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Rumour: Death's Apprentice Heading to Wii U in, wait for it... 2015

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Stop the press!

If there's one thing that unites Nintendo fans in their hopes for Wii U, it's that we want big games from third-parties to join the usual batch of Mario, Zelda and Metroid titles. Naturally, a new console is a long-term investment, so you'll be pleased to know that one title is apparently confirmed for release on the system in 2015. That's a heck of a pre-order.

The game in question is Death's Apprentice, which was apparently released for PC in February 2012. We say apparently, as despite it being widely reported around the web as a real game, we have some doubts. The basic story is that BGG Productions Media Company is planning to bring its 'well received' PC title to Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2013, in the form of a standard edition for $59.99 or the Limited Collector's Edition for $79.99, with the rather bizarre statement that it'll follow on Wii U in 2015. Despite this being available on PC for a while, good luck finding a review.

That said, the game's official website talks a good game, promising 2D pixel-based action inspired by JRPGs. The storyline refers to a world out of control due to Death going missing, meaning that the natural order of things has collapsed; that's where the apprentice comes in to save the day.

If it was April 1st, we'd call this one a prank, especially as the option to buy the game for PC seems to necessitate placing a purchase order to a P.O. Box. There's also the suggestion on emptylifebar.com that footage and screenshots seem to show that this was made in RPG Maker 2003 with some default assets, so this is either fake or an exceptionally low-budget indie game with pretensions way beyond its station. Also, is the developer even approved to develop for Wii U?

You can view the trailer, as it's called in a press release for this, below. In terms of strange tales of games on the way to Wii U, this project for 2015 is easily top of the list.

[via gameconnect.net, emptylifebar.com, deathsapprentice.weebly.com]

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User Comments (33)

Tsuchinoko

#3

Tsuchinoko said:

Horrible music, check. Anime/Japanese RPG cliches, check. Names of people and towns seemingly lifted off of earlier, much better RPGs, check. Menu screen copied directly from Final Fantasy games, check and double check.

SpaceKappa

#4

SpaceKappa said:

Oh man, I haven't messed around with RPG Maker in YEARS but all of those sprites and tilesets are immediately familiar.

SpaceKappa

#6

SpaceKappa said:

The best part of all of this though is the way the trailer just ends out of nowhere.

Adhrast

#7

Adhrast said:

60 bucks for a game made with RPG Maker template graphics?
And terrible map design, btw. Can't believe this guys are serious.

Lan

#8

Lan said:

Fake. The trailer just shows the screenshots that are on the website. Or the scene the screenshots are taken from. I'd say someone made a dialog scene and a battle scene in RPG Maker and put up that website.

Tsuchinoko

#9

Tsuchinoko said:

Wait, now I remember. Land of Barron? I'm getting Final Fantasy IV flashbacks. And that battle scene background looks awfully familiar...

rjejr

#11

rjejr said:

Is this made by the same guys who made the iOS Pokemon clone "Little Masters"?

Geonjaha

#13

Geonjaha said:

Oh god. RPG Maker has unknowingly become a curse on the gaming world. They're expecting to sell this for $60?...for the standard edition?! Well at least it gave me a good laugh.

Bankai

#14

Bankai said:

How is a tool that helps people make their dream games that you personally never have to play a 'curse?'

Holy embarrassing hyperbole, Batman!

Stuffgamer1

#15

Stuffgamer1 said:

I recognized the RPG Maker graphics before I even got down to the part of the article that mentioned it. This whole thing is just...wow. Blows the semi-absurdity of RPG Maker games on Steam Greenlight out of the water, that's for sure!

Geonjaha

#17

Geonjaha said:

@OlympicCho - I thought it was obvious that what I was referring to was the people that use RPG Maker to create games which they expect to sell on consoles like the Wii U at $60 - not the ones who use it for their personal games, and that I wasnt being completely serious. Holy embarrassment to yourself there mate.

Void

#21

Void said:

I agree with @battLeToaD,
And they can't be serious about the price, it looks terribly dull, bland, cliched, and a lot like the early Final Fantasys.

ToastyYogurt

#23

ToastyYogurt said:

Check out their explanation for why the game "looks like" an RPG Maker job.

Amanda Dyar first developed the concept for "Death's Apprentice" in 1992. The video game remained on hold for several years until 2010 when it started development by BGG Media. Ms. Dyar applied for a position working for Alabama Senator Lowell Barron in early 2000. In order to stand out then Ms. Dyar created a short video game that displayed her job portfolio within a virtual world. The player could access parts of the portfolio through solving puzzles and defeating bosses in battle. Once the user nears the end of the game then a final decision is made on rather the apprentice is hired or fired! The overall idea is much like that of the television show "The Apprentice" hosted by Donald Trump. The video gameplay footage that you see within the first trailer is from the original title created by Dyar in 1999. Dyar later went on to obtain a graduate degree in Psychology and used this method as an academic tool for studies involving "Perception." Dyar is the founder of "BioGamer Girl Magazine" which is a family-ran organization where both her children currently are an active part of the team. Dyar's two children were avid team members in the development of "Death's Apprentice."

So, they're claiming that a lesser known game producer is working on this? Well, the game is listed under her IMDb Profile, though I'm not sure if that is a user edited database or not. But, they also claim that the gameplay in the trailer was from the 1999 game, while it was shot with Frags (the watermark at the top of the video proves it), which wasn't around until 2004....

Something tells me the whole story is bull.

Zombie_Barioth

#27

Zombie_Barioth said:

I actually like the concept being a nice change of pace from the usual save the world story, but I smell something fishy.

I'd personally rather re-play Eternal Eyes or something than this.

warvad

#28

warvad said:

Is this a joke? The production value consists of a pirated copy of RPG Maker.

MrWalkieTalkie

#30

MrWalkieTalkie said:

I... wut? Maybe they're setting it to 2015 because they want to make it look better? Hopefully? Either way Im not sold on this, because it looks so expected and cliched!

Dreadjaws

#32

Dreadjaws said:

Come on, guys, this is too obviously a joke. If you think people wouldn't purchase a domain name just to make a prank you must be new on the internet.

Not only are those the sprites that come with the RPG Maker, but the entire claim and story is too clearly a parody. I think they just are after the free publicity you're giving them, like that guy with the Youtube video the other time.

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