Solo developer Nameless Sword Studio and publisher WhisperGames have lifted the veil on a brand-new “gamebook-adventure flavored turn-based RPG”—a visually stunning marvel called The Nameless: Slay Dragon, of all things. The game, which is currently slated to launch across PC and Switch at some point in early 2024, will deliver a palette of rich character designs and a traditional turn-based combat system. What’s more, it also claims that there’ll be “‘no random battles, no forced grinding, no endless maze,” and that all endings will be “available in the first run.”
So, what more do you need to know about the upcoming RPG, aside from the fact that it’s being created by a single developer? Well, if you are looking to soak up WhisperGames’ newest IP, then be sure to read on. Here’s everything we can tell you about The Nameless: Slay Dragon.
What Is The Nameless: Slay Dragon?
According to the press release, “The Nameless: Slay Dragon is a visually interesting turn-based RPG—in short—how to slay the immensely powerful and cunning evil dragon?” To add, “you will play as a young man having a bloody feud with a dragon, and face powerful, sinister and tricky enemies with friends…” Exciting stuff.
From the looks of the footage and in-game screenshots, Slay Dragon will opt for a traditional turn-based blueprint, similar to those showcased in fan favorites such as the earlier Final Fantasy entries. In addition to the combat, the game will also pave the way for several other elements—exploration, skill trees, and cooking, to list just a few.
As it turns out, there isn’t a whole lot to touch base on as far as potential storylines travel. That said, we do know that Slay Dragon will revolve around a “young man having a bloody feud with a dragon” — whatever that means. Here’s how the developer puts it:
“Once upon a time, there was a great hero
His deeds were written in the earth
He made a covenant to kill all the evil
He held a holy sword and slayed the dragon
Yet His figure, not to be remembered
His name, not to be celebrated”
According to the devs, each character that’ll play a role in a the story will have “a past behind him or her that he or she doesn’t want to talk about, and you can learn about their past, get close to them or break with them in the game.” Also, there’ll be a number of choices to make throughout the campaign; “some may have less impact and some may change the entire story.”
It’ll be a good old-fashioned turn-based RPG at heart, so expect plenty of familiar combat systems, character progression arcs, and semi-open world encounters, basically. To add, there’ll be skills to unlock, recipes to craft, and even dreams to delve into, oddly enough.
“There are more than twenty classes with different mechanisms in the game, and the classes can co-exist,” the game’s description boasts. “You can mix and match skills and traits to create unexpected chemical reactions.”
“Sparks of inspiration can be obtained while fighting, exploring, cooking, even dreaming,” the description adds. “Infuse the spark into a skill and eventually make it your own, creating a unique skill and naming it.”
So, quite a lot of bang for your buck, from the sounds of it.
For the record, The Nameless: Slay Dragon isn't a full-blown title that's been crafted by an archipelago of creators, nor is it a product of a globally renowned studio, either. On the contrary, it's actually the product of a single mind—an avid creator who, according to WhisperGames, has been working tirelessly to weave the strings for over three years. That's all rather impressive, and something that we, as gamers, are always willing to celebrate. Kudos, Nameless Sword Studio.
In the words of WhisperGames: “Fully developed and created by one man Nameless Sword Studio, over three years, it is impressive in its visual presentation, along with the challenges it offers, with its stylized and sparkling visual effects!”
WhisperGames, in case you’ve yet to brush up on the details, is a publishing house that’s been responsible for hosting titles such as The Wandering Village, Endzone: A World Apart, and Disco Elysium. For more information on the team’s earlier works and ongoing titles, you can check out their portfolio here.
Both WhisperGames and Nameless Sword Studio recently took the opportunity to introduce The Nameless: Slay Dragon via their official streaming channel. Curious to see what the turn-based RPG will have to offer come launch day? You can check out the announcement trailer in the video embedded above.
Release Date, Platforms & Editions
The Nameless: Slay Dragon is due to arrive on PC via Steam in Q2 2024. In addition to its arrival on PC, the turn-based RPG will also be plating roots on Nintendo Switch at some point in the foreseeable future. As for when it'll touch down on the handheld device is still unclear, though, from the sounds of it, it'll be aiming for a Q4 2024 launch. The jury's still out on that one, unfortunately.
To answer the question, will the game be available on the likes of Xbox Series X|S or PlayStation 5? From the looks of it, no. However, if either WhisperGames of Nameless Sword Studio do decide to release the game on secondary platforms, then news is sure to spread via their socials here.
Interested in staying up to date with The Nameless: Slay Dragon ahead of its debut on PC? If so, then be sure to check in with the folks over at WhisperGames for all the latest pre-launch updates via their official social handle here. If anything does change ahead of its release, then we'll be sure to fill you in on all the key details right here on gaming.net.
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