Turns out publisher Kalypso Media’s plan all along was to return to the Disciples franchise, which is being revived after over a decade with Disciples: Liberation. Liberation was announced out of nowhere, with Kalypso Media and developer Frima Studio dropping an exceptionally dark announcement trailer for the upcoming tactical RPG.
“We always knew we wanted to continue the franchise and we have been ideating on the next game in the franchise for many years,” Kalypso Media owner and managing director Simon Hellwig told me. “We also took our time finding the right developer and found the ideal match with Frima Studio.”
Disciples: Sacred Lands didn’t grab too much of an audience; if Wayback Machine can be trusted, GameSpot awarded the first Disciples the “Best Game No One Played” award back when it came out in 1999. Its follow-up, 2002’s Disciples II: Dark Prophecy, is a lot more popular, while 2009’s Disciples III: Renaissance (which marked developer Strategy First’s departure from the franchise) did not receive as positive reviews as the first two games did.
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