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Developer Event Horizon has my attention, with the announcement of their brand new non-linear RPG called Dark Envoy.

Dark Envoy is a non-linear RPG inspired by the likes of the Divinity series, XCOM, FTL, Mass Effect, and Dragon Age to offer free world exploration with an emphasis on tactical combat layered with lore and strategy. A continuation of Event Horizon’s attempt, which began with the studio’s debut title Tower of Time, to shatter long-standing RPG tropes and to create something unique in the process.

They have an announcement trailer up, which doesn't show any actual game-play but it gives us an idea about the setting.

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Once they actually have a proper gameplay trailer up, we will be sure to let you know. If that's not enough for you, we also have some in-game screenshots to share (click to enlarge):

Now you've had a good look at what to expect, get a look at the features they're planning to unleash on us:

  • Non-linear RPG with turn-based combat accompanied by a real time pre-combat phase where tactics and party power are equally important.
  • Player choices impact the world: it can be destroyed or saved, and the stories that unfold will lead to multiple endings reflecting the characters’ personalities and decisions.
  • Co-written by Michael Chatfield, an Amazon Top 100 Science Fiction / Fantasy writer (specializing in litRPG genre).
  • 15 unique character classes to discover - with the ability to mix skill trees - including some rare classes which can only be found in remote locations or through chained quests.
  • New RPG system, promoting experimentation and requiring frequent adaptation to the new challenges.
  • Can be played solo, two player co-op, as well as a unique mode called Player vs World where Player 2 acts as the final boss seeking to destroy Player 1 before he/she becomes too powerful.
  • High-replayability factor due to large pool of quests, local, and world events. One cannot uncover all of the content in a single playthrough.

When asking about their plans for Linux support on the Steam forum, I will admit their reply was a surprise. A very nice surprise in fact, here's what they said:

We spent a considerable effort to make Tower of Time run well on Linux - so now, being more experienced with it, we also plan to release on Linux at the same time as PC launch.

Excellent news! Their choices of inspiration for the game are some very popular titles, so hopefully they will live up to it in their own way. I like the sound of it, the graphics look good too. Given how interesting Tower of Time was, I'm very curious to see what more Event Horizon really has in store for us when it releases sometime next year.

You can wishlist/follow it on Steam. Just make sure you've set your platform preferences correctly, to show as a Linux wishlist.

Hat tip to Cláudio in our Telegram for the initial note.

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Ehvis 6 August 2019 at 9:40 pm UTC
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Ef yes! That trailer has a boat load of style. And after Tower of Time I need to know no more. Count me in!
madpinger 6 August 2019 at 9:49 pm UTC
Looks good, wishlisted for now ^.^
Avehicle7887 7 August 2019 at 1:24 am UTC
I can stand by these devs and say they've truly optimized Tower of Time for Linux, it's a fantastic game. Count me in for this one too.
Shmerl 7 August 2019 at 1:28 am UTC
QuoteSince high-quality RPG experiences aren't exactly that common on Linux

I actually thought, that RPGs is one of the best represented genres on Linux both in quality and in quantity.

The game looks promising! Hopefully GOG release is planned (Tower of Time is available there).

Last edited by Shmerl on 7 August 2019 at 1:29 am UTC
tuubi 7 August 2019 at 5:32 am UTC
Some of the features look a bit... experimental, and could end up detracting from the single player RPG experience. On the other hand, I'm all for another gorgeous RPG with turn based battles. Definitely going on my wishlist.
Flabb 7 August 2019 at 6:24 am UTC
QuoteSince high-quality RPG experiences aren't exactly that common on Linux
Uhm... Pillars of Eternity?... Tyranny?... Tower of Time?... Divinity: Original Sin?... Fell Seal?... Atom?... Remasters of Infinity engine games? And other games that are less popular?

I wouldn't say that RPGs are uncommon on Linux. Just for clarity - "lack of AAA games" and "lack of high-quality games" aren't the same thing at all nowadays.

About the game - wishlisted Dark Envoy. Tower of Time is very good, and Dark Envoy looks promising too.
Liam Dawe 7 August 2019 at 6:34 am UTC
QuoteSince high-quality RPG experiences aren't exactly that common on Linux
Uhm... Pillars of Eternity?... Tyranny?... Tower of Time?... Divinity: Original Sin?... Fell Seal?... Atom?... Remasters of Infinity engine games? And other games that are less popular
Late night brainfart, I've removed that bit heh.
callcifer 7 August 2019 at 7:08 am UTC
Tower of Time was great, so really looking forward to this.
Lycurgus87 7 August 2019 at 8:07 am UTC
Please be fully voice acted like divinity original sin 2 and I will love you and adore you through the ages. Whislisted
theghost 7 August 2019 at 9:47 am UTC
Damn, how could I have missed Tower of Time?
This looks great and Tower of Time too. I should really wishlist both.
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