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Check out the new demo for party-based RPG Call of Saregnar

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Giving a firm nod to classic 90s RPGs, you can try out a brand new demo for the upcoming Call of Saregnar. Blending together low-res visuals, with shots of real-life actors for the conversations, it's certainly a weird looking mix but it absolutely works.

Not seen it before? Check out the trailer:

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"Call of Saregnar is a nod to the wonderful era of party-based RPGs from the 90's. It’s got an intriguing story and interesting characters in a unique low-fantasy medieval setting. The graphics are charmingly old-school with billboard trees and a low-poly 3D world. All the characters are photographs and frame sequences of real actors, that you can interact with, see them in the world and fight with. The combat system is a turn-based hex grid affair with many tactical options. Also the game has a magic systems based on gods and divine favour, which is really unique and immersive. Overall the game has a very relaxing pace, and it feels like reading a good novel; Makes you feel right at home."

Features at a glance:

  • 10 chapters involving a mature story in a believable world,
  • A tribute to the early 90’s: Low-poly 3D, hand-pixelated custom goodness,
  • Real-life digitized actors as characters,
  • 100% hand-built levels, 100% hand-placed props, enemies and items,
  • An open world to explore, filled with engaging NPCs, locations and quests which support the main storyline,
  • Classless per-use skill-based character development,
  • Strategic turn-based hex grid combat,
  • Unique magic system based on divine favour,
  • Less is more: fewer, but well-defined items,
  • You won't find a quest marker here, just a map and a journal to aid you in your quest.

Try out the demo now on Steam. It's built with Unity and seems to work great on Linux in my own testing.

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8 comments

Looking at the trailer, I guess it's not HIGH-res, but it's not exactly pixel art either, or cartoony. To me it's a pleasant, fairly realistic look, just with a sort of relaxing "soft" texture to things.


Last edited by Purple Library Guy on 6 January 2022 at 5:21 pm UTC
g000h 6 Jan
Funnily enough I watched SplatterCatGaming on Youtube, playing this title only a day or two ago ;)

It looks okay, quite engaging.
I loved games like this back in the day. However, if Atom RPG has taught me anything, it's that I cannot go back. I don't know if I've gotten spoiled by modern quality-of-life improvements, if my attention span is shorter, or if my tastes have just changed but I just don't enjoy games that stick too slavishly to the "old school" anymore.
tomaszg 6 Jan
Wow, so many things directly taken from Betrayal at Krondor.
Shmerl 7 Jan
Looks cool. I hope they plan GOG release too.

And soundtrack is pretty good: https://tonymanfredonia.bandcamp.com/album/call-of-saregnar-prologue


Last edited by Shmerl on 7 January 2022 at 8:26 am UTC
Shmerl 7 Jan
Quoting: tomaszgWow, so many things directly taken from Betrayal at Krondor.

They actually list Betrayal at Krondor as a strong inspiration:

QuoteInspired by The Classics

Call of Saregnar is greatly inspired by the classic RPG Betrayal at Krondor, while also taking hints from Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall, Might & Magic VI, RoA: Star Trail and other titles of the ’90s.


Last edited by Shmerl on 7 January 2022 at 8:29 am UTC
randyl 7 Jan
This could end being the spiritual successor to Betrayal at Krondor I've always wanted. They have a Discord you can join and chat about the game if you're interested. I've tried the demo and while it's a bit rough (as expected at this stage) it's also quite nice.
ugly 8 Jan
Quoting: randylThis could end being the spiritual successor to Betrayal at Krondor I've always wanted. They have a Discord you can join and chat about the game if you're interested. I've tried the demo and while it's a bit rough (as expected at this stage) it's also quite nice.
I actually liked Return to Krondor. It might have made a difference that I had it first, and played Betrayal after. RtK felt a little unfinished to me, but I still remember with some fondness.

Unfortunately, Return to Krondor is a game that doesn't seem to work well with Wine. Although, it's been a while since I tried it.
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