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Sacred boards the planes

Development Info - posted by Saint_Proverbius on Wed 24 March 2004, 11:30:11

Tags: Encore Software; Sacred

Sacred is heading out to retail outlets per this press release at Encore Software. Here's the important bits:

Sacredâ„¢ ships to retail

Your blade, bow and spells can save a kingdom in this action RPG

Los Angeles, CA - March 24, 2004 - Encore, a majority-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation (NASDAQ: NAVR) and Ascaron Entertainment UK Ltd., today announced that Sacredâ„¢ has shipped to retail stores in North America.

In this action-oriented RPG, play as one of six unique heroes - a brawling Gladiator, an angelic Seraphim, the arrow-slinging Wood Elf, the mysterious Dark Elf assassin, the wizened Battle Mage or a bloodthirsty Vampiress - and take up an epic quest to save the kingdom of Ancaria from both a renegade demon's wrath, as well as political intrigue behind the throne. Your quest will take you through an enormous and densely populated world, spanning 30 main missions, as well as over 200 sub-quests plus bonus quests that can be performed in any order.

"Aligning ourselves with quality partners like Ascaron that deliver great content is at the core of our long-term business strategy," says Michael Bell, Encore CEO. "We're really excited about bringing the rich and action-packed world of Sacred to gamers."

In addition to this huge gameplay world, Sacred features a unique tactical gameplay characteristic where your avatar can not only learn unique "combat arts", but combine them into devastating single-click combo maneuvers with lethal effect. A "Smithing" system also enables players to individualize weapons and armor by forging them with upgrade items, rings or other weapons. Characters can also fight while riding horseback, using both magic and weapons at range and up close. While up to four players can engage in the campaign in multiplayer, Sacred also has a hack 'n' slash multiplayer mode, as well as player vs. player for up to 16 combatants via LAN or Internet.

Published for Windows® PC, Sacred should arrive on store shelves by the end of this week at a suggested retail price of $39.99. The game is rated "T" (for Teen) by the ESRB. For more information on the game, visit the website at www.sacred-game.com.


Minus the gore, right, Mike?

Spotted at: Ascaron forums

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