Daedalic has revealed more information regarding the story and characters of their upcoming title, Blackguards.It’s a gritty turn-based RPG in the vein of XCOM, but set in the expansive fantasy universe of The Dark Eye. Unlike XCOM, the moving system will be hex-based similar to the way units move in the Civilizations games, which will provide a lot more freedom when it comes to positioning your party members.
Unlike in most RPGs, where you play the knight in shining armor trying to save the world, in Blackguards you will assume control of a condemned criminal. You will be able to pick from three class-archetypes: warrior, mage and hunter; but the game also gives you the possibility of customizing your class to your liking by choosing the expert mode.
After princess Elanor’s suspicious death, you, the princess’ childhood friend, are wrongly accused and sentenced to death for her murder. In order to escape this cruel fate you’ll have to rely on some shady characters that won’t be necessary trustworthy. But beggars can’t be pickers, so you’ll settle for whatever help you get.
Your party will have a limit of five members at any given time, with every member accomplishing a different role and each having their own dark past. Unlike you who have been wrongly accused, most of your future companions are known criminal: murderers, thieves and arsonists. The game will also feature other supporting characters that will be unplayable, but that will have the same rich background stories as the main characters.
Daedalic has hinted before at the existence of a morality system, so depending on who you pick to trust and what you do will have dire consequences that will affect the entire story of the game. Considering their past, choosing someone to trust will be quite a difficult task which will make for a really tense and thrilling story.
With the game being set in the huge and beautiful universe of The Dark Eye, it’s clear that the story and characters will be the stronger points of this game. If the gameplay will be just as good though, remains to be seen.
Cirstoiu Alexandru Constantin, NoobFeed