Empyre: Lords of the Sea Gates - a top-down isometric RPG that takes place in an alternate industrial New York circa 1911 is now available on Steam. The story was written by Paul Noth, a staff cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine. The game was developed and self-published by Coin Operated Games.
Coin Operated Games has made their Empyre: Lords of the Sea Gates available on PC via Steam. "Empyre: Lords of the Sea Gates is a top-down isometric RPG that takes place in an alternate industrial New York circa 1911, and features an original story penned by renowned writer/comic artist Paul Noth, a staff cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine where his work has appeared regularly since 2004. Created by a team of industry veterans, the game serves as the inaugural title of the indie development studio" says the press release.
The story sounds like something straight out of a sci-fi "never, not in a million years could this scenario go down, ever" novel: New York is flooded by rising oceans and the citizens now face a new threat: the fresh water pipes have stopped and there is no water to drink. See? Crazy.
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The government collapses and New York gets spilt up into smaller city-states led by pirates, mafia families and a renegade Prussian naval commander to name a few. The game’s combat has been designed to feel familiar to veteran RPG players, however there is a "new twist in that the game uses a hybrid Real Time/Turn-based combat system. Players can enter a “Planning Mode” where they choose actions for each character in their party to plan their strategies while combat is paused" explains the press release.
"We are beyond thrilled to be sharing Empyre: Lords of the Sea Gates with gamers from around the world," said John Randall, Creative Director of Empyre. "We strove to keep our games setting and themes recognizable but unique so that we could really let the story from our fantastic writer, Paul Noth, shine. We can’t wait for both old-school gamers looking to relive their 90’s RPG experiences and the next generation of gamers to get their hands on the game. We have so many more stories to tell in this alternate reality, this is just our first chapter."
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