The PlayStation 4 needs games. Badly. Heck, the PlayStation Vita needs games, too, for that matter. Grimm Brothers to the rescue. A small indie team of five developers, Grimm Brothers is working on porting their still-to-be-released PC game to all PlayStation platforms. While it will actually be the developers at BlitWorks who will be handling the port, the original content for Dragon Fin Soup (DFS) is all Grimm Brothers. The team recently updated their status over on the PlayStation Blog. The game is looking good. If you are interested in a tactical action RPG that combines elements of Diablo with Final Fantasy Tactics and a spritz of some of the top-down Zelda games, this might be right up your alley.
Grimm Brothers has pretty much done all of the heavy lifting on their own. The base game has been self-funded by the team and their family and close supporters. They do have an additional Kickstarter campaign to gain supplemental funding to add additional features and add some panache. The game is coming to the PS4, PS3, and PS Vita, as well as the PC, Linux, and Mac via Steam. On Valve’s ubiquitous platform, DFS has a community greenlight and is proceeding towards release.
The game is dark. This is not a cutsie platformer to hand off to your 8-year old. If you know your literary history, the Grimm Fairy Tales that have been Disney-fied and turned into something consumable by our little tikes, are actually much darker in their original script. There is a reason these devs have taken the Grimm Brothers moniker. There are mature themes in this game, and the story is not necessarily one of brightly shining hope; at least not at the outset.
There are two primary modes of gameplay: Survival Mode and Story Mode. Either way, your game will take place on the back of a giant dragon-turtle god name Asura. Yeah. You read that right. In Survival Mode, the focus is on combat, and you encounter ensuing waves of baddies as you move from one battle-area to another. Story mode is where your RPG-types will want to hang out. Focusing on character progression and unraveling the mystery of your dark and bloody past, you will move from one mission to another and engage in turn-based combat from time to time.
There is an absolute ton of content and artifacts from development on the team’s Kickstarter page. Even more is available on their Steam page. The team will be at PAX East this weekend, with a playable demo of the game. And yesterday, over on the PlayStation Blog, they posted a 24-minute video of gameplay with developer commentary from their most recent alpha build. Regardless of which platform you choose to play this on (I am personally adding this to my “reasons to buy a PlayStation Vita soon” list, along with Borderlands 2 and the hardware refresh), there are plenty of reasons to be excited. Check it out and sound off in the comments if this title sparks your curiosity.
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There is still time to get in on the Kickstarter campaign, by the way; 29 hours as of the time of this post, to be exact. There are some pretty decent goodies to be had for those who contribute at specified levels.