How diplomacy can get difficult when magic islands are involved Adam Bryant
When we first glimpsed this 17th century fantasy RPG, we were eager to find out more. Well, this month, Spiders, developers behind The Technomancer and Bound By Flame, gave us a demo of its biggest game yet, and we’re even more excited than before.
Your homeland has been plagued by a relentless disease with no known cure, and the discovery of a mysterious island full of magic and strange creatures has brought hope of finding one. We join the main character 15 years after the discovery of this island, which has now been settled by many different nations with their own motivations. As a member of the Congregation of Merchants, one of the six factions located in these lands, it’s your job to form allegiances, but at the same time you’re on a personal mission to save your mother, who is dying from the disease.
Greedfall is all about choice and consequence, and every decision you make will have an impact on the story. But those choices won’t be black and white, as none of the factions are inherently good or bad. “We didn’t want the evil guys to be just evil, it makes no sense,” explains Spiders CEO Jehanne Rousseau. “Here all the factions and all the different characters have a real reason to act
“We didn’t want the evil guys to be just evil, it makes no sense”
the way they do. You may not like the reason but they still have one.” Basically, you’d better have a silver tongue and a good moral compass. Fighting fantasy But it won’t just be a battle of wits— one section of the demo sees us fighting with members of other factions. There’s also the strange beast and other creatures to contend with. Killing enemies will reward you with items and materials to craft and customize your armor and weapons, of which there are a huge variety, from swords, axes, and daggers to long and short range firearms. The combat seems fairly straightforward, with your typical attack, parry and dodge, but you also have magic in your arsenal. We were told that there will be over 100 different skills to choose from, allowing you to play the way you want.
You won’t be venturing into this world alone, either; a companion from each of the factions joins you. Two can be with you at any given time, and certain members will benefit you in different ways. For example, Siora, one of the natives, will act as translator, 033 and having her in your party will let you understand the native language.
Other factions outside of your own and the natives include Theleme, a religious autocracy inspired by the Vatican, who wish to convert the natives and bring them into their fold. The Bridge Alliance consists mostly of scholars and alchemists looking to discover the islands secrets. Then we have the Coin Guard, which act as bodyguards. You’ll meet a lot of the these, as they are hired by the other factions and have become hugely influential as a result. The Nauts, who are the navigators and explorers of this world, have also risen to prominence due to being the only one capable of sailing the dangerous seas around the island. We love a good in-depth RPG and
Greedfall is set to be one of the deepest we’ve seen in a while, with 16 different locations to explore, a robust customization and crafting system, and branching storylines with interesting characters all set in an original universe. Our expectations are obviously high, and we’re confident Spiders can deliver.