By Tom Tolios / March 8th, 2016
The fine folks at Nordic Games and Airship Syndicate have put together another trailer for their upcoming, successfully crowdfunded RPG Battle Chasers: Nightwar, an isometric dungeon crawler that has exploratory elements similar to Diablo and Torchlight that goes into traditional turn based combat most commonly (but not exclusively) associated with the retro Final Fantasy titles. The game also features beautiful 2D anime style sequences by Powerhouse Animation Studios (who also did the amazing 2D animation cutscenes for The Banner Saga, among many others).
The game is an adaptation of the popular late ’90s Image Comics publication of the same name, which is about a young girl named Gully who inherits a pair of magic gauntlets from her father. These gloves grant unearthly physical strength and resilience to whoever wears them. As Gully fights to keep the artifacts out of the hands of those who would abuse the power, she meets heroes that help her in her journey and fight against her enemies.
The comic book was praiseworthy for its story, artwork and characters but notorious for its frequent delays in publication and dreadful cliffhanger ending that was never resolved due to series’ creator Joe Madureira leaving comics to go work in the video game industry. His most notable contribution to electronic entertainment was as the lead artist and art director for the excellent and well regarded Darksiders and Darksiders II action games, a violent and highly stylized interpretations of Christian lore.
Now he’s back on the scene with Battle Chasers, not only working on the video game but also committing to three issue arcs of an all new Battle Chasers comic book, which is great news for fans of this fondly remembered and oft-lamented fantasy series (like myself). Check out the new trailer, which shows more of the exploration aspects of the game and gives us a good look at the pace and style of the combat, including a peek at special attacks from both the skilled swordsman Garrison and the sexy and audacious pirate Red Monika. There are also a few brief moments of the 2D animated sequences. The game is looking great so far!
Battle Chasers: Nightwar is tentatively set for release on Steam and GOG for Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4. It is being developed by Airship Syndicate and published by Nordic Games, with 2D animated sequences by Powerhouse Animation Studios (and I strongly advise you check out their 2015 Demo Reel). If you want to learn more about the game, you can do so by visiting the official website here.
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