Posts Tagged ‘vikings’

Ex-Battlefield Devs Making A New Viking Monster

There have been plenty of Viking games, putting you in the heavy boots of the giant-slaying, bloodthirsty war men. But what about all the poor mythical beasts they keep killing? Project Wight (a working title) plans to explore what that conflict looks like from the perspective of a creature hunted to the edge of extinction by the northmen. If, like me, all you want to do is lurk in a dank cave and frighten anyone who enters, then you’ve come to the right place. I have a trailer for you here, showing off some of the creatures’ hiding and fighting skills.
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Valhalla Hills Gets Open, Harder Game Mode In Update

Valhalla Hills [official site] – the Nordic-themed, Viking-populating god-game that currently resides on Steam Early Access – has received a bumper update that looks to have righted the few reservations Marsh had with the game when he prematurely evaluated it at the tail end of last month.

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Interview: Adding Shieldmaidens To War Of The Vikings

War of the Vikings, Paradox Interactive’s sequel to the gritty and gruesome War of the Roses, is about to receive its first expansion, a relatively modest addition that adds one new class: the Shieldmaiden. Executive producer Gordon Van Dyke, a veteran of multiplayer development who can trace his history back to some of the early Battlefield games, says it’s an opportunity to not only shake up the way the game is played and the patterns that players are falling into, but that it might also be a chance to challenge a few assumptions about gender.

At Paradox’s annual convention in January, Van Dyke spoke to me about his plans to introduce women warriors to the game and how it was important to him that they be dressed in realistic, practical gear rather than sporting the tired trope of stylised “boob armour,” the sort of curvy breastplates and chainmail bikinis that have plagued video games for decades. He explained how this expansion is his chance to make good on his ambition, why there should be women warriors in his game and how he relishes a chance to challenge some of gaming’s sexist conventions.

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