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After nearly a decade, the virtual grand-daddy of all fantasy role-playing series returns to the home computer with another episode. This is the eighth release in one of the very oldest and most respected series of RPG's. As might be expected, Wizardry 8 is set in the familiar universe of the series and picks up the story soon after the somewhat ambiguous close of Wizardry VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant. This eighth episode is the first to be presented with fully-rendered 3D characters and environments.
Other additions include a new 3D-based combat system, as well as new skills, classes, and spells. Wizardry 8 is designed to be immediately playable for newcomers to the series while also remaining deep and challenging to veterans. Characters can be created from scratch, customized from pre-generated models included in the release, or imported from Wizardry VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant or Wizardry Gold. Online play is not supported for Wizardry 8, allowing game designers to focus on the single-player experience. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide