Common wisdom tells us that sequels are supposed to be change things around, replacing existing assets just because and introducing new features to keep things fresh. It's hard to argue with that, but at the same time there's something deeply comforting about more of the same, particularly in more story-focused games such as Spiderweb Software's Avernum series. Following Avernum: Escape from the Pit—Spiderweb's remake of their first Avernum game from way back when—comes Avernum 2: Crystal Souls, a remake of their second. You'll know what to expect if you've played a Spiderweb game before now, and you've probably already made your mind up whether to buy it or not. For everyone else: here's a lovely trailer.
For Spiderweb Software's Jeff Vogel, there's really only one problem affecting the sustainability of the indie PC gaming scene at the moment: "too many games." In a recent blog post, the veteran developer behind the Avernum and Avadon RPG series discusses what the "flood of games" means for indie studios today and in the future. It's an issue Vogel says has gotten so severe, "even the gaming press has noticed."
Avadon 2, which chronology fans will be pleased to hear is the sequel to Spiderweb Software's Quite Good 2011 RPG Avadon, has been given a release date at last. The isometric adventure will be available on Steam, direct from the website, and from a few other places on October 30th, or All Hallows Eve Eve as it's presumably known by someone, perhaps Trevor Eve. It shouldn't be madly different to the original game, but then that's not the Spiderweb way, with story tending to take precedence in their gradually expanding series of fantasy epics.
Spiderweb Software have released a trailer for their upcoming Avadon 2, and as you may have guessed if you've played any of their previous RPGs, it shows a game that looks near-identical to the last one. Not that this is a bad thing, although I am hoping for a slightly less cumbersome interface this time. Avadon 2's additions don't exactly come across in the trailer, but include new character classes and of course a whole new story, which is why you go with Spiderweb in the first place.
The internet resembles a crack trebuchet team at the moment, hurling game deals at us from all directions. A host of indie RPGs from Spiderweb Software are on offer through the current Humble Weekly Sale, all available DRM-free in a pay-what-you-want offer. The sale also gives you the option to split your payment, in any way you want, among the Spiderweb developers, charity, or as a tip to Humble Bundle itself.
Fresh meat! This week we introduce the two, new conscripts to the PCG Intern Corps: Ben and Jake. They join veterans Logan, Evan, and T.J. to discuss the looming gorgon of E3, the state of MMOs in the West, and the exact mass of Double Fine's chalice.
I enjoyed the old-fashioned isometric RPG Avadon, despite having a few raging issues with the interface, so the news that it's getting a sequel makes my mouth do that upside-down-frown thing. If it's anything like previous Spiderweb Software titles, Avadon 2: The Corruption is unlikely to be too different, mechanically, from the original game, but a new story set in that richly detailed world sounds just fine. This new game - the second part of a trilogy - features five character classes (up from Avadon's four), and tasks you with trying to "save your homeland from civil war and fiery destruction". One would be bad enough, but both? You should definitely put a stop to that, I reckon.