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Daedalic’s Blackguards hits Steam Early Access

Arriving in the form of the game’s first chapter, Daedalic’s newest (the turn-based RPG Blackguards) tells the tale of a part of rogues and criminals out to raid some dungeons and take down some monsters worse than them.

Blackguards is kind of funny in its darkness and ‘gritty’ attitude since the developer, Daedalic, is pretty well known for its lighthearted adventure titles. This is definitely something different for them, but it looks as though the guys at the development house just might have missed their calling because Blackguards is looking very nice indeed.

Part of Steam’s Early Access Program, Blackguards is available right now- in limited fashion. Players can buy in now for a reduced price and play the first chapter of the game. From there, they’ll get the remaining bits in the form of further chapters and be able to give feedback to the team working on the game with each one. Then at the wrap-up of the whole thing, gamers who buy in will be presented with the final edition of Blackguards, complete with all the spit and polish that Daedalic is known for.

Here’s how it works and what you’ll be in for, should you pony up:

Daedalic Entertainment offers several packages for interested Early Access participants – in any case, players will secure access to the final version of Blackguards, by paying a lower price as when purchasing the game after its official release. Additionally, they have the opportunity to purchase exclusive extras that will only be available before the official release: For $24.99/£18.99/€24.99, players receive the Standard Early Access Edition of Blackguards, including all chapters for PC at their earliest availability, and the full PC & Mac version of the game after the official release. For $34.99/£26.99/€34.99, players receive the Blackguards Early Access Deluxe Edition, additionally including an approx. 150 page artbook, as well as developer interview videos and six exclusive wallpapers. Priced $49.99/£29.99/€49.99, the Blackguards Early Access Contributor Edition additionally includes an appearance of a buyer’s name within the game’s credits, as well as the first Blackguards DLC and a copy of the The Dark Eye point & click adventure Chains of Satinav for free.

All additional contents will be accessible after each item’s completion.

If you’re looking to play, this is a great way to get in before everybody else. Actually, way before everybody else as Blackguards isn’t scheduled to ‘officially’ launch on the PC till January 2014. Interested? Click here.

About Jason Micciche

Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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