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 an alternative of a hero passing via on their approach to combat the satan, you are the mayor of that terrible place. That is the situation in Gord, roughly.
Managing a Slavic folklore-inspired darkish fantasy city would not look easy or simple, 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 largely see adventuring within the new 16-minute gameplay video, by which Stan Simply, a former Witcher 3 producer who’s now CEO of Gord developer Covenant, walks us via 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 fascinating a part of Gord is just not the monsters however the individuals. Your topics have strengths (“preventing aptitude,” “furiosity”) and weaknesses (“exploring incapability,” “boiling blood”), in addition to various expertise in duties akin to mining, preventing, 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 combat monsters. Other than bodily injury and dying, your topics can expertise psychological injury on account of all of the darkish fantasy violence they cope with, particularly when somebody they’re associated to is concerned in no matter gooey beast encounter brought about the trauma. Conserving your townsfolk each alive and at the least considerably rational may very well be difficult.
The pausable realtime fight, alternatively, is “very easy,” as Simply places it. Characters assault routinely, and all the time use one of the best of their two assaults for the state of affairs. Your most important job, it seems like, is to find out one of the best ways to place your topics, though you do have direct management over spellcasting.
There are 18 spells in Gord, and so they are available utility, help, and offensive flavors. Assist spells embrace “Focus,” “Haste,” “Rejuvenate,” whereas Offensive spells embrace “Sap,” “Entangle,” “Infest,” and different insect and disease-themed incantations—it is familiar-looking fantasy RPG stuff.
Gord will embrace a marketing campaign with “hand-crafted” maps that inform a narrative, in addition to a customized situation mode, the place the world’s measurement and useful resource richness are customizable. The brand new video would not spend a lot time in town constructing facet of Gord, and I am considerably extra taken with that than the adventuring—perhaps it’s going to be the topic of the following commentary video.
Covenant plans to launch Gord subsequent 12 months. Again when Gord was introduced, the studio additionally stated that it has one other mission within the works, however we have not heard extra about it. (It is known as “Mission Perun,” in accordance with the studio’s web site.)