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Tuesday, February 27, 2001
Ambrosia's New RPG, Pillars of Garendall
4:13 PM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

An excited IMG reader informed us of an update that was made over the weekend to Ambrosia Software's "Upcoming" page -- Pillars of Garendall, a huge RPG developed with Beenox's cross-platform Coldstone game engine. With gorgeous graphics and a sprawling world to explore, this RPG will showcase the Coldstone engine as well as provide yet another great RPG for Mac (and Mac OS X) users to enjoy. According to the project page, this game is currently in closed Beta testing. Here is the description:

Pillars of Garendall is a huge (200mb+) epic fantasy role playing game created using the Coldstone game engine. You'll need a sharp-edged blade and a heart of steel to make it through this classic action-oriented role playing game.

Don your weather-worn adventuring boots, and gather up your courage as you journey into the kingdom of Garendall, where Gidolan Keep lays under seige. Huge monsters, all tooth, claw, and muscle are assaulting the capitol city, threatening to crush the very heart of the kingdom in their malignant grasp.

As the dark beasts scale the castle ramparts, their heads towering over even the tallest buildings in Garendall, the sound of steel being drawn against improbable odds and valiant battle cries fill the night air. As the brave Royal Guard attempts to fend off the invaders, or grimly to just delay them with the sacrifice of their lives, Queen Adriana beseeches you:

"My valiant friend, it is a time of crisis, and we have to do something! Our city seems to be lost, and our people doomed. We need all the help possible to resist this wave of destruction that has crashed against our city -- ride with all haste to Fantrima and Berglum to warn the people and rally our troops. Ride now!"

Your heart, moved by the queen's stoic resolve, causes you to blurt out "On my honor and your glory, I accept!" And with that, your life is forever changed...

The project page is accompanied by fifteen screen shots from the Beta version of the game, which feature prerendered graphics with a Final Fantasy/anime flair. Due to the size of the game we assume it will only be distributed on CD-ROM. The progress log has just begun, so no details on when we might expect this game to be completed are given; however as the version number is 1.0.0b1 it seems clear that only beta testing stands between this title and its release.

For more information on the game and the Coldstone engine, visit the Beenox web site.

Beenox Web Site
Ambrosia Software Upcoming Projects Page
Ambrosia Software
Pillars of Garendall

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