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Posted June 6, 2013 by Peter in News
 
 

Realms of Arkania to return to this land

Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny logo
Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny logo

21 years have passed since Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny was originally released, and became a good template to define a hardcore RPG – although perhaps not a universally recognised name. Based on German pen-and-paper RPG Das Schwarze Auge (“The Black Eye”), the game contained few magical items, low XP levels, instant-death traps, XP penalties for saving outside of designated safe areas, the need to actually manage eating and sleeping while travelling (and post guards while camping), and statistics for a very wide selection of skills… some of which were not even used in the game (there was an option to print out character stats, presumably to transfer into the pen-and-paper game).

Simply put, it was not the most welcoming of titles to any but the most dedicated… but for those dedicated, it remained a title worthy of note, and it is presumably for those players that Attic Entertainment and UIG Entertainment are soon to be releasing an updated remake of the game.

With a trailer (linked above) to show the game world – perhaps not pretty by the standards of some current games, but naturally a huge step up over the original low-resolution PC and Amiga original – the game is also updated to be both fully 3D and in real-time (the original being turn-based, with movement and turning only being 90 degrees steps).

Whether the updates for a new era will make it any more forgiving is not stated – in many ways it would not be the same game if it was, but equally would it find appeal with a wider audience if so? Nevertheless, for the brave and/or nostalgic of heart, there is a promised play time of 20 to 80 hours, depending on play style.

The title is also notable – Realms of Arkania Trilogy, suggesting that remakes of 1994′s Star Trail and 1996′s Shadows Over Riva may be soon following.

Realms of Arkania Trilogy: Blade of Destiny is due for release on PC at “the end of June” for £14.99/€19.99
Realms Of Arkania: Blade of Destiny screenshot


Peter

 
Peter can be described as an old, hairy gamer, a survivor of the console wars of the 1990s, and a part-time MMO addict. He has an especial fondness for retro gaming and observing the progressions in long running gaming series. When scandalously not caught gaming, he can also be found reading comics and fantasy fiction, or practising terrible photography.