Blackguards to be available via Steam Early Access from Nov 7th, 2013

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Blackguards isn’t scheduled to officially release for PC and Mac until late January, but Daedalic Entertainment has announced they will be releasing the game on Steam Early Access November 7th. Their plan is to release the game chapter by chapter, taking in player feedback about each one. Early Access will be available in tiers, but each edition will allow players to access all chapters as they become available. The tiers are:

Standard Early Access ($24.99/£18.99/€24.99): Grants access to all chapters as they are released and the full PC and Mac version after the official release
Deluxe Early Access ($34.99/£26.99/€34.99): Includes an approx. 150 page artbook, developer video interviews, and six wallpapers
Contributor Early Access ($49.99/£29.99/€49.99): Puts the buyer’s name in the game credits, includes the first planned DLC for free, and a free copy of Chains of Satinav

Hamburg, October 29th, 2013. Already from November 07th, 2013 onwards – and thus three months before its official release, Daedalic Entertainment’s upcoming turn-based RPG Blackguards will be available for purchase thanks to Valve’s Steam Early Access program.

Early Access is designed to allow players to play a game before its official release, and to influence the development process by mailing in their feedback based on pre-release builds.

Blackguards will be published chapter by chapter while in Early Access: On November 07th, 2013, Daedalic Entertainment releases the first part of the game, all other chapters of a total of five will follow after three weeks’ time each.

Daedalic Entertainment offers several packages for interested Early Access participants – in any case, players will secure access to the final version of Blackguards, by paying a lower price as when purchasing the game after its official release. Additionally, they have the opportunity to purchase exclusive extras that will only be available before the official release: For $24.99/£18.99/€24.99, players receive the Standard Early Access Edition of Blackguards, including all chapters for PC at their earliest availability, and the full PC & Mac version of the game after the official release. For $34.99/£26.99/€34.99, players receive the Blackguards Early Access Deluxe Edition, additionally including an approx. 150 page artbook, as well as developer interview videos and six exclusive wallpapers. Priced $49.99/£29.99/€49.99, the Blackguards Early Access Contributor Edition additionally includes an appearance of a buyer’s name within the game’s credits, as well as the first Blackguards DLC and a copy of the The Dark Eye point & click adventure Chains of Satinav for free.
All additional contents will be accessible after each item’s completion.

The official release of Blackguards is scheduled for late January 2014. The game will be available for PC & Mac, priced €39.99, further local prices to be announced.


About Blackguards

Blackguards is probably one of the bleakest stories ever told in the universe of ‘The Dark Eye’:
What if the only remaining hope of a world is not a company of virtuous heroes, but instead a bunch of outcasts and criminals?
Blackguards will answer this very question. The player takes on the role of a convicted murderer, accompanied by a group of no less dubious characters.
They may spare the world its grim fate, but their good deeds are neither acts of kindness nor heroism, but according to their roguish nature rather a result of their attempts to save their own hides.

Staying alive is a feat of its own, since not only the long arm of the law wants their heads, but there are also other, mysterious powers with much more sinister intentions on their trail. As if all this wasn’t enough, Aventuria’s south is crawling with dangerous beasts and monsters…

Blackguards is a turn-based RPG with strategic combat and combines the studio’s high standards of storytelling and unique characters with thrilling action and an elaborate 3D environment.
Challenging quests lead the player through a dark story of doubt, treachery and loss.

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