GC 2008: Overlord II First Look

We check out an early work-in-progress version of Codemasters' recently announced Overlord sequel.

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While we were visiting Codemasters' headquarters in the UK last week to check out the publisher's lineup for the 2008 Games Convention, we were offered a first look at the recently announced Overlord II. Triumph Studios' Overlord sequel won't be at the Games Convention in Leipzig this week, but we'll definitely be keeping an eye out for it at future events because we came away from our brief demo impressed with what we saw.

Overlord II is set between 50 and 100 years after the events of the first game and will cast you as a direct descendant of the original game's titular tyrant. In the years since the departure of the last overlord and the arrival of this new one, the empire has become much more powerful and is using its newfound military might to hunt down all magical creatures that it thinks could conceivably pose a threat.

The overlord's world, then, is a very different place now. We're told that in addition to the picturesque countryside that was ravaged in the first game, there are now snow-covered and tropical regions to explore. The environments that we saw for ourselves looked a lot like the aforementioned countryside, which wasn't surprising given that the version of the game we were looking at had very few new visuals in it. Rather, it was a build of the game designed purely to showcase new gameplay mechanics, character behaviors, and the like.

Our demo got underway in a large empire city that looked a lot like something the ancient Greeks or Romans might have built. Columns of white marble, decorative fountains, and wandering peacocks made for an environment in which the overlord and his minions looked extremely out of place. It wasn't long before their presence riled up a local senator and a small group of centurions.

After dispatching the enemies with little trouble, the minions set about terrorizing the town, and in the process, showed off the greater destructibility of the new game's environments. By destroying a handful of columns, the minions caused an entire building to collapse, and in doing so, they opened up a new route through the level. At this point, the controls used to command the minions appeared no different from those in the first game--the horde was simply being swept around the level with the right analog stick while the overlord was controlled with the left. We got to see a new feature in action at one point though, when the overlord placed a banner on the ground and all of the minions rallied to it to adopt a defensive stance. If you're familiar with Overlord, you'll know that this promises to be a really useful addition in the sequel because the little troublemakers can get a little carried away at times and have little interest in self-preservation.

Later in the demo, when confronted by a large group of centurions carrying large shields, we got to see minions riding mounts for the first time. Like weapons and armor, mounts are found strewn all over the world and are equipped simply by moving your minions toward them. The brown, red, green, and blue minions under your command will each get a different species of creature to ride. On this occasion, we only got to see the brown minions riding wolves. While mounted, the minions not only moved more quickly but were also able to jump and were powerful enough to break though the defenses of the centurions making intelligent use of their shields.

The real showpiece of the demo was a heavily defended castle that, ordinarily, the overlord and his minions would have had no hope of being able to even get into, much less take over. In Overlord II, though, minions will be able to disguise themselves as centurions (and other enemies, presumably), using armor and weapons scavenged from the battlefield. The minions are far too short, of course, and could never look anything like the centurions, but the fact that they get away with it so effortlessly really plays into the series' humor. Interestingly, you'll be taking direct control of a single minion during these sequences, rather than playing as the overlord and controlling all of the minions as one.

Once inside the stronghold, the minions were able to commandeer a catapult-like siege weapon and launch huge boulders at centurion patrols as they passed across a bridge below. Earlier, they'd had to dodge those same boulders simply by listening for the whistle of their approach and then avoiding the shadows that they cast just before impact. Siege weapons will purportedly be a regular feature of the game, which suggests that epic battles much larger than anything in the first game will be featured as well.

The demo ended with a huge teaser; the overlord and his minions were on a battlefield facing a truly massive army of centurions, led by commanders and accompanied by large troll-like champions. And that was that. Needless to say, we're anxious to see what was going to happen next, and we'll be sure to bring you more information on this promising sequel just as soon as it becomes available.

Discussion

46 comments
CrystalShuriken
CrystalShuriken

Yeah but this is what i liked the most in the first overlord!this high-fantasy-atmosphere setting.Well guys i hope you are right and the world of overlord II will be even better.thanks for the comment

CRYSIX
CRYSIX

Looks nice. The first was good with some really funny moments. Hope the second will be even better.

SquareEnixFan13
SquareEnixFan13

@CrystalShuriken - Well in the first Overlord alot of the enviroments were more fantasy-like (they did infact have a forest with elves), so I think they're just trying to change it up a bit in Overlord 2.

darklord_dragon
darklord_dragon

hey CrystalShuriken THAT IS WAT THEY DID IN THE LAST OVERLORD. i think the roman thing is going to be better in the last overlord u destroyed one enemy and then moved on in overlord 2 you get to keep going in a war against one empire

CrystalShuriken
CrystalShuriken

i wish there will be more elf-like forests...and more lord of the rings stuff..not romans and that kinda civilizations.

BiGG_SMiGG
BiGG_SMiGG

on the 1st 1, can anyone tell me how to do the blue hive bit, its really irritating thnx

itachi100
itachi100

i hope the new overlord isnt a mute! i also hope they introduce more demons

IncipitOmega
IncipitOmega

Is there any Multiplayer or skirmishes beside the campaign in Overlord 2 ? Was anything of that in the 1st part ?

noah10
noah10

Thats it!I'm going to the codemasters website to see if they have more info than gamespot on this game lol.(Oh and to the people that don't know what happined to the overlord that you were in the first one I'll give you a hint.You can find out what happined to him in the exspansion pack called overlord rising hell.)

Palantas
Palantas

So what happened to the original Overlord? Did he get killed? I kinda figured that evil overlords were immortal.

6reatNate
6reatNate

I really did like the first one, cant wait for the sequel. Good work guys making these games

noah10
noah10

Oh come on! They havent come out with no movies,or news,or whatever since Aug 20, 2008! I want to see a movie about this game, or any thing really.I just want to know more! lol

Carsarefood
Carsarefood

What do you mean your not the same overlord?.anyway.man I looooved the first one I can't wait for this one to come out! wooo!

kirill1
kirill1

the 1st game was amazing and cool then it meens that overlord 2 is gowing to be 2x as bater and that is a lote

ooNaruto
ooNaruto

too bad your not the same overlord..

LordNightwolf
LordNightwolf

The 1st game was amazing cant wait for the next one!! **if you like fable you'll love this!!!**

Waximizer
Waximizer

I can't wait for that sequel :) it's gonna be terrorific!!!

Minion_Master
Minion_Master

It said that you could play as a minion at certain parts, so a good online mode would be a Battlefield type thing where you play as either the minions or centurions. Browns are your warrior class, Reds are your archers, Greens are your stealth guys, and Blues are your medics. Then you could have the same things for the centurions: warriors, archers, stealth guys, and medics.

dark_being
dark_being

Loved the first game. hoping for a even better sequel

noah10
noah10

This overlord looks great, I'm a big overlord fan and I can't wait for this game to come out!!!

eiadrtr
eiadrtr

siege weapons and mounts yay

zeke2040
zeke2040

oh man, that great news... i have the first one and its a blast to play... the second one should be ten times better... thanks codemaster's

TA127
TA127

Most underrated game ever!

terrorskies
terrorskies

i hope the DLC story comes in to the story in this one to i want some of the skelly army

eol_is
eol_is

I'll definitely play the game at least once, only to wreck havoc with those little devils! :D

tamd
tamd

love the first it was very underrated game hope second will not be

theunloved
theunloved

I have been waiting for a sequel to Overlord for a very long time. I can't wait!

Jackyll87
Jackyll87

Can't wait for this. I hope they have refined the minion controls a bit. They tended to run away and get themselves killed quite often.

Chaosleader0
Chaosleader0

The game sounds awesome. Hopefully, they'll be able to make people play the online version too.

Somian
Somian

ok, i played the overlord raising hell PC version. didn't know they weren't there before.

giuse92
giuse92

OMG minions riding wolf !!! ITS GOOD TO BE BAD

Stabby
Stabby

mehedee - Oh I don't know about that lol!

mehedee
mehedee

I think i am the biggest fan of overlord. I will surely by this sequel when it will be available in Bangladesh.

Ahtener
Ahtener

I thought banners were added in Overlord:Raising Hell expansion (and PS3 version).

Somian
Somian

the banner thing already was in overlord. pressing Y placed the banner and turned the minions into the defensive stance.

Edziscs
Edziscs

*drool* overlord 2 *drool* minion mounts.. Me wanna now