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Indie Viking RTS Bad North Gets A New Trailer

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Bad North, the real-time tactical roguelike title developed by Plausible Concept, has a new trailer complete with gameplay and a further look of the project’s colourful art style.

The project’s charming visuals contrast with the brutally punishing gameplay and high-stakes overtones of the narrative. Players are tasked with defending their peaceful island kingdom against hordes of Viking invaders, who are intent on bringing about the exodus of the player’s population.

Gameplay-wise, the project looks to expand on the legacy left behind by titles such as Banner Saga and Final Fantasy: Tactics by providing a faster-paced and more punishing system of play. By melding together real-time tactics and strategy with roguelike design, Bad North appears to bridge the gap between slower paced and reaction-heavy gameplay.

Plausible Concept is only a three-person team, so the game is looking fantastic for such a small production. The team enjoys a fantastic pedigree, however, with collective experience working on huge titles such as The Division and the LittleBigPlanet franchise

Bad North releases this summer on console, PC, and mobile, with the Switch enjoying a short period of timed exclusivity.

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Report: Game of Thrones Creator Collaborating With FromSoftware

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The writer of A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series behind the popular television show Game of Thrones, has reportedly been consulting on a FromSoftware title.

In a blog post on his official website, George R. R. Martin stated that he has “consulted on a video game out of Japan.”

Gematsu has reported that a contact familiar with FromSoftware—the Japanese development studio known for Dark SoulsBloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice—has shared that Martin is working with the studio on a project known internally as “GR.”

According to Gematsu‘s contact, the project, which has been in development for three years, is an open-world game and will feature horse riding. The player will be able to visit several kingdoms and obtain ability by killing their leaders. Hidetaka Miyazaki, director of some of FromSoftware’s most acclaimed titles, is reportedly working on the game.

Gematsu reports that the title will be officially announced at Microsoft’s E3 press conference later this year.

YouTube channel Spawn Wave reported in March about a rumour regarding a potential collaboration between Martin and FromSoftware, so this recent report gives even more validity to the speculation. However, without any official word, the news should be taken with a grain of salt.

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