Keep in mind the crappy little beginning city in Diablo 2? It is an encampment (opens in new tab), technically: A number of tents and wagons with a wall to maintain out skeletons. Now think about that as a substitute of a hero passing by means of on their technique to struggle the satan, you are the mayor of that terrible place. That is the state of affairs in Gord, kind of.
Managing a Slavic folklore-inspired darkish fantasy city does not look easy or straightforward, thoughts you. From the look of the brand new Gord gameplay video embedded above, it is as thankless a job as operating an ice age metropolis in Frostpunk, and there is a lot to it: useful resource gathering, city design, citizen administration, and a few RPG adventuring and fight.
We principally see the adventuring a part of Gord within the new 16-minute gameplay video, through which Stan Simply, a former Witcher 3 producer who’s now CEO of Gord developer Covenant, walks us by means of a primary quest. His city’s topics are mad about poisoned eggs within the swamp, which prompts him to take a celebration into the muck to kill “foulspawn.”
The generic-feeling quest is a little bit of a letdown, however maybe the attention-grabbing a part of Gord is just not the monsters however the individuals. Your topics have strengths (“combating aptitude,” “furiosity”) and weaknesses (“exploring incapability,” “boiling blood”), in addition to various expertise in duties akin to mining, combating, and meals preparation. They are often gathered into events, organized in tactical formation, and clicked out into the wilds past the city to search out treasure and struggle monsters. Other than bodily harm and demise, your topics can expertise psychological harm on account of all of the darkish fantasy violence they must put up with, particularly when a relative is concerned in no matter gooey beast encounter brought on the trauma. Holding your townsfolk each alive and at the very least considerably rational could possibly be difficult.
The pausable realtime fight, then again, is “very simple,” Simply says. Characters assault mechanically, and all the time use the very best of their two assaults for the state of affairs. Your predominant job, it seems to be like, is to find out the easiest way to place your topics, though you do have direct management over spellcasting.
There are 18 spells in Gord, and so they are available utility, assist, and offensive flavors. Assist spells embody “Focus,” “Haste,” “Rejuvenate,” whereas Offensive spells embody “Sap,” “Entangle,” “Infest,” and different insect and disease-themed incantations—it is familiar-looking fantasy RPG stuff.
Gord will embody a marketing campaign with “hand-crafted” maps that inform a narrative, in addition to a customized state of affairs mode, the place the world’s dimension and useful resource richness are customizable. The brand new video does not spend a lot time in town constructing side of Gord, and I am considerably extra thinking about that than the adventuring—perhaps it’s going to be the topic of the following commentary video.
Covenant plans to launch Gord subsequent yr. Again when Gord was introduced, the studio additionally mentioned that it has one other undertaking within the works, however we’ve not heard extra about it. (It is referred to as “Undertaking Perun,” in response to the studio’s web site.)