Player feedback via Early Access shapes game development
Hamburg, Germany 19th December 2013 – Hamburg based adventure game specialists Daedalic Entertainment today announce new features will be added to the upcoming turn-based RPG Blackguards following community feedback received via the Steam Early Access program.
“Launching on Early Access three months ahead of release has been a really beneficial part of the development process for us,” senior producer Kai Fiebig explains. “The community have provided detailed feedback which is allowing us to add and modify features where viable prior to the official release in January. How the community feels about the direction we’re taking with the game is incredibly important to us, and we appreciate and take what they have to say seriously”
One of the new features the team are implementing is an advanced character system mode. “Currently players can choose their character from three archetypes allowing people unfamiliar with the source material to access the game with more ease.” Fiebig explains. “After the first chapter was released on Early Access the community expressed a desire to build their character from scratch and we are happy to fulfill this request!’ The feature will be added to the game via a patch at release in January 2014.
Launched via Early Access in November, the first three chapters of Blackguards are currently available with the final two planned to release in the coming weeks. Three different packages of Blackguards are available through Early Access, all of which include the final version of the game upon launch. Players are also able to buy additional extras exclusive to the Early Access, more information can be found here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/249650
A new video incorporating the community feedback can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/pFLPdVIKyCM
Blackguards will release in full in January 2014 on PC and Mac for £29.99.
What happens when the only hope of a threatened world lies not with heroes in shining armour 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?
The first turn-based RPG by Daedalic Entertainment unites the studios high standard of a suspenseful storytelling and unique characters with gripping battles in elaborately crafted 3D-environments. In taxing campaigns the player takes part in a dark story full of doubt, betrayal and loss.
Whether the player chooses to go into battle as a mighty warrior, a clever wizard or a skillful hunter, the first battle isn’t far away. Over 180 individually crafted battle maps full of interactive objects and strategically complex situations lead the player to exotic locations and put them through deadly trials.
For more preview code, assets and more information about Blackguards, please contact:
Johnny Atom Productions
T: +44 (0)203 176 0139
M: +44 (0)7971 073914
About Daedalic Entertainment
From its Hamburg offices Daedalic Entertainment develops and publishes high-quality computer- and videogames to a global market. The company’s focus lies in producing excellent entertainment-software with a strong narrative characteristic. With titles such as Chaos on Deponia, Harveys New Eyes and Chains of Satinav, Daedalic was able to set new standards in adventure-gaming and was awarded with 21 German Developer Awards (“Studio of the Year" 2009, 2013, among others), five German Computer Game Awards and a European Games Award. As a publisher, Daedalic brings unusual and extraordinary titles such as Torchlight II, Botanicula and Tales of Monkey Island to the German market. The foray into the turn-based RPG-genre is a first for the company, covering new grounds for Daedalic.