UPDATE 23/4/15 2.15pm Codemasters has now officially unveiled Overlord: Fellowship of Evil for launch on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year.
The third major game in the series, Fellowship of Evil has been shaped into an action RPG that seems somewhat similar to Diablo. It also looks like it will support up to four players simultaneously.
Despite this, you will still be summoning minions to do you your bidding.
Dutch studio Triumph offered me a glimmer of hope that the Overlord series - a deliciously evil set of Pikmin-like RPG strategy games - will live on. Although maybe not by that name.
Fight Night Round 4 has become the first boxing game to top the UK All-Formats chart upon release. Perhaps it will now go to America and never be heard of again.
If you missed Overlord last time around, you're unlikely to miss it on 26th June, when Codemasters releases Overlord II for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, Overlord: Dark Legend for Wii and Overlord: Minions for DS. What's more, publisher and Wii/DS developer Climax have been labouring to make sure that the Nintendo-console versions are more than just the usual 2D platform game spin-off, as you will know if you read our recent previews of both. Using the miracle of email, we caught up with associate producer Dean Scott to discuss getting the most out of the Wii, potentially cannibalising your own audience and what to do as a third party on a Nintendo system.
Codemasters has clarified to Eurogamer that all new Overlord games will be released on 26th June.
Cross-platform development is perhaps finally coming out of its slump of the last few years. Each platform has born the brunt of sloppy ports, but developers are beginning to show signs of taking far more care when they intend their game to appear on 360, PS3 and PC at once. This gets trickier when you want to catch the Wii and DS market, mind you, and often the result is extremely compromised versions of the original, possibly with a couple of lazy hand/stylus-waggling mini-games. Or there's Codemasters' approach with Overlord, making three completely different games.
Codemasters has said Colin McRae: DiRT 2 will launch here this September.
Codemasters will be expanding the Overlord empire onto Wii and DS in 2009.
Codemasters has commanded Triumph (and Climax) to make more Overlord, as you have no doubt seen in our Overlord II and Overlord Wii/DS news stories. Which is music - probably thundering kettle drums - to our ears. Overlord let us trample through scenic fantasy villages and set hordes of multi-disciplined and mischievous minions on fat halflings and skinny elves. The result was glowing appraisals of Overlord on Xbox 360, and the same a year later on PS3.