Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord
Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord is a full 3D remake of the first game in the legendary Wizardry series of RPGs.
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Very Positive (88) - 87% of the 88 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Sep 15, 2023

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“After two years in development, we're ready to share what we're working on with the community. We know there are devoted fans of this franchise worldwide, and it means something different to each of them. We want feedback from as many players as we can get, so we can incorporate as many improvements as possible before we bring this ambitious project to completion.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Based on current scope and resources, the dev team anticipates Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord being content-complete and leaving Early Access before the end of 2024. However, this is far from guaranteed; there are often unforeseen factors and various surprises that might lengthen the development process. As we navigate changes and obstacles, we will keep the players informed.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“In addition to replacing WIP assets with updated ones, we plan to update other in-game graphical and audio elements. We will also explore adding text localization, a guide to in-game enemies, and other features we believe will benefit players.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The entire core game is playable, though there will likely be some bugs, and some visual elements are not 100% complete. The team is still working on additional environment and object textures, audio elements, and character animations; some existing elements will be replaced or upgraded during development. Incomplete assets are marked with a special icon to let you know they are still in active development.

More content and updated assets will be added over time, but some elements may change or stop working in the process. Save games, for instance, are something we expect will break between major updates. During Early Access, Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord should be considered an early build that you can play before it's done, so you should expect and prepare for some inconveniences associated with a work-in-progress.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Yes -- as the team adds more content to the project, the price will increase. Anyone who has already bought the game during Early Access will receive all additional content at no additional fee; it will simply arrive in title updates.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Steam and its discussion forums make the most sense for us as a central hub for communication. Our players are already here, so we'd like to meet you where you play. Bug reports will be very much appreciated, with as much detail as you feel motivated to provide — we want to squash as many as we can, with your help. We will also try to incorporate any player suggestions for features and improvements, as long as they can be implemented within the scope and resources of the project. In other words -- we're all ears for your hopes and dreams, but we'll need to see what's feasible, so let's keep talking.”
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About This Game

Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord is a full 3D remake of the first game in the legendary Wizardry series of RPGs.

The first party-based RPG video game ever released, Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord was a direct inspiration to series like Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. Digital Eclipse's revival preserves the appeal of the classic, with many upgrades for modern role-playing game fans.

Dungeon Crawling, Deluxe

Craft your own party of adventurers and head into the labyrinth at the behest of the mad overlord Trebor, in search of the amulet stolen by the evil wizard Werdna. Battle groups of challenging enemies, avoid hidden traps, and make your way deeper into the dungeon as you prepare for the ultimate battle: Facing Werdna himself.

Commitment to Accuracy

Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord is built directly on top of the original 1981 game's code. Although it looks all new, underneath the hood is the authentic game. You can even view the original Apple II interface as you play.

Challenge Without Hassle

While the well-known difficulty of the enemies has not been altered, quality-of-life improvements have been added in every area. Party management, navigation, spellcasting, and combat have all been significantly enhanced.

A Legend Reborn

If you're just discovering the legendary Wizardry franchise, Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord is the perfect jumping-in point for new players. Series veterans will love the gorgeous new graphics and sound, and the streamlined interface.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 GPU
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-6400 CPU @ 2.70GHz
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 970
    • Storage: 2 GB available space

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