Serpent in the Staglands trailer prepares us for next week's launch

Serpent in the Staglands

Serpent in the Staglands is a new real-time-with-pause RPG that should remind you of things like Darklands and Baldur's Gate. It's out on Thursday, and it looks rather brill, or at least as brill as we can discern from screenshots and videos. A new one of the latter things appeared a few days ago in the form of a 'launch' trailer, showing what we'll get up to as a god stuck in a mortal body in a Transylvanian fantasy landscape obsessed with spices. Here it is:

"Oooh" is the word you're looking for. There's quite a lot of RPG going around at the moment, but Staglands should complement the likes of Pillars of Eternity and The Witcher 3 fairly nicely, offering a more gothic and unusual fantasy world to explore, in a game that appears to be equal parts roleplaying and adventure game (or at least with a higher ratio of the latter element than the norm). You'll be able to buy it from the official site, or from Steam, the Humble Store or, though it's not live on the last two stores yet.

Tom Sykes

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.