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Grimshade

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC
Genre: RPG/Strategy
Developer: Talerock

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'Grimshade' Announced, Seeks Crowd Funding - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 23, 2018 @ 10:08 a.m. PDT

Grimshade is a story-driven tactical RPG featuring turn-based combat system and non-linear progression, set in a fantasy world.

Grimshade features an intricate and detailed storyline, complex tactical turn-based combat and a well-developed role system, based on characters' equipment and group relations.

The game takes place in the medieval world of technomagic and steam engines, filled with the mysterious energy called "Ether".

After the Great Flood, being torn apart by the heirs of Amon Darvish the Great and long-running civil war, the Kingdom of Easeon split into three states. Ree'Fah witnessed the dark age for both livs and eleores. Nevertheless, after years of wandering, each group of people still managed to find a haven from the dreadful lands of the Hardfore continent, inhabited by monsters. Amazing technologies, the legacy of ancestors, secret knowledge of the world's nature, great and splendid objectives of the future were lost forever during battles for survival and hard work on settling the new society on the ruins of ancient cities, hostile wastelands, and dangerous mountain highlands.

Eighty years have passed. When old wounds almost healed and people just embarked on the road to prosperity, new enemy forces gained the power to enter the scene, threatening the fragile stability of every living creature's life in the world.

Become a leader of a group of heroes with their own stories and unique characters. Explore the Grimshade world. Discover the fantastic world of Ree'Fah where you will face unknown monsters, solve numerous mysteries, and enjoy unexpected plot twists. You will build relationships between the characters and get familiar with their past. Your success depends on decisions you take: explore the universe, fight difficult battles, decide the fate of the heroes and the future of this world!


Talerock has launched a kickstarter campaign, looking for $100,000, to finish up development on Grimshade.

Grimshade is currently in development for PC, but if the kickstarter is successful and reaches the $200k stretch goal, PS4, Xbox One and Switch versions are planned.

Grimshade is a fantastic adventure during which you will explore a vast and rich world and fight formidable enemies. The gameplay is divided into two distinct phases - adventure and combat.

Adventure Mode

Adventure mode delivers an exciting journey through Ree'Fah world. As well as developing the storyline at your own pace, you will discover different races, acquire better equipment and meet new characters.

You can move freely within an area and select your own destinations: it's up to you to decide whether to go to the nearest city or to remain in your current location, you may choose to complete a quest of your choice or to test your strength in a dungeon.

Each area that you visit is inhabited by unique residents, with their own rich history. Embrace the spirit of the local culture and spend your time interacting with the natives — you are sure to find something to help you in your quest, or you might even discover a whole new adventure.

When the stakes are so high, conflict is unavoidable. Prepare for battle by choosing the right tools for the job - find, trade for, or craft a wide range of equipment to improve your characters and make them versatile and adaptable.

Combat Mode

We invested a lot of time and effort developing our unique approach to battles and making them as interesting and exciting as possible. Any unexpected turn of events can land you in a fight, and you share the world with a great many hostile creatures that you will be forced to defeat.

At the start, you will have to pick a squad from your character's team of up to 4 members. Battles take place on a stage consisting of two opposite fields in which your characters and their enemies are located on their respective sides. Characters move and act in a pre-defined order, which is established according to their initiative.

We developed a unique scenario for each battle. Every new enemy has unique features, which ensures diversity of fights and encourages you to experiment and seek new approaches to combat. Naturally, each new battle requires more skill than the previous one.

We haven't forgotten about lovers of tactical battles. Some locations in Grimshade include special missions - hostile dungeons which have a greater level of complexity.  

Each encounter with a boss turns into a mortal game of wits. Consider your strategy and prepare a squad that will be able to complete the dungeon in one go. When you do, you'll receive a well-deserved reward!

Each character has nine equipment slots: five slots for weapons and accessories that provide combat skills, and four for protective gear.

Offensive slots have no vertical growth — these are your tools for completing combat tasks. For example, you can change Charlie's or Alister's weapons by taking faster pistols to fight small and fast enemies; or select a powerful pistol to pierce the armor of particularly strong monsters.

Protective gear, in turn, affects the heroes’ characteristics. Different types of equipment increase the character's chances of survival in battle, as well as providing overall skill boosts and increases to other traits. This is all aimed primarily at reducing the cost of any tactical mistake.

Pay attention to the search and selection of equipment sets for your heroes. New equipment enhances your characters' abilities and widens the options available to them for dealing with an ever-expanding range of combat scenarios.

Key features:

  • Tactical initiative-based battles. Choice and layout of characters change the outcome of the battle;
  • A unique upgrade system without experience, based solely on equipment: characters' skills and their combat style are determined by their set of equipment;
  • Six available game characters, each with their unique history and characteristics;
  • The system of relations between characters, which affects the story and provides advantages in battles;
  • A vast fantasy world in the age of steam engines and techno mages;
  • An exciting and developed storyline features over 20 hours of gameplay.

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