Deep Silver has today announced plans to expand the Sacred franchise with a brand new digital release. The side-scrolling beat-‘em-up Sacred Citadel, a new standalone title that is set in the rich universe of Sacred, promises to reinvent the familiar arcade feel of classic scrolling beat-‘em-ups while setting a new standard for the future of side scrolling hack-and-slash videogames.
Sacred Citadel sees three warriors unite against an evil that threatens to enslave the once peaceful world of Ancaria. Lord Zane’s Ashen Empire has created an army of Grimmocs, modified Orc henchmen at war with the Seraphim. Only when these heroes unite and use their skills to support each other they will stand a chance.
There are several playable character classes, such as the Safiri Warrior, the Ancarian Ranger and the Khukuri Shaman, each with a different skill set that can be further individualised through role-playing game (RPG) features and collectible items. Each character will also have the ability to dual-wield two exchangeable weapons, use combo attacks and perform double jumps. All of which is said to combine into a fluid and unique arcade style videogame experience with sophisticated graphics and spectacular effects. The player will also be able to ride mounts, use war machines and spend his or her hard earned cash in towns all over the world of Sacred Citadel. Sacred Citadel will also offer a multiplayer mode for up to three players, allowing the team to join forces against their enemies in seamless drop-in/drop-out co-operative mode.
The events in Sacred Citadel will act as a prologue to the next chapter of the Sacred story and will unveil an intriguing secret about the Seraphim that will directly relate to the action RPG Sacred 3, currently in development by keen games and to be released in 2013. Sacred Citadel will be available in 2013 as a digital download title for the PlayStation 3 through PlayStation Network, through Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360 and through Steam and other partners. Sacred Citadel is being developed by Southend Interactive, and Electronic Theatre will keep you updated with all the latest details on the scrolling beat-‘em-up title.