Codemasters has blown the beans off Overlord, a "groundbreaking" action-adventure title in development for PC and Xbox 360 that's set in a "seriously warped fantasy world" and tasks you with becoming the nastiest bastard around.
In Overlord, players slip into the shoes of a mysterious figure who has inherited the legacy of an evil, long-dead overlord. Events kick off when the mysterious figure emerges, near death, from the ruins of the old overlord's dark tower, it says here, and from that point on your ultimate goal is to ascend the rungs of evil and mould yourself into the new overlord - at which point you can cause the seriously warped fantasy world to tremble at your feet, presumably.
Aiding you on the road to ultimate evilness are the Minions - described as Overlord's key innovation - gremlin-like creatures that "believe you are the old Overlord reborn and will use their unique skills to fetch, fight and die for you", Codemasters has explained. A horde of these mini-devils are yours to command throughout the game and "they'll follow your every instruction no matter how despotic or, for the Minions, life threatening it is."
Codemasters has added that Overlord is "played out with plenty of black humour and dark irony" and will immerse players "in twisted parodies of classic fantasy scenarios and characters."
Lennart Sas, Director at Triumph Studios has said: "Overlord offers a wealth of freedom and allows players to experience classic fantasy like never before. Working with the minions, players can loot and pillage their way through the game's world or maybe resist the temptations of evil. In Overlord, player choices truly shape the world."
And Barry Jafrato, senior VP of brand for Codemasters, has said: "Overlord comes loaded with innovative and compelling game mechanics wrapped in a scenario that's played out with plenty of black humour. We're delighted to be working with Triumph on the title, bringing something fresh and original to next-generation gamers."
Overlord sounds a little like Dungeon Keeper to us with, looking at the screenshots, a bit of Fable-ness mixed in. Codemasters will publish the game for Xbox 360 and PC in summer 2007.