The Last One To Know: The First Templar

wuh oh
Hmmph, the instruments must be playing up. I somehow didn’t get a proper reading on The First Templar which was announced earlier this year. It’s a sword-based Medieval-dude-ending experience from Haemimont Games, whose name you might recognise from Tropico 3 and Grand Ages: Rome. A bit of a departure then, from management to third-person action. (I spent a long moment there trying to come up with a “management to man-rage-something” joke, but it just couldn’t happen.) It’s the story of the Holy Grail, apparently, and that involves co-op melee action, stealth kills, ogres, and all sorts of other third-person violencing possibilities. Possibly worth a look.

I thrust a trailer into the bowels of this post, killing it dead.


  1. Deviant says:

    Was that a leap of faith … kinda brings memories,

    ah well worth keeping in mind at least coming from Haemimont.

  2. groovychainsaw says:

    Man-age-ment to man-age-reduction?

    You’re right Jim, none of those are any good, and as I gave it all of 30 seconds, I’m sure there are no better possibilities. Damn. I miss punnage.

  3. Ed says:


  4. Burningpet says:

    If its not an ogre who says ni, no sale here.

  5. Chris D says:

    Management to Man-rage-vent?

    Although I think maybe keeping it simple and going for management to man-rage-ment might work better.

  6. Archonsod says:

    Not really a departure. Celtic Kings was always billed as an RTS/RPG mix. Although really their RTS’s seemed to just follow the Tzar pattern, so presumably this will involve building housing for your peasants while attempting to beat down men in armour.

  7. ChainsawHands says:

    I’m disappointed that this was posted without an explanation of what this shift from management to man-rage meant.

  8. Starayo says:

    Ugh… That American accent… It grates on my ears.

    Looks alright, otherwise.

    • Sinomatic says:

      Me too. I have nothing against americans, many of them are rather lovely, but there is something really incongruous in medieval swords and shields and that accent. It just doesn’t work for me at all.

    • DrGonzo says:

      Yeah, considering the accent didn’t exist back then it’s a bit inappropriate.

    • Robert says:

      Yeah, it’s marvelous that the Queen’s English has survived a thousand years without change.

  9. Hakkesshu says:

    “Halo’d be thy name”

    Man, Halo isn’t THAT influential

  10. Hakkesshu says:

    “Halo’d be thy name”

    I realize Halo is popular, but this is ridiculous!

  11. Taillefer says:

    Management to bashing men… t.

    A lot of these games seemed to have cropped up recently.

  12. Kryopsis says:

    The scene of the character’s swan dive off the roof was completely unnecessary: if anything, it bring out a comparison to Assassin’s Creed, a well-known game set in the same period.

  13. DrGonzo says:

    Ok, all my replies keep getting eaten by the Spam-O-Tron.

  14. hamster says:

    Is the trailer link dead?

  15. pakoito says:


  16. sfury says:

    I’m kinda sad they’re doing that. :/

    Doesn’t look or sound that good.

  17. Torgen says:

    I was sorely disappointed that Mount and Blade Warband’s multiplayer did not extend to co-op. Always looking for a fun co-op game!

    (RPS reader poll: Do you spell it “co-op” or “coop”?)

  18. Zwebbie says:

    Aww, it’s always the Templars. Someone ought to make a game about the Order of St. Lazarus.

  19. Pew says:

    The early build they showed at gamescom looked really rough, but it’s probably still one of those games you can casually play for hours. Kind of like every Kalypso game then. It also had a pretty big skill tree in a templar’s cross shape if that counts for anything, heh.

    It’s supposed to be a fictional take on real battles and events, so it could still be a nice little game. I have a soft spot for Kalypso games, they always get average to mediocre reviews but I always end up enjoying them :)

  20. FRIENDLYUNIT says:

    Gutstab FTW!

    Also, *coughassassinscreedcough*

  21. Navagon says:

    The Holy Grail? You’d have thought some nice priest would have told those poor sods that the Holy Grail was just a bit of bollocks tacked onto Christianity at the last minute to please the pagans.

    Fancy going to all that trouble just because of some medieval PR bullshit.

  22. Urael says:

    I have a soft spot for the Knights Templar…even though those same Templars would likely have shoved heated metal into my soft spots for being such a godless heathen. It’s been a while since we had a decent medieval hack/slash game on the PC. If it’s anything like Starbreeze’s Knights of the Temple this could be fun to play with after a hard day at work.

  23. Gabbo says:

    I’ll keep an eye out for this, even though it conjures up urges for a game based on Umberto Eco’s novel “Foucault’s Pendulum”.

  24. godgoo says:

    what about: ‘man-rage-vent? ‘

  25. K says:

    Am I the only one who notices that they forgot to turn on AA when making the trailer? The edges look so jagged, you could make any man rage!

  26. Herr Klein says:

    All i need is a new Shadow of Rome on my PC :D

  27. Culprititus says:

    If this is anything like Severance: Blade of Darkness, I’d be exceedingly pleased.