Disciples III reborn

Now subtitled Renaissance, strategy role-playing game has been handed off to Akella, developer of Pirates of the Caribbean and Sea Dogs.

Earlier this year, Game Factory Interactive was booted from the development of Strategy First's upcoming PC strategy role-playing game Disciples III. At the time, Strategy First said that the game was already under development at a different studio that would be revealed shortly.

Today, the publisher announced the identity of that studio, as well as the game's apt subtitle of "Renaissance." As for which team will be responsible for the game's rebirth, Strategy First has tapped Russian studio Akella, makers of the Xbox and PlayStation 2 games Sea Dogs and the Pirates of the Caribbean, based on the movie.

The world of Disciples III is divided into several different races that worship their own gods. As lord of one of these races, players will seek to spread the good word and extend their god's domain across the land. In a statement, Akella vice president of development Dmitry Arkhipov promised that the game would build on the foundation of Disciples I and II, with "more interesting gameplay and realistic graphics."

No price or release date for the game has been announced.

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24 comments
amirtheonly
amirtheonly

If Akella can make this game without their usual "bugs are good" habit, I'll be pleased to play it...

Archy92
Archy92

do anybody know when the game will come out..?

NinjaOStreet
NinjaOStreet

Akella, makers of Sea Dogs and Pirates of the Caribbean(this bs was a sequel to sea dogs btw and not related to the movie at any time) ... = no hope for the the game to be any good. So all I have to add might be this. Goodbye good old Disciples. May you rest in peace!

watticus666
watticus666

One of only a handful of games that I've played more than once. I look forward to the third installment in the series. yes mortisss ssshalll be pleasssed...

Basione
Basione

Mortisss ssshall be pleasssed... (I hope)

super_noob
super_noob

The last two games absolutely rocked but the only thing im worried bout is (this also applies to heroes V) wheather the new game will be as addictive as its predecesors. because ive played the heroes V demo and the new fancy graphics take your mind off of the game and ur no longer left thinkin strategically. that was the wonder with the old disciples and heroes games - the graphics were there just there to give u a distraction, the tactics was the main point.

commander1122
commander1122

hope this game better 1 n 2 !!n make more thing to upgrade.

s0l0123
s0l0123

Yay, another Strategy game to look forward to.

PyleA
PyleA

Man, i spent so many hours on this game. I'll prepare my catheter now....:)

kerhonker
kerhonker

lets hope the 3D version has excellent playability not just eye candy or busy looking scenery!!! You can be simple and yet cativating like chess...and then create a game that lives on because of itself and not all this " look how amazingly we can program these images!

kano720
kano720

Firstly, Sea Dogs was never on PS2 or XBOX. Second, Pirates of the Caribbean was not based on the movie. It was going to be called Sea Dogs 2 until the studio that produced Pirates contacted Bethesda to make a deal on name recognition. Or maybe Bethesda called them, not sure. Anywho, check it Gamespot. I know your better than this. That aside Disciples ROCKS!

UpInFlames
UpInFlames

DesRed, Nival is a good developer. They've made some great games like Etherlords, Silent Storm, and Blitzkrieg. I've played the Heroes V demo, and it seems it's going to be a great game. I haven't played anything made by Akella, but I heard good things about them. By the way, Nival is moving from Russia to California soon.

ewjim
ewjim

YES!!! It's well known (here, at Russia) game developer & publisher! Our Akella will show how to develop games, just wait and see.! 8)

DesRed
DesRed

Sorry for my double post but what I said was that two of the hit titles, Heroes V and Disciples 3, not most titles. I apologize for the misinformation

DesRed
DesRed

Seems like most of these hit titles like Heroes V and Disciples 3 have sth in common. They're being developed by Russian developers. Heroes V is developed by Nival Interactive, from Russia, and now Disciples 3, developed by Akella, also from Russia. To me, I think its ok, though I sometimes wonder if these developers are good or not. Still, I'll be willing to wait and see how the development of both games turn out.

Signeon
Signeon

Thank the Highfather. Now I can get addicted all over again...

DethZero
DethZero

Nice. I was wondering what was going on with the third installment. Cant wait =]

guiltygearfan
guiltygearfan

Yeah, I don't like the idea of only having three races. But, the Strategy First site said "initially" three races. I'm guessing they're leaving things open for potential expansions, although that doesn't change the fact that its a bit insulting to long-time fans of the series; I'm going to miss the Undead Hordes' awesome mage units. On a positive note, the new developer seems to be off to a good start artistically. The Legions units featured in the screenshots fit very well with the franchise's art style. Let's hope they can keep it up.

gameloverx
gameloverx

about time we need more strategy games

UpInFlames
UpInFlames

This is great news, I was wondering when will Strategy First finally announce the new developer of the third installment in the Disciples series. But at the same time I'm kind of disappointed that there will be only three playable races in the game - The Empire, Noble Elves, and The Legions of the Damned....Come on, a sequel is supposed to add races, not remove them - I want The Undead Hordes and the Mountain Clans in there as well.

thedarkoracle
thedarkoracle

Sounds like the new developers are going for a 3D look this time around in favor of the old 2D appearance. One can't help but agree that the Disciples series certainly had its own charm, most of which came from its unique art direction and style. I hope they won't lose this aspect when they aim for the said 'realistic graphics.'