Shadows: Awakening FAQ
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Genre
Real-time tactical combat RPG
Release
2018
Age Rating
TBA

What is Shadows: Awakening?
Shadows: Awakening is a unique, isometric, singleplayer RPG with real-time tactical combat. You take control of a demon summoned from the Shadow Realm – the Devourer – to consume the souls of long-dead heroes and embark on an epic adventure with challenging gameplay, a gripping storyline and enchanting graphics. Do you have the focus and wits to master the world of the Heretic Kingdoms? Gather your party, control powerful heroes and use their skills to your advantage. But who is in charge… the demon, or the souls that it has devoured? It's up to you to either thwart a major threat and save the world, or to plunge it into complete disaster…

What are Shadows: Awakening’s main features?
  • Extensive Gameplay – 40+ hours for a single playthrough, but with substantial options for replayability.
  • Two Worlds – A parallel universe inhabited by ghosts and spirits; seamlessly switch between the Shadow Realm and the mortal plane and witness a gripping storyline in a world full of myths, destinies and legendary creatures.
  • Real-Time Tactical Combat – Combine the skills of your various characters to maximize the effects of your devastating skills and spells.
  • Unique Party System – Multiple characters reside within one demon, each retaining their own personalities. Internal dialogues, rivalries and communication between the characters enriches the gameplay experience and narrative.
  • A plethora of different characters – Choose from 3 heroes, each with their own stories, personal quests and dialogues. Consume the souls of 15 playable characters, each with their own unique skillsets, like Kalig the Bandit King and Evia, Daughter of Fire.
  • Synergy System – The complex talent system intuitively combines skills from your characters to create a variety of new gameplay possibilities.
  • Challenging Puzzles – Challenging puzzles are scattered throughout the game, from the rustic towns to the deepest dungeons.
  • Crafting and Looting System – Expanded crafting and looting system will let you use rewards to configure the ultimate adventurer.
  • Fully Voiced – All dialogues are fully narrated, including actors like Tom Baker.

What platforms will Shadows: Awakening release on?
PC, Xbox One, PS4 (retail + digital)

Will there be Linux version?
Unfortunately there are no plans for Mac and Linux versions at the moment.

When will Shadows: Awakening be released?
2018.

What languages will be available for Shadows: Awakening?
Currently the game is planned to be localized into English, French, German, Spanish and Russian.

What engine does Shadows: Awakening use?
Shadows uses the Unity engine.

Will Shadows: Awakening include modding support?[/h1]
There are currently no plans for modding support.

[h1]Who is developing Shadows: Awakening?

Shadows Awakening is being developed by Games Farm in Kosice, Slovakia, with a team of 25 people working on the game. Games Farm has released more than 10 games in recent years across several platforms. They are mostly known for the Air Conflicts series and the highly-praised Action RPG Vikings - Wolves of Midgard, as well as the original Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms.

What separates Shadows: Awakening from other (Action) RPGs out there?
Shadows: Awakening is unique in many ways:
  • Deep integration the ‘Shadow’ – a parallel world that is central to the core gameplay mechanics and the story, as well as influencing equipment, combat tactics, puzzles and quests.
  • Play as a soul-devouring demon.
  • Unique party system where players can play as multiple characters in a single avatar, while being able to experience the full range of personal stories and characters identities.
  • Tactical real-time combat using a bespoke ‘synergy’ system and cross-realm tactics.
  • Synergy system to strengthen and develop the combination of characters in your party

Will there be character creation and/or customization options?
There is no direct character customization, but the decisions you make will affect the appearance of your demonic avatar. You can also equip your puppets with armour and equipment to achieve a unique personal look for each character.

Is there much variety when it comes to environments?
Shadows: Awakening offers a wide range of environments, ranging from the deserts of the Outlands, sand cities, the jungles of Taymuria, the great city of Kyallisar, ice covered wastes, several other unique locations and of course plenty of deep dungeons and catacombs…

Any word on replayability?
Shadows: Awakening features three main characters, each with different storylines, dialogues and specific solutions to some quests.
Moreover, decisions are important, and some quests will offer mutually-exclusive solutions, so if you solve the quest in one way, you cannot do the other.
Also, you cannot acquire all Puppets during a single playthrough…
Finally, Shadows: Awakening offers three different endings based on the decisions made through the game.

Will Shadows: Awakening feature a multiplayer mode?
No, Shadows: Awakening will not feature any kind of multiplayer mode.

Will there be a physical version of the game?
Yes, Shadows: Awakening will be released as a physical edition for Windows PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

How much playtime are you aiming for?
40+ hours for one single playthrough.

How many different weapons are available in Shadows: Awakening?
There are more than 100 weapons and many other gear options available in Shadows: Awakening.

How many difficulty levels are there?
There will be four difficulty levels.

How do you improve your character(s) and maximize damage?
You need to collect experience and collect the best items available scattered and hidden across the Heretic Kingdoms.

Will there be loot like in classical (A)RPGs?
Yes, there will be plenty of loot. You can also craft your own items and improve existing items using Talent system.

Will there be a Stat system, like Strength, Agility, Stamina, Speed, etc? Or will there be some kind of talent tree?
Shadows: Awakening features both Stats system, Skill tree and Talent tree.

Will there be different types of classes, like Warrior, Assassin and Mage?
In Shadows we don’t have classes – instead each character is unique and players can combine the skills and powers of these characters to create a unique party effect.

Will there be any pets in the game to help you during fights?
Players can summon various powerful beings to aid in the fight and help to defeat strong foes.

Are there plans for testing phases, betas, or even early access?
We are not planning any public testing at the moment.

Will there be Keyboard and mouse customization options for PC?
Yes, the game will feature fully customizable keyboard and mouse controls for the PC version.

Will there be keyboard and mouse support for consoles?
No, there will be no keyboard and mouse support for consoles.

Will there be “Permadeath”?
Permadeath is still being considered. So far the game will contain 4 difficulty levels without a permadeath-option.

Is there any option to zoom in or out? Can the camera be rotated?
The camera cannot be rotated or zoomed out. Players can review their characters in more detail in the inventory screen.

Will the game be released on the same day for PC and consoles?
Yes, this is planned.

Will the character’s appearance change when equipping new gear?
Yes, each character’s appearance will change when equipping new gear.

Is there some kind of story that took place before Shadows: Awakening? (*possible spoilers)
Shadows: Awakening is the new adventure in the Heretic Kingdoms universe. Since the death of the God of the Land, the Dreamworld of the Heretic Kingdoms has been cut off from the other dimensions, with the exception of the realm that the mages call 'Shattered Heaven' – a hell dimension swarming with demons. Some of these demons have been in existence for millennia, some are the twisted remnants of the servitors of the Dead God, who have since been transformed into demons. The part of the Dreamworld closest to Shattered Heaven is known as 'Shadow', and demons can freely move between Shadow and Shattered Heaven without need of a magical Hellgate portal.

However, since the destruction of the Godslayer sword (the events of Kult: Heretic Kingdoms), the ethereal space between Shattered Heaven and the mortal realm has narrowed such that it is no longer possible to access any part of the Dreamworld except Shadow. A portal is now required to reach into any other part of the Dreamworld, and Shadow has replaced the Dreamworld for almost all of those able to cross the Veil.

Krenze – once the High Sage of Penta Nera, now in exile - has used the weakened Veil to summon a Devourer – but for what purpose? The Devourer becomes schizophrenic as it acquires ever more souls as puppets, and struggles to maintain any kind of singular identity. This is all part of Krenze's plan, since the Oracle has prophesied to him "You shall not return from exile unless a demon learns the pain of mortal souls."

What about owners of the Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms?
Owners of the original Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms will no doubt remember that they were promised ‘Book 2’ free of charge.
Kalypso Media and Games Farm are happy to confirm that they will uphold their promise to reward these long-time fans – with all owners of the Steam and GOG versions of Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms eligible to receive Shadows: Awakening as an update to their existing game, completely free of charge.




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