Posts Tagged ‘Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians’

RPG based on Mistborn novels cancelled

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Mistborn: Birthright [official site] has been cancelled because of funding problems for developer Little Orbit. A real shame, that. It was to be an RPG based on Brandon Sanderson’s excellent Mistborn fantasy series of books. I finished the original trilogy in 2012 just as the game was announced, and couldn’t wait to see how the setting and magic system (which sees characters, among other things, fly around cities by pulling and pushing themselves to and from metal elements in buildings) would translate into a game.

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Playdek On Unsung Story, PC Ports, And DRM Concerns

Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians is an intriguing prospect despite its name also functioning as a dictionary of cliche fantasy words. It’s the vision of Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre creator Yasumi Matsuno, who played a huge role in popularizing turn-based tactics RPGs on consoles. Its Kickstarter has already soared to nearly $500,000 of its $600,000 goal, so things are looking up. However, developer Playdek has provided depressingly little concrete information, and a cursory reading of the Kickstarter gives the impression that Unsung Story will be a mobile game first and foremost. I got in touch with Playdek CEO Joel Goodman to find out whether or not the PC version will be a port, how the Kickstarter plays into that, how much Matsuno will be involved in actual development, and whether or not we need to worry about DRM. His answers could’ve been a bit more detailed, but oh well. Early days and all that. Go below for more. 

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Final Fantasy Tactics Spiritual Successor Takes To KS

And of course, all they've got is concept art. Yep, this is one of *those* Kickstarters.

So, The Banner Saga. It’s pretty neat, huh? Well, contrary to popular belief, it didn’t invent grids, tactics, or even the concept of turns. I know, right? But, in a rather timely turn of events, one of the genre’s most well-known progenitors resurfaced today. Yasumi Matsuno was instrumental in popularizing the Japanese side of the turn-based tactical equation with console hits like Tactics Ogre and Final Fantasy Tactics, and now he’s looking to do it again after more traditional role-players like Vagrant Story and Final Fantasy XII. Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians doesn’t really have much meat on its bones yet, but it at least sounds like its headed in the right direction. Also, it’s had such a huge mountain of money already dropped on it that I fear for the lives (though certainly not the livelihood) of its developers.

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