If you like your city-builders based on dark fantasy and inspired by Slavic folklore, you’re going to love Gord.
The recently-announced game is being developed by Covenant, a new Polish game studio founded by ex-CD Projekt Red and 11-Bit Studios producer Stan Just. That explains the Frostpunk vibes, then
The game combines elements of city-building, survival, and strategy all into one neat package. Like a standard city-builder, Gord asks you to grow your settlement over time, fending off external threats and completing quests to bolster your civilization. It deviates from the norm in some places though: making you kill mythical beasts to fulfill the single-player narrative, Witcher-style, for one.
Check out the trailer below.
One of the more interesting elements of the game seems inspired by the likes of Darkest Dungeon; a large part of the survival mechanic woven into your population’s well-being is an insanity gauge: you’re going to want to do everything in your power to keep your people sane, otherwise, very bad things might start to happen.
A healthy mix of fortifying your walls and sending your best and brightest out on raids should help, then. There’s a wealth of customization options that allow you to cater for your playstyle, and these can be tinkered with at the outset of a new game – meaning the difficulty and nature of the world you need to survive in can be custom-built to your desires. Not bad.