Six years have passed since the Overlord
franchise last graced an Xbox console and the minions have been growing restless since the loss of their last Overlord. Tasked with overseeing the minions during this time, aged Hellspawn and Minion Master Gnarl is nearing the end of his tether. In desperation, he has stolen a "useless human glow slate trinket" to allow him to appeal to the masses and find a new Overlord to accept responsibility for the minions. Here is his tale:
You must be wondering how I managed to refill this trinket with energy. Well let me tell you a story...
After the last time we spoke we searched high and low for a cave entrance that would allow us to get out of your wretched sun... After walking for hours we stumbled upon a small village full of those tiny child humans who dress the same and carry bags around with them, so we mugged a few of them. We liked their hats you see and you know what the browns are like when there are hats to be worn. Browns will put anything on their heads.
During this mugging one of them made us take his homework. He threw books at us and ran away screaming for the other little imps. Next thing we know there are an army of them, screaming and throwing their homework at us. We suffered injuries, one of the reds lost an eye! Don't you humans teach your young not to throw books? We chased them off with a stick in the end.
While the browns started dressing themselves in their new book armour I noticed a drawing; it was the blueprints to a device that generated energy from a potato! For weeks I tried to get the infernal contraption to power this glow slate we "acquired". It turned out we required something with a little more juice than a potato. So we used the biggest thing we could get our hands on. A panda. Here are my schematics.
Well, that wasn't very helpful so I'll take over the story and hope that Gnarl doesn't interrupt too much, otherwise we'll be here all day. Here's the tale that he should have been telling... one that he thinks may give you some nightmares.
Featuring a script written by award-winning scriptwriter Rhianna Pratchett, action RPG Overlord: Fellowship of Evil
picks up the story of the minions and the fate of Evil after the last Overlord master "went a bit... explode-y". Players assume the role of one of four "freshly revived and foul smelling" Netherghuls, undead servants of the dark arts, who need to work together to bring evil cascading back to a world that is now overrun with goodness. If you don't feel like taking on the challenge alone, you can invite up to three friends to help you "dial the eviling up to evileven". Destroy everything that is good in the Netherworld to allow evil to be unleashed on the world above.
The brutal Inferna, legendary warrior, crushed in aggressive altercations with rock trolls. Devilish necromancer Malady who extinguished her own life in return for a nefarious dark curse. Dwarven rogue Hakon and dark elf Prince Cryos – killed by each other’s hand. A two-for-one evil bargain!
Of course, it wouldn't be an Overlord
title if Gnarl wasn't around to give a... helping hand. Voiced once again by Marc Silk, he'll be offering advice and will also be sending his Minions. They have some uses, apparently.
I’ll be sending some of my best… adequate… poorly trained minions along to assist. I trust you will kick, smash and crush them into shape. The blues will do their best to keep your blackened heart beating; the greens will sneak up behind your enemies and poison them, while it seems the reds now show little disregard for their own safety and I’m starting to wonder if providing them with explosives was a good idea! Finally we have the browns; they will… well… let’s just say the browns are the browns.
The panda we captured to charge my glow slate isn't looking too good. Anybody know what they eat? It already ate one of the greens; we think that's what made it sick. In slightly related news we have now developed a way to turn a green into a brown.
Enough with the panda already! While I try and do something with Gnarl, here's the team at Codemasters to explain a bit about the upcoming title, especially the story, the art design and the gameplay.
Right, I've told Gnarl that if he doesn't stay on topic in the future, I won't let him out again until the game is released digitally for the Xbox One later this year. There will not be a panda. There will be sheepies.