New Release: Blood & Laurels

 

In case you missed it, Emily Short‘s Blood & Laurels, has recently been released for iPad. Here’s a description from the news release:

“Blood & Laurels is a political thriller set in ancient Rome. Built on the Versu engine, it combines work in advanced character AI by Richard Evans (Sims 3, Black and White) and dialogue modeling by Emily Short (Galatea, Alabaster). Characters respond to the player, remember what he has done, and form relationships with him, allowing the player to deceive, cheat, seduce, plot, or play it straight as he tries to survive the volatile landscape of imperial politics.

With a richly branching storyline and over 240,000 words of interactive content — of which a player is likely to see only about 7% in a given play through — Blood & Laurels has plenty of room to shape its story around the player’s unique choices.”

The platform that built it, Versu, states on its site that it works to bring AI interactions to a higher level in interactive fiction: “Just about everything you can do affects your character’s opinion of the other characters, and theirs of you, altering the playing field for what’s to come.”

Blood & Laurels looks like an exciting new release, and is definitely worth checking out!

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