Most classic Computer Role-Playing Game fans will fondly remember SSI as the name of one of the primary AD&D game suppliers for the PC. After disappearing for a few years, SSI is back with a new game, Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor, based on the AD&D 3rd Edition rules. Game Banshee was able to conduct an interview with the producer of the game. Excerpts from the interview follow:
Q: How far are you in the development process of the game?
A: We are at Alpha. Right now most of the Art and Sound assets are in the game and we are tweaking maps and text.
Q: What do you think is going to make Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor stand out from games such as Arcanum, BG2, and Neverwinter Nights?
A: Well, first off the introduction of the 3rd Edition rules will be a big sell point for many people. Also, the fact that the characters are larger than life and fully 3D rendered, with beautifully done animations for different weapons and attack styles, will draw people into the game play. Our story is, of course, very different than the others, but maintains the standard of an epic quest that most role-playing games include. Lastly, the fact that we have an engaging single player game that differs from the multiplayer hack fest, will appeal give players a strong sense of re-playability and allow them to advance their characters up to the highest levels possible.
Q: Can you explain why fans should get excited about Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor?
A: Myth Drannor in and of itself is a great place for an adventure to be set in. With ruined temples, lost wizard guilds, miles upon miles of catacombs and dungeons, and a three leveled castle to explore, your adventurers will have tons of things to keep them busy while they are attempting to destroy the plans of the Cult of the Dragon. Aside from this backdrop, the game will feature a host of NPCS with their own agendas, the machinations of the Cult, and the ultimate quest of retrieving the Gauntlets of Moander, which can destroy the pool of radiance. Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor will present you with 3D rendered models, the first look at the 3rd Edition, and an adventure that will harken back to the good old days of the original in feel and scope.
The full interview can be found here. Stay tuned to RPGamer for more news on this throwback to the old days of AD&D games as more information is made available.