Game companies have recently started distributing demos of their games over BitTorrent. Most stay away from “illegal” torrent sites like The Pirate Bay to avoid confusing customers, so the focus seems to be on BitTorrent.com. An excellent turn-based strategy game called Disciples II: Dark Prophecy is one of the demos available.
The demo of Disciples II: Dark Prophecy seems to be available exclusively on BitTorrent. Even the official site says, “Demo: None available yet, please check again later.”
It’s interesting how companies are starting to realise the potential of BitTorrent as a promotional platform for their content. Distributing demos of games is a great way to build up hype around an upcoming, or even slightly old (Disciples II, for example) title, and what better way to do it than share it over BitTorrent?
Disciples II: Dark Prophecy returns gamers to the magical realm of the Sacred Lands where four races – the Empire, the Mountain Clans, the Legions of the Damned and the Undead Hordes – continue the battle for the destiny of their Gods. A decade after the First Great War, the final prophecy continues to unfold. Deep within the crevices of the Sacred Lands, the Chosen One has emerged, fated to bring salvation to some and destruction to others. Braced with renewed faith and newfound conviction, each race must once again take up the sword for the sake of their people and the glory of their God.
As a kid, I used to be a total strategy game buff. I not only played all the RTSes like Command & Conquer and Age of Empires, but also many turn-based ones like Age of Wonders and Disciples. Even though I only had the demo of Disciples I: Sacred Lands, me and this friend were crazy about it and spent more hours on it than is healthy. So when I finally got my hands on Disciples II, I played it constantly for days, until I finished the game.
Disciples II: Dark Prophecy is truly one of my favourite games, and I highly recommend it to anyone remotely interested in strategy games. The only drawback is that it’s Windows-only. Check out some screenshots below.