Masters of Anima, an action-RTS about a guy who wants to get married, is out today

Masters of Anima is the new game from Space Run studio Passtech that sees a young lad named Otto, an apprentice of Anima, questing to become a Master so he can marry his fiancee Ana—who by the way is being held hostage by a bad dude named Zahr. It looks like a cross between an action-RPG and an RTS, with lots of things to deal with at once and big boss fights to break up the action. It's also out today on Steam, and that means it's time to kick back and watch a launch trailer.   

Otto, as you would expect, is not just some guy: His ability to wield Anima, which is basically the life force of the magical world of Spark, enables him to summon armies of up to 100 Guardians, who will thrown down against the forces of evil in "strategic, action-packed battles." As Otto earns experience and becomes more powerful, he gains the ability to summon different types of Guardians, who bring different and more powerful abilities to the fight.   

I like Master of Anima's visual style and Passtech promises "intuitive and innovative" support for both controllers and mouse-and-keyboard setups. I haven't played it myself so I have no idea whether it actually delivers on that front, but as someone who likes the idea of RTS games but rages against (and ragequits over) clunky interfaces, I hope Passtech can pull it off. 

Masters of Anima is out today on Steam and will set you back $20/£17/€20. Find out more at

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.