A legend reborn as Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny returns! Developed by Austrian developer Crafty Studios, Realms of Arkania – Blade of Destiny is a faithful remake of the 1992 original, adored by a generation of Role Players and one of the most successful RPG’s of the 1990’s.
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Release Date: Jul 29, 2013

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November 5, 2015

Willkommen im Svellttal / Welcome to the Svellt Valley

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Diese Zeilen zu schreiben brennt mir schon seit einiger Zeit in den Fingerspitzen, und heute ist es endlich soweit: Die Crafty Studios haben sich mit UIG auf die Entwicklung von Sternenschweif HD geeinigt, es wird also hochoffiziell wieder daran gearbeitet. Basis für die Entwicklung ist der aktuelle Stand 1.36 von Schicksalsklinge HD. Es gibt auch bereits eine neue Website unter http://www.sternenschweif.com zu bewundern, dort wird auch einen Entwicklerblog für alle Interessierten geführt. Wir freuen uns auf die Reise ins Svellttal, umso mehr als wir euch alle auf diese Reise mitnehmen können! Hier das Ankündigungsvideo: https://youtu.be/I0qsCtPfJh4

Writing these lines has been an urge I had to resist for quite some time now, but today it is finally possible: Crafty Studios have found an agreement with UIG for the development of Realms of Arkania Startrail HD, official work on it has already been restartet. We will use the current Version 1.36 of Blade of Destiny as the Base for Development. There is also a new website at http://www.sternenschweif.com along with a development blog, currently in german only. We are looking forward to our journey into the Svellt Valley, even more since we can take you all along on the ride! Announcement Teaser: https://youtu.be/FZY6MMWSK-4

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About This Game

A legend reborn as Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny returns!

Developed by Austrian developer Crafty Studios, Realms of Arkania – Blade of Destiny is a faithful remake of the 1992 original, adored by a generation of Role Players and one of the most successful RPG’s of the 1990’s.

Get ready to return to Thorwal, one of the oldest cities of Aventuria. Make sure your wits are sharpened before walking down the small alleys of Thorwal and Prem, and prepare to stop the Orcisch threat while creating a mighty alliance between nations. Featuring a complete visual reimagining along with a comprehensive overhaul of every aspect of the gameplay, Realms of Arkania – Blade of Destiny is set to captivate a 21st century audience of new and old fans alike.

Old school RPG at its best – for the Fans of REAL RPG games.

Features:

  • Remake of the first part of Realms of Arkania
  • Roleplaygame with turn based tactical fights
  • Cities and dungeons in current real-time-3D
  • Dozens of talents, fighting skills and magical skills
  • Authentic realization of the TDE basic rules
  • Depending on your gaming style – 20 to 80 hours game time

Revised Edition

  • User-Contributed Content
  • Modding ability
  • Additional encounters, making Aventuria even more alive
  • Enhanced Battles
  • Completely redone graphics
  • Completely revised and improved User Interface
  • Extended music selection
  • Enhanced sound
  • Steam Achievements, Stats and Cloud
  • Linux build

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8
    • Processor:Intel Core2Duo / AMD X2 CPU, min. 2.4 GHZ
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia Geforce GT 240 / AMD Radeon HD 3700, min. 256MB VRAM
    • DirectX®:10
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7 or 8
    • Processor:Intel I5 / AMD Phenom II, min. 2.8 GHZ
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia Geforce GTX 660 / AMD Radeon 7850, min. 1GB VRAM
    • DirectX®:11
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • OS:Max OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or higher
    • Processor:Intel Core2Duo / AMD X2, min. 2.6 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia Geforce 8800 GT / AMD Radeon HD 2600, min. 256MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended:
    • OS:MAC OSX 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or higher
    • Processor:Intel Core2Duo / AMD X2, min. 2.8 GHz
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia Geforce GTX 560 / AMD Radeon HD 5850, min. 512 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • OS:Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor:Intel Core2Duo / AMD X2 CPU, min. 2.4 GHZ
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia Geforce GT 240 / AMD Radeon HD 3700, min. 256MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended:
    • OS:Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor:Intel I5 / AMD Phenom II, min. 2.8 GHZ
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia Geforce GTX 660 / AMD Radeon 7850, min. 1GB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
31 of 36 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
48.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2015
After having finished the game I can now say that I really enjoyed it but I would not recommend it to anyone who is not a fan of the original. There are too many problems with the game and things such as difficult controls and poor user interface will frustrate anyone who doesn't have the nostalgia of the original to force them to overlook the problems.

The user interface and controls are shockingly bad. The developers really need to fix it but I can't see that happening. Other games in this genre such as the elder scrolls have very easy controls. The game also has bugs such as the wrong text on dialogs and random bugs that get you stuck in a situation where nothing is happening. The most frustrating for me was that you can't cancel the level up process and start again.

The game is very true to the original however and I think they succeeded improving on the original in quite a few ways. The combat simulator is much better than before. The graphics are of course much better as well as the artwork. Some small annoyances have been taken care of.
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2015
1. Bad user interface.
2. Poor presentation (graphics, aesthetics).
3. Very bare-bones user manual.
4. There are still some bugs.

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1. The user interface has a number of issues:
a) Some items are crammed into the corners where they are hard to reach.
b) Most menus have a tiny little X to close them in the upper right corner. A big simple OK or Cancel button would have been better.
c) Not all buttons have tooltips explaining what they do.
d) Tooltips do not tell you what the keyboard shortcut for an action is.
e) In combat, you cannot move the camera from side-to-side using the mouse. You have to use the keyboard.
f) In combat, the current active character is not highlighted in the bottom character panel. So you have to pay close attention to whose turn it is.
g) When leveling up, you cannot go back or undo skill advancement choices.

2. Graphics and presentation is way off-base too.
a) The character models are very ugly.
b) The building/town models are very ugly.
c) There are few spell or action animations in the FPS view portions of the game. Casting a spell to cast a light is instantaneous. Knocking over statues in a certain level is instantaneous.
d) The sound effects are really bad.
e) Not all weapons have appropriate animations. You swing a rapier for instance. The quarterstaff uses the same 3D model as the rapier.
f) Everything is brown and boring.
g) In general this remake has less charm than the original game for MS-DOS.

3. The ingame documentation says the PDF manual is supposed to be the place to go for detailed information, but the PDF manual is shorter adn more bare-boned than the ingame docs.

4. I have run into a few issues, but nothing super serious so far.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
I am sorry to have to say this, but this game is a fail. Even thought one can indeed feel that 'some' effort has been put into the game, the outcome is just a pale shadow of the original.

Truth be told, the original Blade of Destiny from 1993 had lousy graphics and even the MIDI music was very rudimentary; but everything else was excellent: the story, the user interface, the 'randomness factor' - you name it, you have it. You wish to have fights automaticaly calculated - no problem. You wish to speed things up or slow down a bit? No problem. User inventory and skills? Very simple and comprehensive. I can recommend this game heartily to any fan of a good story!

And the HD version of the same? Its a complete opposite. Graphics are better (which is not hard, considering the first version to be almost 23 years old) and the music is remastered, story is the same... But the user interface is messed up. Controls are very unintuitive, inventory as well, movement through cities and dungeons is very sluggish and tiresome, as is any other aspect of the game - starting with character generation. If you end up entering someone's house - you need to wait for the narrator to finish his line before being able to somehow get out of there. ESC doesnt work, there is no cancel key, nothing. Only the right mouse button, only after the narrator finished reading the same boring line. That is absolutely unacceptable for anyone who plays RPGs and explores every door that can be opened.
And then... the battles. They cannot be accelerated, nor speed-automated as in the original version. If your high level party gets attacked by a couple of rats, you still have to wait 15 min for the battle to be decided. Ridiculous.

The *only* improvement that I have seen in the HD version over the 1993 version is the comprehensive explanation of skills and required traits for them. And I did not know that a crystal ball can be enchanted like wands. ^_^

Its a shame really... I love the realms of arkania trilogy; it is one of my favorite games of all times, but the HD version is unplayable :(

To make things even worse, the support forum is bugged. Registration at forum.schicksalsklinge.com is neigh impossible, nor is possible contact support (always the 'wrong captcha').

A shame indeed.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2015
Why did I buy this?

I liked the orignals, the DOS based games... this game kinda ruins the series for me.

Slow, buggy, and very awkward gameplay. The combat is tedious and uninteresting. And the story line didn't grab me at all.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2015
Game is very buggy, I should have just bought the original which I have heard is fantastic. Game also starts out very slow with a vague description of what you are supposed to do, don't get me wrong there is nothing with games that don't hold your hand but they should at least tell you what the plot is.
I would say just save your money and avoid purchasing this game.
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