By Aaron Evangelisti / April 21st, 2021
Ocean Drive Studio is a pretty new face in the gaming scene, so new in fact that they just announced their first game. A turn-based tactical RPG by the name of Lost Eidolons. Lost Eidolons is currently up on Steam Early Access and has also launched a campaign on Kickstarter. Lost Eidolons‘ development isn’t dependent on Kickstarter, but it will provide the team with more capital to further flesh out the game, as well as allow the devs to achieve their goal of transparent development as it provides a platform to regularly update backers as well as take in backer feedback.
In Lost Eidolons the player is tasked with leading a team of mercenaries in the fantasy world of Artemesia, overthrow a tyrannical dictator to return peace to the empire. Players can expect tactical turn-based gameplay on a grid as well as a deep unit management system. Other planned features include toggable permadeath and a “Hell Mode” for added difficulty, as well as messages left from the Kickstarter backers, as well as named NPCs and powerful items.
Lost Eidolons will naturally be playable first on PC but a Xbox release is also planned, as it was part of Xbox’s recent indie showcase. If you’re a fan of tactical RPGs and you watched the trailer and think it looks neat, maybe consider checking out their Kickstarter.
Checkout the press release below for more information:
Ocean Drive Studio Announces First Title,
Lost Eidolons, For Classic, Turn-Based RPG Players
Kickstarter Offers In-Game Rewards, Added Content for Backers’ Support
LOS ANGELES/SEOUL (April 21, 2021) – Ocean Drive Studio announced its first title, Lost Eidolons, will come first to PC via Steam Early Access and launched a Kickstarter campaign to support the game. Lost Eidolons is a classic, turn-based tactical RPG and the Kickstarter is an important part of the team’s “open development,” process. Backers will be welcomed to the game’s community for playtests, to share feedback and help Ocean Drive strive to make the next great title in the genre.
Lost Eidolons welcomes players to the fantasy world of Artemesia, where they help the mercenary Eden and his compatriots overthrow a tyrannical despot to return peace to the empire. Players will need strategic planning through the title’s deep unit management systems to accompany savvy tactical gameplay if they are going to conquer the game’s tactical turn-based grid combat. Lost Eidolons will feature a new story to accompany dozens of hours of strategy and tactical play to challenge and reward players.
The title was initially revealed as part of the recent ID@Xbox Indie Showcase and an Xbox release will be announced later. Interested PC players can visit the Steam page to learn more, add the game to their wish list and learn more on the game’s development and updates.
“Our team’s favorite games are turn-based RPGs and we want Lost Eidolons players to have that same great feeling we do when playing one of the best titles in the genre,“ Ocean Drive Studio CEO Jae Kim said. “We are eager to receive player feedback to help us iterate and improve Lost Eidolons, just like we’ve seen with multiplayer online games our team worked on before joining Ocean Drive Studio.”
The Kickstarter results will not affect development of the core game but unlock the team to increase the scope of development and offer players some in-game rewards, including:
- Toggable “Permadeath” feature and an enhanced Hell Mode difficulty for those looking for serious challenges
- Leaving messages for players in the form of a tombstone in a graveyard for heroes
- Naming rights for NPCs and powerful items
- Discounted digital copies of the game
This is the first game announced for Ocean Drive Studio and aligns with the studio’s goal to create experiences through an open development process that welcomes communities of players to form, share feedback and help improve a game before it launches.
Lost Eidolons not only offers a first-rate tactical RPG experience for players, it will also offer immersive storytelling, including custom motion capture used for cutscenes in the game. Adding to the immersion will be an original orchestral soundtrack written by composer Clark Aboud, most well-known for his scores for indie hits Slay the Spire and Kind Words (lo fi chill beats to write to).
Players can back the Kickstarter, then join the Ocean Drive Studio Discord to participate in improving the game throughout Early Access. For more information on the game, visit the Ocean Drive Studio website, where features await sharing more details on the game’s gameplay, unit customization, lore and more.
About Ocean Drive Studio
Ocean Drive Studio was founded in 2019 with an intention to create fun gaming experiences through an open development process, allowing for communities of players to share feedback and positively impact a game’s final form. CEO Jae Kim leads a team of 60 with offices in Seoul, Korea and Los Angeles, Calif., and was backed by Kakao Games and LB Investments. Ocean Drive’s team leverages its extensive experience in live services to create plans and processes that allow them to intake player feedback through an open development period, thus offering a truly premium game upon launch. The team’s first title is Lost Eidolons, a tactical turn-based strategy RPG taking place in the epic fantasy world of Artemesia.
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