Often, when playing Civilization V, I think to myself, “Self, do you know what would make this game better? Zombie armies. And if everything was in Russian.” Well, great minds think alike, apparently. Masters of the Broken World, a “non-linear fantasy turn-based strategy,” was announced today with a tentative 2012 release date.
We don’t know much about the game, other than it is produced by Snowberry Connection, the same publisher who released Mount&Blade: With Fire & Sword, and was designed by Alexey Bokulev from a prototype he built in his garage and developed by the indie team at Unicorn Games Studio. And that it will have zombies. And moral decisions. I don’t know about you, but there’s only one kind of moral decision you have to make with zombies: shoot it in the head, or shoot it in the head better.
Everyone involved in making the game seem to agree that it’s a chance to return to their roots of building a fun, quality product without “marketing noise” (one wonders if they are also planning to release a hipster indie record).
The game will be physically released in Russia, Germany and Poland, and digitally to the rest of the world. There’s also plans for a Collector’s Edition to be available in the United States with an art book, encyclopedia and German and Russian dictionaries. Does that mean that people without the collector’s editions will have to play without the dictionaries? Well, maybe it’ll be a good way to learn a new language. Quick, what’s the Russian word for zombie? The internet says it is зомби, which helps me not at all.
Masters of the Broken World will be at Gamescom 2011 in Cologne, so look for more details to be revealed then.