A new RPG is hitting this summer and it appears to have all the makings of a solid third-person, narrative-led hack-and-slash. Swords and an odd world? Check-check. Spiders and other monsters? Check-check. Simple click-treat action? Check. Muscles? Check. A dry, weird name? Yeah, Emissary of War passes that test, too, I think. But does it have the leadership and vision to see the promising project through? It might.

Former BioWare lead Tobyn Manthorpe, and now owner of Cedar Hill Games, creators of Emissary, is credited in an assortment of hardcore RPGs, including the oft-lauded Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter Nights, and a personal favorite of mine, Dragon Age: Origins. He has the chops... but we also need to stick a caution flag in here: we’ve seen many a mobile splinter cell studio drop the ball after abandoning big budgets and AAA production lines. We’re not saying that this is doomed to be middling or lackluster, but it’s best to be cautiously optimistic about these smaller, yet still as ambitious mobile projects.

As you can see in the video, Emissary will be voiced and shows flashes of the story-driven style that has served BioWare so well in the recent past. If there’s one spot iOS studios have whiffed on repeatedly, it’s this. So, fingers are crossed.

If you’re wondering what’s up with the not-barbarian, that’s Hassock, an alchemist who will travel with the barbarian Ghent as he mucks through a “diplomatic mission that goes horribly wrong.” Hopefully, the issue isn’t as simple as breaking the seal on a letter. We'll see later this summer.

  • Briker Ed

    What's up with that hair? Except the hair itself I mean o_O The graphics (models/texturing) aren't that good but for some reason I find the whole thing appealing. I watched the trailer first and the graphics, while still on that subject, did remind me a bit of the first NWN title. Had a little 'oooooh' moment after actually reading the text.

    • http://www.evolve-pr.com Tom Ohle

      Yeah, Tobyn was actually lead technical artist on Neverwinter Nights, and that's the game that comes to mind when I play this one... (disclosure: I did PR on that game, and am now helping out with PR on EoW, so my opinions probably don't matter! :P)... We want to make sure people realize this is a two-person studio (plus some help on the side), but it's definitely fun, and the notion of bringing more story-driven content to the platform is great for me.

    • http://www.evolve-pr.com Tom Ohle

      Yeah, Tobyn was actually lead technical artist on Neverwinter Nights, and that's the game that comes to mind when I play this one... (disclosure: I did PR on that game, and am now helping out with PR on EoW, so my opinions probably don't matter! :P)... We want to make sure people realize this is a two-person studio (plus some help on the side), but it's definitely fun, and the notion of bringing more story-driven content to the platform is great for me.

      • Briker Ed

        Story-driven content, yes please ^_^ There's been too few games that were able to draw me in with story (and atmosphere). I tend to look over the 'bad' graphics or even gameplay if I find the world and the stories worth exploring deeper. Keep us informed guys!

  • Snooper

    Soo psyched for this game. The graphics look horrible but maybe they'll be improved efore release. Despite that, if theres a good story, skill tree and the game isnt stupidly easy like Dungeon Hunter 2 I'll definitley puck this up.

  • Snooper

    Soo psyched for this game. The graphics look horrible but maybe they'll be improved efore release. Despite that, if theres a good story, skill tree and the game isnt stupidly easy like Dungeon Hunter 2 I'll definitley puck this up.

  • Vimy

    wow, I am excited

    This may be the first true pedigree to come full time to IOS.

    • Anonymous

      Besides Chaos Rings, of course.

  • Zavulon

    I really hope it's turn based or at least pausable a-la Baldur's Gate. I'm so sick and tired of action games pretending to be RPG's. Curse you Diablo.. curse you to hell!

  • Tommet

    Reminds me of Diablo II crossed with NWN.

    This is a GOOD thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Frédéric-Lormois/100000030609443 Frédéric Lormois

    I LOVE the screenshot with the big trolls.
    Very exciting...

  • John

    Graphics don't matter, actually what they have has a great style and tons of charm, but that doesn't matter. Baldur's Gate is my childhood, those are my 'retro' games, and if this has at least the FEEL of BG1 I will be set, Crescent Moon tried and came closest with Rimelands, but that missed something. This I have lot's of hope in after that trailer, the old man, flailing around in his chair gives me hope. 

  • Garrett Prehatney

    I wish the trailer had been a little more polished, I tried to spice it up a little :)

  • Anonymous

    Looks good, I would even like ports of those other games mentioned, I would play Baldur's Gate again!