We may never know how hard it was to be a blacksmith in medieval Europe. Even so, new PC blacksmithing sim Anvil Saga is taking a good stab at depicting just such an experience. You'll be able to manage your own medieval smithy on Steam in late 2021.
What do we know about Anvil Saga?
Anvil Saga is a management sim-come-RPG in which you play as a blacksmith during the Hundred Years' War. You must tend to your smithy, fulfilling the requests of your patrons while also dealing with whatever problems come your way (and this being a medieval sim, there will be plenty of them). Bandits, English and French soldiers, local lords, and more will all want a piece of you, and it's up to you to stop your smithy from going under. You can take a look at the announcement trailer if you want to get the measure of Anvil Saga.
In Anvil Saga, you'll be able to construct your smithy as you see fit, expanding it with new rooms and facilities as you go. Each new room adds different functionality - from workshops to gyms and living quarters, you'll need to make sure your needs are met while also decorating and outfitting rooms appropriately. You'll also have staff to manage, each of whom has their own strengths and weaknesses. Of course, you'll need to do all of this while also fending off problem customers, English and French soldiers, and local bandits intent on taking a slice of what you've built.
When is Anvil Saga launching?
We likely won't see Anvil Saga until the tail end of this year. Publisher HeroCraft says it's scheduled to launch in late 2021, but we'll likely hear more about the game - including more detail on the gameplay and setting - as the year progresses. Anvil Saga certainly has an impressive pedigree behind it; lead designer Timur Shakirov is just 21 years old, with a Steam game under his belt at the age of 15. You may also recognize HeroCraft's name from projects like King of Dragon Pass and Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf.
We'll bring you more on Anvil Saga as soon as we get it. In the meantime, if you'd like to follow the progress of this game, you can do so by wishlisting it on Steam. If you're into management sims and want something a little different, this looks like it'd be perfect. Watch this space for more info.
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