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Game News Shovelware Alert: Realms of Arkania HD Remake released in unplayable state

Discussion in 'RPG Codex News & Content Comments' started by Infinitron, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. Infinitron RPG Codex Staff Patron

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    Tags: Crafty Studios; Realms of Arkania HD Remake

    Earlier this week, a recently joined user by the name of Bobbles informed us that Crafty Studios' Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny HD Remake had received some kind of early release in Germany. Here's what the game's German players found out:

    Problems with the gold version according to various German forums:

    - no intro
    - no battle sounds
    - all weapon models looks like crossbows
    - most NPCs look like skeletons
    - trying to cast a spell gives the message "spell not implemented"
    - snow textures are broken
    - walking sounds are placeholders/unbearable to listen to

    The release day patch was pushed out early on Saturday at 10 p.m. local time (at least they're dedicated!), but it doesn't fix most of these issues - only weapon models and walking sounds have been completely fixed. The game is still unplayable and crashes frequently with messages like this:​
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    Failed executing javascript(Syntax Error: Mismatched closing token in expression):
    function hasresponse(which){return(which==1)||getQuestState("schick_call')==2;);) of Magistrat Thorwal[2]
    Further current issues:

    - button hotspots aren't centered on the actual buttons
    - map turns black indoors, stays black when going outdoors (workaround available)
    - Many NPCs have holes in their heads
    - only one save game slot with fixed name
    - save game (singular) randomly deletes itself
    - heroes in-game don't look like they do in the editor
    - you start with infinite money, which randomly resets to normal during gameplay
    - random events and random battle on the overland map don't seem to work
    - hard crash trying to enter Daspota

    The lead dev has announced a "new" release day patch for Tuesday, though it will obviously only represent a few days' work of bugfixing by a small studio... probably not a good 0-day purchase.​

    Despite these problems, the game was officially released on Steam today. Here's what players on Steam found out:

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    Holy crap. :lol: Have I mentioned that as of this writing, the game doesn't support English unless you manually rename folders?

    Stay far away from this one, folks. Although you might want to keep following our thread about it, because it's sure to be hilarious.
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  2. evdk comrade troglodyte :M Patron

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    Learn German, scum.
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  3. Mortmal Magister

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    I had no interest at all into this, now i do ! One hilarious trainwreck to enjoy.
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  4. Jesse_Dylan Literate

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    I'm so depressed. Came here on a whim while I wait for the game to install (bought it before it came out). Why was I so stupid to purchase this? I was happily enjoying Shadowrun Returns and thought, "yay, another tactical, turn-based RPG, and heck, I never did play the originals when they first came out! I'll have some faith and support this kind of game with a pre-purchase!"

    Might as well cancel the install.
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  5. Infinitron RPG Codex Staff Patron

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    Contact Valve and ask for a refund. The game is in a bad enough state that there's a good chance they'll grant it.
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  7. Infinitron RPG Codex Staff Patron

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    Fixed. :rpgcodex:

    BTW check out this guy on the GOG forums: http://www.gog.com/forum/general/realms_of_arkania_blade_of_destiny_hd_out_this_month/page13



    Team Gizka says hi.
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  8. Jesse_Dylan Literate

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    I will do that. I think even if the bugs were fixed and the game were in English, it would still be an absolute shambling monstrosity. I guess it will be a fun trainwreck for people to review, though. (You know, those reviews that become must-reads just because the game is so horrendously, hilariously poorly put together.)

    I fumbled through the title screens, managed to figure out which icon to click to leave the temple of the undecipherable name, saw a woman with no neck talking to a man who looked worse than a giant-sized, same-poly character from the first 3D Populous (PSOne-era), heard my walking steps echo loudly on the grass, watched the trees wiggle wildly as the frame-rate shuddered, and managed to quickly find the exit icon and uninstall.

    It would have been so nice to play an actual, decent remake. I wouldn't care if the character graphics were bad if the rest worked... :/

    Off to e-mail Valve.
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  9. evdk comrade troglodyte :M Patron

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    That only means the devs can stop giving a fuck.
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  10. GrimoireFTW Learned

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  11. Bruticis Prophet

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    Oh, you mean another game the kodex called the incline of the industry is shit? NO WAI!!!!
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  12. Infinitron RPG Codex Staff Patron

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  13. evdk comrade troglodyte :M Patron

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    Next time send skyway, he's at least funny.
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  14. Bruticis Prophet

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    Guilty as charged (but waiting for massive sale which looks to be soon).
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  15. Vault Dweller Ubersturmfuhrer

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    Hard to expect much from a remake, especially when there is nothing wrong with the original. They are nothing but soulless cash-grabs by default, kinda like Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition.
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  16. Ramireza Learned

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  17. ColCol Arcane

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    What a clusterfuck. This is the worst thing to ever happen in German history.
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  18. evdk comrade troglodyte :M Patron

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    It's the knife in the back thing again.
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  19. codexian reject Savant

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    It doesn't have to be the case, if "sold (surprisingly) well" mean well enough to make a remake for part 2 and 3 attractive.
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  20. undecaf Arcane

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    So much for the German efficiency.
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  21. Clockwork Knight Arcane

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    All of those pics were taken in "Fantastic!" quality. It goes from "Tolerable" to "Fantastic", if you're wondering.

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    The piggy on the other hand, is beautifully anmiated. It's potato game, alright.

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  22. circ Arcane

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    Is this that german game that got a bunch of german press sometime last year? Or was that something new in the Dark eye uni?
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    Sadly, Morka is yet to embrace the principles of communism and start selling weapons for free.
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  24. Bobbles Unwanted Dumbfuck

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    The lead dev has been dropping hints about offering more classes from the PnP rule set in the future. My guess is that they're going to offer new content as paid DLC; the devs make 99% of their money through browser game cash shops already.

    They also promise daily patches for the next month, which makes no sense for a cash grab in the traditional sense of the word.
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  25. Bobbles Unwanted Dumbfuck

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    There are currently four German DSA games in development: Blackguards, Memoria, Realms of Arkania 1, and Demonicon. All are slated for a 2013 release.
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