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News video games 17 September 2023, 22:18

author: Adrian Werner

Venerable RPG Got a Remake After 42 Years; Available Now

Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord, a remake of one of the most important games in the history of the RPG genre, has been released.

Source: Digital Eclipse
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The RPG Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord has debuted in early access. It is a remake of the first installment of this classic series, released in 1981 for the Apple II computer.

  1. Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord can be purchased in Steam Early Access.
  2. The production is also available on GOG.com.
  3. The devs anticipate that the full version will be released at the end of 2024, but stipulate that the release of build 1.0 may be delayed if necessary.
  4. Digital Eclipse, studio which specialized in reminding players of old games, is responsible for the project. The team recently released The Making of Karateka, and previously prepared such titles as Street Fighter: 30th Anniversary Collection, Disney Classic Games Collection or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection.
  5. Currently, only a PC release is planned, but all of Digital Eclipse's previous games have also been released on consoles, so we expect that Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord will receive a similar treatment once it reaches version 1.0.
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Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord is one of the most important games in the history of the RPG genre.

In 1981 it was a revolutionary game, as it was the first to introduce parties as we know them to the RPG genre. The project's port to Japanese computers and consoles proved so popular that it is considered one of the main inspirations for such series as Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest.

As a result today the Wizardry brand is much more popular in the Land of the Rising Sun than in Western markets. In total, the Japanese have produced as many as 39 different games from the brand, of which only five have lived to see English-language versions.

The remake faithfully reproduces the content of the original. The devs prepared a new graphic design and introduced many improvements to the gameplay and interface, but the rules of play are identical to what the players received in 1981.

So we get the same high level of difficulty as in the original, but elements such as combat, spell casting and party management are much more convenient. Nevertheless for purists there is an option to play with the old interface..

  1. Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord - official website

Finally, it is worth mentioning the system requirements of the game

Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord - minimum requirements for PC

  1. Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
  2. Graphics card: AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  3. RAM: 16 GB
  4. Disk space: 2 GB
  5. Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit

Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord - recommended requirements for PC

  1. Processor: Intel Core i5-6400 CPU 2.7 GHz
  2. Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970
  3. RAM: 16 GB
  4. Disk space: 2 GB
  5. Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit

Adrian Werner

Adrian Werner

A true veteran of the Gamepressure newsroom, writing continuously since 2009 and still not having enough. He caught the gaming bug thanks to playing on his friend's ZX Spectrum. Then he switched to his own Commodore 64, and after a short adventure with 16-bit consoles, he forever entrusted his heart to PC games. A fan of niche productions, especially adventure games, RPGs and games of the immersive sim genre, as well as a mod enthusiast. Apart from games, he devourers stories in every form - books, series, movies, and comics.

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