New Kickstarter title Chronicle of Ruin is inspired by 16-bit tactical RPGs0 Comments
Kickstarter games come and go, but not all are so lucky as to appeal to a very specific subset of gamers. This latest one, titled Chronicle of Ruin, is aiming to take direct inspiration from the likes of the Ogre Battle series, presenting a modern twist on a tried-and-true formula the likes of which strategy game fans haven't seen since the 16-bit era.
Judging from the game's Kickstarter page, Chronicle of Ruin seems to be doing a whole lot of things right. The developer, Dusty Games, has cited influence directly from titles like Tactics Ogre, Final Fantasy Tactics, and, naturally, Ogre Battle. Also, instead of a plot summary, they've given a delightful detail of the kind of 'feel' the game should have, largely made in reference to influences from Final Fantasy VI:
"That feeling of each character having worth, purpose, and self-contained motivation, of a story with a unifying cause rather than a single obligatory protagonist, is a driving force behind Chronicle of Ruin's narrative. [...] This game does begin as the tale of one man's mission, but it quickly escalates into something much greater. This isn't a story that revolves around an individual's quest to fulfill his or her destiny. It's one that focuses on a disparate bunch of people working together through a hostile, unpredictable world, in which there are no promises of easy answers or happy endings."
Chronicle of Ruin looks to be shaking up the usual formula in some interesting ways as well. The game will feature both a tactical overworld-style map where squads are controlled as well as up-close battles between squads that look to play out like more traditional real-time JRPG encounters. It also features a total of 38 different character classes and will reportedly include a crafting system.
The game's Kickstarter campaign has just begun, and has $1,809 pledged at the time of writing, with 28 days remaining. Dusty Games is looking to hit $36,000 for the title, and if players act fast, they can score a copy of the game for just $12 through the early bird special. Assuming all goes well, the game will be released to PC, Mac, and Linux in July of 2017.
Ogre Battle Inspired Tactical RPG Chronicle of Ruin Launches On Kickstarter, Niche Gamer