Last time we talked about Legend of Grimrock 2, the successor to the original game that gave the old-school dungeon crawling genre a kick in the pants, all we were given was a solitary screenshot. That's changed dramatically however, with the new title due on 15 October, there are now multiple screenshots and even videos. Videos!
Developer Almost Human is calling this one here the "pre-order trailer" and if its objective is to get people to, well, pre-order, then it's doing excellent work. It shows a game that feels like the original, but visually is quite, quite different. Rather than grungy, enclosed dungeons (which are still in there), Grimrock 2 is all about exploration in a more open environment.
For the less-than-superficially curious, here's the feature list:
- Explore the wilderness and the dungeons of Isle of Nex: walk in ancient forests riddled with mysterious magical statues, fight the denizens of poison fuming swamps, dive in the Forgotten River in search of treasure, uncover secrets hidden deep below…
- More than 20 hours of pure blooded dungeon crawling gameplay with grid-based movement and thousands of squares filled with hidden switches, pressure plates, secret doors, riddles, deadly traps and more.
- Cast spells with runes, craft potions and bombs, fight murderous monsters with a large variety of melee-, ranged and thrown weapons, as well as firearms.
- Create a party of four characters and customize them with 7 character classes, 5 races, and numerous skills and traits. Collect experience to hone their skills and discover improved equipment and magical artefacts.
- 42 different kind of monsters including 30 new foes unique to Isle of Nex.
- Play custom adventures created by others or make your own with Dungeon Editor.
- More depth, variety and open ended exploration than in Legend of Grimrock 1. Enhanced AI, spell casting, puzzle mechanics and skill systems.
As an incentive to grab the game now, Almost Human is offering a 15 per cent discount. This includes a standalone copy of the game, as well as a Steam key for digital distribution completionists. If you've yet to play the first game, then the best value comes from the bundle, which currently sits at $US25.49, down from $US29.99. Grimrock 2 by itself is a little over $US20.