IGN reports on Alaloth: Champions of the Four Kingdoms, an action RPG with isometric graphics and souls like combat and Chris Avellone is helping with the lore and characters.
[...]Gamera Games has announced Alaloth: Champions of the Four Kingdoms, an isometric action-RPG in development for PC and consoles, scheduled for a 2018 release, and being created in conjunction with RPG legend, Chris Avellone.
Described as a cross between Dark Souls and Amiga cult classic Moonstone: A Hard Days Knight, Alaloth will be broadly divided into two gameplay phases. Movement across the game's overworld is turn-based, with players visiting points of interest to upgrade their character, buy mounts or visit the ruling families of the game's four kingdoms to be given new quests or learn about the world's political make-up.
On a first playthrough, players will choose from one of four races, and have to ally themselves with an existing house, each with an existing history and tie to one of the kingdoms. After one full completion, however, players will be able to create their own house, with customisable banners, mottos and more.
More information.The idea appears to be to offer a combat system modern players will immediately understand and gel with, but set within a truly old-school setting, allowing for the story complexities (Game of Thrones is a constant touchstone for Belli) and open-ended nature of classic CRPGs, like Planescape: Torment or Fallout 2.
That's presumably where Chris Avellone - director-designer on, er, Planescape: Torment and Fallout 2 - comes in. Gamera has brought in the founder of RPG specialist Obsidian as a creative consultant to help create the world's lore and character backstories, as well as provide feedback on its overall design, which he describes as involving "mechanics I've rarely had a chance to work on before."