In a saturated market, developers are finding that when it comes to drumming up interest in your latest project, a little name-dropping goes a long way. And so we end up with lots of announcements that reel off a list of fan-favorite games, hoping that someone, somewhere, will pay attention.
Step forward Seven, A new 3D isometric RPG inspired by the classic Thief games.
Seven in development by Fool’s Theory – a new indie studio established by a group of developers who previously worked on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at CD Projekt RED. They describe Seven as “a Thief-inspired, 3D isometric RPG in which players will get a chance to freely explore the sandbox world” in a “beyond post-apocalyptic” setting.
Unusually for an isometric RPG, the protagonist is able to use parkour skills to freely traverse obstacles of any height, a feature which Fool’s Theory says “totally reinvents” the genre. A branching storyline is set to be included, with plenty of moral choices to be made that have real consequences.
Seven is being developed using Epic’s Unreal Engine 4, which should make for some lovely visuals, and the concept art shown by Fool’s Theory so far shows an interesting mix of Dark Fantasy with a distinctive sci-fi tinge.
There’s no trailer for Seven yet, or even in-game screenshots. So far all we know other than the details above is that Seven is currently set to be a PC exclusive. There’s an official website though, which provides a little more detail about the setting.
Given the background of the development team – founder Jakub Rokosz was the lead quest designer on The Witcher 3 – and the inspiration behind their first project, Seven could be one to watch. Or, it could end up being a bit of a mess.
Blending parkour gameplay with an isometric viewpoint sounds like a recipe for disaster; but if Fool’s Theory manages to weld its traversal mechanics with tight environmental design, and if the story and setting are strong enough, Seven has the potential to be something special.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on Seven‘s progress over the months ahead, so expect to hear more about it further down the line.