This time, it is not a drill. Grimoire: Heralds of the Winged Exemplar finally, officially releases after 20 years of development.
The game, developed by Cleveland Blakemore, most recently wanted to release Grimoire in July and on August 1, but delayed those releases further until it's release today. Blakemore delayed the release earlier last month for final bug fixes. According to Blakemore, “I did not want all the schadenfreude army to take delight in the fact the game was released with these glitches present.”
Now, the game is finally ready to go. "After more than 20 years of development, the greatest roleplaying game of them all is finally ready for release!" stated Blakemore. "Grimoire is an homage to the classic dungeon blobbers and is inspired by Wizardry, Might & Magic, Lands of Lore, Anvil of Dawn, DungeonMaster and the Eye of the Beholder games!"
The game has had a long and colorful history after being developed for 20 years. Blakemore is promising over 600 hours of play possible in Grimoire, which will include 14 playable races, 15 professions, over 50 skills, and over 244 maps to explore with 2D hand-drawn artwork.
The game is currently priced on Steam for $39.99 and is right now 10% off from its original price.
Quick TakeTo be honest, I am surprised it was actually released, as Blakemore tends to have a rather dubious history when it comes to keeping promises for Grimoire. Still, the game is finally out after twenty years, so I guess the next step is to see how it is received in the wild on Steam.
Early reviews by users are mixed at the moment - many of them have noted game crashes as the primary culprit, despite Blakemores attempts to mitigate bugs before release. The ugly user interface is also getting flak as well, but the game's look is by design supposed to be a throwback to the Wizardry titles from the 1990s.
At this point, the question now is will Grimoire, after 20 years of development, be a success in the market? Time will tell on that front.
What are your thoughts though? Are you surprised that Cleve finally got Grimoire released on Steam? Leave your comments below.