We’ve had the pleasure of meeting developer KING Art Games at gamescom 2015 to preview The Dwarves, a tactical RPG based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Markus Heitz, who is directly involved in the project as a consultant and will contribute some quests and brand new characters.
The main quest of the game follows the story of the first novel, but also offers numerous new quests and characters. The protagonist in the game is the dwarf Tungdil who grew up around humans. His knowledge about dwarves is limited to what he read in books. His journey through “Girdlegard”, which leads him to different dwarven kingdoms and sees him become a slayer of a demon, forms the story of the game.
- Gather a group of up to 12 companions around Tungdil (all heroes who accompany him in the book are playable in the game). Each of them has their own backstory and unique skills in combat that you can level up individually. Before each battle you choose which four heroes should take part in the fight.
- In the battles your few heroes will always fight against hundreds of enemies simultaneously. Helm’s Deep sends its regards!
- The dwarves’ enemies have a flocking behavior and react physically correct: If a dwarf lands a mighty blow with a heavy war hammer, struck orcs are thrown back, and some of them might even be pushed into an abyss!
- Only through tactical use of the environment, crowd-control, smart use of your heroes’ skills, and effective combos will you be able to survive against the overwhelming odds.
- Along with a multitude of different orcs you will also fight against ogres, Älfar, bögnilim and all the other enemies that the heroes fight against in the novel.
- On the huge world map you can travel to around 200-300 waypoints. During these travels different random events can be triggered, for example side quests, dialogs with NPCs, or dialogs between party members.
- There will also be enemy groups moving around the world map. It will be up to the player whether he wants to avoid orc armies or confront them as soon as possible. Taking out enemy armies early means they won’t do as much harm and, for example, you might be thanked by villagers for saving their village from imminent destruction. Of course, an early confrontation also means a more difficult fight…
Here are the new screenshots:
And, here is The Dwarves teaser trailer:
The Dwarves will have a Kickstarter at the end of August with a backer-exclusive Alpha-version of the game at the end of 2015, and a Beta-version in early 2016.
Source: Press Release