GOG seems to be on a roll with their pre-order bonuses, as Daedalic Entertainment‘s episodic adventure game Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth brings classic point-and-clicker The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav as a freebie.
Despite not always hitting the right notes with its storytelling and puzzles, the German company can always be good for surprises, as the adventure adaptation of the fantasy RPG series was amazing and I look fondly back at the review I wrote. So if you want to have an in-depth read, please feel free to do so. The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav is still an amazing game where puzzle solving and the narrative work together with beautifully drawn backgrounds and characters.
It was only a matter of time before the collaboration between the German games developer and book company Bastei Lübbe bore fruits, in this case Ken Follet’s The Pillars of the Earth, an adventure game based on the author’s book. It’s called an interactive novel that is released in three ‘books’, containing 7 chapters each. This is certainly a new step for the company, although one could argue that Deponia, Chaos on Deponia, and Goodbye Deponia was used as a trilogy in longer chapters or episodes. Anyway, I’ve never been a big fan of those comedic games, so it’s great to see Daedalic try out something new, in this case a story set in 12th century England where a small town begins building a cathedral to claim wealth and security for its people. Playing three characters, the monk Philip, the boy Jack, and the disgraced noblewoman Aliena, the historical background is a much more realistic attempt at storytelling with quite a bit of violence to ensue, depending on the player’s choices.
The first episode From the Ashes will be released in August 2017, with the other two episodes included in the Season Pass added to the library when they’re ready. The offer of receiving a free copy of The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav will last until August 15th, 2017.
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