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E3 Vidcasts :: The First Templar – Historical Action RPG

Posted by Cat on July 28, 2010

The bulk of RPGs, particularly action RPGs have always focused on a Tolkien-inspired medieval setting and very few of them, if any, have focused on real historical settings and stories.  Goblins and elves and magic are cool and all, but anyone whose ever poured over a Viking comic or perhaps even an actual history book will tell you – fantasy’s got nothin’ on the brutality of the real Middle Ages.

The First Templar takes place during the 13th century and features 20 historically accurate locations. You take the roles of a French Templar and a noble lady who has been branded a heretic.  Going into E3 we were really excited to get the scoop on this new title from Kalypso Media and Haemimont Games (Tropico).  This is thier first action RPG and has a unique story concept that feels like an issue of Northlanders come to life (…well, different time period, but that same gritty, ball grabbing, historical realism that you just don’t see in games these days).  Even Assassin’s Creed needs a sci-fi plot to hold it together, The First Templar is the real deal.

We talked with Kalypso’s Mark Allen as he took us to the forests of Gaul and demoed for us fun action gameplay, innovative co-op, lush level design, a solid leveling system, and even found the time to trash talk Indy 4.  Aw yeah.

Now that you’ve seen that, check out the more action-packed trailer!

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