Earthlock is set in a world called Umbra which was struck by a catastrophic natural disaster a long time ago. Now, made up of both magic and machines many years later, the hero of the game (Amon) lives in a war between the empire of Suvia and those around it. While not specifically mentioned as to how Amon gets involved in this war, he is set on a quest that takes him through the ruins of old civilizations that were ravaged by the natural disasters many years before his time so he can find artifacts that can aid him. Not much more is mentioned about the narrative of Earthlock but we do know that the game will be non-linear with its storytelling so I could speculate that there might be a decision making mechanic.
A major facet of Earthlock: Festival of Magic’s combat is crafting and ammunition usage. Much like the Atelier series of games, you attack with the ammunition and items you create (but unlike Atelier, the items you create are the only way you can attack). In your home base, Amon must harvest the ammunition he uses. Each plant he gains has a different magical element that can aid him in battle. Earthlock is also a traditional turn based RPG in which Snowcastle Games explains, has ”special pair actions and character stats [which] change according to the pairings [of team members].” Earthlock also features environmental puzzles, dungeons, and an overworld that according to Snowcastle, has “a retro feel.”
- Rich, non-linear story
- Turn-based combat
- Combat pairs
- Grow your own ammunition
- Build and improve your home base
- Environmental Puzzles
- Gorgeous Overworld with retro feel
- No random encounters
- Play as Male or Female protagonist (You can switch at any time)
The team behind Snowcastle Games includes staff members who have worked on Halo, Escape from Monkey Island, Shadowrun, The Secret World and FUBAR (a zombie anthology book series). The company who is working on the art for Earthlock, Supergenius Studios, have also worked on the stunning projects Broken Age, The Wolf Among Us, and TellTale’s The Walking Dead.
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Earthlock: Festival of Magic is currently looking for $150,000 in funding with just over $40,000 already behind it (at the time of writing). If the game is successful on KickStarter, it is scheduled to release in the first quarter of 2015 for PC, Mac, and Linux and the second quarter of 2015 for the Wii U, PS4, and Xbox One. If you’re anxious to play this upcoming RPG, you can also try out the pre-alpha demo for PC, Linux, and Mac.