NACON, Cyanide Studio, and Leikir Studio unveil the new gameplay trailer for Rogue Lords, which introduces a deep and very unique mechanic. In this turn-based roguelike, gamers play as the devil and can therefore play by different rules than their opponents. RogueLords will be available in 2021 on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
In Rogue Lords, you play as the devil, who was defeated by demon hunters several years ago. To regain your power, your disciples – nine evil geniuses who have signed a pact with you – must seek out some legendary artifacts. To defeat your enemies, you must use your diabolical powers to cheat, in exchange for some of your Diabolic Essence. But be careful! If you use up all your essence, your run will end.
You will face demon hunters on your way to achieving your goal. These vile paragons of virtue stand in your way at every fight as part of one or more waves of enemies. If the health bar of one of your disciples is fully depleted, the disciple can still fight but is vulnerable. However, their death is not the only option: each time they take damage in this state, you can use some of your Diabolic Essence to protect them.
To avoid this critical situation, you can sacrifice some of your life’s essence beforehand to manipulate the health bars of your disciples and better withstand certain attacks. You can also do the same to the health bars of your enemies to weaken them. And your diabolical powers don’t end there! You can also steal buffs from your opponents or return debuffs to those who inflicted them. It’s up to you to defend against enemy attacks and create devastating combos.
Your Diabolic Essence is also highly useful during interactive events. Your chances of success vary according to the actions required and the skills of your disciples. But by activating Devil Mode, you can tip the balance in your favor to obtain your preferred result and give mortals good reason to fear you. If successful, you can gain valuable bonuses for the rest of your run.
With each run, the world map is randomly generated, and you will be offered several paths. You choose your route based on the events you want to trigger. But even when you have committed to a route, nothing is ever final for the devil. By sacrificing some of your essences, you can take secret paths to easily reach places with powers that can change the course of your quest.