Rogue Lords was announced back in February 2020 by publisher Nacon and co-developers Leikir Studio and Cyanide Studio.

The game is a roguelike, with turn-based, tactical combat. Now, after watching its new trailer at the PC Gaming Show 2020, we got a glimpse of its gloomy environment and gameplay.

In Rogue Lords, you play the role of the Devil, miserably weakened by a terrible defeat. The game is set in 17th century New England, where mortals and underworld entities live side by side.

Your main goal is to restore your powers and spread corruption and dismay. Why? For the glory of Satan, of course! To do so, you’ll form a team comprised of infamously evil characters such as Bloody Mary and Dracula.

During your time with Rogue Lords, you’ll acquire skills and harness them to your advantage in combat. The skills will require the use of action points, so you’ll have to plan and assess your situation at all times.

To slay your enemies, you’ll have to use combinations of attacks and abilities, to maximize your hellish influence. If one of your team’s health goes down to zero, you’ll be exposed and take direct damage. When you own health reaches zero, your run will end and you’ll have to start again, like any roguelike.

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Though weak, you are still the Devil, and the Devil plays by his own rules. Under certain conditions, you can enter Devil Mode. While in Devil Mode, you can mess around with the interface to change your allies’ and enemies’ life bars, for instance. It can help you recover from dire situations, and is probably the most powerful tool in your arsenal.

Rogue Lord’s art design reminds me of Tim Burton’s gloomy style, which I like a lot. Though the trailer demonstrates only pre-alpha footage, it still is magnificent and should appeal to any fan of the macabre.

If Leikir Studio and Cyanide Studio will continue down this path, I’m certain that Rogue Lords is going to be loads of dark, twisted fun when it comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC in 2021.

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