Steambrawler? Brawlerpunk? We can only torment the English language so far!
Steampunk is a beloved geek genre that doesn't get as much play in MMOs as one might like -- parts of World of Warcraft, Allods Online, NeoSteam and the seemingly-defunct Gatheryn all dabble in worlds of gears-n-gadgets, but so far we haven't had a pure steampunk title that's hit prime time. If zombies have you yawning and thinking of bland fantasy staples, then maybe the mention of fighting bionic zombies will rouse you from your slumber!
The combination of brawler -- with big floating numbers and flashy moves -- mixes well with the lush art of a steampunk world. The team is proud of their enhanced PhysX graphics, which they claim looks better than most free-to-play titles out there right now.
Pick your skills, pick your friends
Guild Wars players may be enthused to see that their favorite game is influencing MMOs across the world. Divine Souls owes a small debt to Guild Wars for its game structure, where players meet in an open instance (such as a town), create a skill build out of a longer list, and then team up for a fast-paced dungeon brawl.
Each class will eventually be able to pull together a skill build of 4 or 5 from around 20 available. Characters' skills are powered by "Divine Matter" (hence, Divine Souls). You may then form a team, which consists of up to four friends (or complete strangers -- we won't judge your social life here!) and get straight to the action in one of their stylized dungeons. There will also be 8-person raid dungeons full of uber loot.
The dungeons are segmented by portals, each of which require you to kill all the mobs in the room before progressing. This is so that your party can't just run right through to the end without doing their fair share of fighting. Not that you'd want to anyway; every mob has the potential to drop tasty loot, including rare items that should tempt you into rerunning a dungeon for specific gear, and the more you fight, the more achievements are unlocked.
Also similar to Guild Wars is the ability for players to hit the level cap fairly quickly, which will open up all of their skills and prepare them for the next phase of the game: PvP and raids. As of right now, there's only basic deathmatch arenas for PvP, featuring 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 and 4v4.