi is the main protagonist because he was the most courageous and loyal rat in our rat pack. The other characters are based on Redgi’s real brothers (as illustrated in the painting below). Robinson also wants to change the social perception of rats overall. He states, “I really wanted to make a game about rats because they are perceived so negatively by the media and general public, but they are the most affectionate and loving creatures.”
Tails of Iron features:
- Brutal combat, featuring dodge-rolls, parry bashes and fatal executions
- A vast and treacherous Kingdom comprised of six distinct biomes, each with its own hidden paths and secrets
- A compelling story narrated by the deep, raspy vocals of the legendary Doug Cockle
- Customisable attack styles with a vast array of distinct weapons and armour
- A range of side quests offering players additional gold on-the-side
- Hidden blueprints to forge new and powerful weapons
- Savage boss fights against the Frog Clan’s deadly, oversized generals
- A gorgeous and lovingly crafted 2D hand-drawn art style
Tails of Iron is out now and digitally available at $24.99 on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Players can also purchase a physical version of the title; dubbed the Crimson Knight edition, it arrives with twelve additional skins, which honour this noble line of Rat warriors.
About United Label
Founded in 2018, United Label is a publishing house specialising in highly ambitious, lovingly crafted video game titles. Röki, the studio’s inaugural release, received critical acclaim upon its launch in late 2020 and was nominated for best ‘Debut Indie Game’ at both The Game Awards and Baftas. In summer 2021, the company published Eldest Souls, a pixel-art boss-rush game, which became an instant hit among top streamers globally thanks to its challenging but fair souls-like combat. Later this year, United Label will release Tails of Iron, a stunning hack-n-slash action RPG. The publisher’s objective is to work with both highly experienced teams and passionate start-ups, offering them a publishing structure for success.
About Odd Bug Studio
Based in Manchester, UK, Odd Bug Studio is the team behind the unique and original game The Lost Bear, a 2D VR platformer. Keeping their unique art style, Odd Bug Studio is now building upon its development experience to create the adventure RPG title, Tails of Iron.Sponsor this Article!