E3 2014: Return to Aventuria Next Year in Blackguards 2

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In addition to new adventure games Fire and The Devil’s Men, Daedalic Entertainment has confirmed plans for a sequel to turn-based SRPG Blackguard​s. It is currently slated for release in early 2015.

Blackguard​s 2 will stick to the rulebook of The Dark Eye universe, this time around promising better balance and optimization, as well as requested improvements to the cover, formation and line of sight mechanics. A new battle resource based on stamina will be introduced, as will new gear, enemy types and optional side quest storylines.

The teaser image up top and the story synopsis pasted below (it contains spoilers so you may want to avoid reading if you haven’t completed the first game) is the extent of Daedalic’s Blackguard​s 2 reveal at this time. Once we can get our hands on an actual trailer or some screenshots we’ll let you know.

Blackguards 2 will stay an SRPG focussing on turn-based, strategic battles with a group of scoundrels as anti-heroes. Some of the best-known Blackguards from the first game will be part of the team again – unfortunately, their lives didn’t go very well since then. Dwarf Naurim, for example, has rest on his fame as a successful gladiator and defeater of the Nine Hordes. He used his popularity for shady businesses and excessive parties and got quite potbellied – not a very good condition for battles, and so he hung up his axe and ditched his old gang, as long as they wouldn’t yield any profit.

Wizard Zurbaran was even less lucky: His mistress could track down the former slave, who was able to escape his servitude. She shackled, mortified and sold him for one symbolic copper piece at the slave market.

Takate, on the other hand, is back among the forest people and arranges his own gladiatorial games, letting humans fight for their destiny, just as he was forced to. He believes that there are no challenges left, after he has defeated the Nine Hordes, and gets bored with sending others to their death.

Nevertheless, the fame of the defeater of the Nine Hordes seems to be everlasting – at least for the three survivors, as all others have found their end. Cassia, main protagonist of Blackguards 2, is looking for them: Cassia’s only goal is to rule from the Shark Throne at all costs, even if it’s only for one day. In the Blackguards she sees the fighters and the power she needs for her plans, even if they are a shadow of their former glory: Naurim became fat and lazy, but also more cunning; Zurbaran lost his self-confidence and Takate seems to have lost his killer instinct.

Together with Cassia the three remaining Blackguards will be the main characters of Blackguards 2. In many quests the group will travel through South Aventuria to fulfill Cassias dream.

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