With Aralon: Forge And Flame [$4.99], the sequel to Aralon: Sword And Shadow [$4.99], a few months behind us, we naturally had to wonder what was next for Crescent Moon in the world of 3D RPGs. The market has changed quite a bit since Ravensword: The Fallen King [$2.99] released, and what once was a surefire hit is now a much more risky endeavor. Well, it looks like Crescent Moon isn't ready to call it quits on the genre just yet, as they today announced in the TouchArcade Forums that they had started work on a prequel to the original Ravensword. It's called Ravensword: Legacy, and while it's incredibly early in development, it's immediately clear that Crescent Moon is coming at things from a different angle this time around.


The big news so far is that instead of going with a realistic style as they've done in the past, Crescent Moon is shooting for a more abstract look. In his posts in the thread announcing the game, head of Crescent Moon Josh Presseisen cites games like The Witness, Rime, Sword And Sworcery, and Ashen as inspirations for the new look. As a prequel, the game will take place before the events of The Fallen King. Apart from that, there's not much more information to tell, save for that unlike in Forge And Flame, we can expect a variety of visible helmets.


While it's too early to nail down a date with any sort of specificity, and any number of things could result in a change of plans, Crescent Moon is shooting to have Ravensword: Legacy ready to go either late in 2016 or early in 2017. We'll be sure to bring you more details on the game as we get them, including any and all exciting helmet-related tidbits.

  • LordShad0wz

    I'm not feeling the design at all. I'll reserve judgment until I see more but it's way too cartoony. It reminds me of watching a kiddie cartoon on Saturday morning.

  • Sebastian Gomez

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    I love the retro look on current games.

  • Billy Ocean

    Dang looks cool! I'm into it.

  • baldeagle86

    I think it looks cool, I can understand criticism though. More helmets!!

  • Sup?

    I love low-poly style.
    I prefer it above old "let's make realistic graphics and fail" style.
    No offense CM, your games still rocks!

  • https://www.facebook.com/rossmanbrothersgames RossmanBrosGames

    I really like it. Looking forward to seeing more. What these guys have done with these games is pretty impressive. But sometimes it is hard not to compare the graphics to console games that you are used to playing. i think this look will help differentiate it from those titles. Plus the look is really cool.

  • wingsofdestiny89

    Reminds me of Swords & Sorcery EP

    • xxAcesHighxx

      That's 'Sworcery' dude... Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

      • Jose DΓ­az

        Omh you're right, I always read it as Sword & Sorcery!

  • Brandon Smith

    Looks great. I really liked the art is Sword and Sworcery even though I didn't like the "game" much...

  • Dustin Brooks

    Keep the original design and build on that, the original style was great.

  • dabbed

    Idk about this one.

  • dalglir

    Loving the surprise weekend posts, by the way!!

  • Suspex

    I love itπŸ‘πŸ‘Œ

  • curtisrshideler

    I'm disappointed to hear that they want to shoehorn the Ravensword franchise into this look. This look is great, but Ravensword is supposed to look realistic. Use this look on a different RPG, making a new IP. Not on one that has an established realistic look already.

    • HelperMonkey

      You have a very good point. Still, maybe with an overhaul of the visual style to something (maybe?) less resource-demanding they will be able to create a bigger, broader, more seemingly alive game world. I admit that I actually prefer this new look, but maybe it will benefit the gameplay enough that - even with a different visual style - it could benefit the ambitions of the series in a way that will please original fans and bring in new ones.

      • HelperMonkey

        (Which is to say: Maybe it will more successfully FEEL and PLAY like what the Ravensword brand has wanted to be, even if it LOOKS different.)

      • curtisrshideler

        Which demands the question, "Why not make a totally new game world for this to exist in instead of Ravensword?" I mean, call it Swordscape for all that matters. This cool, new style deserves a cool new IP.

  • Psac42

    Booooooo. And not Boooo-urns, either.

  • zinkdogg

    I'm digging the low poly trend going on lately. I can understand fans being disappointed with this change. I personally haven't played these games , but this looks interesting.

    • HelperMonkey

      Yes. I'm digging this trend too. I would eat up an Elder Scrolls-style game with this visual style. But I understand if fans feel like this looks more like "Ravensword GO" or something.

  • jamiejap

    we need some more pictures. in game pictures with landscapes. it's really hard to say if it would looks cool in that style.

  • Based Xatu

    I like it!

  • cthulhufan

    Add me to the list of folks digging this. Sort of reminds me of King's Field, I love it. I'll take function over form any day.

  • http://www.googlepants.com/ Wizard of Odyssey

    I will take abstract or cartoony over uncanny-valley "realism" every single time. This looks interesting, if unfinished. Let's see what they come up with!

  • G.R.

    I didn't like when wind waker was announced with a cartoon look but I loved the game when it came out. Fans should give it a chance. I won't though. Crescent Moon makes terrible RPGs.

  • Lester8_4

    I like what they did with the other games and how ambitious they were, as aralon 1 and ravensword 1 and 2 were both groundbreaking, but with forge and the flame, I felt like the content wasn't there. If they go for a different style of art that allows them to spend more timd creating a huge open world game with lots of content, than I am all for it.

  • Martymcsmartie

    I felt the last Ravensword was decent, for a mobile game, but definitely got hopes for this and will give it a shot that's for sure. There's been some tough competition with some ports so hopefully it steps up........

  • Gatada

    Love it, but can't follow the story/product?

  • ejfarraro

    I love this! Looks exactly like a 3D Sword and Sworcery. Hope the gameplay matches the aesthetic.

  • AlexMilo

    This looks interesting but I hope they'll also continue using the original look and just have two series running, if they can manage it. I still prefer realistic graphics. Ravensword: Shadow Lands was the closest thing we've ever been to having Elder Scrolls on mobile, but it was still flawed in several ways.

  • TouchMint

    Pretty excited about this. I know it's an early look can't wait to see more.

  • Kahdmus

    It's a successful franchise with a solid fanbase, why change it?

  • icoker

    Yes great choice. I'm all in for he decision.

  • DrlRage

    I like it a lot but I agree they could just create a new franchise rather than force this new look on current fans. Once the gameplay and story are solid I don't think anyone would oppose.

  • xxAcesHighxx

    As far as I'm concerned, I definitely prefer this 'low poly' look to Crescent Moon's attempts at realistic graphics. I'm all for taking their RPG series in a new direction.

  • Jose DΓ­az

    I love that style. But the challenge here is to make an environment that matches this style and looks just as good. It can definitely be done, but it has to be done carefully!

  • volo geddarm's quill

    I bought Aralon F&F for Kindle over idevice to play one of these games on tablet for the first time and it is broke. A ton of bugs that make it unplayable. I have been hoping they would have fixed it by now its been months but sadly no. I loved Ravensword when it came out and the first Aralon. I wish I could play the 2nd Aralon...

  • thestapler

    i looove the look

  • madreviewer

    Not for me

  • madreviewer

    Lately I have gotten so much of those sort of imagery that I am getting tired of it

  • GamerGuy

    In....this is cool.

  • Edmilan

    Looks good but not really a fan of the new look. I mean, we got Metal and advanced graphics capabilities on our devices now, so why not make use/take advantage of em?