In the land of Zenozoik, the city of Halstedom is ruled by a powerful clan, one which Ghat has betrayed by committing a terrible sin. Now, Ghat's brothers and sisters are pursuing him and his companion Deadra through strange and twisted lands, beyond the boundaries of the sane to the ends of the world. What was Ghat's crime and why did he commit it? The bare-knuckled brawl to reach the truth has just begun. A fascinating world of grotesque beauty--Equal parts breathtakingly beautiful and utterly disturbing, prepare to be swallowed up in a surreal fantasy world powered by the Source engine. Explore lush environments and confront bizarre animal-humanoid foes on your mission of discovery and redemption. Visceral first person fighting--Combat is up close, personal, and entirely satisfying. Start with a series of punches, kicks, and grabs, follow up with a knee to the enemy's face, and hit him with a finishing move to send him flying yards away. Learn new moves to mix it up.

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At ACE Team we've released our first developer video that features a closer look at the combat mechanics & shows some examples of how a skilled player can combine the different moves to his advantage.

Posted by abordeu on Mar 6th, 2009

Check out our first ‘Developer Video' where we explain the basics of the combat mechanics and how combining moves can produce varied and exciting gameplay. The video displays some strategies that the player can use to get the upper hand during a fight.

Additionaly , we'd like to announce that Zeno Clash will include a new Survival Mode with a friends ranking system. The Survival Mode features several challenges in tower levels where the player will have to defeat all opponents to climb to the next level. Players will be ranked by performance and speed and they can compare their scores against friends through a leaderboard.

Ranking System

We took in consideration the feedback we were getting from the community and decided Zeno Clash needed a game mode with a competitive component where the players could enjoy the fun of the combat mechanics without having to go through the single player campaign again.

Here are a few screens of the Survival Mode in action:

Tower 1, Floor 3

Tower 2, Floor 1

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Kamikazi[Uk] Mar 6 2009, 1:01pm says:

Sweet. If this has good mp i will be buying.

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Torabi Mar 6 2009, 3:21pm replied:

This game is singleplayer only, still, it looks great!

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Sk!n-E Mar 6 2009, 4:02pm replied:

Im still bout u

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abordeu Author
abordeu Mar 7 2009, 10:03am replied:

The game has no multiplayer, but the Survival Mode has a ranking system where you can compare your performance with your Steam friends (it's really fun to compete against your friends and climb through the leaderboard). We'll definitely consider mp for future projects.

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Noesis_Interactive Mar 6 2009, 1:08pm says:

Looks pretty sweet!

Any idea on a release date yet?

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DuckSauce Mar 6 2009, 1:43pm says:

man looking awesome and nice to see an added gamemode too!
keep up the great job!

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zawmbabwe Mar 6 2009, 3:23pm says:

You guys are amazing, it doesn't even look like source anymore. I also love your ragdoll blending with combat and everything.

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AlCool Mar 6 2009, 4:27pm says:

I really like the art style in this game, as well as your deep combat system :D.

Definitely on the "Must get" list.

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Rakym Mar 6 2009, 4:39pm says:

i wish this was also coming out as a retail version. without a credit card i will not be able to buy this off steam. i especially like the art direction of the game. im so bored of the games coming out nowadays. this game would be a diamond in the dirt. go zeno clash! :P

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DuckSauce Mar 7 2009, 3:49am replied:

yeah, I *might* not be able too, don't know for sure yet, but retail would be much better for me too. Imo this game can compete with any retail game out there, although the strange art style would potentially not draw customers, but everyone who sees the video's and not the images will agree this game ROCKS!

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Armageddon104 Mar 6 2009, 6:44pm says:


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PlanterPeanut Mar 6 2009, 8:29pm replied:

Ah ****! I knew someone was going to see it! :P

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DuckSauce Mar 7 2009, 3:53am replied:

I didn't see it, maybe for less then a second
the one time I did see the crosshair clearly it looked different from the hl2 one.

how come the crosshair seems to dissapear and appear every now and then?

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Killer_man_1996 Mar 12 2009, 6:52pm replied:


I didin't see it!...

Pienso en comprarlo igual ponganlo en español porfa...

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Armageddon104 Mar 19 2009, 7:38pm replied:

English please?

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molers Mar 6 2009, 9:15pm says:

I love the art style and character design. Hope everything goes well for you.

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leilei Mar 6 2009, 11:59pm says:

better than batman doom

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ÐiamonÐ Mar 7 2009, 7:23am says:

Holy ****, very impressive melee system. I'm seriously gonna' need to get a new computer for this.

Finally, originality <3

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abordeu Author
abordeu Mar 7 2009, 10:06am says:

The release will be during April. We'll announce the definitive date soon.

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