shadowsunIt was just over three years ago that we first posted about The Shadow Sun, a mobile RPG from Ossian Studios. The team at Ossian had roots in several big-name RPG franchises over the years, like Neverwinter Nights and Baldur's Gate, so the prospect of them bringing that experience to an RPG on mobile devices was truly exciting. Plus, for the time, the screens shown for The Shadow Sun were really impressive for a "phone game."

Well, like I said that was three years ago, and new information for The Shadow Sun completely dried up, though Ossian kept reassuring folks in our forums that the project was still in the works. Just very slowly in the works. Then in May of this year, some new screens were released, followed by even more new screens in June, and suddenly – despite the insane amount of time that had passed – I was excited for The Shadow Sun all over again.

Well, the last we had heard was that The Shadow Sun was in beta, but it must truly, finally be getting close to completion now as Ossian has sent along the very first trailer for the game, showcasing some of its intense narrative as well as actual gameplay. Check it out.

Whether or not The Shadow Sun will live up to the more than three years of anticipation that's built up will remain to be seen once we actually get to play it for ourselves, but after seeing it in action finally, I'm definitely the most excited I've been for it to date. There appears to be a lot of customization in terms of how your build up your character, as well as a neat "buddy" mechanic which sees an AI partner fighting right alongside you. Also, those enemies just look downright creepy, and there looks to be a huge variety of them. Once we have concrete information on when The Shadow Sun is releasing, we'll be sure to let you know.

  • JRaynor

    well it must be me, but after all these years of waiting i dont see it as "Impressive" now it looks like just like aralon

    • toxiccheese

      I have to agree. I don't see anything impressive about it. Maybe the gameplay will make up for it.

      • JRaynor

        Hopefully you're are right and the gameplay is good but still by gameplay and animations in the video looks almost the exact same thing as aralon

        IMO the took so many time to release this that looks so dated now

  • defunct32

    I am not sure if I am liking what I am seeing in the video... This is depressing me, November 14th come quickly.

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  • PresidentZer0

    Looks like a mix of the gothic game and kotor. I think the ui and fonts are kinda ugly though

  • Adsinjapan

    Ehh... I'd have to say the 3 years in development hasn't helped it much. This looks very dated now and something more suited to a 10 year old desktop PC. With the power that's being squeezed out of the iOS devices these days, in order to stand out amongst the crowd, you've got to be pushing close to at least the visual level of Infinity Blade 1 to be recognized.

    That's not to say the visuals are everything! Oh no, I need gameplay and story most of all, but when a studio has been working so long on a game, you'd expect some more tangible results.
    I'm reserving judgement for now, but this isn't looking promising.

    • PresidentZer0

      I agree but if the gameplay is good, I would buy it.

  • deepblueocean84

    Give me my Ocean Horn

    • toxiccheese

      You'll have it this week!

      • deepblueocean84

        Just got out of work and saw all these updates! What a great start from hump day.

  • sbirksy666

    I must say the combat doesn't look too promising either.....he/she just stood there attacking and getting attacked, with no form of blocking or dodging.....

    • Warto

      I assume the combat is turn based. The Neverwinter Nights mechanics were the same: you chop them, they chop you. Any dodging occurred via the die roll in the background.

  • JJE McManus

    Totally over the top. Any trailer that begins "for a thousand years..." has always got my attention for a thousand years. Next gen Ravensword but I'm ok with that.
    Pretty pictures now show me the mechanics.
    Watchflagged. For a thousand years.

  • Nycteris

    Huh. I wonder what system it will require?

  • Tommmy

    Makes me laugh.

  • Based Xatu

    Graphics are a little behind, but that means more devices can play it, I guess. Also, it looks a little like dragon age, which gives me some hope. Oh, if only EA had made a real dragon age game for iOS.

  • gandhimonty

    Yeeeey... I am more then excited...
    Now just crossing my finger for the gmplay.... Considering the fact its not IAP OR FREEMIUM...

  • YourAverageDude

    I'm honestly so sick of fantasy RPGs on the AppStore. I want sci fi!

    • defunct32

      Awesome! Sci-fi RPG featuring ayy lmao the Alien.

    • Robert McGovern

      Agreed, scifi RPGs are very rare (even on the PC).

    • flashbackflip

      Agreed 100%

      Scifi FTW!

      But there is a reason. Scifi was popular in 50's-70's coz humanity was struggling the depression after WWII, and now there is more interest among major clans to put us into some kind of 'seniorate' society - thus all those HarryPotter and other medieval/fantasy bullsht

  • brydude111

    I don't really care about graphics, just fun. This game appears to be exactly the type of game I love. I plan to buy it

  • Rothgarr

    Graphics shmaphics -- I think this looks cool! Does it remind me of Aralon? Sure... and that's a good thing! i can't wait to learn more about this.

  • Mortexsky

    I hope the game takes advantage of the newer devices capabilities.