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Posted by Raine Hutchens on Nov 11, 2011

Of Orcs and Men: New Screenshots Arise!

As you can see above, brand new screens from Cyanide Studio and Spiders Games’ new strategy RPG Of Orcs and Men. Each team has spun their developmental flair into the working title. It’s still being polished, but these screens show that the developers are making much progress.

Of Orcs and Men immerses you into a brutal world at war, where the Empire of Men’s oppressive threat looms over the territories of the Orcs and the Goblins. Goblins are systematically persecuted and slaughtered, while Orcs not killed in battle are captured and enslaved. The game first puts you into the role of an elite Orc soldier from the legendary legion of Bloodjaws, a league of warriors deeply involved in the war opposing the Orcs and Goblins on one side to their persecutors, Humankind. As a veteran warrior who has seen the most brutal of battles, you are appointed by the Orc commander to complete a mission that could change the course of the war: kill the one man responsible for all of this bloodshed, the one who has, for years, exhorted the human masses to loath and fight the green-skinned people: the Emperor himself. A Goblin will soon join you to aid you in your mission, and he is everything the Orc is not. But you find that this works to your advantage as you fight on the battleground and off. Making advantage of their natural traits, they have their own skill trees you will develop. While the Orc focuses on power, reflecting his incredible strength, the Goblin will benefit from darker powers and stealth abilities, making him the perfect assassin.

So far the premise for the game seems solid, and from the screens I think it’s looking real good. Right now it’s set for a 2012 release date and will appear on the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. As far as strategy goes, Of Orcs and Men puts a new spin on the genre itself, and blends a unique combination of talents to create a new experience for players. Keep this game on your radar.

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