First Trailer for Gord Reveals a Genre-Blending Dark Fantasy

This morning brings the announcement trailer for a new “adventure/strategy” game called Gord, blending gameplay mechanics with dark lore.

Over the last week, there’ve been some some hints and teases about Gord. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and even after this announcement trailer, I’m not entirely sure what to think. I do know that I’m definitely intrigued by what they’re trying:

Gord comes from Covenant, a new Polish game studio, and is set to release in 2022. It looks damn interesting, that’s for sure, pulling from the darkest corners of Slavic folklore. I’m all about my strategy titles, and it’s neat to see this blend of city-builder with more adventure (almost Diablo-esque) approach to encounters. Couple that with a bit of survival and there’s definitely something unique here.

Whether they can pull it off remains to be seen (and some actual gameplay would help), but my interest is certainly piqued.

Gord is a single player, adventure strategy game featuring developing societies, eerie forbidden lands, and remarkable mythical creatures. Players complete quests and manage a populace whose personal stories and well-being impact the fate of the settlement.

Key features:

Adventure strategy in a dark fantasy setting – Lead the people of the Tribe of the Dawn as they venture deep into forbidden lands and ensure the survival of your populace in a grim fantasy world inspired by Slavic folklore.
A unique city-builder with survival elements – Grow your gord from a humble settlement to a formidable fortress while your population is constantly at risk from enemy tribes, gruesome monsters, and mysterious powers that lurk in the surrounding woods.
AI-driven quest system to ensure lots of variety – Side quests and random encounters will send you off into the wilderness to hunt down legendary creatures, uncover secrets about the Ancients, or vanquish a nasty scourge.
Custom scenarios with procedural level generation – Choose from a variety of primary objectives, select the level size, the intensity of raids, the environment you’ll play in, the types of enemies you’ll face, starting resources, and even the severity of the weather.
Impactful Sanity and Burden systems – Every aspect of your settlers’ lives – from illness and hunger to the death of their kin – can impact your villagers’ psychological state.
Unleash powerful Incantations – Spells vary in nature – some are offensive while others are defensive – but they all help to tip the battlefield in your favor.
Uncover the world’s mysteries in The Chronicle – Pages torn from The Chronicle will be scattered throughout the game’s landscapes, giving dedicated players an additional challenge of discovering lore that explains the Gord universe.

Gord is slated to hit PCs in 2022.