Zen Studios is known for creating pinball games, but the team has experimented with other genres in the past. Today, the studio announced an Xbox One console exclusive called Operencia: The Stolen Sun. According to the developer, Operencia: The Stolen Sun embraces everything you love about classic first-person dungeon crawlers, enhancing the old-school turn-based role-playing (RPG) experience with modern sensibilities. Your goal is to guide a team of memorable characters through a world inspired by Central European mythology.
Operencia: The Stolen Sun has an extensive listing on Steam so this may come as a shock to those who prefer that platform. Since it's probably being funded to some degree by Epic Games, it's probably not going to release on Steam anymore. Yesterday, Deep Silver announced that Metro Exodus would only be available on the Epic Games Store on PC until 2020. This decision didn't sit well with a lot of gamers and they've been "review bombing" the previous entries in the series — Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light — ever since.
We are proud to announce that we have partnered with @Xbox and @EpicGames to bring Operencia: The Stolen Sun exclusively to the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X and Xbox Game Pass and the Epic Games store! #StolenSun pic.twitter.com/3VTqkLPSjlWe are proud to announce that we have partnered with @Xbox and @EpicGames to bring Operencia: The Stolen Sun exclusively to the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X and Xbox Game Pass and the Epic Games store! #StolenSun pic.twitter.com/3VTqkLPSjl— Zen Studios (@zen_studios) January 30, 2019January 30, 2019
The gaming industry is incredible competitive nowadays and many smaller studios and projects fail as a result of not finding a large-enough audience. It's understandable that Zen Studios would want to partner with companies like Epic Games and Microsoft to make sure they can keep on going.
Zen Studios has always produced polished games and this title reminds us a lot of The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep. Hopefully it'll be a polished experience when it launches in 2019. Operencia: The Stolen Sun should also feature Xbox One X enhancements, Xbox Play Anywhere support, and be available on Xbox Game Pass at launch.
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Operencia: The Stolen Sun embraces everything you love about classic first-person dungeon-crawlers, enhancing the old-school turn-based experience with modern sensibilities. Gather your team of memorable characters and guide them through a world inspired by Central European mythology.
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