The unconfirmed release date in the US is somewhere around may.
You can get the German demo here!
It shows off the graphics and overall style quite nicely and the rules aren't too hard to understand even if you don't speak German. People who played the first game shouldn't have any trouble.
The Dark Eye is the german equivalent of Dungeons and Dragons
. Apparently when the concept of Pen & Paper Roleplaying was first conceived, some guys from northern Germany with too much time on their hands decided to make their own rules and lore and publish a teutonic system. How exactly does it work, you ask? I have no idea, because I never played it either! Well, to be honest I have a vague idea since I played both the Northland Trilogy and the first Drakensang but more on the rules later.
The first game, to which The River of Time is a prequel, received very positive reviews and earned the German Developer Award for „Best German RPG“
The most important aspects of
Drakensang: The River of Time:
Minimum system specs:
Pentium 4 2,8 GHz or similar
RAM: 1 GB on WinXP, 2 GB on Vista/7
NVIDIA 6800GT, 256mb RAM or similar
Based on the 4th Edition of TDA
22 Classes as well as the usual 3 races
of humans, elves and dwarves! Class and race are tied, so you can be a dwarven prospector but not a human! Did I hear someone say D&D First Edition?
How does it look?
FRIGGIN GORGEOUS, THAT’S HOW! (Screens taken by myself, on 1280x1024, all settings set to max. Running on Win7, 4GB RAM, Phenom II X3 720 with the 4th core unlocked, Radeon 5770)
I WILL ADD MORE SCREENS! The game saves them in shitty PNG quality, sadly.
This is the area you start in:
Look at this motherfucking dwarf:
Humans are sly bastards in this game:
The game offers you a simplified version of the rules where you don't really have to put points anywere. However, if you like crazy munchkin'ing you can turn on Expert Mode and set everything yourself. Expert Mode is fucking complicated but you can adjust a ton of things there. For example, you can chose advantages and disadvantages for your hero. So you might be a fucking smartass with tons of Mana but a total idiot in social situations.
The game also has a skilltree for physical combat that is similar to the one in DA:O. There are passive talents that ramp up your defense, there are special attacks and so forth. Certain moves require specific weapons. The usual stuff.
Spells are sorted by school or type. There are nature spells for those fucking elves or spells that allow you to summon demons if you're a godless heathen arab wizard.
Combat itself is not unlike KOTOR or Neverwinter Nights: Continuous turnbased. The game really does throw dice and shows you your hits and misses accordingly. You can pause at any time and give orders to your group. There is no tactical view like in DA:O but you can zoom out pretty far.
I will add stuff to this OP if I feel like it. It is my first OP, so be fucking gentle, okay?
I would like to pause for a moment, to talk about my penis.
My penis is like a toddler. A toddler—who is a perfectly normal size for his age—on a long road trip to what he thinks is Disney World. My penis is excited because he hasn’t been to Disney World in a long, long time, but remembers a time when he used to go every day. So now the penis toddler is constantly fidgeting, whining “Are we there yet? Are we there yet? How about now? Now? How about... now?”
And Disney World is nowhere in sight.