It may have been a niche series but Overlord fans have been crying out for a third title for a long time now, and I’ve been one of those people. The first two games were hardly perfect but they featured genuinely funny writing that flowed from the pen of Rhianna Pratchett and intriguing gameplay mechanics that deserved to be built upon.
Naturally excitement was running high this week as Codemasters teased a reveal for a new Overlord game. Today they finally announced it: Overlord: Fellowship of Evil will arrive on Xbox One, PS4 and PC sometime this year. But it’s not Overlord as we know it…
The game will once again be penned by Pratchett, but the gameplay has shifted to a frankly generic looking top-down co-op brawler. The minions barely seem to get a look in, the upgradable tower has seemingly vanished and for some reason new characters include an Elf and a Dwarf, two races that Gnarl, the evil advisor from the first two games who will once again be voiced by Marc Silk, hated with a passion.
Meanwhile the press release claims that the last true Overlord died in the previous game, and the new playable characters are actually Netherghūls. So far there doesn’t seem to be much to justify the Overlord name, then.
“We’ve been scheming about a new Overlord for some time” said Rob Elser, Executive Producer Minion, Codemasters. “We really wanted to do something that would allow us be evil alongside our friends, instead of the normal heroics in every other game. The idea of playing as a team of bad guys commanding Minions to do our utmost bidding, while also causing chaos for each other, just really made us smile. And as you know, an Overlord game never takes itself too seriously.”
“Finally the secret dark rituals have paid off!” added Rhianna Pratchett. “I’m often asked if there’ll be another Overlord game, so it’s wonderful to be back in black helping to create a new carnage-filled evil ride. This is one game franchise which has been as fun to develop as it is to play, and Fellowship of Evil is no exception. And don’t worry, there will be sheepies. We have plans for them. Oh yes!”
It’s always nice to know that the sheepies are in for a rough time, but so far this new Overlord is entirely underwhelming, and Codemaster’s are going to have an uphill struggle to convince fans of the series that this new game even has anything to do with the last two.