Daedalic Entertainment, known for their point-and-click adventure games, have announced their first turn-based RPG, Blackguards, which is set to release this summer.
The game will have you playing as an anti-hero of sorts. They say the game is “Framed in a significantly darker story than you usually find in Daedalic games, the player will walk in the boots of a convicted murderer as he travels through Aventuria’s wild south. On this journey the protagonist is accompanied by more or less loyal companions; scoundrels and thieves like the half-elf Niam (and her latent drug addiction) or the lecherous wizard Zurbaran.”
Along this journey, you’ll run into various creatures that want to eat you, and various people who likely want to kill you… and possibly eat you. The combat should be interesting, as the game has a surprisingly large number of unique battlemaps: 180 in all.
You’ll also be able to pick up quests along the way—major and minor ones—that branch off from the campaign. You can also expect a good 40 hours of gameplay.
But, most importantly, the storytelling will be a large focus of Blackguards. They state, “What happens when the only hope of a threatened world lies not with heroes in shining armor but in the hands of a band of misfits and criminals? Blackguards – the new turn-based RPG by Daedalic Entertainment explores this very question. The player takes on the role of a convicted murderer, who with the help of a team of more than questionable characters, must save the world from a dark menace. During the wild chase throughout the South of Aventuria, the world of The Dark Eye, there is more to fight than vicious creatures – chapter by chapter a story full of intrigue and surprising twists unfolds. But when life and death are in the player’s hands, how far will they go to reach their goals?”
Check out the concept art below, and we’ll keep you updated as more details are announced.