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March 18th, 2010, 22:13
During a GDC presentation by middleware developer Trinigy a new RPG by Spellbound Entertainment was revealed as one of the reference projects for the new Vision Engine 8. The game is called Ravensale, and looks exactly like a Steampunk mod of Spellbound's Gothic spin-off ArcaniA.
Of course the big Gothic forums exploded when they carefully examined the relevant parts of the video, starting ca. at minute 09:45, and noticed strange things. If you look closely you can see that the process name is "Arcania", many assets seem to be recycled from that game and even a couple of specific ArcaniA features like different colour sets for EU and NA or the weather effects are also present in Ravensdale.
JoWooD says at WoG (summarized & roughly translated) the shown game is defintely not ArcaniA, but the technology "mirrors 1:1 ArcaniA's [current] status." Insert Gothic characters and locations and you get the up-to-date ArcaniA.
Official word from Spellbound, as posted on Gamona's ArcaniA blog:
"Ravensdale already existed before the AcaniA development started, and the prototype with the convincing technology was one of the main reasons back then why JoWooD has chosen Spellbound as the developer for ArcaniA.
Ravensdale was never "canned", it was only put on the backburner. […]
Ravensdale has nothing to do with ArcaniA, except that ArcaniA is based upon Ravensdale's technology, which Spellbound brought into the project. So both projects use the same code base.[…]" (transl.)
They're showing Ravensdale because they're searching for a new project after ArcaniA.
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March 18th, 2010, 22:13
So nothing really happended. Spellbound needs a follow-up project to ArcaniA.

Now we know the Spellbound RPG pics shown at the Trinigy site two years ago were indeed not from ArcaniA.
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March 18th, 2010, 23:36
Huh. I thought it looked more interesting, frankly.

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March 18th, 2010, 23:45
More interesting due to the steampunk setting ?
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March 19th, 2010, 00:09
I thought it was Piranha Bytes who first hinted/suggested steampunk? - unless they already knew of this?
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Originally Posted by Wulf View Post
I thought it was Piranha Bytes who first hinted/suggested steampunk? - unless they already knew of this?
Bjorn was talking about steampunk for years even when they still were doing Gothic games.
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March 19th, 2010, 10:51
Did I hear Steampunk? I mean, really - Steampunk? In a game?

How awesome is that? I'm ready to order a copy right now!
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March 19th, 2010, 12:38
When the hell are we gonna get a decent Cyberpunk RPG - is what I want to know!
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March 20th, 2010, 13:43
Originally Posted by DArtagnan View Post
When the hell are we gonna get a decent Cyberpunk RPG - is what I want to know!
I'd give a lot to play that!
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