Following the release of the game's teaser trailer, GamePro caught up with Frayed Knights creator Jay Barnson for a quick interview about why he chose to build a humorous party-based RPG, some of the interesting ideas he came up with during its development, and when we can expect its release. This should get you started:
"I missed the kind of first-person, party-based, turn-based RPGs that were popular back in the '80s and early '90s. Can you believe the market was actually over-saturated with them once upon a time?" says Jay Barnson of the developer Rampant Games (it's mostly a one-man operation). "Those are extremely rare today, even amongst the indies, and I feel strongly that this is an area where there are still lots of potential for innovation in both story and mechanics."
Like a number of RPG gamers today, Barnson is frustrated by the move of some developers and publishers from traditional RPG mechanics to more action-oriented gameplay."While I do enjoy action-RPGs, I'm frustrated with the mainstream publisher's trend to rebrand the RPG genre as plain-old action-games with story and player decisions. There is a lot more that can be done there! So in a way, Frayed Knights is my tiny little effort to add some variety to the RPG landscape and bring back some elements of RPG style and gameplay that was prematurely retired."
Barnson says Frayed Knights is coming out soon. "We're shooting for the end of the month or the beginning of October. Well before Skyrim ships," Barnson says.