One Of The Best Adventure Game Makers Takes On Turn-Based Tactics

Germany's Daedalic Entertainment has spent the past several years making a name for itself as one of the top adventure gaming companies, consistently hand-crafting unique point-and-click experiences for fans of the genre. Now the developer prepares to wade into deeper waters with Blackguard, its first tactical turn-based role-playing game. I'm in.

If Daedalic applies the same sort of craftsmanship and creativity it used to craft The Whispered World, Edna & Harvey: The Breakout and the Deponia series to this new genre, Blackguard will certainly wind up something special.

It's certainly off to a good start. Rather than the standard heroic fare, the main character here is a convicted murderer, his companions a drug-addicted half-elf named Niam and a lecherous wizard called Zurbaran -- it's a band of scoundrels and thieves, and the only hope of saving Aventuria (the world of popular European pen-and-paper RPG The Dark Eye) from a dark menace.

Blackguard promises more than 170 hand-crafted battle maps, each filled with interactive objects to spice up battles. How those battles play out remains to be seen, but considering Daedalic's pedigree, I have high hopes.

Blackguard is due out for PC in Q3 2013.


    That's some pretty generic concept art.

    Shouldn't this have been tagged "advertisement"?

    What exactly is going on in that first picture

      That doesn't look legal.

      That's how werewolves are made ;)

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