Imagine a once powerful kingdom, conquered at the hands of an unknown enemy, and crying out for a hero. No, they’re not looking for Hercules, who is far too much of a vagabond for their liking; they require someone who can raise their own kingdom from the ground up, negotiate complex trade agreements with neighboring lands, and put your expertise with spells and weapons to the test in order to defend your people when under siege. They require someone like you.
Such is the epic plot behind Northern Shadow, a text-based strategy RPG that gives you the power to rebuild an empire, or watch it crumble. Whether or not the game is somehow indirectly referencing the Aurora Borealis is unknown, but we can speculate. What we do know, is that Northern Shadow will be split up into an overworld and underworld, the latter being a network of caves, underground cities, and mazes. Furthermore, different cities within your kingdom can concentrate on different and unique areas like mining or food production, and there will also be an optional main story players can follow. One thing that the Northern Shadow creators emphasize is that ultimately, it is player skill, not raw strength or stats that will contribute to triumphs in combat.
Northern Shadow is scheduled for release during Summer of 2014 for PC, Mac and Linux.