Topware have finally gotten around to announcing that their pirate-themed RPG Raven’s Cry. It’ll be sailing onto (sorry) store shelves on May 7th, 2014.
I’m hoping for something good, here. Reality Pump produced the incredibly rough yet charming Two Worlds II, and while Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag itched the pirate itch a little I’m still under the impression that there just isn’t enough swashbuckling games out there.
Tadeusz Zuber, Head of the Development Team, had this to say about the whole thing: “The idea for Raven’s Cry gives us the opportunity to create our very own image of the Caribbean and piracy, far removed from all the family idylls. Christopher is tormented by his own demons and external threats – and our goal is to make these realistic enough to be actually ‘felt’ by the player. Christopher is a man trapped in the chains of his own demons – and the only way to break these chains, it seems, is the path of violence and revenge which he has chosen.”
Reality Pump are promising a complex skill system and the ability to upgrade all the ships in the game. According the developers there’s also zero fear of lead character Christopher becoming a “shimmer hero who coincidentally saves the world” which will be a nice change.
“It was important for us to drive Christopher’s sinister story on in a way that would enthrall players – but to give them more role-playing elements at the same time. He will constantly develop his character, his ships and his crew throughout the game and adapt it to his own personal style, which is somewhere between “Bad Ass and Bad Guy”, says Alexandra Constandache, CEO at TopWare.
If Topware and Reality Pump can produce something of equal quality to Two Worlds II then I’ll be pretty happy, to be honest.