Haemimont Games, a Bulgarian development studio largely known for PC strategy titles like Tropico 3 and Imperium Romanum, is trying something a bit different with its next project, The First Templar.
Scheduled for release on PC and Xbox 360 in early 2011, The First Templar is an action-adventure RPG set in 13th century Europe starring two playable characters — a French Templar and a noble lady who has been proclaimed a heretic — on a quest to “uncover the mysteries behind the Templar Order, play a role in a grand conspiracy, and discover the secret of the Holy Grail.”
The game will feature single-player and two-player cooperative modes. While playing solo, you will be able to switch back and forth between the two playable characters on the fly (the one you aren’t using will be AI-controlled), and if you ever need some help, a second player can drop in (and drop out) of the action at any time. Each character will have unique skill trees to develop as the game progresses, and the game world will consist of 20 historical locations recreated in authentic detail.