Action-RPG Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms Devouring PCs in Q4 2014
If you never heard of the Heretic Kingdoms series, you'd be forgiven – there was only one game, entitled Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition in North America and Kult: Heretic Kingdoms elsewhere, and it was released way back in 2005. Nearly ten years later, publisher bitComposer Entertainment has announced the series' return with Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms, developed by Slovakian indie studio Games Farm.
Shadows, like its predecessor, is a hack-and-slash action-RPG. Following the events of the original game, "a dark shadow has once again fallen over the world." Players assume the role of the Devourer, "a mighty demon who can travel back and forth between the human and shadow world, devouring souls of his enemies." One of the key features of the game is seamlessly switching between the two worlds, which allows you to outwit opponents, avoid traps, and of course, solve puzzles.
Aside from the Devourer, you can also control up to three other party members, each with their own special abilities. But this isn't a party-based action-RPG in the traditional sense – "everyone shares the same body." Each hero is a "captive soul" that levels up independently, from level 1 to level 30, based on how much said hero is used. As such, deciding whether to focus on a single character or several is just one of the many decisions players will be forced to make. In addition, "abilities that the Devourer unlocks can power up the captive souls, and certain abilities that the souls can unlock will power up the Devourer." The various characters and world-switching should provide a lot of strategic depth in battle.
Shadows also features a dynamic day and night cycle, a "gripping story in a world filled with myths, fates and legendary creatures," and freedom of choice to dictate the course of the game. So will you save the world from this dark, shadowy threat or leave it to its fate?
Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms will be released on PC in Q4 2014.
Source: Press Release and Official Site