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Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord – The Revival of a Classic

Written by Marcello TBL

Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord

The remake of one of the most iconic RPG franchises ever is now available in Early Access

In the annals of role-playing game history, few titles hold as much reverence as Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord. First introduced to the world by Sir-Tech in 1981, this groundbreaking game set the stage for the party-based dungeon crawler genre. It wasn’t just a game; it was the progenitor of an entire series that would inspire iconic franchises like Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Baldur’s Gate.

Wizardry Remake

Fast forward to today, and the legacy of Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord is being rekindled. Digital Eclipse, a studio renowned for meticulously preserving classic games, has unveiled a contemporary remake of this seminal RPG. Now available on Steam and GOG Early Access, this modern reimagining beckons both old fans and new adventurers to delve into the game that defined a generation.

Experience the Game on:

A Seamless Blend of Old and New

Digital Eclipse’s revival is not just a mere facelift. While it’s built atop the original Apple II game’s code, ensuring the essence of the classic remains intact, it also boasts modern enhancements. Players can now enjoy updated graphics, streamlined party management, intuitive navigation, and revamped spellcasting and combat mechanics. And for those who yearn for nostalgia, the original interface is just a click away, allowing gamers to experience the game as it was in its prime.

Embark on a quest led by the enigmatic mad overlord, Trebor. Assemble your band of adventurers and navigate the treacherous labyrinth, seeking the amulet stolen by the nefarious wizard, Werdna. Face formidable foes, evade cunning traps, and prepare for the ultimate confrontation with Werdna himself.

Wizardry Remake Gameplay

The Journey of Development

Digital Eclipse’s dedication to this project is evident. For nearly two years, a passionate team has been working tirelessly to breathe new life into Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord. With a foundation rooted in classics like The Making of Karateka and Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration, the studio’s expertise shines through. The core game is now fully playable, boasting several enhancements for a modern gaming experience.

As the game enters its Early Access phase, priced at $29.99, the team is eager to gather insights from both die-hard Wizardry enthusiasts and contemporary RPG aficionados. As the game evolves, with new updates and refinements, the price is set to increase. For a deeper dive into the Early Access roadmap and what lies ahead, click here.


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Marcello TBL

Italian Dad in love with Turn-Based RPGs and Indie Games. In 2018 he started Turn Based Lovers and now he can't live without it.