E3 2013: Blackguard is delightfully old school

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If you’re not a fan of the usual skiet die bliksem gameplay that has defined the industry today, then chances are that you happen to like the kind of game which explores other areas of action and genre. Daedalic Entertainment makes several of them. And their next game, Blackguard looks set to continue that adventure tradition.


Shown at E3, Blackguard is set in a rather more adult world than what gamers might be used to. A world based on the cult hit pen and paper RPG, The Dark Eye. It certainly feels more mature, as it starts out with your lead character locked up in jail for murder. A murder that he feels he may have been rightfully convicted for, due to his mental state being questionable.

Cue one jailbreak later, a team-up with various scoundrels and the adventure begins, with the fate if Aventuria hanging in the balance “You’re actually controlling a bunch of criminals here,” PR director Claas Wolter told me. As Wolter also showed me, there would be three character classes on selection, Hunter, Mage and Warrior, but all three would have skill trees and abilities that were highly detailed in order to create unique characters.


Dialogue also plays a big part of the game and story, and will affect the outcome of the game, I was told. “We’ve seen a couple of dialogues here, and we want to have multiple choice dialogues that are important to gathering information,” Wolter said.

On the other hand, it can also determine the relationship between each character by taking certain actions within the dialogue, that can open up a lot of sub-quests and what can happen. There are a lot of multiple endings with which you can work your way through.

So it sounds like an intriguing premise then. But what about the gameplay then? Well, Blackguard is pretty much a “turn-based strategy game”, but one that occurs on isometric fields of battle. Think Fire Emblem Awakening, Might and Magic and XCOM, and you’ve got a solid idea here as to the genre.

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The appeal however, comes in the form of these fields being interactive. Hide behind a gravestone, attack a chandelier so that it falls on enemy soldiers or find other interactive elements. What makes it that bit more special though, is that these elements are not exclusive to players, and can also be used by enemies. Heck, you can even employ some of King Arthur’s holy grail tactics, and run away from battle if it looks like you might be losing.


The game may not be pushing the envelop when it comes to visuals, but it’s not without charm. There’s a ton of detail woven into the game, from cities to dungeons. It’s decidedly old school, but not without throwing a bunch of new ideas into the mix in order to create something new at the same time.

Last Updated: June 25, 2013

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  • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

    …you had me at “turn based”

    Looks awesome!

    • Captain Minion TallTwit

      Pictures look great!

    • HvR

      I’m so happy turn based is making a come back. Just waiting for my Xcom to finish (damn you 1mpbs line) downloading to get jamming.

      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors


        • HvR

          aaa , caught out so time to get out of the closet.

          I bought myself and the kid a PS3 over the weekend, so now I’m a bi-curious gamer.

  • Dig it. Looks pretty rad.

  • Adventure Time!

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      …come on grab your friend…

  • Brady miaau

    wow, that looks like a keeper

  • RinceTheWhiskyWithIce

    Win! This I look forward to. Nice to see some nice ol Magic style fighting.

  • RinceTheWhiskyWithIce

    Sorry, maybe I missed it, is this for the master race only?

    • Trevor Davies

      Only if it’s more complicated to play than walking & chewing gum at the same time 😛 trollol

      • RinceTheWhiskyWithIce

        Ohhh! Snap! *hides back under table with blanket

        • Trevor Davies

          …and your VITA. Never forget, never forgive. TROLL THUNDER!

          • RinceTheWhiskyWithIce

            I thought it was always regret, never surrender!

          • Trevor Davies

            I’m pretty sure that only applies to bad hangovers. You may win this battle mixed alcoholic drinks, but the war is not yet over.

          • RinceTheWhiskyWithIce

            0-O *covers head in blanket

    • Brady miaau

      Yip, looked at company website.

      Very brief description, with a link from the English page to German page, cunningly labelled as “Official Website” in both English and German (on the German page)

      • RinceTheWhiskyWithIce

        Noooooooooooooooooooooooo! *contemplates spamming Rebecca Black in frustration and thinks better….

        • Brady miaau

          good. Please. Not again!


          • RinceTheWhiskyWithIce

            I can’t, cus… It’s not… Friday! *Community beats Rince down with sticks and stones.

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    This one is going on my list.

  • Trevor Davies

    I can spend hours on games like these. Give now!

  • loftie

    I still play DnD Warriors of the Eternal Sun on a sega emulator and bought myself that Legend of Grimrock. Been waiting for a turn based rpg stategy for ages!!

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