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Friday, May 5, 2006
The Broken Hourglass Announced
11:09 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Fans of isometric role playing games which focused as much on interesting storylines as on flashy combat may have something new on the horizon. New developer Planewalker Games, created by former game modders determined to return RPGs to their story based past, has announced work on The Broken Hourglass. The game will feature a rich storyline, nine NPC companions (each with a unique personality) to choose from, and character creation options with elements of both class-based and skill-buy systems.

The production of story-focused CRPGs with a strong focus on character development and party interaction has slowed to a trickle, despite a significant market clamoring for more.

So we decided to take on the problem directly, rather than wait around for someone else to do it. But it isn't exactly a slam-dunk for a band of amateurs to convince a publisher to back a new project in a market they have proven reluctant to explore even with established studios. Sensible or not, we still believed we could do it, with or without the mainstream industry which has largely turned its back. We believed we could deliver a new CRPG worthy of its predecessors, and worthy of the attention of gamers who can choose from a library of literally tens of thousands of titles to occupy their time.

That brings us to the present. Self-funded, self-developed, and self-directed, we are committed to the under-served CRPG market, and to making The Broken Hourglass an engaging, memorable experience. We look forward to taking you to the world of Tolmira.

A FAQ on the Planewalker website reveals that the company plans to "explore options to make TBH available for Linux and Mac OS X as well." For more information head over to the site listed below.

The Broken Hourglass
Planewalker Games

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