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Whatever Happened To... Two Worlds?

Whatever Happened To... Two Worlds?

Has there ever been a point when you’ve looked through your gaming library and wondered, “Huh, whatever happened to this title?” Well, I’ll be taking a look at videogame standalones/franchises and the lead up to their eventual absence. With that being said, today I’ll be asking the question: “Whatever Happened to… Two Worlds?”

Fantasy RPGs have been a staple of the gaming scene for quite a long time now, whether it’s Elders Scrolls, Dragon Age, The Witcher, or various other notable names within the genre, there’s a good chance at some point you’ve picked up and played a title that has included overthrowing an ancient evil force from a mystical land of some sort. Or maybe not, hey, I don’t know you.

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Assuming the above is correct though, I must say, there’s just something so Tolkien about going on a long journey to save the land from ultimate doom (get it, because humour). Now typically, fantasy RPGs will turn into a long running series at some point, there’ll be a new installment every year or so that allows players to rediscover the titles they fell in love with, unless you’re Bethesda where you just re-release the same game from 2011. Bad overused joke aside, there are some fantasy games out there that don’t really make it to the franchise level. One of these games being, Two Worlds.

For those who aren’t sure, back in 2007, developers Reality Pump created the first of two titles in the (at the time) duology that was Two Worlds. The reception towards the initial entry was fairly mixed overall which, considering this was the studio's first title developed for console, isn’t that hard to imagine. Still, some praise was handed out in regards to the games exploration and in-depth character creation. Fortunately, the sequel had an easier go of things… sort of.

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The second title, which was released 2010, was given much more of a positive response all in all. Aspects such as crafting and the alchemy system were most notable among reviewers. However, the questionably named Two Worlds II wasn’t without its hiccups. Publishers Topware Interactive were in a bit of hot water, at the time. Well-known reviewer Jim Sterling had suggested that Topware was responsible for underhanded practices in the industry, including things such as disagreeing with certain sites about the final review score of Two Worlds II. All this has since been settled, but at the time, it was definitely a blow to the potential of a series, rather than just Reality Pump releasing a pair of games.

Despite any negative light that found its way to the developers, in 2016, there was the announcement of a Two Worlds III possible finding its way to consoles and PC once again. Unfortunately for fans of the games, it was announced that the actual release date for the new entry would be sometime in 2019, which is still a fair ways away. Considering how the titles have grown since their debut though, one can safely assume that Reality Pump will be working hard to make Two Worlds III the best in the now series.

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So with everything taken into account, why the almost decade long wait for a new Two Worlds to come out? Well if I had to guess, I would say that the competitive market certainly didn’t help things in the least. Just as well, after the first game more or less flopped review wise and the second game had been hit with controversy, perhaps the developers needed to step back and take some time to really figure out where the series was going. Whatever the reason, it’s good to see that Two Worlds is getting another go at things, even if it takes a while to get the ball rolling.

So there you have it, that’s what happened to Two Worlds.

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Ethan Butterfield

Ethan Butterfield

Staff Writer

Tries his best to do his best. Greatest achievement: Annoying friends for 7 years with “Haze 2 will totally be announced this year guys!”

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COMMENTS

Acelister
Acelister - 08:54am, 1st February 2018

I have Two Worlds and Two Worlds II, but haven't actually played it yet... Good to know I have time!

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Wensleydale
Wensleydale - 07:43am, 3rd February 2018

You're not missing much, to be honest. Once you've played Witcher 3, Skyrim, Dragon Age - Inquisition, etc., playing Two Worlds is like swapping the Aston Martin for a Reliant Robin. They're the sort of game you play when you have absolutely nothing else to play. Or some sadist is forcing you to review them.

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Acelister
Acelister - 10:47pm, 3rd February 2018

I'm part way through Inquisition and haven't bought Witcher 3 due to the huge time sink. So I should play Two Worlds first, is what you're saying.

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Wensleydale
Wensleydale - 08:42am, 4th February 2018

Yeah, if you're going to play it, play it before you spoil yourself with Witcher 3. Or you'll never want to play it. They're not terrible games by any stretch. They're just a bit clunky and rough around the edges.

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Joe
Joe - 11:53pm, 3rd February 2018

There recently was a huge update for the PC game and there is talks about rereleasing the game for Xbox One and PS4. Then there will be a Two World 3 coming out around 2019 or 2020. A lot of the team left to work at CD Project Red so that is a big reason why the company hasn't been seen or heard of in a few years. The next game from them will be the first game with a completely new team.

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virgilmaycry
virgilmaycry - 07:53pm, 27th February 2018 Author

I had heard about the new installment coming out in the next year or so, but not about that the new game would be with a whole new team. That will certainly make things interesting. 

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