We’ve been hearing lots of good things from German publisher Daedalic Entertainment as of late. Over the next few months (and into next year too) they’ll be releasing a handful of female fronted games across consoles and PC so there’d be something amiss if we didn’t start covering them. Handily, the publisher recently hosted their annual Daedalic Days event and a released plenty of new screenshots, info and precious, precious gameplay footage of those upcoming titles. That includes the recently announced AER, upcoming console title Silence and mysterious adventure game The Devil’s Men. More on those after the break.
AER, Silence, The Devil’s Men and More at Daedalic Days 2015
Plenty of good looks at Daedalic’s upcoming roster in that featurette but let’s be honest – it’s not overly clear what any of those games are about. So, here’s a breakdown of all of the ones that will feature playable female characters.
AER – Announced just a few weeks ago, AER puts players in the shoes of Auk, a young pilgrim girl who has a “rare gift”. She can turn into a bird. As the video seemed to suggest, all of the expected action exploration hijinks will ensue and we’ll be able to visit some “flying islands” on our travels. As for the action side of things, AER will put Auk up against some “dark creatures” though the game is unlikely to be packing much combat gameplay when it launches on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016.
Silence – Also recently confirmed for a console release is Silence. Silence isn’t a totally female fronted game as we control both Noah and his sister Renie who are facing a world at war. It’s not all sheltering from bombs and running scared though as the two end up in a world called Silence (the same place where Noah was once a clown called Sadwick) and join a resistance group (led by a girl named Kyra) against some nasty creature types who are making Silence‘s population disappear. Silence will be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in late 2015.
The Devil’s Men – A steampunk affair, The Devil’s Men is an adventure set in a “sleepy seaside town” in England during 1871. Here, we have two female protagonists (well one protagonist, the other one’s a nefarious but probably lovable criminal) to appreciate. Adelaide Spektor was abandoned by her father, detective Karol Spektor, and is desperately trying to avoid a life of crime with a gang called “the colony” but she’s forced to team up with Emily (a colonist and a murderer) after she witnesses the murder of one of her dad’s old friends. Long story short, the two women end up in a plot concerning the Devil’s Men who are “a coterie of scientists who have exceeded the limits of the spiritual and material world”.
It all sounds very exciting and I suspect that The Devil’s Men will require a couple of playthroughs just to wring all of the secrets out of it. It will be out on PC at some point, but the game doesn’t yet have a release date.
Anna’s Quest – The last of Daedalic’s roster (well, the ones that are relevant to us anyway) is Anna’s Quest. A point and click adventure, we’ll be controlling a “brave young girl” named Anna but don’t let the screenshot or that description fool you, as Anna is mighty powerful. After Anna tries to find a cure for her ailing grandfather, a witch scoops her up and gives her telekinetic abilities. Along with a boy named Ted (who’s been turned into a teddy bear), Anna escapes the witch’s (probably warty) clutches and goes for an adventure in “the haunting world of Grimm’s fairy-tales and European folklore” as they look for that cure. Apparently that includes ghosts, trolls, princesses and “a good deal of black humour” so it’s probably not one for the kiddies, but it does make Anna’s Quest one to watch when it launches on PC in the first half of 2015.
Which game from Daedalic do you like the sound of the most? Leave a comment and let us know.