ESPOO, FINLAND - APRIL 10, 2017. Indie game developer Ctrl Alt Ninja Ltd., a game studio newly founded by the co-creators of the critically acclaimed Legend of Grimrock games, is proud to announce their first game Druidstone: The Secret of the Menhir Forest. Druidstone is a fantasy roleplaying game with a procedurally generated world, tactical turn-based combat and roguelike elements.
In Druidstone, you take the role of a druid who has just been reincarnated. Who are you? How did you die? These questions lead you to an adventure in a vast procedurally generated forest where you can explore ancient haunted ruins, battle evil monsters with spells and swords, and meet interesting friends and foes. Battles are fought on a two-dimensional grid using a tactical, turn-based battle system. The key to surviving in this dangerous world is using your limited resources wisely. You start the game barehanded, only clad in a simple cloak but as you discover the secrets of the Menhir Forest you will get more powerful and learn new abilities and battle tactics. At the heart of Druidstone is a gripping story which is told through the encounters and characters you will meet.
"We're thrilled that we can finally show the world what we've been working on for a while now. We invite people to follow our journey about making the game by visiting the Druidstone dev blog" says Juho Salila the co-founder of Ctrl Alt Ninja. For inspiration the Ctrl Alt Ninja team has turned to oldschool games as Petri Häkkinen, the co-founder of the studio explains "Most modern computer RPGs today have dropped the grid and have a semi-realtime battle system, which we think reduces the tactical aspect of combat. Instead we harken back to golden days of RPGs with grids and turn-based combat."
Druidstone is developed for the PC by Ctrl Alt Ninja, a team of game designers, programmers and artists who have previously worked on the critically acclaimed Legend of Grimrock games. Ctrl Alt Ninja was founded in 2015 by designer-programmer Petri Häkkinen and art director Juho Salila for creating their next dream project.
The release date of Druidstone has not been set yet. Additional platforms are possible later but right now the team is 100% focused on creating the game for the PC.
Find out more at http://druidstone-game.com
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About Ctrl Alt Ninja
Druidstone: The Secret of the Menhir Forest is being developed by a small, self-funded independent team, Ctrl Alt Ninja. By staying 100% independent the team retains full creative control on the project and can even choose to take unconventional approaches to game design if they so wish.
Petri Häkkinen has been programming since the 80s and making games as a hobbyist and as a professional for 25 years. He is an avid tabletop gamer since he started running D&D for his friends in his childhood. Petri is best known as the designer & programmer of Legend of Grimrock games.
Juho Salila is the art director of the team. Juho’s skill are highly varied as he is the master of traditional and digital techniques ranging from oilpainting and scale modeling to digital sculpting and texturing. Juho’s work can be seen throughout Grimrock games as he was in charge of the graphics and designed and modeled most of the creatures and environmental assets in those games.