- Part 1 of Daedalic’s interactive novel to be released in August
- The game is coming to PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
- The steam page is live now
German developer and publisher Daedalic Entertainment today reveal that their upcoming video game The Pillars of the Earth is set for an August 2017 release. Available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, the game is an adaptation of the best-selling historical novel by Ken Follett, The Pillars of the Earth. It is a one-of-a-kind, 2D point-and-click adventure, a genre that Daedalic is renowned for. The development team took the 1,200-page book as the blueprint and, turned it into an interactive novel. Players follow a nonlinear storyline with 3 playable main characters. The game is going to be released as three books with seven chapters each. Players will be able to purchase a season pass when buying book 1 – Daedalic will share more information about books 2 and 3 at Gamescom this year.
This has been the biggest and most ambitious project Daedalic has embarked on to date. Matt Kempke, both authors and game designers, stated, “We took the source material completely apart and reassembled it as a unique experience for the player. We kept the core story but of course a game gives us more freedom to add decision making and interaction.” The game provides a compelling and involving version of The Pillars of the Earth. Players develop a deep emotional connection with the characters while controlling their way through the dense and thrilling story. Moreover, the game lets players change events from the novel as well as influence the fates of its characters.
Set in 12th century England, a time of great poverty and war, The Pillars of the Earth takes place in the fictional town of Kingsbridge as it begins the construction of a Cathedral to assure wealth and security for its people. Philip, a monk, becomes the prior of Kingsbridge abbey. Jack, an ambitious architect, is commissioned to build the village cathedral. Aliena and her younger brother Richard, have to survive on their own after their father, the Earl of Shiring, is incarcerated and murdered. Meanwhile, Prior Philip’s rivals, Bishop Waleran and William Hamleigh, a vengeful noble rejected by Aliena, see the town and its rise to importance as a thorn in their sides. They want to see Kingsbridge burn.
The original novel by Ken Follett has sold more than 26 million copies.
- A thousand-page novel, adapted as a video game across 21 chapters
- Change events from the novel and influence the fates of its characters
- Faithful rendition of the 12th century with over 200 hand-painted backgrounds
- Three main playable protagonists, with two extra playable characters
- Orchestral soundtrack by the FILMharmonic Orchestra, Prague
About Daedalic Entertainment
Daedalic Entertainment, based in Hamburg, publishes and develops computer and video games for all platforms. The studio focuses on interactive literature and character and narrative-driven games like adventures and RPGs. Daedalic Entertainment has a staff of more than 160 employees, including the Writer’s Room, a team of writers unique to the German media industry.
Since May 2014, Daedalic Entertainment is part of the Bastei Lübbe group of companies. In July 2014, the publisher opened a new studio, Daedalic Entertainment West, in Düsseldorf. The studio’s first project is the Space Exploration RPG The Long Journey Home.
Daedalic won the German Developer Award 21 times („Studio of the Year“ 2009 and 2013, among others). In 2013, the studio won the prestigious German Games Award for “Best German Game” with “Chaos on Deponia”. Daedalic Entertainment is also the six-time winner of the German Video Game Award and the European Games Award.
With titles like State of Mind, Silence, The Devil’s Men and Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth, Daedalic will raise the bar for the whole adventure genre. With Blackguards they also gained a reputation for creation of high quality RPG games. As a publisher, the studio is also known for releasing unique and outstanding titles like Shadow Tactics, Crazy Machines 3, Valhalla Hills and Candle.
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