New release: Skyborn
While we’re on the subject of games that I should’ve posted about last year, Dancing Dragon (previously Deadly Sin Studios) came out with a really nice-looking jRPG called Skyborn last spring. (If “Deadly Sin Studios” sounds familiar, it might be because the developer is the same fellow behind the Deadly Sin series, one Phillip Hamilton–you can read my review of Deadly Sin 2 here).
Anyway, Skyborn! The premise is decidedly steampunkish in nature:
Life under the rule of the winged Skyborn race isn’t so bad for Claret Spencer, the star mechanic of an independent repair shop. She can patch up just about anything…but when a certain cravat-wearing customer turns her life upside-down, she finds herself pulled into an epic, city-wide conflict that’s going to take a lot more than elbow grease to fix!
If there’s any doubt remaining about this game’s steampunk credentials, the trailer should set those to rest:
As you can see, although Phillip has stuck with RPG Maker, he’s livened things up with some very nice custom graphics. There seems to be a “technology versus magic” theme going on here, which reminds me a bit of Arcanum. All in all, I’m looking forward to checking Skyborn out.
As for you, dear reader, you can nab Skyborn for $14.95; there’s also a free 1-hour demo available right here so you can try before you buy. As with all titles forged in the fires of RPG Maker, Skyborn is Windows-only.