The Gods' Wrath Will Befall Us
— Official tagline
Heirs to the Wrath is an upcoming 3D fighting video game.
The game is set to be released for Arcades in December 2019 and later for Nintendo Swith on 2020. By the ESRB rating standards, the game will be rated M for blood, violence and partial nudity.
The game's story focuses on a group of fighters, who have the power to transform into a mythological deity, and their battle for saving the world from ancient gods who want the purification of humanity.
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|Nature is in agony, the flora is losing its colors and the agriculture never been so low. The media calls it the Wilting and it's a slow end for the world.
Many people feel that the gods themselves backfire on humanity, they are right. Ancient gods from various mythologies decided to punish humanity and to slowly erase them with the ambition to purify the world.
Not only the Heirs are in the front of the line in this fight for the humanity, multiple governments ally their force and formed the Primordial Program. The Primordial Program is an intergovernmental operation with the aim of unifying the Heirs, finding them around the world, and stopping the Wilting. They assemble the Heirs in their headquarter in Tokyo where they learn to fight and use their power.
Unfortunately, on the other side, there is The Eighth Seal. A sinister cult composed of powerful people waiting for the divine purification of what they call a "corrupted world". They are the allies of the Wilting. Their aim varies between the members, if some of them want to help the Ancient Gods to gain their favor, other wants to become one of them. As the Primordial Program, they seek for the Heirs but manipulate them to become their weapons. There are the first enemy of the Primordial Program, the Ancient gods' servants. As an occult organization, The Eighth Seal performs devastating rituals from various ancient religions. They learned to manipulate the power of the Heirs and how to transfer a Deity to a Heirs from another person.
Enter the age of the divine resurgence where the future of humanity
Heirs to the Wrath features a roster of 16 playable characters that could be selected by the player. Each character has their own Deity transformation, moveset, personality and they are all part of the game story. A fighter, or an Heir, is a human with the ability to transform himself into a deity form giving him divine power in relation with his transformation. For example, as the Heir of Helios, Titan of the sun, Alec uses his power from the sun and can fight with a fire whip.
Depending on their story, a fighter is, sometimes, related whether to The Primordial Program, an intergovernmental operation fighting against the Wilting or to The Eighth Seal, a secret cult fighting for the Wilting.
The Primordial Program
The Primordial Program is an intergovernmental operation with the aim of unifying the Heirs, finding them around the world, and stopping the Wilting.
- Age: 20 years-old
- Nationality: Greek
- Deity form: Apollo (God of the Sun - Greek Mythology)
- Alternative form: Helios (Titan of the Sun - Greek Mythology)
- Fighting style: Kick-boxing
Alec is the game main protagonist. Despite being a very aggressive, impulsive and short-tempered man, Alec has also heroic tendencies and is caring to stop any injustice. He has a playful way to fight but can quickly lose his temper.
Alec is a student who was informed one day that his mother, Sophia, worked with a secret intergovernmental organization: The Primordial Program before dying in a mysterious accident. Hard set on finding out the truth, he set off on a journey to seek out his mother’s whereabouts as well as those of Yamatoni, the sole survivor of the accident where his father lost his life. During this very journey, Alec found out that his mother had been captured by the Eighth Seal who wanted him, her son.
- Age: 22 years-old
- Nationality: Cameroonian
- Deity form: Oya (Goddess of the Tempest - Yoruba)
- Fighting style: Capoeira
Amina is a gentle and caring woman. Despite being still young, she has strong ambitions and hope to, one day, have her part in the establishment of a better world.
Amina is a Heirs who choose to work as a nurse for the Primordial Program instead of being in the Operative Division. Helped by the Research Division of the Primordial Program, she wants to find the best treatments for the particularity of the Heirs, like helping them to control unstable powers or heal them when they are hit by other Heirs. She wants to find a scientific way through the surrealist world of the Deities.
One night, she found a really deranged Heirs, Darren, she tried to help him but he was quickly taken by her superior, JiaJun. Since that day, she started to have suspicion about the true activities of her organization.
- Age: 15 years-old
- Nationality: Luxembourger
- Deity form: Cernunnos (God of animals - Celtic polytheism)
- Fighting style: Random
Lou was living a carefree life before her parents rejected her when they discovered her power. At a young age, she was taken by the Primordial Program where she met Sophia who becomes a second mother for her, and the only person that she could trust after the betray of her own parents.
As her powers give her the ability to control the animals and read their minds, she quickly becomes one of the most useful Heirs for the Primordial Program when they need secret information.
Her naivety and childish nature makes her easy to manipulate and it's why the Eighth Seal secretly approaches her and are slowly guiding her to their plan.
- Age: 19 years-old
- Nationality: Japanese
- Deity form: Izanami (Goddess of the creation - Shinto)
- Alternative form: Izanami (Goddess of the death - Shinto)
- Fighting style: American Kenpo
Saeko is a young woman with a joyful but introverted personality, once she used to someone she becomes less reserved and brings an always positive attitude. She is an overthinking woman which it's why she easily worried.
She is part of the Primordial Program. Despite her worried and submissive nature, she wants to help the world against the Wilting. Four years ago, Saeko's village was, under the attack of an Ancient God, she was saved by Wei but at the price to be the sole survivor. Horrified but determined to never let something like that happens again she asked Wei to teach her his martial arts, Wei accepted and brought her in a forest where he lived as a hermit.
When she felt ready, she decided to quit her isolation with Wei and to come back to Tokyo where she could join the Primordial Program.
- Age: 21 years-old
- Nationality: Ukrainian
- Deity form: Gabriel (Archangel - Abrahamic religions)
- Alternative form: Lucifer (Fallen Angel - Abrahamic religions)
- Fighting style: Systema
She can be stubborn at times and she always wants to dive into danger while ignoring the warnings of others. Her attitude is generally straightforward and she doesn't let anyone talk her down. Underneath the tough exterior there is a soft feminine side, though she doesn't always like to show that part of herself.
She has an unstable power as being the reincarnation of two opposite entities. Becoming uncontrollable, her family gave her to the Primordial Program. With her young age, she saw a new paternal figure into her chief, Yamatoni. One day, he and other Heirs never returns from a failed mission. Being rejected from this mission by Yamatoni, she became the sole Heir in the Primordial Project with Amina and JiaJun.
Since then, Zoya became in charge of training and leading the new Heirs into the fight against the Wilting thanks to the demanding training she received from her past mentor. She later learned that he had survived but also contributed to the fail of the mission, he was a betrayer. Since then she swears to destroy him.
The Eighth Seal
The Eighth Seal is a sinister cult composed of powerful people performing devastating rituals for the Ancient gods. As their rival, The Primordial Program, they seek for the Heirs but manipulate them to become their weapons.
- Age: 18 years-old
- Nationality: Canadian
- Deity form: Amaguq (Wolf-god - Inuit mythology)
- Fighting style: Jujutsu
Caleb is a kind young man, though rather naive, he often finds himself manipulated by Qingyun, whom he considered as a mother. He can appear at times violent, but only doing so out of love of his "mother". Because of his upbringing by Qingyun, he always acts professional and maintains well-bred social behaviors. He has respect for the abilities of his opponents, albeit not always agreeing with their methods, and maintains a sense of honor and a code of ethics when battling them.
Caleb was adopted by Qingyun and brings to Japan to be a subject to the Eighth Seal. Since his first year, he was trained to be determined, efficient and fast. He learns during all the children about the horror of mankind and what the Ancient God is right with the Wilting. Despite having a tender nature, once the combat starts he becomes a machine and no feeling can't change his mind.
- Age: 23 years-old
- Nationality: Singaporean
- Deity form: Anito (Ancestor spirit - precolonial Philippines)
- Fighting style: Nan Pai Tanglang
JiaJun is a member of The Eighthh Seal who stole the power of a Filipino Heir. He is a highly unstable individual, he frequently breaks the fourth wall and displays multiple potential mental disorders, including, but not limited to: attention deficit hyperactive disorder, manic depressive disorder.
Despite not being taken seriously by the rest of the Eighth Seal council, JiaJun has a unlimited knowledge about the occult arts and the science. His dream it's to have an army of Heirs and test them to their limit. He sees the Heirs as irregularities who needs to be dissected, despite being, now, one of them.
- Age: 26 years-old
- Nationality: American ( Navajo)
- Deity form: Ahsonnutli (Goddess of Creation - Navajo)
- Fighting style: Taekwondo
Johona, her real name Atsidi, is a biological man who defines herself as a woman. She is a hot-blooded, psychotic assassin working for the high members of the Eighthh Seal. She only joined this secret cult for being able to kill and not face any consequence.
- Age: Unknown (supposedly) 32 years-old
- Nationality: Unknown (supposedly Chinese)
- Deity form: Kali (Goddess of Time and Power - Hinduism)
- Fighting style: Muay Thai
Qingyun is the game main antagonist. She is a cold and vain woman who sees herself as the ultimate Heir. She's convinced by the Heir superiority and by the submission of the humans.
Qingyun is presented as a Chinese woman, "presented" because she was, in fact, created by JiaJun under the order of the Eighth Seal. Qingyun doesn't know her true nature as JiaJun gave her false memory. She is still in deny, despite that she's always wearing glove on her hands and hiding her forearms because her skin is turning into blue and her upper limbs are splitting themselves in two. As an artificial Heirs like Darren, her Deity form is hardly stable.
She maybe works for the Eighth Seal, as one of their most influential member, but she has her own agenda, Qingyun secretly draws a plan to put the humans under the supremacy of the Heirs.
Some fighter has their own agenda. They could just want to have a normal life despite their power, working alone to their own mission or even going back and forth between the Primordial Program and the Eighth Seal.
- Age: 33 years-old
- Nationality: Australian
- Deity form: Mamaragan (God of Thunder - Australian Aboriginal mythology)
- Fighting style: Pankration
Darren lost his humanity, he is now reduced to a resentful creature that is forced to live in the misery of his condition. He is violent, can't be tamed and restless.
Darren was zealous member of the Eighth Seal. He believed the Eighth Seal would contribute to saving the earth and the humanity. Though, when Darren discovered the horror of the Wilting, he choose to expose them but was quickly taken by JiaJun who made brutal magical experiments on him. The rituals converted Darren into the first synthetic Heirs who never existed. Because of how unstable the experiment was, Darren is always in a transitional form between his human and Deity form.
- Age: 20 years-old
- Nationality: French
- Deity form: Sekhmet (Lioness Goddess - Egyptian Mythology)
- Fighting style: Inspired by Pop dance moves
Elek-trode is a DJ but, before that she is a dreamer, she wants to be known for her music and her shows. She has an extroverted personality and don't take anything seriously. Being the daughter of a French minister has been forcing her to keep low profile in her career causing her to never reveal her identity or even her face during a show.
When Elek-trode, real name Romane choose to become a DJ, she run away from her well-off life to Tokyo but, that's not the only reason why she moved on, she also wanted to avoid the press because of her fear to be revealed as a supernatural being. She's just starting to have a name in the night community in Japan, what's despite being her dream make her nervous, that's why she's buying the service of Janka, who keeps her aware of what the others know about her.
- Age: 24 years-old
- Nationality: Argentinian
- Deity form: Tau (Evil God - Guaraní mythology)
- Fighting style: Pradal Serey
Ezequiel appears to be a vicious and calculating psychopath. He does not feel any empathy or regrets making him a very detached man.
Ezequiel, despite being a Heir, got a merciless hatred for his kind, in fact, Ezequiel is a cold assassin with the aim of eliminates all the Heirs, and then kills himself, to stop the Wilting. He is persuaded that they are the source of our perishing world.
After killing his own family, he attacked other Heirs through his way until being captured by The Eighth Seal and locked up, due to his dangerous and powerful nature, in a top-security cell. Since his imprisonment, he's quietly waiting for his moment.
- Age: 29 years-old
- Nationality: Hungarian
- Deity form: Su iyesi (Spirit of water - Tengrism)
- Alternative form: Od iyesi (Spirit of fire - Tengrism)
- Fighting style: Pencak Silat
Janka is an always confident and vicious woman, she is one of the best freelance secret ops spy in the world. Lot of characters will learn that they can't trust her. Her first motivation will always be the money and she will be exclusive to anyone or any organization placing her in a true neutral position.
Janka started her career as a courtesan but when she starting to get along with powerful men, she gained numerous high value information about the politic and business spheres that she could sell. Being agile and stealthy due to her Heir power, she soon became a spy and began to accumulate a global reputation.
- Age: 22 years-old
- Nationality: Chilean
- Deity form: Xōchipilli (God of Art - Aztec)
- Fighting style: Snake Kung Fu
Due to her trauma, she assisted to a massacre and was left for dead, Soledad possesses a detached, cynical outlook on life. As a result, she turned into a determined, secretive and, sometimes, rude woman. It doesn't show much but, deep down, she is still a young woman passionate by all kind of arts.
Soledad wasn't born Heirs, when Ezequiel started his rampage in South America, Soledad, was one of her victim despite being human. Left for dead by the murderer, she was rescued in time but not without aftereffect. Soledad starts to become a Heirs, gained the power of a man that Ezequiel killed before attacking her, but the worst effect that she gains a emotional link with her aggressor and can feel his presence. She choose to use this effect for taking revenge but before comes to him she has to train herself. When she was ready, Ezequiel was abducted far away from her.
- Age: 29 years-old
- Nationality: Taiwanese
- Deity form: Jade Emperor (High God - Chinese Mythology)
- Fighting style: Shorinji Kempo
Good willed and well-spoken, he seeks whole-heartedly to repent for his past in the Eighth Seal. He concerns himself over other people's welfare and respects those around him.
Wei is the Heir of a powerful and authoritarian god, the Jade Emperor, who would deny Wei's own free will wanting him to be the leader of the war against the Wilting. With the fear to become his Deity's puppet, Wei started to use the martial arts to channel the power in him but with approximate success. As he travelled the world to know more about his power and the Deities, he was approached by a member of the Eighth Seal who promised him serenity and a better world.
Wei quickly discovers the real intention of the Eighth Seal and fight against them when they tried to annihilate a Japanese village. He saved the young Saeko but the rest of the village was destroyed. During four years, he took care of Saeko, teaching her, his knowledge and martial arts. When Saeko chose to live on her own in the city, Wei stayed in the mountains as a hermit.
- Age: 43 years-old
- Nationality: Japanese
- Deity form: Odin (God of knowledge - Nordic Mythology)
- Fighting style: Marine Corps Martial Arts Program
Though he appears menacing, Yamatoni is a kind man with great patience. He is a man whose words can bring joy and understanding to others, and he sets out to inspire others with confidence. He has strong determination and likes to be on the front lines when it comes to dealing with problems.
Before being the Director of the Primordial Program, Yamatoni was a courageous soldier, even a legend on the battlefields. During a mission, Yamatoni found a dying young man, he tried to help him until the man finally passed away but not without giving his power, since then Yamatoni became an Heir. With his new power, the Japanese government named him Director for their secret operation against the Ancient gods. One day, Yamatoni discovered the Eighth Seal, a cult working in favor of the Wilting, he launched a mission against them using the best soldiers of the Primordial Program, despite his military experience, the mission failed and he was the sole survivor of his battalion. Since, rumors are that he is now on the Eighth Seal side... For Zoya, his former protegee, Yamatoni is the man to shot down.
SophiaAlec's departed mother. She was a scientific student when she gives birth to her unique son. When Alec begins to show his Heir's power, Sophia and her lover started to feel threatened and been overtaken by the situation. She, then, searched for help and came across The Primordial Program. She first entered in the program for her son but, soon, she became employed in the Research Division and, later, even became the Director of this division.
During her time in The Program, she finds herself attached to Lou, a very young Heirs who saw her as a mother figure.
One day, Yamatoni organized an operation against The Eighth Seal, she convinced them to accompanied the troop as a supervisor on the execution. The operation was a lethal failure as lot of the soldiers died in the confrontation against The Eighth Seal, only Yamatoni seemed to survive.
Since then, we have no clue of Sophia but there is a lot of reasons to believe that she was abducted by the enemies. This is why, five years later, her son Alec joined the Primordial Program with the aim of finding her or at least know what happens to her.
Due to her luminescent Deity form, Qingyun calls herself Orion. In this superior Deity form, Qingyun has access to a larger and more dangerous moveset who makes her the ultimate fighter and a real challenge for the opponent. Her new Deity form is 3 meters-tall making her the tallest fighter in the game.
Heirs to the Wrath is like typical 3D fighting games, it plays with 7-buttons corresponding to moves including motion, attack, guard, throw or, as we see later, transformation. As most of the fighting game, Heirs to the Wrath focus on an attack/defense strategy where the players have to take advantages of his opponent's moves to gain a chance to attack or, inversely, to anticipate a disadvantaging situation and entering in a defensive strategy.
Inspired by the Bloody Roar series, the overall fighting system is based on the Deity Transformation where the player can transform his fighter into their powerful and more agile god-like form with an extended attack arsenal. In Deity form, the player can execute a Wrath Move, the strongest attack, before come back to his Human form.
The player can also enter in Titan form, more powerful than in Deity form, where he can perform Wrath Move without automatically comes back in Human mode. In this form, the Deity Gauge is flashing and gradually fade away over time, once it's empty, the fighter back to a Human form.
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Advanced Fight Mechanics
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The story mode follows a linear story splits into three chapters, plus a Bonus Chapter.
1st Chapter - The Inner God
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Four years ago.
Yamatoni and Sophia are, accompanying by multiples soldiers, in a military camps above a little Japanese village. Some of the soldiers are Heirs and already in their Deity form. Sophia tells to Yamatoni to be prudent, their enemy, The Eighth Seal, are waiting for them. Yamatoni says they have no time to waste, The Eighth Seal wants to destroy the village to take the sacred ground below and the more sacred grounds The Eighth Seal possess, the closer they are to their aim to purify the Earth from humanity and to give it back to heinous Ancient Gods.
As members of the Primordial Program who fight against the Eighth Seal, Yamatoni and Sophia know that each battle against their opponent are determinant for the future of the world. Sophia is scared, she feels that they can't win this battle and, as Yamatoni, advances with his troops she asks him with sadness "Now that we can believe in the gods, do we have to believe in fate?" to which Yamatoni responds "If our fate it's to see our world dying, I wouldn't believe in gods even if I were one.".
"But you are one" she whispers before, suddenly, we see a gigantic figure in the background shines. Everything in the military base start to float in the air including Yamatoni and a terrified Sophia. Some soldiers and objects around them are, brutally, set in a blue fire. From a wide shot, we see military base camps ignited.
THE PRIMORDIAL PROGRAM
There is various recorded videos and TV news illustrating the situation of the world under, what we call, the Wilting, a slow apocalypse handled by The Eighth Seal. We see faded natures, ruined farm families and evil spirits attacking people. We also see a conference where multiple world leaders annouces the opening of the Primordial Program, an ambitious operation to counter the apocalypse. Accompanying this images, we hear Zoya who is reading a Yamatoni's letter talking how the world changed and how he wants to assume his role against Ancient gods.
Then, we see Zoya in an acrobatic fighting training.
Alec comes to dojo of the Primordial Program Head Quarter in Tokyo where is Zoya. She asks him to wait while she changes her clothes but Alec prefers a fight between us, he has made a long road to comes here and he needs a warm-up. (Fight : Alec vs Zoya)
Later, Zoya and Alec drink at a bar. Alec talks about how his mother, Sophia, told him one day that his life doesn't belong to him, as a Heir, a human with the power of transforming himself into a mythological gods, his destiny is clear: he must serve the humanity and, if he ignores it, it's like choosing to destroy it. Zoya nods, she explains that the humanity are becoming a battlefield between the gods who wants to reset the worlds and the ones who wants to keep it like it is, and they use them, the Heirs, to fight like chess pawns. Alec seems bothered to what Zoya responds "I still understand you, family it's harsh... my parents was afraid of my power and left me here. After that, and despite all the deceptions, I keep searching for someone to take care of me... So, Alec if we can find your mother I will help you, you have my promise."
She continues saying that if the real enemies are Ancient gods, they have to annihilate the Eighth Seal first, as they are the one who lead the gods' fight here among the humans. She shows a picture of the Eighth Seal most recent leader, Yamatoni. Alec, confused, knows him through his mother's files, Yamatoni was a close colleague to her when she worked for the Primordial Program. Zoya knows that if Alec joins The Primordial Program, it's to find answers about his missing mother but she wants to make it clear, Alec has to collaborate, their biggest operation will start as soon as they find Yamatoni's emplacement. There's is no time for questioning, Yamatoni is a traitor and knows too much about the Primordial Program since he used to work with them, we can't let him disclosing anything.
In their return, Zoya and Alec is interrupted by Johona, an assassin working for the Eighth Seal. Johona transforms herself into her Deity form. (Fight : Zoya vs Johona). Johona defeated insults them for going against their true destiny, as Ancient gods' chosen they have to build a new world. She especialy points to Zoya: "I would like to know what Lucifer thinks about your choice?", Zoya can't keep her calm as she's starting to shiver and says "I am Gabreil's Heir and only his", Johona smiles replying "How long will you keep it before the next incident?"
Alec get closer to Zoya as Johona disappears and, then, remarks another presence. The assassin was not alone, a mysterious guy stands in the roof above them. Alec pursues him but he is quickly taken down by what appears to be a humanoid wolf. The wolf then jumps and disappears in a sudden blizzard.
UNSTABLE AND VIOLENT
On his way to home, Amina, a medical researcher for the Primordial Program, finds a Heir, Darren, writhing in pain, he can't control his Deity form. Amina tries to help him but Darren becomes violent. (Fight : Amina vs Darren)
As Darren falls unconscious, Amina calls her colleague to come and help her but a truck stops in front of her. JiaJun goes out of the truck, gets back the unstable Heirs and ties him up to a stretcher before takes board him. Anima doesn't understand what it's happening, she tries to stop JiaJun but she's too weakened by her previous fight to do anything about it. JiaJun, then, finds out that she is from the Primordial Program and, as a member of the Eighth Seal himself, he decides to kill her but Darren starts to move again and JiaJun knows that he has to hurry up if he doesn't want more trouble with him.
In the truck, JiaJun says to Darren that he can't stop the experiment. Suddenly Darren, wakes up in rage, invokes thunder, the vehicle falls on the road. (Fight : JiaJun vs Darren)
Elek-trode finishes her night as a DJ. She catches up by Janka, a spy paid for her protection. Elek-trode doesn't want The Eighth Seal or, even, the Primordial Program to discover her existence mainly because of her renown father, a French minister, and counts on Janka's help. The woman adverts her that the Eighth Seal already knows her secret and now she's in the center of their plans.
Elek-trode doesn't understand how they could find her but Janka confesses to be their source. For Janka, the Eighth Seal members are a better investment. Elek-trode betrayed attacks Janka. (Fight : Janka vs Elek-trode)
She looks back, four years ago when she tries to escape her village being demolished by the Eighth Seal. She is reminding all her friends and family dying in front of her and how Wei saved her. At first she was afraid, Wei was a soldier for the Eighth Seal, but he felt the guilt seeing Saeko and ran away with her. During four years, Wei, in front of her strong desire to stop the Eighth Seal, learned to Saeko his martial arts in this excluded forest.
Now, Saeko wants to return to the civilization, she has been approached by the Primordial Program and wants to help them. Before leaving, she asks Wei to joins her and the Primordial Program. Wei refuses, he can't go back to the civilization but he's proud of her former apprentice and want to see her progress. (Fight : Saeko vs Wei)
In a dark alley, we see Yamatoni alone. He is on his phone with a mysterious woman. He's telling her, that The Primordial Program are about to take action and they need to be ready. As he's still speaking, we see lots of birds spying him, one of the birds, then, fly away to land on Lou's finger, Lou is one the Heirs of the Primordial Program. Lou becomes really enthousiastic and turns herself towards Zoya saying "He is in town! We found Yamatoni!".
Return in the dojo with Alec, Zoya, Lou and, now, Saeko. Due to their Heirs power, they are the four most powerful soldiers of the Primordial Project and the center of the next operation. Zoya is proud to see her new team and, now that Yamatoni is localized, the operation can finally start. She congratulates Lou to have found Yamatoni, as a Heir of a God of animals she could follow Yamatoni with her servant birds. Zoya also congratulates Saeko and Alec to joining the right side of this war. She asks one more time if the plan is understood by everyone, and as everyone nod, they move on to what should be the Yamatoni's position.
The location is an unsteady building. Zoya isn't surprised by Yamatoni's choice which makes Alec thinks that Zoya knows a lot about him. They attack the place but Yamatoni has a step ahead and counterattacks with smoke bomb and traps. (Fight : Zoya, Alec vs Yamatoni)
Alec is defeated but Zoya, even injured, swears to finish this fight. We, then, learn that Zoya was Yamatoni's protegee during his time in the Primordial Program. Yamatoni rejects her accusations to be a traitor but she won't listen, Yamatoni chooses the hard way and transforms himself into Odin (Fight: Zoya vs Yamatoni)
Zoya beats him but Yamatoni still tries to convince her he's not one of the Eighth Seal leaders. Suddenly, multiple Eighth Seal soldiers surround them and Johona appears fiercely. Lou was a traitor, she revealed their operation to the Eighth Seal. All the Hiers use their power to defeat the others but, weakened by their previous fights, the Primordial Program members can't keep up against their opponent. Johona captures Alec and Saeko. Zoya successes to run away with Yamatoni.
Somewhere, Qingyun makes rituals in what seems like a cathedral interior, despite being in a religious environment her ritual looks pagan. As she focuses on her ceremonial, she speaks with Janka. The spy says that they maybe have captured some of them, Yamatoni is still in the loose and now that the Primordial Program will regain their trust for him, they will soon discover who are the truth leaders of The Eighth Seal.
Suddenly, Caleb enters and interrupts their conversation. Caleb confesses to have followed Johona, he wants to know who is Zoya, what is the Primordial Program. Above all, the experiments on him start to exhaust him, he wants them to stop. Qingyun loses her temper, Caleb has to understand that the experiments are crucial for the future of the humanity and that he doesn't have a word to say about how she's leading the Eighth Seal's mission.
LIST OF BATTLES
2nd Chapter - A New Myth
while Saeko and Alec have been made prisoners by the cult.
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IN GOD'S HANDS
Somewhere in Chile, an aged woman prays in a little chapel. Soledad appears saying her that Yamatoni has found "him" and she has to join the Primordial Program. The other woman, who is revealed to be Soledad's mother, consents, she will keep praying for her protection. Soledad doesn't need that, she can only count on herself. Her mother smiles, she always knew that her daughter will do great things, and now she has this gift and can save humanity.
Soledad asks her mother how does she know that it's not Him himself who started the end of this world to what her mother responds that Him will always be on the side of his creation, like a mother.
Soledad does not believe her and chooses to leave in silence. As she's walking, the shot moves out and we can see more and more of the Chilean village where the scene takes place, and we see more and more of the devastation caused by the Wilting.
In the Eighth Seal HQ, Lou speaks with JiaJun, now that her task is completed, she wants to see Sophia. JiaJun laughs and presents her a crane with strange organic tissues on which he claims to be what remains of Sophia. Lou, heartbroken and furious, attacks him but she is blocked by Johona (Johona vs Lou).
JiaJun explains that it was only Sophia's fault, her vanity leads her to her death. JiaJun orders to conduct Lou where she won't be a nuisance. The girl, even injured, defends herself and defeats the men who tried to take her before Johona finally knocks her out.
THE MISSING LINK
In the Tokyo airport, Soledad walks down the stairs of the aircraft in front of Yamatoni and Zoya waiting for her. We learn that Soledad became an Heir during a massacre caused by another Heir, she was given her power by a dying man but she was also hit and left for dead. Since her first transformation, she made a weird bound with his aggressor and can feel his presence. The Primordial Program needs her because, in accordance of Yamatoni's source, the infamous Soledad's aggressor has been captured by the Eighth Seal. If they find him, they will find the Eighth Seal HQ.
In the Dojo, Zoya trains Soledad already very skilled (Soledad vs Zoya). For the fun, Yamatoni joins the fight on the Soledad's side and Amina, invited by Zoya, joins her side (Zoya, Amina vs Soledad, Yamatoni).
They, then, receive a visit from a government representative, their operation plan was validated and they can operate as soon as possible.
Janka, in the museum, is rejoined by Yamatoni. She's his source. Janka adds that Qingyun, who is in charge of the Eighth Seal here in Tokyo, is preparing something independently of the rest of the cardinals, the cult leaders. If she succeeds the consequences will be irreversible. Despite Yamatoni's insistence, Janka doesn't want to say more so Yamatoni suggests a fight if he wins, she tells everything, Janka accepts (Janka vs Yamatoni).
Yamatoni is defeated but still has a question for Janka, as he sees her six-point star pendant falling form her neck, "A believer?" he says. Janka holds her pendant tight before responding "We are not gods, Yamatoni, this Deities, they are like us, limited to this world, somehow to this reality. I still believe in a greater force beyond all of it, he's maybe not the one I think He is, but I know He's there watching on us." Yamatoni confesses being surprise to see some humility in a person like her.
DON'T LET THEM HAVE YOU
At a night club exit, Johona finds Elek-trode, Elek-trode understands right away that Johona is sent by the Eighth Seal, she tries to run but Johona is faster, the confrontation is inevitable (Johona vs Elek-trode).
Elek-trode wakes up in the Qingyun's office with Johona behind her. Qingyun knows that she's a Minister's daughter. Qingyun goes straight to the point, she is there because they need her father to contribute to the Eighth Seal. Elek-trode refuses to be threatened, her father won't help them, he doesn't make deal with terrorists.
Qingyun expected that, she then plays a videotape where we can see Elek-trode transforms herself. The girl laughs, for her, even this video won't help them, the Heirs are seen as hero working with the governments to fight against The Wilting, she will just be annoyed if her secret it's out but not enough to blackmail her own father. Qingyun does not loose her temper saying that maybe now she can say that but, soon enough, she won't have the same discourse.
Johona gets a call form JiaJun something bad is happening right now at the confinement section, we don't hear more. Johona informs secretly Qingyun who, this time, can't control her irritation against JiaJun's irresponsibilities. She orders to take Elek-trode to her cells, saying to the prisoner that if she can't use her as a hostage, she could still use her as a subject for new experiments. As Elek-trode leave the room, Qingyun asks Johona to take care of their sudden annoyance.
Johona goes out the office but stops and briefly sees Caleb spying on them.
Qingyun asks why she is hesitant to leave the office, Johona feigns to not have seen Caleb and responds: "The Eighth Seal asked you to get this girl and forced her father to give us the authority to take sacred grounds in France and you seemed to be succeeding in this task but I can't help myself to think that you have other aim in mind." Qingyun gets angry about how Johona authorizes this kind of discourse with her. Johona adds that she is not her servant, she is there, from the other cardinals' orders, to execute the plan and to see if everything goes as expected, and with this in mind, she has doubts. Quingyun says that she can do her mission in the way she wants, she is one of the Eighth Seal cardinals, she doesn't have to wait for the confirmation of other, if she wants to do more than just threaten a brat for the cult she will. Johona replies that "Loki, Lucifer even Zeus... among the greater gods there always are traitors.", she then leaves and winks at Caleb.
In the dark, we can hear a man scream before sounds of flesh being tear apart.
The scream wakes Alec and Saeko. Their awakening is brutal as they don't know where they are and as they are surrounded by dead bodies. Alec understands that the bodies are the men who was taking them earlier when they were trapped by the Eighth Seal. From the surrounding, they are in what's looked like a cathedral and maybe underground.
As they explore the place, Saeko, finally, sees who caused this onslaught, Darren. He succeed once again to escape JiaJun. The monster stops and turns his eyes toward the two prisoners with the severed head of a guard in his hand (Saeko, Alec vs Darren). Alec is ready to continue the fight but Saeko stands between them. She thinks Darren is not their enemy and can help them, and asks him if he wants to join them to get out of this place. Darren quietly stares at them but finally jumps and disappears.
In their evasion, Alec and Saeko find Lou under what seems to be ritualistic experiments. At first, despite Saeko's advice, Alec refuses to help this traitor. Lou, crying, explains that she only wanted to help Sophia. Alec understands that his mother, Sophia, helped Lou during her time in the Primordial Program and before being taken by the Eighth Seal. As they have the same goals, to find Sophia, Alec frees her.
Appears, then, a really angry JiaJun. He is too busy about the Darren's escape to see the trio. Alec wants to fight him but Lou needs her revenge on him (Lou vs JiaJun).
Suddenly, Darren jumps in the place and attacks the group, JiaJun runs away (Saeko, Alec vs Darren).
In front of Darren's pain and sadness, the group lets, pitiful, the suffering Heir fades in the shadow. Alec and Saeko get closer as she searches comfort from the situation.
Lou explains that they tried to make her believe that Sophia is dead but she doesn't believe it. She learns that they keep other hostages in the deepest ground of this place where they run their most horrific experiment. If Sophia is alive she must be there. She also explains that there is also a dangerous prisoner there and he's nicknamed the Heathen, when Lou was still in JiaJun's hands, he threatened to give her to the Heathen if she didn't calm down.
In a forest, the rest of the Primordial Program, Zoya, Soledad and Yamatoni, locates the secret cathedral constructed under a sacred ground, Johona welcomes them (Zoya vs Johona).
Defeated, Johona flees. the group then combines power to open the ground and to create an entrance to the Eighth Seal HQ.
Hearing an earthquake, Caleb stops his experiment and get dress before coming across Alec, Saeko and Lou. Alec wants his revenge (Alec vs Caleb).
Caleb asks them to stop, he wants to join them. He explains that he did not understand what the Eighth Seal was about, they always hided him the truth, he thought that they wanted him to save the world not to annihilate it. Saeko asks him why have they captured Alec and her, but Caleb doesn't even know why they set a trap for the Primordial program group as the principal mission now is to blackmail government representatives (like Elek-trode's father).
Another earthquake happens, Caleb wonders what could cause it? Lou answers him, it's the other Primordial Program members, Zoya would never let someone being taken by the Eighth Seal. Caleb remembers that Zoya was frequently cited by Qingyun, she even asked Johona to spy her.
In another area of the Eighth Seal HQ, Zoya and the rest of the Primordial Program team arrive but they only found Qingyun who was waiting for them.
Return to Alec and the others. At this point, everything becomes clear to Caleb, Qingyun did not follow the Eighth Seal operations, she's on her own. Caleb says that "Qingyun did not care for you two. She did not trap the Primordial Program for kidnapped you, she wanted Zoya but she did not succeed so she kept you three alive to...", "Bring Zoya to this place." continues Saeko.
Return to Zoya. Qingyun smiles and then brings to herself a terrified couple, Zoya recognizes them they are her parents. Her parents seems more afraid of their daughter than Qingyun herself, they start to scream "Devil!" at Zoya and to pray God to save them from Satan. Zoya in tears, implores them to stop, to listen her she can control her power now. As she's saying it, she hears her Deity forms Gabriel and Lucifer talking to her in her mind. Gabriel asks her to remain strong but Lucifer laughs and says that it is now his turn to play. Zoya can't support this voice and falls down.
Return to Alec. He now understands what Caleb and Saeko are trying to say, Zoya is the most powerful Heirs in their team, Qingyun wants her power.
Return to Zoya. Qingyun smiles on more times and then slashes the throats of Zoya's parents. Zoya overwhelmed yells with an inhuman scream and spectacularly transforms herself into Lucifer.
We can now see, behind Qingyun, a camera turned on meaning that everything that is happening is recorded.
LIST OF BATTLES
A battle takes place in a Stage. Each stage has its own settings and, sometimes, his own rules. It can be really useful for a player to know the specificity of a stage to take advantage of it. Each stages of Heirs of the Wrath are associated to a fighter and, most of times, illustrate a part of his country of origin and the culture.
Some stages have two versions. In most of the case, it is one original version and one more basic version (with no specific gameplay like uneven ground or traps) but others has two completely different versions like Distant Forest that has a version during summer and a second during winter.
Outside the fights, the stage also appears in the Story mode and mostly serves as a decor for characters encounters.
List of stages
There are 16 stages in Heirs to the Wrath.
A substandard and unsafe housing with very fragile furniture and walls. During your fight, you will crash into a bed, a closet even a toilet destroying everything all around you.
You can access to new rooms by throwing the opponent through a wall. You start in the bedroom.
Apartment 13 has one unique version
Cathedral of Apocalypse
In a Cathedrale-like architectures. You can see strange and gigantic silhouettes of angels and demons behind impressive stained window of the cathedral overhangs you. The Cathedral of Apocalypse is evolving during a fight depending on the current winner
Cathedral of Apocalypse has one unique version
A simple japanese pedestrian street with a row of colorful, semi-detached houses in a side and a row of cherry trees in bloom and bicycle. You can see a white tramway in the background. It's one of the most colorful and peaceful stage for a bloody violent fight. Wind animation with petal and bright sun contribute to the arena aestheticism.
Cherry Street has one unique version
On the top of the world, you have a impressive panoramic on all a North American metropolis. In this arena you will be under the light of helicopters. In the last round, one helicopter will crash on the arena (under the attack of a random character), the zone will be highly dangerous, a lot of things will happen like fire, fall of the antenna, engine explosion. Be ready !
City Roof comes in two versions:
With a Greek revival architecture, the museum in one of the most luxurious place to fight. It is divided in two areas :
Classical Museum has one unique version
It's a techno-rave night club reserved to the most underground community. There's a lot of dances, parties going on around you but you're here for the fight and it's exactly what make this nightclub than popular: the violence. You will be in a neon environments, lots of light animations, sexy dancers and all of that conducted by the Disc-jokey' mix.
Cyber Nightclub has one unique version
Due to the numerous wind-singing bamboos and an absence of wildlife, this forest is known for being exceptionally relaxing. You can find a shallow lake in his center and a rocky cavern in the extreme left. This forest has a historic association with old demons, be careful, it is said that these ghastly spirits glide between the bamboo plants.
Distant Forest comes in two versions:
Get ready for high-speed action. You are fighting on various big vehicles dashing off on a freeway at night. The environment will change between streetlights, temperate rainforests, construction sites and highway tunnel. Beware, using your strongest moves can cause brutal accident, forcing you to jump on another vehicles. Your reflex will be tested here.
Freeway Chase comes in two versions:
A communal bath house which uses hot water from a natural, rocky hot spring in the end of a waterfall. This bath house is quite relaxing within an Art Nouveau architecture, with one large wall separating the sexes. During the fight, which take place in a deep foot sap, you can break the barrier, the result is random, which type of naked people will you surprise behind? If you begin an all-female fight, you will start in the ladies side otherwise you'll start in the gentlemen side.
Healing Spa has one unique version
You are fighting on the set of an overexcited game show. Colorful, light everywhere, a big audience encouraging their favorite. It is a fun and unpretentious level where a beautiful lady presenter can shows up anytime for make a commentary. In the end of the match the presenter will interview the winner and different animation will play depending of his success. (Bigger Animation if he wins all the rounds)
Outch! Ring!! comes in two versions:
You will be in the center of a gigantic Greek Coliseum encouraged by a breath-taking crow. With marble, flags, sleepy big cats and gigantic statues of Olympic Gods are part of the surrounding. You can also admire in the background, the outside of the Coliseum, a beautiful Greek island landscape with white and blue houses.
Pantheon Coliseum has one unique version
The sinister prison yard of the Eighth Seal. You fight in a suspended cage with esoteric lights, surrounded by levels of balcony and prison cells. A lot of evil spirits encourage the fight, and when the hits become too violent the cage starts to swing itself. Be careful when you get close of an evil spirit, he can hit you or grap you for letting your opponent some free hits.
Prison Yard comes in two versions:
A majestic dojo with a classical Chinese architecture. There's a lot of statues, engravings who recall ancient gods from various mythology. If you throw the opponent through the paper wall, you will fall into the wood bridge.
Serene Dojo has one unique version
Graffiti, smoke, police sirens, rusted containers or trolleys, posters, garbage containers this place is unsafe and unwelcome. When you're fighting more and more skaters, punks and other misfits will assist to the match and cheer their favorite with flags.
Be careful when you get close of the crowd, they can hit you or grap you for letting your opponent some free hits.
Skate Park has one unique version
The fight start at the summit of an Aztec pyramid where you are above and surrounded by a dense tropical forest. If the fighters fall too much on the ground the roof where they fight will collapse and the fighter will fight in to bottom of Pyramid. The interior of the Pyramid is an Aztec temple with lots of engravings, statues and even a throne. The vegetation spread all over the place as there are a lots of enormous tree roots and luminescent fungus which light the place.
Step-Pyramid has one unique version
Relaxing is easy on this Cameroonian beach during a sunrise: sand soft and white as sugar, brilliant sunshine and azure waters abound but you're here for the fight. While you try to beat each other, you can see various animations like Beach-volley, sandcastles and crabs. If you go to the extreme right, you reach the rocky reefs and their wild waves.
Sunrise Beach comes in two versions:
The game soundtrack ranges from gentle house to IDM trips through raucous synth melodies and hip-hop loops showing a variety of beats packed, all of which help to bring out an emotional and dream-like dynamic in opposition of the high energy tunes of most of the fighting game scores.
If the score mostly focus on electronic beats, there is sometimes classical music elements (choir, cello and violin) and heavy metal elements (riff with electric guitars, distortion sounds and vigorous vocals) adding variety and powerness to the soundtrack.
- Voice acting incorporates accents depending on the origins of the character speaking.
Unofficial Artworks & Fanarts
Thanks to all of you who took the time to draw the characters of Heirs to the Wrath! If you did an art about this game and want me to share it here just post it in the comments.
With the revival of the fighting games market since the release of Street Fighter IV, the HTTW team wanted their own license able to stand out among the 3D fighting games represented by a very limited number of series (Tekken, Soul Calibur and Dead or Alive).
Taking inspiration from the changing form gameplay of a Hudson Soft fighting game series, Bloody Roar, the HTTW team developed the idea of Heirs to the Wrath with strong emphasis of a modern gameplay aiming to the esports tournament market.
An intriguing storyline, charismatic fighters and attractive design were developed so that the game can appeal to both casual gamers and the Western audience as well as garner a fanbase.
For the design, the HTTW team wanted the characters to have an impression of realistic proportionalities in anatomy but with slightly alteration (more slender, less broad shoulders, ...) to give them attractive bodies. Also, their physical traits must have corresponded to their nationality.
Even before the official launch, 5 DLC were announced each of them will add a new fighter, a new arena, new topical outfits for the fighters as well as balance rectifications. The DLC will be release every 6 months for a still to be determined price. During the same announcement, the HTTW team stipulated that, depending on the success of the game, they have plan for a sequel or a re-release.
- All the Wrath Moves are directly inspired by legends and myths surrounding the Deity.
- Lots of deities was considered for the fighters, even Deity from less conventional mythologies as Cthulhu or the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
- From this survey, Elek-trode is voted first favorite fighter from the players as she gains 32% of votes. The second being Darren with 16% of votes.
- You can read on Alec's pants δύναμη (dýnami) meaning Force in Greek.
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