Overlord Update - Minions

Codemasters releases new information on the upcoming action adventure game in which you get to play as the bad guy.

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Codemasters and Triumph Studios have been keeping very quiet about Overlord, which you might remember claimed our Best Surprise award at last year's Electronic Entertainment Expo. Despite regular publisher badgering, we've heard almost nothing about Overlord since returning from that event. So it's with great pleasure that we're finally able to bring you the first of what we hope will be many updates on the game leading up to its release.

The feature that most obviously distinguishes Overlord from other third-person action adventure games is the horde of gremlinlike minions that will accompany the titular central character at all times. The minions' loyalty to you knows no limits, and they'll die for you without a moment's hesitation if you ask them to. You shouldn't think of your followers as dispensable meat shields, though, because they have plenty of other uses and will grow stronger alongside you if you look after them.

You'll be able to command up to 50 minions simultaneously, and because they come in four distinct flavors, part of the challenge will be determining the makeup of that group. Your most common allies will be brown "fighter" minions, who are skilled in melee combat and will gladly taken on suicidal bomb-carrying missions behind enemy lines, but you'll also be fighting alongside red "fire thrower" minions, who are immune to fire and can hurl fireballs at enemies; green "assassin" minions, who are immune to poison, are skilled backstabbers, and are able to turn battlefield rubbish into upgrades; and blue "healer" minions, who can resurrect fallen allies and are the only ones able to swim. If you've played either of Nintendo's Pikmin games some of this might sound familiar, but we're assured that Overlord's gameplay is anything but derivative. Pikmin don't get distracted by beautiful succubae, beer, or music, for example, which are all things that you'll need to look out for when managing your minion horde.

Moving your personal army will be achieved using the right analog stick for the most part, with additional controls making it possible to select individuals or small groups for certain tasks. Alternatively, you can simply highlight a target object, building, or enemy and send minions toward it one at a time using what is essentially a fire button. The minions are purportedly intelligent enough that very little micromanagement will be necessary, and they're opportunistic enough that they'll often return to you with scavenged goodies after completing whatever task you assigned them to. Minions automatically equipping makeshift weapons and armor from fallen enemies are perhaps the most obvious example of this, but they'll also bring you tributes in the form of gold, enemy souls for use in the creation of additional minions, and rare metals that can be used to forge new weapons and armor pieces for yourself. Said items can be imbued with special powers if you tell minions to sacrifice themselves in the forge while they're being crafted, with red minion sacrifices resulting in weapons and armor that deal or are resistant to fire damage, for example.

Your dark tower will be rebuilt by minions as you progress through the game.

The home base where you'll be crafting new items and practicing your skills is a dark tower that's in ruins at the start of the game. The tower will be rebuilt as you progress through the game, and its appearance will reflect your reputation and your alignment in the game world. As the overlord your being evil is a given, but there will be plenty of opportunities in the game for you to do things that are really evil. Giving in to any of these temptations--killing harmless peasants, betraying your mistress, or exterminating an entire race, for example--will result in your character becoming increasingly "corrupted," which, if you're a particularly evil sort, you might think of as a measure of how much fun you're having. However, one of the game's achievements will task you with completing the game while remaining 100 percent uncorrupted, so those of you with a penchant for points will want to play as a (relatively) nice guy at least once.

Overlord is currently scheduled for release this summer, and although we haven't had an opportunity to get hands-on with the game yet, we're hopeful that it won't be too long before we do. We look forward to bringing you more information as soon as it becomes available.

Discussion

207 comments
megamaster32
megamaster32

I agree the game is pretty fun and your the evil guy i think it is a good buy game

miknygmen
miknygmen

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gah468
gah468

Im lucky, i bought this game out on a limb and its is awsome, pillaging, killing, anything else evil pretty much, IT IS A MUST-PLAY game. The 360 version has a lot better controls though from what i hear. To sweep the horde, you use the right analog stick. Fun and easy for almost all.

zer0ne
zer0ne

Definately a good game with minor flaw... I love my jester shower me with praise and insult me for bullying him... but alas, I played this game on a X360...

Bjun41
Bjun41

Its late at night and I had a busy day, so if something doesnt make sense, i apologize in advance. The demo was extremely short yet extremely fun in my opinion. I was always a fan of playing characters with minions. Its so fun to just tell the minions to do stuff while i just dodge and run around. This game definitely seems like one of those game. The minions do exactly what you tell them to do. In addition, whenver the npc drops gears or armors, the minions picks them up and wears them; providing them with better defense and offense. In addition, anything that belongs to the overlord, they bring over. How easy is that? Just control and let the minions do the rest. I LOVE IT! Either way, i look forward to playing the full game once its released. I was getting tired of regular control one hero and level up and suit up your hero. I can finally feel powerful by controlling my minions. Also it may be a good replay value to see how minions and peple react to you when you're doing good stuff versus bad stuff. I didnt have too much problem with the controls. I'm guessing a lot of people are used to the old style MOUSE1 (attack) and MOUSE2 (control camera)?? SOme have also complained that controlling the minions with both MOuse 1 and 2 pressed is difficult and annoying. It was a bit difficult in the first 10 minutes as I didn't know what was going on. However, once i got the hang of it, the control became very easy. C'MON OVERLORD! Let us RULE the world!! *EVIL LAUGH*

Hairball
Hairball

The demo was pretty fun. I'll be getting this game when it releases.

haesuse
haesuse

just finished the demo. i honestly wasnt impressed at all. the game feels like a simple hack n slash, while i was expecting something more along the lines of cross over of RTS and RPG. also i am hoping that there is some last minute controll overhaul as i really did not get the full hang of it during the demo, it was just not flowing enough. so i guess what i am saying its not really DK.

pimp_daddy_g
pimp_daddy_g

i just played the demo and u control the inions with the right analog stick only

n8berman
n8berman

So what about some PC controls, Gamespot? God knows I'm not about to waste my time playing this with a gamepad, especially if I have to controll 50 minions. Doesn't really look much like Dungeon Kepper, aside from the whole evil thing. I mean DK had much larger variety of minions, and you spent your whole building dungeons to attract different types of creatures. Although, premise of this game sounds pretty tight, and if things go as planned and the game doesn't suck, I'll be all over it. With that said, if they ever made DK3 I'd play it in a heartbeat.

Crew_SK
Crew_SK

dudes.. since this is 3rd person.. try and look more around Sacrifice instead of DKII. It's a different perspective altough you may seem to have the same havoquing purpose.

togemon171
togemon171

Ive been waiting for a game like this ever since I completed Evil Genius!!! :)

sandras
sandras

This looks and sounds like the next best thing behind a DK3 game.

NfinitOne
NfinitOne

You know what? This game eerily reminds me of something on the level of Dungeon Keeper II. This is what DK3 was supposed to turn out to be. Anyone else thinks so?

anarchistLeader
anarchistLeader

this game looks pretty cool hope to hear more bout it i'll buy it and try it

miiiguel
miiiguel

Freakin Amazing!!!! /hugs 360/

lithus
lithus

I just hope they're not completely riding on the Minion concept. I hope there's more to it than just having a bunch of Gremlin look-a-like's cause a localized frenzy. Another thing, are these things only geared towards evil? What if you want to do good things?

saikang
saikang

Man.. this looks like dungeon keeper... but its not.. i hope EA makes the sequel which has been scraped..

thesethcohen
thesethcohen

I agree with jwsoul im not going to get it without a review but it does sound AWESOME

jwsoul
jwsoul

Looks like this could be great fun but i will wait for a review before going all out on it!

Zoracite
Zoracite

This game looks fun, i'm, so getting it when its out.

Lufiras
Lufiras

I am soo gonna buy this game ^^ I mean who can resist commanding brainless goblins to certain doom ;3 I know I can't xD

GamerErman2001
GamerErman2001

Sounds great! You get a load of little goblins that just want to serve you! I hope this turns out real well.

Citan76
Citan76

Now if only someone would make a new dungeon keeper...

Bokica1000
Bokica1000

I can't wait. It looks like Fable and i like Fable!

jaredwilder
jaredwilder

aw dude you know that feeling when you take a HUGE dump? awsome!

Os1r1s
Os1r1s

quirky but looks pretty fun

nikompac
nikompac

hehe,pikmin meets dungeon keeper meets fable

CRLCRL
CRLCRL

Looks inovative to me, though i'll be on PC. I guess it has great elments of those unique quirky games liek DK and sacrifice

KuroriKenshin
KuroriKenshin

The style of this game looks really interesting. It also looks to be a kind of game that is amusing, as well as serious. I love those type of games

eggsiboss
eggsiboss

wow this game sounds great, I for one will be checking it out:)

keinuveye
keinuveye

I wish I had minions in real life. Just like in Diablo, they would be weaker versions of me, and a less saturated hue but the same color as me and do my bidding.

misha97
misha97

Sounds like a lot of fun but, awww only evil why can't you play for the good guys. Still I think when i get this game i'll be evil or very evil. Being very very very evil sounds like beyond control limit of having fun.

EvilLorax
EvilLorax

Sounds like the old interplay game "Sacrifice..."

thestrateger
thestrateger

i love this game and his graphic and his sounds in it :) :P :D

Ryo_Kensen
Ryo_Kensen

I'm probably going to get this game on release day, it sounds fun to me. :D

omegabyte
omegabyte

"which, if you're a particularly evil sort, you might think of as a measure of how much fun you're having." That is an awesome line. I think I'm definitely going to have to follow this game, it sounds pretty sweet.

denaz
denaz

I've been waiting too long to hear something about this game!! This is on top of my list for RPG's to buy, right beside Fable2, and Mass Effect:D

gforce2588
gforce2588

looks like plenty of fun...can't wait

brunibadger66
brunibadger66

this,mass effect,fable 2,and halo3 are the games im getting bring on over lord!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

about friggin time they got more Overlord info, its been nearly 6 months!

pimp_daddy_g
pimp_daddy_g

this looks awesome just hope they get it out befor summer ends

ogretroll123
ogretroll123

It's like Pikmin + Fable. With uglyass minions! Oh yeah!

Tom1243
Tom1243

Cool, it looks very interesting, reminds me a little of Fable aswell.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

hehe I didnt see any PS3 box at the end of thet trailer....oh well, I guess you could buy a new computer and the PC version for less anyway. lol!