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16th century RPG revealed

With "unique free roaming" gameplay promised

German dev Deck 13 has released the first info on Venetica, due out on PC and 360 next year.

The studio classes Venetica as a role-play game with a cryptic storyline that mixes emotions and action in a unique free roaming, 16 century world. At least it's not got orcs in it.

"In the era of Venetica, Death walks among the living as a flesh & blood being, carrying out the deeds of an ancient council known by a few as Corpus," reads the blurb.

"Each generation of the Corpus is set with the task of selecting the next predecessor of the bringer of death. Unfortunately, the most recent council had unwittingly selected a crafty necromancer who is determined on bringing death and destruction to the world.

"This conniving impostor has managed to transform into an undead fiend, which no mortal man can kill. This power-crazed necromancer is hell-bent on destroying the reinstated Death and the council of Corpus. Only one person stands in his way, Scarlett, the daughter of Death."

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