Prior to DreamCatcher's acquisition by Nordic Games, I was told (during an off-the-record conversation) that the team was at hard work on a remastered version of Dungeon Lords that would allow the series to make a triumphant return to PCs while also reaching a console audience. That project obviously suffered a delay as part of the acquisition, but today Nordic Games has finally announced Dungeon Lords MMXII, and while there's no word of a console version in the press release, it sounds like D.W. Bradley is finally going to bring us the PC edition we always hoped the original would be:
Nordic Games joins forces with RPG mastermind D.W. Bradley and Heuristic Park
VIENNA, AUSTRIA (April 13 2012) - Nordic Games proudly announces its latest cooperation with D.W. Bradley and Heuristic Park. D. W. Bradley, famous for creating three of the legendary Wizardry titles (Wizardry V – Heart of the Maelstrom, Wizardry VI – Bane of the Cosmic Forge, Wizardry VII – Crusaders of the Dark Savant) and the epic 3D Fantasy RPG Wizards & Warriors, is creating a new Re-master of his epic RPG-classic game, Dungeon Lords. The title of the remake: Dungeon Lords MMXII.
„It is a great opportunity to work on the Re-Master of Dungeon Lords with Mr. Bradley himself. We will deliver a hardcore RPG experience to old as well as new fans. We think that our gameplay changes will deliver new fun and excitement, all in Full HD”, comments Gennaro “Genna” Giani, Producer at Nordic Games.
"I'm delighted to be working with Nordic on the new re-master of Dungeon Lords MMXII, it's a rare opportunity for an author. Dungeon Lords is pure and true RPG, there are no mindless quests to kill 20 of these and find 12 of those, at least not without giving you a very good reason for it. The story is full of plot twists and turns, players must stay alert and use their wits to solve the puzzles, and monsters don't like intruders. The new magic and action system makes the game sizzle with fun, and I'm excited to be pumping it up and bringing this epic RPG experience to a new generation of gamers..." comments D.W.Bradley the author of Dungeon Lords.
About Dungeon Lords MMXII: The great wizard Galdryn of the Meadows has been slain be a deadly conspiracy within the Circle of Mages. His chief ally, Lord Davenmor, now struggles to save his kingdom from the dark forces of the conspiracy and the onslaught of Lord Barrowgrim’s army of marauders. Lord Davenmor has promised his daughter’s hand in marriage to Lord Barrowgrim to quell the invasion, but her heart belongs to another and after learning of her father’s pledge, she has vanished. Sensing treachery, Lord Barrowgrim has sent his army once more to destroy Lord Davenmor and raze the kingdom. Thus begins Dungeon Lords, a tale of Love, Hate, Betrayal, Revenge, Honor, and Evil.
• Co-op story mode for up to 8 players and full single-player game experience • 50-70 hours • Completely reworked intuitive Graphic User Interface • New Multiplayer Features • Dual Switchable Interface Modes (supports Hot-Key action play and Point&Click play) • Updated full hardware Screen Resolution support (16:10, 16:9, 1920x1080 etc.) • New quick-start Hero character creation system • All new Magic system including new Magic Spells • New Hero Classes, new and improved Class Skills, and new unique Class action abilities • New Character Advancement and Level Up with auto-learn Magic system • All new Quest and Log System • New Mini Map and Full Map Screens • Full World and Character Re-mastering for enhanced gameplay experience • New dynamic Treasure & Equipment generation, featuring Uncommon, Rare & Epic items • New Inventory and Loot Bag System • Improved Graphic & Visual Enhancements • Newly Re-Mastered Audio sounds and speech
About Nordic Games GmbH Nordic Games GmbH is a wholly owned publishing subsidiary of Nordic Games Holding AB. Founded in 2011, the Vienna/Austria based company Nordic Games GmbH puts great emphasis on its extensive game catalogue. The core portfolio comprises products and brands which have recently been acquired from JoWooD Entertainment AG and DreamCatcher Interactive Inc., and further IPs and trademarks will follow. The company will pursue the long-term goal of delivering quality products that live up to expectations of gamers worldwide. For more information, please visit nordicgames.at.
About Heuristic Park Heuristic Park, Inc., is a Georgia U.S.A. corporation, an independent Software Development Studio since 1995. D. W. Bradley is one of the leading pioneers of Fantasy RPG games in the U.S., famous for creating three of the legendary Wizardry titles, Wizardry V – Heart of the Maelstrom, Wizardry VI – Bane of the Cosmic Forge, Wizardry VII – Crusaders of the Dark Savant, and the epic 3D Fantasy RPG titles Wizards & Warriors and Dungeon Lords.
Despite all its flaws, I absolutely adored the original Dungeon Lords. Here's to hoping this remastered edition offers enough to warrant another play-through for long-time fans... and opens the doors for The Orb and the Oracle (or some other sequel) to become a reality.