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Gorath April 26th, 2007 13:54

Drakensang - The Dark Eye - RPC 2007 Trailer & More
 
dtp / Anaconda Games made the Drakensang trailer from the RPC 2007 available. Drakensang - The Dark Eye is a classic party based RPG based upon Germany´s most successfull P&P RPG The Dark Eye. The 6 minute long video shows in-game footage and a remarkably enthusiastic interview with Radon Labs co-founder and creative director Bernd Beyreuther. Unfortunately the whole thing is only in German.Furthermore the fan site DSA - Drakensang posted an article about the Drakensang presentation at the RPC, a transscript of the video interview and scans of a flyer.More information.

Ionstormsucks April 26th, 2007 13:54

I'm too lazy to translate the whole Interview… to be honest it's not that interesting anyway. A few details that might be interesting are:

They'll try to keep most of the pnp rules of The Dark Eye, since they believe it's a balanced system that actually works - so why change anything.

You'll controll a party of up to four characters.

Combat will be strategic and turn based.

Obviously not everything that Bernd Beyreuther is telling us here is true - I had a look at the forums where it says that combat will be pausable realtime with the rule system in the back being turn based…

Have a look yourself at:

http://www.anaconda-game.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3364

Avantenor April 26th, 2007 14:07

I already translated it at drakensang.info. :)

Quote:

You'll controll a party of up to four characters.
Full control. You can also temporarily have one, two henchman (i.e. saving missions)
Quote:

Combat will be strategic and turn based.

Obviously not everything that Bernd Beyreuther is telling us here is true - I had a look at the forums where it says that combat will be pausable realtime with the rule system in the back being turn based…
It's real-time with pause. The trailer was meant for not-so-gamer audience, RPC is a roleplay convention, not really for pc gamers. People, who don't know the difference between realtime with pause and pure realtime.

r3dshift April 26th, 2007 22:12

I found the trailer non-inspiring and disinteresting, sorry. The sight of all four characters walking along the very same route presumes the lack of an adequate pathfinding routine, which I deem essential in such games. I used to have such high hopes for this title, which have just been crushed to the ground, courtesy of this video clip.

magerette April 26th, 2007 23:25

The party was sort of in lockstep, but what I noticed was the following camera, which was really disorienting for me in NWN2. The atmosphere looked good without being graphically insane, though
It's really hard to tell much from this small a bit of footage.

Gorath April 27th, 2007 00:52

Quote:

Originally Posted by r3dshift (Post 26850)
I found the trailer non-inspiring and disinteresting, sorry. The sight of all four characters walking along the very same route presumes the lack of an adequate pathfinding routine, which I deem essential in such games. I used to have such high hopes for this title, which have just been crushed to the ground, courtesy of this video clip.

You do realize that the game is almost a full year away from release, donīt you ?!

roqua April 27th, 2007 00:54

I had a chip on my shoulder about this game when my hopes were dashed of an RoA4. But it is one of the few big budget fancy games I am looking foward to and will purchase on day one (day one of a digital download option). This is far more up my alley than any other big budget fancy game being made, even if it isn't the game I wished it to be.

I think this game will do well in the lng run, like a Troika game. I hope it does well enough to turn into a series and spur more games like it. If I can't get what I want, at least I can get sort of close.

r3dshift April 27th, 2007 11:42

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gorath (Post 26863)
You do realize that the game is almost a full year away from release, donīt you ?!

I do, but still: why release such a bland trailer? Seems like they've got a lot of work to do.

Brother None April 28th, 2007 04:34

Quote:

Originally Posted by r3dshift (Post 26915)
I do, but still: why release such a bland trailer? Seems like they've got a lot of work to do.

They do.

I dunno, in spite of everything, I'm still excited about this game. DSA is still a good setting based on a great system, and while some of their design concepts are a bit odd, the developers strike me as an intelligent lot.

Gorath April 29th, 2007 04:53

Quote:

Originally Posted by r3dshift (Post 26915)
I do, but still: why release such a bland trailer? Seems like they've got a lot of work to do.

The reason for showing something at this exhibition was mentioned in the interview: DSA has an installed base of 7 Mio players.
Certainly most of them are no hardcore computer/video gamers. Making them aware in advance to watch out for a PC game connected to their hobby is good business practice.
This also explains why the interview repeatedly stresses how close they want to stay to the source material.

I don´t think there´s anything to worry about. Radon Labs´ two older full price games both received good reviews. Now they have their own technology (-> saves budget), an official license of a proven RPG system, the 4 original DSA story authors, and a new trainee responsible for fact checking and ruleset consistency. IMHO the chances are slim that Drakensang won´t be at least "pretty good".

doctor_kaz May 2nd, 2007 05:09

It might look a bit bland so far, but it's a PC party-based RPG, so sign me up.


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