The Return of Blackguards

Daedalic Entertainment has announced that its sequel to Blackguards, the aptly yet simply named Blackguards 2, is scheduled for release in early 2015. Like the original Blackguards, Blackguards 2 will be a SRPG focused on strategic battles featuring a group of scoundrels.

Cassia, the main protagonist of Blackguards 2, is searching for the three survivors of the battle against the Nine Hordes - three heroes from the previous game: Naurim, Zurbaran and Takate. She views these Blackguards as her ticket to achieving her goal of ruling from the Shark Throne, even if they are a shadow of their former glory: Naurim became fat and lazy, but also more cunning; Zurbaran lost his self-confidence and Takate seems to have lost his killer instinct. These four - Cassia, Naurim, Zurbaran and Takate - are the main characters of Blackguards 2 and in a series of quests, the group will travel through South Aventuria to fulfill Cassia's dream.

Like its predecessor, Blackguards 2's rules will be based on the RPG rulebook of The Dark Eye, but it will feature some revisions, optimizations and simplifications. Additionally, Blackguards 2 will incorporate mechanics that have been requested by players of the first game, such as improved line of sight, cover and formation. Furthermore, Blackguards 2 will feature new weapons, armor, enemies and stamina as additional battle resources.

Gameplay will focus on turn-based battles, once more, but this time the players have to conquer Cassia's lands and defend them against intruders when they are attacked. Be vigilant, as your enemies can recapture the territories.

Outside of battles, players can spend their time questing and developing their characters. These quests will offer optional and alternative plotlines.

For more information on Blackguards 2, check out the official Daedalic website.