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Now, listen up. Unknown Realm is a Classic 8-bit RPG released on a C64 cartridge, with a digital version on Steam to run through a C64 emulator on your PC. How great is that?
Developer Stirring Dragon Games: Unknown Realm: The Siege Perilous is a a new 8-bit medieval fantasy role-playing game that starts out in the '80s for PC and Commodore 64. It is designed in the spirit of classic RPGs such as Ultima & Bard's Tale. Boasting a size of 16Mbits, it is the largest 8-bit RPG to be made on cartridge ever.
You want story? Okay! Uncover a mystery surrounding the disappearance of your uncle. While searching for clues, you're transported to a strange yet familiar fantasy world. It's here that your quest begins, armed with nothing more than a wooden sword and an unlikely companion. That's all I'm going to tell you.
Here's just a sample of what the game will offer: an exploration-focused open world with lots of secret locations; 64 different day, night, and seasonal monsters; intelligent NPCs; turn-based Western-style combat; a Big Box RPG physical edition with cloth map, game manuals, etc. (just like the good old days!); a custom platform for modern systems that delivers a true retro experience; and an in-game hybrid soundtrack that toggles between 8-bit and modern music.
This seems a good time to mention System Requirements (abbreviated): Windows XP+, Mac OS 10.5+, or NTSC/PAL C64/C128 system.
If all of this appeals to you, scurry on over to Megafounder and show your support! Stirring Dragon promises to love you for it.