One of the more singular joys of the indie scene is that games that we all just assumed we would never see again end up with remakes or sequels. Avernum: Escape From the Pit is one such game, and is a retelling of the original game from 1999. It was remade because, well, 1999 was quite a long time ago, speaking in terms of technological progress. The original game barely ran on modern systems when developer Spiderweb Software remade it. Now, the remake has a sequel: Avernum 2: Crystal Souls.
Like its predecessors, Avernum 2 is an older-style RPG, with click-to-move controls, grid-based combat, and an isometric view. Aside from the retro style, Avernum 2 also features a new story, which will presumably build on the world of the previous game, though the developers have said that no experience with the first game will be necessary to enjoy Avernum 2‘s story.
The story follows a group of people who were banished to an underworld. Apparently, being banished somewhere awful enough to be called “the underworld” wasn’t punishment enough, though. Members of this exiled group plotted to and succeeded in assassinating the ruler of the Empire, and as retaliation, the Empire – the entirety of the world not in Avernum – promptly responded by waging war on the exiles. Understandably, the outnumbered exiles are losing. So, naturally, it’s up to players to find a way to win the war, one way or another.
Avernum 2: Crystal Souls will release this Wednesday, January 14th, for Windows and Macintosh PCs, and there is a planned release for the iPad as well. You can find out more about the game from its website, or from its Steam page.