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Overlord: Fellowship of Evil looks like Gauntlet with minions

Overlord was always a bit like Pikmin, if Captain Olimar had a big sword and a really bad attitude. Now Codemasters' newly revealed return to Overlord looks more like Gauntlet, if the Warrior, Elf, Valkyrie, and Wizard had their own little monsters to boss around.

Overlord: Fellowship of Evil takes place after the events of Overlord 2, as the eponymous archvillain's hard-fought dominion crumbles and the Minions flee underground. With no new Overlord in sight, the Minions decide to resurrect four fallen scoundrels and test their villainous might with the Trials of Evil - which explains why they're running around dungeons with fiery death traps and sinister puzzles instead of subjugating idyllic villages.

You can play through alone if you want, summoning different kinds of minions to supplement your character's weaknesses, though as many as four players can team up to overcome the Trials.

Fellowship of Evil is a sharp turn from Overlord's third-person action/strategy roots, but the game's twisted world and dark humor should be quite familiar: Codemasters is still handling development and publishing, and series writer Rhianna Pratchett, best known for her work on Tomb Raider (opens in new tab) and Rise of the Tomb Raider (opens in new tab), is back as well.

Overlord: Fellowship of Evil will release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One "during this solar rotation," according to the Codemasters blog (opens in new tab).

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