Step into the vibrant and gritty world of 1905 Warsaw, where luxury hotels and shady bars coexist in a melting pot of cultures. In the upcoming isometric RPG, The Thaumaturge, you'll embark on an adventure as Wiktor Szulski, a fearless thaumaturge who fearlessly plunges into the darkest corners of the city. Armed with his otherworldly powers and a determination to stand against the Russian Okhrana, Wiktor's quest is about to take a thrilling turn.
In the recently released gameplay trailer titled "To Dust, You Shall Return," we catch a glimpse of the captivating narrative that unfolds across several locations in Warsaw. Picture the elegant Imperial Hotel as our first stop, where Wiktor encounters Swietłana, a member of the Tsar's court desperate to escape the city's clutches. From there, brace yourself for a visit to the notorious London Bar and a shady neighborhood, where mysterious characters lurk in the shadows.
The trailer also showcases Wiktor's epic showdown with the Okhrana, the Tsar's secret police. Prepare for turn-based combat like no other, where Wiktor's thaumaturgy powers come into play. With the ability to anticipate enemy moves and call upon ethereal beings called salutors, players can unleash unique skills and even sway people to their will. Just remember, every power comes with a price. As the quest progresses, Wiktor's abilities will grow, enabling him to become a master at influencing people, fighting, and exploring his surroundings, all while unraveling the intricacies of choice-infused dialogues.
But what sets The Thaumaturge apart from other RPGs? According to Rufus Kubica, the product management lead at 11 bit studios, they wanted to break free from the traditional RPG mold and create something truly unique. By stripping away the burdensome elements like overloaded inventories and inconsequential loot, the developers have crafted a personal, narrative-driven adventure. Wiktor's thaumaturgical perception and character manipulations add depth to the gameplay, while their fresh take on the combat system brings excitement to every encounter.
Kubica emphasizes that The Thaumaturge is not just another RPG; it's a story of struggle and heritage. To ensure a seamless integration between the main narrative and side content, the team at Fool's Theory and 11 bit studios have carefully woven smaller stories into the rich tapestry of 1905 Warsaw. Get ready to immerse yourself in an unforgettable experience, where the main quest and side quests blend harmoniously, allowing you to lose yourself in the captivating world they've created.
The Thaumaturge is set to release on PC via Steam, Epic Games Store, and GOG on February 20, with PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series versions coming at a later date. Don't miss the chance to embark on this witty and thrilling journey through the streets of 1905 Warsaw. Watch the trailer below and prepare for an adventure like no other.