Blackpowder Unveils Betrayer, A Thriller Set In The New World

Some of the developers who were best responsible for No One Lives Forever and the original F.E.A.R. have founded a studio called Blackpowder Games, which has today revealed Betrayer, their self-funded debut title.

“We wanted to get back to crafting games more intuitively,” said Creative Director Craig Hubbard. “There’s a sense of discovery and excitement when you navigate by instinct rather than market research and open yourself up to opportunities that arise during development.”

Betrayer takes place in 1604, in the New World, and you play the role of a pilgrim expecting to join a struggling English colony on the Virginia coast. Instead of finding your fellow man, you find only ghosts and mysteries in a land drained of color and life. You’ll be tasked with building up an arsenal of weaponry including muskets, crossbows and throwing axes, while collecting an assortment of treasures along the way. As a survival game, you must chart your own course through the untamed wilderness that’s “teeming with danger and discovery” as you search for survivors and unravel the colony’s many mysteries, including what the press release describes as the “identity of a strange, silent woman in red who helps from afar.” Creepy.

The game is set to release as a Steam Early Access title this August, and is powered by the Unreal Engine 3.

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3 Comments on Blackpowder Unveils Betrayer, A Thriller Set In The New World

lol

On August 6, 2013 at 2:50 pm

lol, clearly ripping off Assassin’s Creed.

folklore

On August 6, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Looks pretty cool. Any chance gamefront will post more about this game?

psycros

On August 7, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Good grief, this looks even worse than it sounds. Apparently their idea of “instinctive” development is to borrow elements that people hated in other games.