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a20e79ee952f59f11a9f52bf528f7be2_originalBy Nolan P. Smith

Many know the name of Joe Madureira, also known as Joe Mad. The acclaimed artist made the X-Men look better than ever at Marvel, and went on to form the Cliffhanger imprint with other amazingly talented creators. At Cliffhanger, Joe brought the world Battle Chasers, a fantasy book steeped deep in magic, monsters and swords. The book was amazing for the nine issues it ran, and then it ended on a cliffhanger… no pun intended. Joe Mad went on to work in the video game industry, creating the awesome Darksiders franchise. But fans of the Battle Chasers waited anxiously to revisit the world of swordsman, devilish red heads, and animated suits of armor. Well, that time is now: welcome to Battle Chasers: Nightwar.

The story returns as a classic JRPG game… well, that is if it reaches it’s funding goal. Here’s the desciption straight from the Kickstarter page:

  • Battle Chasers: Nightwar is an RPG inspired by the classic console greats, featuring deep dungeon diving, turn-based combat presented in a classic JRPG format, and tons of secrets, story and randomly-generated replay goodness.
  • Nightwar is currently planned for release on PC and Mac, both on Steam and DRM-free on GoG. (Look for other platforms like the console tier – Xbox One and PS4 – to show up in our stretch goals!)
  • The game is being created by ex-Vigil Games veterans, including two of Vigil’s co-founders, Joe Madureira and Ryan Stefanelli.
  • Like the greats that came before, the soundtrack will be something special.

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If you check out the Kickstarter page, you will see screenshots, the game in action, as well as animated cut scenes in glorious 2-D animation, like the pic above. Right now, the game will be released on PC and Mac, but the page hints at an X-Box One and Playstation 4 release as a stretch goal for this campaign.

Personally, I am a huge fan of Joe Mad and Battle Chasers- my hardcover Battle Chasers Anthology is one of my holy grails. I had to back this as soon as I woke up this morning, and I know I’m not the only one. Check out the Kickstarter page at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1548028600/battle-chasers-nightwar and enjoy.

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