BIONICLE: Masks of Power Is a Free Fan-Made Open-World Action-Adventure Game in Development

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Team Kanohi has released a new gameplay preview trailer for its free LEGO game built using Unreal Engine 5 called BIONICLE: Masks of Power. It is an open-world action-adventure game that began as another project in 2015 and then evolved into its own game. Team Kanohi was formed during this period as the projects grew and it has been offering its BIONICLE-based games for free on Steam and its own website.

BIONICLE: Masks of Power is an all-new action adventure game set in the BIONICLE universe. Currently in development by Team Kanohi, BIONICLE: Masks of Power is an ambitious fan project that retells the legendary stories of BIONICLE’s initial launch in 2001. Built from the ground up in Unreal Engine 5, Mata Nui and its inhabitants have been completely re-imagined for the modern day. Revisit beloved locations and characters, brave the dangers of Mata Nui, and get lost in the BIONICLE universe all over again.

As an open world action/adventure game, BIONICLE: Masks of Power features exploration, combat, platforming, quests, and more. Drawing inspiration from games like NieR:Automata for combat, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for world design and exploration, BIONICLE: Masks of Power aims to create a world that is engaging to explore, with gameplay mechanics that encourage experimentation with different ways to conquer whatever obstacles the player may find.

This latest game aims to retell the original story of BIONICLE where players can pick from six different characters to explore the island of Mata Nui. Players can seek out 12 different masks of power and interact with 6 tribes on the island as they learn the story of Mata Nui and embark on quests.

BIONICLE: Masks of Power started as a project in 2015, when development on the original version of the game, eventually named Masks of Power: Legacy, first began. As the team grew, we realized that we wanted to achieve so much more than we could with that original version of the game, which is where development on the current rendition of BIONICLE: Masks of Power first began. The legacy version of the project received its final major update in May of 2021, and is currently available to download for free.

● A 3D open world with 6 unique elemental regions to explore.
● 6 playable elemental heroes, each with unique animations, abilities, and personalities.
● 6 tribes of Matoran, who inhabit detailed villages across the island, and provide quests and dialogue for the player to interact with.
● 12 different masks of power with unique abilities, which can be used in combat, traversal, puzzles, and more.
● Many distinct species of Rahi beasts roam the island of Mata Nui, interacting with the player, the environment, and each other.
● The original BIONICLE story is retold and expanded upon, breathing new life into the
fan-favorite characters and memorable moments of the BIONICLE universe.
● Full controller support

The game is still in development and its release date has not yet been announced.

Source: Team Kanohi (via DSOG)

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