We spoke with Kevin Glass about Tales of Yore - a passion project MMO spreading positivity through the power of fantasy tropes.
Indie Spotlight: Tales of Yore is a Casual Retro Fantasy Spirit-Lifter
Nostalgic fantasy MMOs with pixelated graphics are becoming something of a mainstay in our Indie Spotlight segment. But as the saying goes: if it ain't broke, don't fix it. And this month's Indie Spotlight recipient, Tales of Yore, with its rave reviews and positive focus, certainly ain't broke.
Tales of Yore is the latest offering from Coke & Code's Kevin Glass, the one-man-band that also published Legends of Yore and Legacy of Yore. We reached out to Kevin, who shared the difficult journey that led him to developing Tales of Yore and its unique emotional core:
"Tales of Yore was born out of a terrible time in my life. I burnt out working 7 days a week, 16 hour days for 10 years, got hospitalized and had to take 3 months away from my normal day job. I was totally lost. I'd written a game named Legends of Yore that was reasonably popular 10 years previous and thought getting back into game development might be a nice way to keep my brain ticking but without the stress. A year and half later and Tales is slowly building into a friendly community of old school RPG players."
Suffice to say, the 'Yore'-verse is a product of love, a passion project whose tight-knit community is a testament to Kevin Glass's talent, dedication and vision for the classic fantasy universe he has created.
Tales of Yore is a casual game that's designed to make you smile.
Tales of Yore - Key Features
As a game that was designed to engender positivity, Tales of Yore is rife with good vibes, and bad jokes. Classic fantasy RPG tropes abound in the form of questing, crafting, exploring, collecting and, of course, monster-slaying. But it's all wrapped up in a distinctly lighthearted package.
Despite including survival elements (i.e. keeping hunger in check), Tales of Yore is a casual game that's designed to make you smile. There is no PvP ("there's enough fighting in the real world", says Glass) and a welcome lack of pay-to-win mechanics, despite being a free-to-play title.
Oh, and there seems to be a big focus on the ridiculous hats. Why? We guess you'll have to find out for yourself.
When Can We Play?
Tales of Yore is available to download for free on early access on Steam. According to the developer, players can enjoy around 36 hours of content in its current state as the game continues to grow with the help of feedback from the community.