Rhianna Pratchett knows evil. She has proven this with Overlord by being nominated for Best Videogame Script at November’s Writers’ Guild Awards. If that isn’t motivation enough for a writer to continue with a series, then I don’t know what is. Luckily for Overlord fans, it was enough for Pratchett, because she has signed on for two more Overlord games, Overlord Dark Legend and Overlord Minions, both due to be released sometime in 2009.
Lennart Sas, the Director and Overlord lead, had this to say on the subject, “Congratulations to Rhianna on her well-deserved nomination for Best Videogame Script. A huge part of Overlord’s popularity stems from its tongue-in-cheek, often dark humor, and Rhianna’s dialogue provides the perfect fit to the gameplay. Rhianna understands that writing for games is different than writing for movies, which puts her above some of the Hollywood writing talent that have lent their names to games previously. We’re delighted to have her on board again to work across on the next installment of the Overlord’s adventures.”
Rhianna Pratchett (daughter of the famous author Terry Prachett, who penned the much loved Discworld series) has found a loving home among gamers. Not only is she the scriptwriter for the Overlord series, but she also wrote the script for Heavenly Sword and is currently penning the story for Mirror’s Edge.
But on to the sequels. We are getting three in the 2009. Overlord II is the official sequel, with a more powerful Minion army and a destructive jaunt through a land similar to the Roman Empire. Overlord II is developed by Triumph Studios for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Overlord Dark Legend is being developed exclusively for the Wii. This one is a prequel, and players take the role of a younger Overlord bent on control of a fairy-tale land. And the last is titled Overlord Minions and is being developed for the Nintendo DS. Overlord Minions will be a puzzle game where the player is in direct command of a small team of minions. Both Dark Legend and Minions are being developed by Climax Studios. This coming year looks to be very evil, very evil indeed!