E3 2011: Two Worlds II: Pirates of the Flying Fortress Preview Impressions

We get our first look at this upcoming expansion to Two Worlds II.

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There's no such thing as too much of a good thing. Two Worlds II was an absolutely gigantic game, jam-packed with elaborate quests, interesting characters, and more spells than you could possibly comprehend. And for those craving even more content (how greedy!), an expansion is on the way that promises to add enough quests to last another 10 hours and a full complement of other tweaks and additions to refine your overall experience. We had a chance to get a first look at Pirates of the Flying Fortress in a hands-off demo earlier today.

Flying Fortress begins immediately after the events that concluded the previous game. You find your character on a beach, pointing a sword at a foe shaking on his knees. The poor sap begs for you to spare his life, but that's the coward's way of handling conflicts. You plunge your pointy killing device through his chest and then say, "Die." Seconds later, your moment of victory evaporates. Those dirty pirates double-cross you, hitting you in the back of the head and taking you on board their pirate ship.

Story details beyond that setup are sparse now, but we did find out a bit about changes to the basic structure. First, your boat plays a much bigger role than in the main game. Before, there was no marker on the map to help you locate your lost skiff, and it was difficult to find a place to dock when you were on board. Now? A blip guides you in the right direction when you're separated, and you can crash into just about any beach to take to shore. In other traveling news, your horse has its own armor. No more arrows bouncing off its hide!

Three hundred spells come precrafted in this expansion, making magic much easier to use for the uncreative players. Also, there are new hair and facial options if you want to tweak the physical features of the protagonist. And the last detail: there is a quest in the graveyard given to you by an undead monster. If zombie strippers are your thing, Flying Fortress has you covered.

Two Worlds II: Pirates of the Flying Fortress is due for release sometime this fall. Stay tuned to GameSpot for more information on this promising-looking add-on.

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