Spiderweb Software is preparing to release Avernum 2, the followup to their popular shareware game. Avernum 2, a roll-playing type game in which citizens of the underground prison/society are suddenly in grave danger, picks up where the first game left off. According to Spiderweb Software:
Avernum 2 An Upcoming Epic Fantasy Role-Playing Game for Windows and Macintosh
Avernum is a prison. It is an enormous warren of tunnels and caverns, far below the surface world. You were banished there by the cruel Empire, to spend the rest of your life in the underworld. At first, it seemed like you and your many fellow prisoners might be able to form a nation and live in peace, far from the sun.
Then a group of adventurers from Avernum assassinated Hawthorne, the emperor of the Empire. Now the forces of the Empire are rampaging through your underground home, killing everyone they find. As things stand, the nation of Avernum, and all in it, are doomed.
But then you, lowly soldiers stationed at the most remote Avernite outpost, get a chance to change things. A series of unexpected events gives you the opportunity to explore unimagined realms, meet strange alien creatures, and maybe, with luck and cunning, save your people from certain doom.
Avernum. Itis a terrible place. But itis all you have.
Avernum 2 is the sequel to the hit retro-rpg Avernum. Avernum 2, like its predecessor, is a classic fantasy role-playing game, designed for anyone who wants a huge game with a fascinating plot and who longs for the good old days of Ultima and Wizardry. It features beautiful 3-D, 16-bit graphics, including drawings by well-known fantasy illustrator, Phil Foglio, a massive storyline with three different game-winning quests (complete one or two of them, or even all three), and addicting gameplay.
Experience with Avernum is completely unnecessary to enjoy Avernum 2. Avernum is a complete rewrite of the classic game Exile 2: Crystal Souls. Avernum is from Spiderweb Software, makers of Nethergate and the award-winning Exile series. Estimated minimum system requirements: Windows 95/98/NT/2000 or PowerPC Macintosh, 12 MB free RAM, 20 MB hard drive space, 800x600 screen resolution. Highly recommended: 16 bit color, minimum 120 MhZ Processor.
Avernum 2 is expected to be released by the end of 2000, and will be available for US$25. You can find more information, including screenshots, at the Avernum web site.