Published on March 16th, 2023 | by Adrian Gunning
Spelljammer, Fantasy Empires, Dragonlance Universe Classics, and More D&D Titles Return to PC for the First Time in 20 Years
It’s time to unearth some gems from the past as today, SNEG — boutique publisher of long-lost titles — is pleased to announce the return of eight long dormant Dungeons & Dragons games. The list features many of the first D&D video games, including Spelljammer: Pirates of Realmspace, Fantasy Empires, DragonStrike, and Deathkeep. Additionally, Heroes of the Lance, Dragons of Flame, War of the Lance, and Shadow Sorcerer will be made available in the Silver Box Classic Bundle. These titles are returning to PC, some for the first time in over 25 years, and will be available on GOG and Steam later this March.
Originally released in the ‘80s and ‘90s, many were able to enjoy these titles on classic gaming hardware including 3DO, Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, NES, Apple II and even the SEGA Master System. Now, SNEG is excited to help players relive those memories on modern PCs.
“I’m an old D&D fan and It was always my dream to bring back all its video game classics,” said Oleg Klapovskiy, Director at SNEG. “Back in 2015, I started making that dream come true by bringing the Gold Box titles back to gamers, and now we are continuing with this dream by bringing back another portion of classics to both GOG and Steam.”
Embark on epic fantasy adventures in these classic Dungeons & Dragons titles!
Fly the mighty dragons of Krynn into combat in the first ever dragon combat simulator! Play through 20 missions set in the world of Dragonlance; intercept enemy dragons, destroy enemy ships, and protect the forces of good in order to advance in rank, gain magical items and hit points, and get better dragons!
Pirates of Realmspace leads the player into a fantasy world to pilot a ship (spelljammer) that may travel into Realmspace and visit eight worlds of inner and outer planets for exploration and trade. Experience spectacular first-person flight combat and classic tactical encounters as you uncover the terrible conspiracy that threatens to conquer Realmspace itself!
In Fantasy Empires you play the ruler of a fledgling kingdom. Your objective: take over adjacent kingdoms one by one using magic, brute force, or strategic planning. Featuring real-time combat in an overhead view, as well as a computer-controlled Dungeon Master, who provides insight as well as comic relief. Form alliances, recruit armies, train heroes, send them on quests, cast spells, and manage resources.
Deathkeep is a first-person single-player role-playing game with a touch of medieval AD&D gameplay in a full 3D environment of the 90s. Players must find and defeat an evil Necromancer located somewhere in the lower levels. Make your way through 25 dungeons filled with brain-busting puzzles and 30 types of horrific monsters who’ve never heard of dental care.
Included in the Silver Box Classic Bundle:
Based on the later parts of the Dragonlance book, Dragons of Autumn Twilight, the heroes descend into a ruined city in search of the disks of Mishakal. The gameplay consists of side-scrolling fighting with a maze-like map using doors to change the view. The party consists of the eight Heroes of the Lance, which the player can switch between at any time.
Set in between the AD&D Dragonlance action games Heroes of the Lance and Shadow Sorcerer, Dragons of Flame follows the Heroes of the Lance formula with a side-scrolling, action-oriented view. Choose from 10 playable characters and use weapons, spells, and character specific abilities to battle Trolls, Griffins, Draconians and Zombies.
Command armies, heroes, and special units against the evil Highlord Dragon Armies. Have your heroes search for magic to help in battle, use diplomats to gather nations to your side, and send armies out to the field to do battle or hunt down enemy heroes.
Shadow Sorcerer is a tie-in with the Dragonlance series of novels. The player controls a party of four adventurers that have just rescued 800 slaves and must shepherd them through the wilderness before the evil Red Dragon army catches up with them. With real-time strategic, tactical, and political gameplay, danger is around every corner. Can you find a safe haven for your followers?
Spelljammer: Pirates of Realmspace, Fantasy Empires, DragonStrike, Deathkeep, and the Silver Box Classic Bundle will release on PC via GOG and Steam later this March. Fans can wishlist the games on their preferred platform today.