Developed by Tokyoâ€™s Game Republic under legendary game creator Yoshiki Okamoto, executive producer for Onimusha, Devil May Cry and Resident Evil, Folklore is a unique, dark fantasy adventure inspired by western fairy tales and built to showcase the power of PS3. Release date is in fall 2007.
The action-RPG is set in the mysterious town of Doolin, two strangers, Keats and Ellen, are drawn together to uncover a mysterious legend in a remote village that exists on the border between dreams and reality. They soon learn that the town serves as a gateway to fantastic realms, full of creatures, spirits and monsters. In order to solve the mystery of the town, and their past, the pair must journey through these worlds to uncover its secrets. Take a look at the first Folklore trailer:
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Storyline description: Despite being a realist, Keats unhappily finds himself a journalist for a third rate occult magazine. One day Keats receives a phone call from a woman asking for his help. Through the static Keats hears the word Doolin. Sensing something wrong, Keats rushes to the village, but the woman he believes to have called him, is found murdered. He stays on to find out more about this murder. Strange events follow that night, and he travels to the Netherworld.
Having lost her mother as a young child, Ellen is prone to dreaming and tends to look away from reality. Strangely, she spends her holidays actively searching Englandâ€™s countryside for folk stories. She is not so good with people but seems to have a rapport with children and the elderly. One day Ellen receives a letter from the mother she lost as a child, the message proposing a meeting in Doolin. She finds herself in the village at the same time as Keats. Here they wander between â€œrealityâ€ and the 7 Netherworlds, in search of the end to their stories.
Key features are:
* Journey to seven incredibly vibrant realms, all uniquely designed and tailored to fit their distinct personalities. From the ruins of the Undersea City to the never-ending maze of the Endless Corridor, each destination is different from the next.
* Inspired by western fairy tales, players interact with or clash against a cast of over 100 originally designed creatures, characters and monsters.
* Using the Sixaxis wirelsess controller, the player must battle monsters and literally â€œshakeâ€ them into submission and â€œyankâ€ their powers from them. The absorbed powers will be used to capture or defeat the monsters that lie ahead.
* Begin the game as either Keats or Ellen and learn their story and gameplay style. Keats uses traditional direct attacks while Ellen uses strategic methods to trap her enemies. Decisions made in one story line will directly impact the story path of the other.
Watch as you steal your enemies power and use it against the next enemies you come across in this gameplay video:
For a Ghostbusters-like Folklore hands-on preview visit 1UP.