Bibdy Games is excited to bring you a new PC and console role-playing game that challenges the conventions of what a party-based RPG should be. This game is for those that love assembling a party full of intriguing characters, each with their own distinct play style and personalities. Blackwater pays homage to great party-based RPGs from the past – Baldur’s Gate, Final Fantasy III, Chrono Trigger, and Planescape: Torment. However, while our game will draw from titles like these, this game will introduce new mechanics that will make it distinct from what came before.

The Story

Along the subarctic SERRATED COAST lies BLACKWATER, a burgeoning trading outpost founded by the ALLIED TRADING COMPANY. In the darkest corners of THE CONFEDERATION, people trade rumours of Blackwater. It is said you can gather enough wealth for ten lifetimes there, no matter how chequered your past. In fact, Blackwater suits cunning and hardened men and women best, for it is treacherous enough making your way to the Serrated Coast, let alone building a flourishing venture along its shores. Blackwater attracts villains, outcasts, deviants, and fugitives excreted by the Confederation. It is an uncompromising cesspool, but if you are enterprising enough—and lucky enough—the ATC will reward you for your efforts.

Fugitives hunted by a criminal kingpin, siblings SILAS and MAIDA FOSS spot an ATC poster on the wall of a gambling den – Blackwater needs them! As a ticket to fortune and their means of escape, they quickly pool their money and board the first merchant vessel sailing towards the Serrated Coast.

 

Drunk on cheap bottles of brandy, Silas and Maida toast each other’s future fortune. Together, they will make their mark on Blackwater and bleed the Allied Trading Company dry. How difficult can it be to hunt whales and kill seals? One of the boys on board overhears their conversation and offers a warning: there is a growing presence north of the Serrated Coast. The local natives, the HAIGA, are behaving strangely, saying a god of theirs has risen and is corrupting the province of ORIZA. Unwilling to let the boy diminish her newfound excitement, Maida breaks her empty bottle of brandy over the boy’s head. Silas roars with laughter as the boy crawls away.

That night the ship is beset by a violent storm. All hands on deck as the vessel battles the waves. The crew rush around Silas and Maida as they secure cargo and help trim the sales. The storm calms, but the damage has been done. The fore-mast had been splintered and four crew were killed – three drowned in the black waves and one crushed by a rolling barrel. The ship cannot make it to Blackwater, they will have to dock at a nearby fishing village.

Exhausted from their voyage, the siblings continue northwest towards Blackwater, ushered along by the twisted hand of fate. The aggressive and enterprising sibling team attempt to build their wealth and reputation in Blackwater under the oppressive influence of two rivaling trade companies, the Allied Trading Company and the hostile PYR TRAFFIKERS.

These conflicting agendas mean little under the growing threat from the north—a corruption that, if left unchecked, will consume them all.

The Game

BLACKWATER is an isometric action RPG that combines the punishing party management of Darkest Dungeon with a tactical, active battle system.

  • unique battle system allows players to control up to four adventurers in active combat. No pausing or slow motion.
  • Through the game, your base of operations, Blackwater, will grow from backwater fishing village into a lawless cesspool.
  • This is an RPG made by adults, for adults. Featuring mature themes and difficult moral choices.
  • Many choices will significantly impact the lives of your characters.
  • A unique dialogue system that builds the narrative in a natural way.
  • Battle more than just fearsome creatures – you will be crippled by injury and incapacitated by disease.
  • Shipwright, Bookie, and Constable are just three of the many unique job classes that will form your party.

Bibdy Games is looking for help with BLACKWATER. If this is the kind of game you would like to be involved with and you live in the UK, please contact us through our Facebook page or Twitter feed (links at the bottom of the page).