Monday, September 27, 2010

Kalypso Media to Release "The First Templar"

Bulgarian video game developer, Haemimont Games (who developed Tropico 3), is looking to deliver an action RPG set in the Middle Ages called The First Templar. It is set to be released by Kalypso Media in 2011.

The video above, which previewed at E3 2010, displays solid-looking combat against what seems to be an ogre as well as assassinations that would make Altair proud. I'm not really sure how an ogre fits into the historical Middle Ages, but the game's story follows a French Templar on a quest to discover the secret behind the Holy Grail.

All of this talk of conspiracy smells a lot like Assassin's Creed. Maybe Haemimont is hoping to capitalize on Altair's and Ezio's escapades? Whatever their inspiration, the developers seem to have an interesting product on their hands. Conspiracy stories always sell (just ask Dan Brown).

What makes The First Templar stand out, however, is the inclusion of easy drop-in/drop-out cooperative play. There are two characters and if you are playing by yourself, you can switch between the two at will while the other is controlled by the AI. Both characters also have "RPG-inspired character development" with their own "skills and skill paths."

If Haemimont does this right, they could deliver a cooperative multiplayer experience in the vein of Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance or Champions of Norrath. In my opinion, the industry could do with another one of those. No one can really resist a chance to hack away at some bad guys with a buddy at his side.

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