|The Dark Eye: Demonicon|
Publisher: Kalypso Media
Developer: Noumena Studios
Platforms: PS3, PC, Xbox 360
Genre: Role Playing
Release Date: PC: October 25th 2013, PS3, Xbox 360: 2014
The Dark Eye: Demonicon is a dark fantasy styled role playing game that was developed by Noumena Studios. This is going to be the first game that Noumena Studios will be developing in house; it is published by Kalypso Media, the publishers of Omerta – City of Gangsters and Sine Mora.
The Dark Eye: Demonicon will be based on the rule set and in game world of the original ‘The Dark Eye’ series, a German role playing game that was released in English under the title Realms of Arkania. The game is was launched on Microsoft Windows on October 25th 2013, while it will launch on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 sometime in 2014.
The Dark Eye: Demonicon was originally being developed by Silver Style Studios (the creators of the browser based MMORPG Kerokon Online) for the publisher TGC. However, when TGC went into administration sometime in the summer of 2010, the publishing studio Kalypso Media moved in and bought TGC as well as their intellectual properties and 17 development staff that were in the employ of Silver Style Studios. From this, they founded their third in house development studio (under Kalypso) that was named Noumena Studios. As of now, according to Kalypso the studio consists of 45-50 dedicated developers.
The Dark Eye: Demonicon will be running on the 8th iteration of Havok Vision Engine, called Vision Engine 8. Developed by German company Trinigy and Irish company Havok: who have worked on software that was used in hit titles such as Saints Row IV, Sly Cooper Thieves in Time and The Last of Us.
The Dark Eye: Demonicon is based on German source material, “The Dark Eye”. The Dark Eye is a German role playing game that was created by Ulrich Kiesow and was launched in 1984. During its time on the market, it was the most successful role playing game on sale, even outselling the smash hit Dungeons & Dragons, which is still massively popular to this day.
The Dark Eye: Demonicon is played from a third person perspective. The game serves primarily as an action rpg wherein the player can perform “brutal melee attack combos” as well as “dazzling magic spells”. The elaborate, complex story and deeply developed world of The Dark Series is rife with plot twists and decisions are the main driving forces for the gameplay. Similarly to the Dark Souls series of games, when the player is in combat, well timed attacks and defensive measures, as well as the appropriate battle tactics will be the key to your survival and ultimately success.
The game is said to boast a unique system for magic, but there is no information currently available regarding it. Items can be crafted by the player after the correct materials have been gathered. This includes healing poultices and potions that will help regain health and cure poisons. Poisoned blades can be used to help bring down tough opponents by draining their health or inflicting status ailments. Stronger armours that have been enchanted with mystical powers to help you defeat your foes can also be crafted; these will offer the player a certain degree of strategic advantage if they know what they will be fighting soon.
The richly developed and much loved universe of The Dark Eye has been a long standing testament to the dedication of both fans and creators and the gameplay fully reflects this in both it’s level design and overall theme of oppression and struggle.
The Dark Eye: Demonicon tells the tale of both a brother and sister who become ensnared by dark magic and sinister forces in a harsh and unforgiving, cruel world. In a world as bleak and twisted as theirs, the love they have for each other is both their blessing and curse. While demonic forces whisper in their minds to try and sway them from a life of good, they must overcome these trials by fighting through hordes of creatures that bay for their blood whilst making a series of hard moral choices.
The destiny that this pair shares and the choices that they make will ultimately decide the fate of their continent and all those that dwell on it. The dark hordes of demons and fiends will try and block their path, but they have to battle onward with sword and magic in hand to try and break free of the darkness.
Note: This wiki will be updated once we have more information about the game.