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Staff of Kings has checkpoints, jp-30 "relieved" UPDATE: Release date? 25 Feb, 2009, 23:25 / 6 comments

JediMudkip of the LucasArts forums promised a few more gameplay-related answers for us today, and delivered. You can find them all here. I had a couple in there, including most importantly for anyone who played and got fed up with Emperor's Tomb:
Is there a checkpoint system in the game?

Yes, there is a checkpoint save system in the game. Again we've tried to be very careful so that if the player fails a puzzle or combat section that the checkpoint places them back in a position that is fair.
And about damn time too!

There was also good news for UK Indy gamers today (like me), as NGamer magazine published the first decent preview for us Limeys. You can see hi-res scans of the two-page preview here and here, but I'd advise you to pick up the mag if you can, because we're all good people really.

Of particular interest is that it's the first preview to be honest and mention the awful state of the graphics and the dodgy resumé of A2M. This doesn't put off their enthusiasm for the game though.

Oh, and they also mention about the Staff of Moses being in Birmingham. Obviously. That's about as crazy a theory as the idea that you can find Atlantis on Google Earth.

UPDATE: MCV, a videogame trade site and so fairly reliable, has said that Activision has dated Staff of Kings for a May 22nd European Release. This is exactly one year after KOCS, so we need a good SOK this time.

Comments

  • QueZTone on 26 Feb, 2009, 10:16…
    wasn't the saving system (CHECKPOINTS) the number 1 point of critique with Emperor's Tomb?
  • The Tingler on 26 Feb, 2009, 16:24…
    No, Emperor's Tomb just had levels. It didn't have any checkpoints at all.
  • Lagomorph on 26 Feb, 2009, 09:33…
    I didn't know Fate of Atlantis had some four player multiplayer mini-games.
    Where do I find these?
  • jp-30 on 26 Feb, 2009, 07:15…
    >> Activision has dated Staff of Kings for a May 22nd European Release. This is exactly one year after KOCS, so we need a good SOK this time. <<

    It was probably slated for a May 22 2008 release, y'know...
  • ATMachine on 26 Feb, 2009, 02:33…
    As I recall the Emperor's Tomb save system was described in very similar language in its press releases - especially in terms of reviving the player "in a position that is fair".
  • jp-30 on 25 Feb, 2009, 21:54…
    Ha. Not nearly as good as a "Save anywhere" system, but an improvement.

    // Shakes fist at Emperor's Tomb //