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Time-travel RPG The Waylanders Kickstarter live, new trailer focuses on combat formations

A former Telltale Games developer gets a new job if this title reaches its first stretch goal.


The Kickstarter campaign for RPG The Waylanders is live and the development team has unveiled a new trailer to show off one of the game's most significant features. A unique hook for this RPG is the use of combat formations with the player's party mates and you can get a look at this in action below.

The Waylanders has accrued $31.279 of its $150,000 Kickstarter goal at the time this article was written. It brings Celtic cultures to life around a collection of mechanics built on over 40 hours of gameplay and two different time periods (Celtic and Medieval) that are affected by your actions. Here are the other key features that the development team hopes draws in curious RPG fans to the crowdfunding campaign:

  • Real-time combat with tactical pause, character creation, and 36 classes (6 basic and 30 advanced)
  • Play from a top-down isometric perspective that can be shifted to a third person perspective on the fly
  • Story and combat inspired by RPG classics Dragon Age and Neverwinter Nights 2
  • 12 different combat formations (2 per class) sees players fuse characters to provide varied and technical combat options

Another interesting element of The Waylanders stems from the Kickstarter's first stretch goal. Telltale Games let go of nearly all of its team in September, including narrative writer Emily Grace Buck. If The Waylanders reaches the $200,000 stretch goal, she'll be joining the project. Here's the description from the official Kickstarter page:

She started writing games because she loved Dragon Age: Origins. Her work as a narrative designer includes both seasons of Batman: The Telltale Series, The Walking Dead: The Final Season, The Walking Dead: Michonne, and Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series. She specializes in romance content.

It's exciting to see former Telltale Games developers get new opportunities around the industry and it will be interesting to see what happens whether The Waylanders reaches its goals or not. Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional updates.

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