Beasts and Blades announced, open beta
Seattletek informs me that they have been working on a new RPG called Beasts and Blades. Having looked at a bunch of gameplay videos, it strikes me as something of a Western take on the modern Square jRPG formula.
The game opens in a scene where a royal investigation team (five main characters) has been put together by Lord Crewe to investigate recent disappearances, including that of the High Mage’s daughter, in the Mereen Forest south of the main town of Elmere. The players find only an abandoned ritual camp, or what seems to be abandoned. In a series of strange events, an evil force reveals itself from a portal to another realm, and takes control of the team. Each player finds themselves alone, in an unfamiliar place, and must battle their way out to find the rest of the investigation team and find out who is behind all of this.
Seattletek have posted a video showing gameplay (though inexplicably, the first minute-and-a-half is just spent sitting on the title screen doing nothing–I’d skip past that part).
They also have a video showing off outdoor exploration with day and night cycles.