There's just over a month to go until Greedfall releases on September 10th. In anticipation of the game's release, Focus Home Interactive shared a Gameplay Overview Trailer:
Greedfall looks highly intriguing. It's a mix of a realistic 17th century aesthetic and pure fantasy. The the official site explains that the world of Greedfall and 'its visual identity draw heavily from 17th century Europe' because this was a period 'dominated by exploration". It's clear from the outset that exploration will be integral to the game. Its premise is that the protagonist is setting off from the polluted and crowded Old World, which is infected with an unknown and deadly disease named the Malichor plague, to explore the island of Teer Fradee. Teer Fradee symbolises hope for the dying continent of the Old World. Its existence was previously unknown, but now it is found to be a lush and bountiful place. The serene peace of Teer Fradee is shattered by the protagonist's arrival alongside settlers and mercenaries, and the island's many magical peoples and animals are prepared to repel any invaders.
The island's native inhabitants are going to be very important. They're made up of a mix of different factions, all of which have individual "beliefs, territories, goals, allies and enemies". These differing factions contribute to one of the most interesting parts of Greedfall— the fact that the player can engage with a complex system of politics and diplomacy. The game's site states that the player will use an 'intricate reputation system' and that their every choice will affect the 'geopolitical landscape of the island' — so there's a lot riding on how the player chooses to proceed.
The game's extensive customisation is evident in the gameplay trailer, which shows to what range the player can alter the appearance of their protagonist. Interestingly, the protagonist has an intricate black mark across their jaw and neck which does not change, no matter the gender or appearance. Perhaps they too are infected with the Malichor plague, and their exploration of Teer Fradee may prove to be driven by a more urgent deadline. The game will contain hundreds of different customizable weapons, armour, and other clothing. The factions of native peoples again comes into play here, as some of the clothing will reflect the differing styles of each faction.
It looks as though the player can choose from the three starting skills of Warrior, Technical, and Magic, but won't be limited to just one throughout. The game's substantial skill tree will be open, allowing the player to choose their own distinct gameplay with 'over a hundred skills, along with thousands of combinations of equipment'. One thing the trailer does highlight is the "tactical pause" option which allows players to take a moment in heated combat and choose from a range of actions, spells, techniques and potions for each or all enemies. This may suit any players who, like me, are fully aware and very grateful for the range of impressive attacks they may have, but sometimes get too panicked in the moment of battle to remember how to use them all properly. Players won't always be fighting by themselves, however. The trailer states that players can have a party of three with them, which can be made up of the characters from different factions that you meet throughout the game. It looks as though negotiation and relationships will always be important, as the video description states that players must remember that party members "are people with their own hopes, goals and motives. Say or do the wrong thing and their loyalty to you could waver, or even turn entirely." This is clear in the trailer itself, as the summary screen for potential party members shows their relationship level with the player. It seems that the players can gain a friendship bonus with each member, but only if their relationship level is "friendly", not "suspicious".
Greedfall is now available to preorder on the Microsoft Store, and if you choose to do so, you'll receive the Adventurer's Gear DLC pack, which includes two weapons and an outfit: the Rapier of the Alchemist, the Wild Boar Ivory Rifle, and the Explorer's Outfit.
As an RPG fan, Greedfall is one I've had my eye on for some time. It looks to be excitingly unique, and there's not long now before it comes out. What do you think? Will you be playing Greedfall? Let us know in the comments!
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