Overlord trifecta rises in 2009

Codemasters prepping 360, PS3, PC sequel, Wii prequel, and DS spin-off that continue last year's minion-mastering action adventure.

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Last year, Codemasters posted its best annual results since the publisher opened its doors in 1985. With revenues spiking 38 percent year-over-year, Codemasters attributed its unequivocal success in part to the darkly humorous action adventure Overlord. It comes as little surprise, then, that the Prince of Darkness and his maniacal little ones will return for a new round of conquests.

Wolves will put up with anything these days.

Today, Codemasters said that it was prepping three all-new installments in its Pikmin-esque series: Overlord II for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC; Overlord Dark Legend for the Wii; and Overlord Minions for the Nintendo DS. All three games will ship in 2009.

As it did with the first game, Holland-based Triumph Studios will handle development on Overlord II. In the game, a new sinister Overlord and his merry band of minions have risen up to thwart a Roman-esque civilization known as the Glorious Empire, which has sounded the trumpets of war in an effort to root out and destroy all forms of magic. Additional gameplay details were sparse, but Codemasters did note that minions will be able to mount wolves and other beasts to aid in their wantonly destructive arts.

Climax Studios will handle both Overlord Dark Legend for the Wii and Overlord Minions for the DS. With Overlord II satisfying the sequel slot, the Wii game will be a prequel of sorts, dropping players into the role of an adolescent Overlord coming to terms with his powers. With a story penned by Rhianna Pratchett, Dark Legend will aim to put a nefarious twist on traditional fairy tales, and will introduce new characters such as wicked witches, gingerbread men, and Lil' Red Riding Hood.

Wii Remote controls will be implemented to comedic effect in Dark Legend. As one example, Codemasters said that players will be able to pick up underlings, shake them with the Wii Remote to imbue them with special "Overlordy" powers, and then fire the now-explosive minions at unsuspecting enemies.

In a slight divergence from the action adventure genre, Overlord Minions on the DS will be an action puzzler. The masked ruler will remotely command an army of four--Giblet, Blaze, Stench, and Zap--by solving puzzles and precisely performing touch-screen commands. The series' signature brand of physical humor will again play front and center in Minions as the "Special Farces" squad attempts to thwart the efforts of the Dragon Kin clan, which seeks to oust the Overlord from his supreme position and replace it with their own tyrannical junta.

Discussion

32 comments
HitmanDante
HitmanDante

kirill1, I can't even begin to understand what it is you are trying to say...

kirill1
kirill1

overlord first games was grate and cool the overlord2 we be 2x as grate i willy by the game strate even the price will be 60$ or 80$or more i we buy it!!!

Xtraneus
Xtraneus

[@SPD_WeBmAsTaH I'll buy the first game when the price goes down.] Overlord is like $20 at gamestop.

ronnet
ronnet

I still need to get the first, I did play a bit at a friend's house. Not a great game but fun enough, the sequel could turn out great for the 360, PC and PS3 that is. I really hate how publishers want to cash in on the Wii and then get a developer to make a poor Wii version. There just isnt any heart in it, and the love the devs had for the first Overlord is the reason why its so fun.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

As long as it has a map and clearer mission objectives it'll be great.

Dryker
Dryker

Can't wait. The first one and its expansion are some of my favorite games of all time.

SPD_WeBmAsTaH
SPD_WeBmAsTaH

I'll buy the first game when the price goes down.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Overlord is very fun. Not sure how we got the few detractors of it on here so fast. Greatly looking forward to the sequels. =D

Sacred-Snow
Sacred-Snow

the demo for the first was alright..........

Dilan120
Dilan120

Good,Im hoping that the sequel will be a huge improvement over the first

cengi
cengi

This is great news, I love Overlord, and that wolf riding thing is so cool, i hope you get to have a mount too!

CureForLiving
CureForLiving

I rather liked the original, it wasn't too bad for the first game in a new IP, but it did have room for improvement, but still if they build on what they did in the first game i don't see how this one can fail.

aarow82
aarow82

If they just add a map to make navigation a bit easier it'll be awesome. I really liked how you could upgrade you armour, weapons and helmet with different abilities, depending on what sort of minions you sacrificed. Was always fun watching them bomb-dive into that cauldron!

Blackstaff
Blackstaff

This is good news, Overlord was a good game... it is somewhat like a spiritual successor to Dungeon Keeper so I hope they continue to make games such as this

b1narymess1ah
b1narymess1ah

I just hope it has a map this time. biggest flaw of the first one.

Grantsplace2004
Grantsplace2004

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Grantsplace2004
Grantsplace2004

I thought the first was extremely underrated, even though it was rather easy and the ending felt kind of unexplained. The atmosphere, story, and adventure really pulled me in. I'm glad the sequel is finally getting made, although the wii one sounds kind of iffy.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Overlord going overboard, me thinks.

onething77
onething77

The first one was sweet. I hope the next one will be just as good.

HOMIE_G64
HOMIE_G64

I was thinking to myself one day, "Overlord would be great on the Wii." Whaddya know.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I hope it'll be just as much fun as the first.

MrQuest77
MrQuest77

fun game but definitely not worth full price, i'll wait a while to get the second

grigjd3
grigjd3

Game lacked follow through at the end. All the funny was gone by then. Was fun while it lasted though.

makemeweak
makemeweak

Awesome! I LOVED the first one. I hope they do well with this installment also.

grigjd3
grigjd3

hey gamespot.com, things aren't loading right with this new look! The first game was fun but lacked follow through towards the end. The funniest part was when you pleased your mistress. After that, the comedy about ran out and I was just finishing the game. Maybe the next one will be better.

Misfit119
Misfit119

Damn. I was hoping that a sequel would pick up after the end of the expansion, Raising Hell. Get into the whole "what happened after the game ended" with the Jester and your Mistress. Ah well, any sequel is good news. I hope they scrap the online though, it was really bad and not a lot of fun. I'd rather a much improved single player mode.

tiggerboy
tiggerboy

I agree with Chunkstein, the first game was funny and fun, so news of a sequal is great! I just hope that they either overhaul the online play completely, or scrap it all together because the online play in the first Overlord was horrible!

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

This is good news. I was surprised to hear that a sequal was in the works. I thought the original was very overlooked.

vincentw56
vincentw56

If you haven't played Overlord yet, what are you waiting for? It is great!

fartranger
fartranger

I am quite surprise and pleased that they are making a sequel to Overlord.

Chunkstein
Chunkstein

excellent news! the first overlord was a great game.

Sacif
Sacif

Cool, I really enjoyed over lord for the most part, hope the other games are just as fun