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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


  1. Graeme Selvan

    March 16, 2016 at 10:01

    OH MY, yes please!


  2. Ottokie vs the forces of Evil

    March 16, 2016 at 10:05

    Now we are talking !


  3. miaau

    March 16, 2016 at 10:16

    Have not played Pillars yet. This also looks cool. In fact, it looks super cool. I struggle to play as the bad guy in games, so maybe this is the game for me. Doing bad in a bad world is Lawful Neutral at least.

    Sigh. Too many games, not enough time. Divinity: Original Sin, Pillars all need to be played.

    Which one first? Or which one total? Sigh. Who knows.


    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 16, 2016 at 10:22

      Still to play PoE, but D:OS has great tactical combat that’s a lot of fun once you get the hang of it… especially when you get it right instead of your enemy. Story-wise it’s not very heavy, lots a gags & easter eggs, but zapping the puddle your enemies are standing in with lighting to electrocute them never gets old.


      • Original Heretic

        March 16, 2016 at 14:51

        Busy jamming D:OS at the moment. And loving every second of it. Wish they’d bring Pillars to console. My old laptop cannot handle the new games.


  4. Alien Emperor Trevor

    March 16, 2016 at 10:17

    Aw jis! Obsidian are one of my favourite RPG developers because they tell awesome stories.

    Pillars & Wasteland are sitting on the old backlog but KOTOR 2 (better than 1), NWN 2 (better than 1), Alpha Protocol, Stick of Truth & Fallout NV (better than F3) gave me hours of RPG goodness.

    Proper WRPGs for me thanks, not that JRPG drivel with their emo teen nonsense, inane giggling characters & pink hair.


    • miaau

      March 16, 2016 at 10:20

      “not that JRPG drivel with their emo teen nonsense, inane giggling characters & pink hair.”

      My oath. Enchanted Arms. Wow. Fun game, but wow. And that was light in emo teen crap.


      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 16, 2016 at 10:22



    • RinceThis

      March 16, 2016 at 10:35

      Shhh! Certain people will get upset!


      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 16, 2016 at 10:37

        Yes, you! That Lightning fetish you have is unhealthy!


        • RinceThis

          March 16, 2016 at 11:19

          You shut up! She is misunderstood!


  5. The Sten

    March 16, 2016 at 10:24

    I initially read “Obsidian announces Tranny, an RPG where you’re the bad guy”

    I think I’ve been on the internet too long…


  6. Raptor Rants

    March 16, 2016 at 12:30


    *sits back and watches the flame war*


    • Lord Chaos

      March 16, 2016 at 15:29

      I’m disappointed in you, not a single reply.


      • Admiral Chief [BFTS]

        March 17, 2016 at 09:12



      • Raptor Rants

        March 17, 2016 at 17:20

        Yeah as am I. Believe me


    • Admiral Chief [BFTS]

      March 17, 2016 at 09:12

      [Hands some firelighters to Llew]


  7. Darren Peach

    March 16, 2016 at 14:11

    You know what would be cool ? A game where you get to play Walter White.


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