Published on February 24th, 2011 | by Kyle LeDuch0
The First Templar
By now, you’ve probably heard of The Knights Templar. They’re bloody everywhere, from The Da Vinci Code to Assassin’s Creed to Broken Sword on the iPad. They’re the religious nuts who were around during the Crusades, with the big crosses on their chests. And this game, perhaps unsurprisingly, is about the first one. Well, a couple of them in fact, as it has a focus on co-operative play, with the ability to switch between its two protagonists at will.
It’s going to be an action adventure game from a team that’s usually associated exclusively with strategy, and it’s going to have a heavy co-op leaning. It seems like the guys behind the Tropico games want to test themselves and really take a step to the next level by offering the type of game that everyone can get into, rather than just hitting that same niche market that has served them well over the years. It’s a risk, but as with everything in life, you can never reach greatness without taking a gamble every now and then.
From what we’ve seen of the game so far, The First Templar seems like a nice mix of LEGO Star Wars’ drop-in drop-out co-op, Assassin’s Creed’s medieval bent and a handsome dose of button-thwacking brutality thrown in for good measure. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
The team have been doing their research religiously (pun ever-so-slightly intended), watching ‘hundreds’ of movies (their words, not ours) like Kingdom of Heaven and The Name of the Rose to make sure the atmosphere and setting are spot on. Considering the Tropico games’ eye for detail, The First Templar should be in good hands.
It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that the team’s first foray into the action-adventure genre is based around co-op play. Quality stuff like Vanquish and Enslaved struggled last year due to being single-player only, so it would seem that the market perceives more value in a product that has multiplayer. Also, the release window is wise. While those two games came up against the likes of Halo Reach and Black Ops, The First Templar only has to dodge a few lower-profile shooters in Q1 to make a mark. The fact it isn’t just another shooter, too, should make it stand out. If it can capture a section of that crazy Da Vinci code market too, then it should see success.