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September 20, 2011

Orcs Must Die! launching October 5th on XBLA and October 12th on PC/Steam!

Robot Entertainment just announced some orktastic news! The release date for the studios highly anticipated original IP game, Orcs Must Die has just been announced! This is a big moment for many of the staff at Robot who have been itching to break away from previous strategy IP like Age. So here it comes, October 5th will see the launch of the first brand new original game from Robot Entertainment, Orcs Must Die on XBLA. For PC fans, OMD will be heading your way just one week later on October 12th. For PC the game will be available on Steam.

“The slaying hour is nigh upon us,” said Patrick Hudson, CEO of Robot Entertainment.  “We can no longer restrain the enemy at the gate.  We will soon turn the rift defense over to Xbox and PC gamers to beat back the mob and save the Order!”

Currently pricing for the game for both platforms is un-announced as is the possibility of any pre-order deals, but its well worth checking back for any which might appear! Along with the release date Robot has also detailed some more about the game including the amount of levels (fortresses) there are to complete. Plus with 6 weapons and 17 traps theres going to be plenty of different ways you can complete each fortress so expect plenty of re-playability per level (remember the flow chart!). Check out the stats below:

  • Play as the War Mage and defend 24 fortresses from an enraged mob of orcs and 11 other villainous monsters.
  • Choose from a selection of 6 weapons and magic spells and 17 traps that hack, launch, flatten, gibletize, and incinerate your enemies.
  • Upgrade your traps, spells and weapons to cater the game to your personal play style.
  • Cleverly combine traps and spells for higher scores on the leaderboards.
  • Expertly wield your wits and your weapons through the story-driven campaign and unlock a brutal “Nightmare” campaign.
  • Replay fortresses endlessly, combining different defenses and tactics every time!
Read more about the official announcement on the Robot blog:

System requirements

Make sure your PC is up to scratch come October 12th. You’ll need to make sure your PC meets these specs as a minimum to play. The specs are pretty reasonable for most modern day PC’s with a dedicated graphics card.

    • OS:Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7
    • Processor:2GHz Dual Core
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce 6800 or ATI Radeon x1950 or better with 256MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space

Demo upcoming

Now that the release date for the full game has been announced players will now be eagerly awaiting the announcement of a playable demo.  Well the good news is there will be a demo for the game, almost certainly on XBLA. Currently the release date for the demo is unknown but with Orcs only a few weeks away, details should start surfacing on the demo soon so stay tuned!

Achievements detailed!

Everyone likes achievements on Xbox Live and now the folks over at Xbox 360 Achievements have published the full achievements list for the game so you can plan ahead on how to rack up all the points! Needless to say, all the achievements are about killing Orcs, from killing lots of them to using boom barrels and chandeliers, kill Orcs in the right way and you will be rewarded! How will the achievement hunters deal with the 35G “Legendary War Mage” achievement which requires players to beat the campaign mode on “Nightmare” mode – sounds tough!

Check out the full achievement list here:

Orcs Must Die! Steam page launched

Orcs Must Die! Now has its very own space on Steam. Check out

Release date competition winner

You may remember a little while ago Remember ES held a competition for the person who manages to guess the release date, or gets the nearest to the release date. I’ll be contacting the winner soon, detailing how they can get there hands on the sweet sweet Orcs Must Die! swag courtesy of Robot Entertainment. The winner will also be announced on here soon! Did you strike it lucky?

What the press are saying

The release date for Orcs Must Die is obviously super exciting, but don’t just take my word on it! Check out what the press are saying on some of the links below!

Tower defense meets third-person shooter. It’s becoming a popular sub-genre, and it looks like fun in Orcs Must Die. If this one is priced right, we could have a new indie darling on our hands.
Greenskin hating third person action meets tower defence game Orcs Must Die! will be released on Steam on October 12. The announcement is less than conventional however, with Robot Entertainment CEO Patrick Hudson saying “The slaying hour is nigh upon us. We can no longer restrain the enemy at the gate. We will soon turn the rift defense over to Xbox and PC gamers to beat back the mob and save the Order!” Blimey. We just thought we were going to humorously massacre Orcs with spells and traps, way to up the pressure.
What next..

With Orcs Must Die! coming out in under a month you can be sure there will be lots more ork-tastic news coming over the next few days. So its more important than ever to keep checking back @RememberES for all the updates! Until the next update folks, meanwhile head over to forums and discuss todays Orcs Must Die announcement!  – see you there!

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