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Armello, the Kickstarter-funded title from League of Geeks, will launch on PlayStation 4 in September 2015 in addition to the previously announced PC release. This fantasy board game come to life combines deep, tactical card play, rich tabletop strategy and RPG elements.

With the release of the Armello teaser Teaser Trailer for PS4 (which you can check out above), League of Geeks is unveiling the game’s complete visual upgrade scheduled to hit PS4, PC, Mac and Linux at launch this September. Even with Armello already lauded for its visual achievements, numerous graphical improvements are being made, including volumetric cloud and weather effects, an overhaul of lighting and shaders, high detail character models and an entire remodeling of the environment. You can check out some of the screenshots from the game below.

At launch League of Geeks will also double the amount of playable characters currently available in Early Access, increasing the number from four to eight. The male bear clan hero, ‘Brun Oakbreaker’, is the first upcoming character to be revealed. Brun will be playable for the first time at E3 in room 515a in the West Hall.

The new Bear
The new Bear

League of Geeks is a Melbourne-based Australian indie developer made of industry veterans. While Armello is the studio’s first game, the team members’ individual resumes cite famous AAA franchises including Pokemon, Grand Theft Auto, Dragon Age and Warhammer. League of Geeks’ goal is to create innovative games in original fantasy worlds with engaging stories. You can learn more about them on their website.

A detailed look at one of the cards in the game
A detailed look at one of the cards in the game

Set in a vibrant magical world with a tinge of darkness, Armello thrusts players into a Game of Thrones-esque struggle for power in epic single or multiplayer action. Players take on the role of a ‘Hero’ from one of four animal clans and navigate their character across the procedurally generated board as they quest, scheme, explore, vanquish monsters, perform the Mad King’s royal edicts and face off against other players, with one ultimate goal in mind – storming the palace and being King or Queen of Armello.

Players start in their clan grounds and traverse the board with a set number of action points for each turn to spend on moving their character from tile to tile. Each tile presents different consequences including exploring a dungeon, gaining or losing health, claiming a settlement for your own or granting stealth. With more than 100 beautifully animated and illustrated cards, players can cast spells, recruit followers, uncover ancient treasures and execute treacherous plots as they quest for the throne!

A look at the different cards in Armello
A look at the different cards in Armello

There are four ways to win in Armello.

1. Combat – Slaying the king and surviving the confrontation

2. Prestige Victory – Having the most Prestige when King dies, whether from his afflictions (the King loses health every dawn) or dying in combat with the attacking player also not surviving the battle. Prestige is gained by completing heroic deeds such as killing other players, vanquishing banes or completing quests

3. Spirit Stone Collection – magical Spirit Stones can be found throughout Armello. If a player collects four, they can use them to assist the King in passing in peace, restoring balance to Armello

4. Rot Victory – players who defeat the King in combat whilst having more Rot than him (and live to tell the tale) will win the game and shroud Armello in darkness.

Trent Kusters, founder and director, League of Geeks was quoted as saying, “While we knew Armello would be something special, the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received from players surprised even us. Armello has enough simplicity for anyone to pick up and play, and has just enough depth to keep hardcore gamers coming back for more.”

If you are looking to get your hands on the game right now, and don’t want to wait for the official release, you can get an early build for the game from Steam Early Access and the Humble Bundle website. But be warned, it is an early build. The game can be yours for $29.99.

Buy  from Steam Early Access || Buy  from Humble Bundle

My interest in kickstarter backed games piqued when I played and enjoyed Hand Of Fate earlier this year. Since then I have been paying a little more attention to the various Kickstarter games, and am even planning to back some of them in the near future. I would definately be checking out Armello when the game finally arrives on the consoles. What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

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