Yaga interview: Gettin' wild with one hand

Consider yourself lucky to be hearing about Yaga, the action RPG that follows the exploits of a one-handed blacksmith.


There are more video new games released every year as the tools for creation have become more accessible and digital distribution offers worldwide marketplaces. When you don’t have the endless marketing budgets associated with AAA titles, ensuring your game has a hook (in this case, literally) will help it stand out from the crowd. Yaga, a new action RPG from Breadcrumbs Interactive, follows the exploits of a one-handed blacksmith known for his incredibly poor luck.

While on assignment at PAX West 2019, the Shacknews video team got the chance to speak with Catalin Zima-Zegreanu, Lead Designer and Writer of Yaga. We got the inside scoop on the development of the game and what players can expect from this lighthearted tale of good versus evil.

Featuring a striking art style and unique folk music, Yaga certainly looks and sounds different than most games of its genre. The development team hopes that this can help it stand out amongst the numerous action RPGs with much darker themes and art styles. Hero Ivan has juggle tasks assigned by the Tzar while dealing with pressure from his grandmother to find a significant other.

Players can expect the following features from Yaga on release:

  • Building a reputation through roleplaying results in different interactions with villagers and NPCs, unlocking secrets, trading options, or bestowing game-changing curses or blessings upon the player character.
  • Pagan beliefs and superstitions are key to unlocking hidden secrets, getting house spirits on your side, or avoiding the powerful curses of unclean creatures.
  • Fateful Crossroads between levels allow the player to influence the difficulty, challenge and level generation of the game
  • Discover and combine lots of talismans and artifacts that change the player's abilities and the gameplay
  • Craft and upgrade an arsenal of weapons and tools to aid you in your journeys.
  • Unique Soundtrack featuring underground folklore band Subcarpați.

Yaga will be available on Steam sometime later in 2019.

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Contributing Tech Editor

Chris Jarrard likes playing games, crankin' tunes, and looking for fights on obscure online message boards. He understands that breakfast food is the only true food. Don't @ him.

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