Update: Crunch is real, and unfortunately it seems that Blakemore has missed his promised deadline. The developer is currently testing some last minute changes before getting the game ready for launch.
After more than 20 years in development, Grimoire: Heralds of the Winged Exemplar is finally coming out on Steam Greenlight. What is Grimoire? It's a very old-school, first-person fantasy RPG styled in the tradition of games like Wizardry, Might & Magic, and Eye of the Beholder, and it's coming out at last.
One look at Grimoire: Heralds of the Winged Exemplar and you can immediately see the game's influences. Everything from the graphics, first-person dungeon-crawling, and party-based fantasy systems are all very reminiscent of the 90s fantasy RPG games on the PC.
"There are still going to be parts of the game that are not quite polished but the game as it currently stands is truly a one-of-a-kind classic," writes Cleve Blakemore, lone developer Cleveland Mark Blakemore. "I have successfully played through all four endings of the game using save points and cheat codes and I found my own product to be more satisfying than any of the Wizardry games and even better than the original Eye of the Beholder series. I can only hope that others agree this time next week."
Well next week is this week as Grimoire is set to release in a few hours today, July 7. There are still a few things Blakemore is working on including visual effects for some spells, couple new monster animations, and some more boss encounters.
Grimoire first went into beta testing in 1998, which really puts into perspective how much of a time capsule Grimoire is. For gamers who want to experience the kind of classic gaming you don't see around anymore, you should at least check out Grimoire. The developer even has some mighty words for his project, saying that it's even better than some of the games that it models itself after. After 20 years, we can hardly wait to see.
There's still no price for Grimoire despite its imminent release, although Blakemore's blog post proposes it will be around $39.95.
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