Obsidian announces Tyranny, an RPG where you’re the bad guy

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If you love Western RPG games then Obsidian is a name you should be instantly familiar with. For many years, they’ve been forced in to doing sequels for other people’s games. But that changed with the recent explosion in crowdsourcing through services like Kickstarter and Indiegogo – with Obsidian now making quite a name for themselves with their own original IP. They’re responsible for games like Knights of the Old Republic 2, Fallout: New Vegas and Neverwinter Nights 2.

Their last RPG, Pillars of Eternity is incredible, and a treat for fans of the old-school, Isometric RPG in the Baldur’s Gate vein.

“Pillars of Eternity is a wondrous return to form, the latest and greatest from a recent move to revisit RPG classics,” we said in our review. “It’s certainly the best RPG experience I’ve had for many years, and a massive part of that is how it approaches its story telling. If you enjoyed the Infinity engine games, you will have an absolutely fantastic time with Pillars of Eternity. It’s a huge reminder of all the things I never knew I sorely missed from the roleplaying genre.”

And they’ve announced a new game. Called Tyranny, it’s a classic RPG that sees you playing as the bad guy.

“You are the judge and executioner of Kyros’ law, acting under the watchful eye of the Overlords Archon of Justice, Tunon the Adjudicator. Your words shape the lives of thousands. Will you use that power to bring justice and inspire loyalty? Or will you bring fear and cruelty to the beaten people of the Tiers?”

It looks a lot like Pillars, but I’m always keen on games that subvert the norms and have you playing as the force of evil. It’s out some time this year. You can visit the official website here. While they’re on a good run with the classic WRPG, what I’d really love is for them to revisit the undercooked, but filled with potential Alpha Protocol, a tactical espionage RPG.

Here’s a look at Tyranny:

Last Updated: March 16, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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