Risen and Gothic developer Piranha Bytes is hyping its new game ELEX – that’s “Eclectic, Lavish, Exhilarating, Xenial” and no, I dunno what exactly “Xenial” means either – with a trailer that introduces the meteor-blasted world of Magalan and an imperturbable protagonist.

Besides being eclectic, lavish, exhilarating, and xenial, Elex is also some kind of… something that everybody in the game wants for their own reasons. For the protagonist, it’s like a drug.

“Being raised as an Alb and fed pure Elex to strengthen your body, which also stripped you of all emotions, your world of cold logic and military discipline were all you knew. Set to rise through the ranks, a scourge to your enemies, your destiny seemed certain,” reads the blurb on the game’s website. “Now, as the smoke rises over the wreckage of your glider in the mountains of Edan, you are trapped far from your home Xacor. With no access to pure Elex, you are experiencing emotions for the first time in your life. Stranded amongst your enemies and outcast from your people, in front of you lies a new and open path, as heavily laden with magnificence as it is with ruin. The decisions you make will decide the fate of the world. Magalan – will you be its slayer or its saviour?”

Publisher THQ Nordic has also announced a Collector’s Edition of the game, including:

  • A 10-inch-high figurine of an Alb Mage
  • A 2-inch amulet in the form of a combat drone
  • A cloth map, showing the world of Magalan
  • The original score on CD
  • An artbook
  • The game’s manual
  • The game itself, obviously

Game’s out on 17 October on PC, Xbox One, and PS4.