Last week Kalypso teased a mysterious new game that we in our cleverness identified as a sequel to Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms, possibly called "Awakening". Well, we were right on the money, in all ways. Kalypso have now properly announced Shadows: Awakening, the next game in the Heretic Kingdoms series, which they will debut fully at Gamescom. And here's the shocker: it will be free to owners of Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms.
In Shadows Book 2, or Heretic Kingdoms 3, or whatever you want to call it, you play as a demon called the Devourer who has the ability to "absorb the memories and personalities of acquired souls and materialize them as their puppets in the world of mortals", which is the game's rather unique take on the traditional RPG party system. Presumably this is the same Devourer who was the player character in the last game. The action RPG will have real-time combat across two different worlds, and take roughly 40+ hours to complete. It even sounds like it's taken a little from Torment as your character struggles to maintain their own identity.
And as mentioned, anyone who owns Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms on GOG or Steam will get Awakening for free. This is because originally Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms was promised as two "Books", with the second planned to be released later. Well Kalypso and GamesFarm know that gamers have long memories, so they are honouring their promise despite Awakening not coming out until what will be four years after the last game. Everyone else will get both games as a "full and complete experience", which I presume is why Heretic Kingdoms isn't in the title. This isn't the third game in the series as much as it is both complete and improved parts of Heretic Kingdoms 2.
Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms received praise for its gameplay and story but still receives complaints about bugs and crashing, so hopefully Awakening will completely polish everything up on both Books. And most importantly, Tom Baker, fourth and best Doctor Who and voice actor on the likes of Little Britain and Star Wars Rebels, will still be in the game as the narrator.
Here's a list of Shadows: Awakening's features from the press release:
Shadows: Awakening will be revealed fully at Gamescom later this month and will be released in 2018.