Daedalic Entertainment have released the first in a series of video guides to introduce new players to how their upcoming turn based roleplaying game Blackguards plays out.
The pen and paper system of The Dark Eye means that Blackguards uses more than a few of the roleplaying game’s rule sets to keep true to The Dark Eye’s world, but not too much to alienate those unfamiliar, these videos hope to introduce players to them.
One of the points that many, even us included, recognised as unique is Blackguard's level-up system which works differently to classic level-up systems, allowing users to spend Adventure Points whenever on different attributes, skills or spells.
If Blackguards has you interested it is scheduled for a release January 24th 2014, but if you can't wait that long, Blackguards is still available through Steam's Early Access program where you can play the first four chapters of the game. The program also worked out for the better too as suggestions from the community have changed aspects such as the inclusion of character customisation from the start of the game.
As with all Early Access programs, Blackguards is available with three different versions that include extras exclusive to Early Access, and purchasing either of the three will give players the full game on launch. If you're simply looking for a copy of the game the Standard Edition includes just that for £18.99, want a little more, well for £26.99 you'll receive a 150-page digital art book, developer interview videos and exclusive wallpapers. Still not good enough? Well for £29.99 you'll get the Deluxe Edition, the first Blackguards DLC pack for free, a copy of their beautiful point and click adventure set in the same Dark Eye Universe; Chains of Satinav, and your name in the credits, well how about that!
In Blackguards players will take control of a convicted murderer as he travels through the wild south of Aventuria, in a dark tale full of doubt, betrayal and loss. To accompany the games protagonist a collection of companions that wouldn't cut it in Skyrim, surrounded by scoundrels, drug addicts and lecherous wizards, why not give the teaser trailer a look.
With lethal creatures and enemies across 180 battlemaps, Blackguards features a main path full of exciting and diverse side quests to get you hooked on Daedalic’s ever-strong storytelling in amongst action packed gameplay and tactical combat in a story that spans more than 40 hours.
Blackguards is scheduled for a release January 24th for Windows PC and Mac via Steam, where there will be a standard and Collection's edition available.