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Ghostlight descends into the dungeons of Tsun-Kurn to bring Elminage Gothic to PC!

Thu, 22nd May 2014 | Posted by Ross

When we first spoke about bringing JRPGs to Steam, one of the things we were excited about was that if JRPGs were successful for us, we might get the opportunity to bring over games that had never been released outside of Japan before.  Well, I’m pleased to say that we’re now starting to make good on that opportunity.

That’s because later this year we’ll be bringing the classic Japanese dungeon crawler, Elminage Gothic, to PC.  Elminage Gothic, originally known as Elminage Gothic: Ulm Zakir to Yami no Gishik, is the 4th entry in Starfish SD’s popular Elminage series of dungeon crawlers, originally released in Japan for PSP in 2012 and on 3DS in 2013.

Some of you might remember the original Elminage game, which we released in Europe last year on PSP. The game is currently available on PSN but the boxed release was a highly exclusive offering, with one of the smallest, if not the smallest, PSP print runs ever. Only 300 very special limited edition physical copies were ever manufactured!

For those of you who enjoyed it, I’m pleased to say that Elminage Gothic offers the same classic old school dungeon crawling experience but adds a darker, more gothic twist to the game’s theme and art style.  It features multiple character classes, hundreds of stunningly designed monsters, creatures and demons, well over 80 hours of gameplay and it even goes right down to including the traditional “THAC0” system (which certainly takes me back!)  If you’re like me, then I’m sure you’ll agree that there’s a definitely a simple pleasure in delving deep into dungeons searching for hidden treasures and slaying monsters! :)

Plus, if you’re a fan of the incredibly popular Wizardry series of dungeon crawlers, you’ll be pleased to hear that Elminage Gothic is very reminiscent of those Wizardry titles.  It’s not surprising really, given that the development team at Starfish were also behind the Wizardry Empire games (the last of which, Wizardry Empire III: Haō no Keifu, released on PSP in Japan in 2007, just a year before the release of the first Elminage game on PS2).

“So when can I buy it?” I hear you ask, well, I don’t have details of pricing and release date just yet as the team are still working hard on the PC port but I hear that we’re aiming at a late summer release.  The team are still in the early stages of the translation and conversion process so please bear in mind that the content of these screenshots may be subject to change over the coming weeks!  :)  We’re working closely with the team at Starfish SD to offer increased resolution of the original artwork as well as a host of additions for the Steam release including mouse and keyboard support and of course Steam Trading Cards.  I’ll have more details for you in the coming weeks.

For now though, I suggest you ready your best dungeoneering gear and prepare to join Ghostlight in exploring the dungeons of Elminage Gothic later this year!

More on Elminage Gothic

In the far-off realm of Ishmag, King Jardin has ushered in an age of peace.  At least that is, until foul and hideous creatures begin emerging from the deep, treacherous caves of Tsun-Kurn and dark rumours of a rising evil begin to creep across the peaceful lands. It is up to you to arm yourself and descend into the depths of Tsun-Kurn in an attempt to put an end to the ever growing darkness and save your kingdom.

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