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The Waylanders, a Dragon Age Origins Inspired RPG

This game looks pretty interesting. It's extremely early in its development, so it won't be around for a long time. But it looks like it could be a good one. Mike Laidlaw, formerly part of the Dragon Age team at Bioware, is involved with the indie gaming company (Gato Salvaje) working on The Waylanders.  It seems like a good match, because this video really has strong Dragon Age Origins vibes (less so the sequels).

If you don't want to watch the entire video, some interesting tidbits he mentions:

  • Calls it a party based tactical RPG - "real time with pause" (sounds like Dragon Age Origins in a nutshell)
  • You create the hero from what looks like six classes (warrior, guardian, ranger, rogue, sorcerer, healer)
  • Based on the video, I see five member parties (hero + four AI partners), plus ranger pets.
  • Party members can form up into a line to do special stuff. Looks sort of clunky right now, but they are in "pre, pre alpha"
  • The hero travels back and forth between two time periods. Party members can't come with, so you'll have two different sets of party companions.
  • Celtic and Spanish locales, but with magic. I think you jump to and from ancient Celtic stories/myths and Medieval times when Christianity replaced Celtic folklore.

I look forward to seeing more of this one!

Apparently, this Waylanders game has hit Kickstarter:

I have mixed feelings about that particular platform. There have been quite a few projects that had tons of money thrown into them, that ended up failing or not releasing anything at the end. On the flip side, there have been some excellent Kickstarter projects too. Especially in the gaming realm. The most remarkable one in my opinion was Pillars of Eternity - that was a Kickstarter, and the game was great. Plus it spawned an excellent sequel.

Hopefully Waylanders follows Pillars of Eternity in terms of success

A nice update - either I didn't notice it before, or it's newly added. The Kickstarter page (linked above) for Waylanders has a release date listed. June 2020. That's not too bad, about a year and a half from now, which is solid considering this is a totally new property that was only recently announced.

And from what I've read, this Kickstarter was fully funded last month. So it should be full steam ahead!