Grotesque Tactics press release

A press release from Silent Dreams:

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Fans of roleplaying and strategic games, who are interested in round based fighting systems, should keep the name Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes in mind.

German development studio Silent Dreams is working on a tactical RPG for WiiWare that should be released in the fourth quarter of this year.

Storyline

The young recruit Drake failed at the military academy exam. He was refused to fight for his proud kingdom Glory.

Humiliated and frustrated he wants to end his life by jumping into the throat of brutal mushrooms. But then he learns that he's not the only one disappointed and that there are others who can't go on with their lives. He comes across the last depressed remains of the kingdom's army which return badly injured from an all or nothing battle. The very battle Drake couldn't fight in.

One of the survivors is the most popular hero of all mankind: Holy Avatar. The arrogant knight in shiny armor tells you how a suddenly appearing sect crushed the whole kingdoms' army. The land Glory is overrun by creatures of the Dark Church and what's even worse, HE, the mighty Holy Avatar, was beaten the first time in his life.

Now it is on YOU, Drake, to recruit a force and fight off the Dark Church before the population learns about the defeat and runs scared. However, all the land's heroic men are deadly injured or already dead. Only the most dubious and criminal creatures are left, deeply hidden in the high security dungeons.

Well... and there still are the most evil creatures of all: WOMEN!

Yet they have no choice if they want to rescue the land from the Dark Church's fanatic claws. Established are the Evil Heroes!

Overview

Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes is an ironical, storyintensive fantasy RPG with tactical elements. It's comparable with tactical RPGs like Fire Emblem, Final Fantasy Tactics, Shining Force or Disgaea. On PC the tactical genre is virgin soil. Some features can be found in tactical games like Heroes of Might & Magic, Jagged Alliance, Warlords or Kings Bounty.

  • Round based, strategic fights with the funniest animation which could ever be seen in the RPG genre.
  • In the fantasy world of Grotesque, there are beautiful woods and villages as well as dark dungeons ready for exploration.
  • An ironic, deep and atmospheric storyline from which RPG fans will still sing ballads in a thousand years.
  • Big, detailed and bad-tempered boss monsters.
  • The tactical RPG genre is given a brand new face thanks to amusing multiple-choice conversations and dialogue riddles in Monkey-Island-style.
  • Classic RPG elements: solving storyintensive quests, searching treasures, trading, level and power up your party members.
  • Distinctive party members such as the arrogant hero Holy Avatar, the blood-thirsty vampire Solithaire and the sweet but irritable angel Angelina.
  • It's possible to rescue half-naked virgins from the claws of evil monsters who will follow you as groupie-pets after the battle.
  • Obsession: Every Evil Hero has its own, distinctive tic such as irascibility, telling endless and boring hero-storys or abnormal jealousy. However, this negative attributes could also be used in a positive way in battles if the chosen one acts cleverly....
  • Programmed by the Lead Programmer of Gothic 1-3 Carsten Edenfeld and other keen, well looking RPG developers of Silent Dreams.

WiiWare market

The digital market of WiiTM is perfect for independent developers like us. Grotesque Tactics is going to be one of the most beautiful but also one of the most enjoyable WiiWare games.", says Rayk Kerstan. "Tactical RPGs have a big tradition on Nintendo ? platforms and are extremely popular. We would like to bring some fresh air in the tactical RPG genre. Our experience and passion for RPGs is in good hands in the Nintendo community.

The first three screenshots are up on the Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes page.

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