Realms of Ancient War has been in development for over two years, inspired by our deep love of hack ‘n slash games. We’ve played practically every game in the genre (including some pretty obscure PS2 games) to seek out the best ideas from the past. The rest of our inspiration comes from our designers, who came up with crazy ideas to give our title its own signature fast-and-furious style of action. Every decision was met with one simple question: “Is this a fun idea?”
- Do you want to spawn dozens of huge swords from the ground? Yes!
- Should the screen be covered with hordes of enemies, all bent on killing you? Oh yes!
- What about controlling the minds of gigantic enemies, making them pound the crap out of their minion buddies? Hell yes!
- Maybe you could ride a flashy pink pony and battle your enemies with a giant toilet brush? Uh… let’s forget that idea…
We catered every aspect of RAW toward action lovers – you won’t find a lot of dialogue boxes or tiresome sidequests. While the story will keep you intrigued, there are no drawn-out conversations to get in the way of the monster-slaying. Our three character classes are instantly familiar: barbarian, wizard and a female rogue. But we’ve added a ton of unique skills and spells to keep things feeling fresh. The goal was to develop our own “best case scenario” of the hack ‘n slash games we have all loved since Gauntlet.
A couple notes on gameplay – we’re really excited about the “focus actions” in RAW that let you use two commands with just one button. For instance, you can either quickly tap fireball, or hold the same button to create a massive fire meteor that will destroy a whole line of enemies. Our favorite feature is the ability to incarnate certain bad guys, including big ones. See that huge captain and all his minions rushing to kill you? Project yourself into his body, take out the little henchmen, then give up control and take out the big guy all by himself. Clever…
For some spontaneous fun, it was crucial that our game include drop-in, drop-out co-op multiplayer. Even in the middle of your campaign, if a friend comes to your house, all they have to do is hit start to dive into the action.
RAW will be available on PSN September 25th — we hope you enjoy it!