Gangs of Sherwood: The Legend of Robin Hood With a Steampunk Twist [VIDEO]

Game publisher NACON and developer Appeal Studios announced a new video today for the co-op action-adventure game Gangs of Sherwood. In the video, Game Director Andrea Di Stefano and Art Director Michael Defroyennes talk about how they adapted the legend of Robin Hood.


In Gangs of Sherwood, gamers can choose to play as four of the most famous heroes from the legend: Friar Tuck, Little John, Maid Marian and, of course, Robin Hood. The development teams also wanted to highlight the wonderfully rich lore of the legend by including lesser-known characters, such as Alan-a-Dale. Much focus has been placed on the antagonists, such as the charismatic Guy of Gisbourne, usually depicted as an assassin charged with killing Robin Hood, and the prioress of Kirklees, presumed responsible for Robin Hood’s death.

The story in Gangs of Sherwood is a unique take on the Robin Hood legend. It is a war story in which the heroes are leaders of resistance against the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. Technological advancement plays a major role in the world, which adds a science-fantasy dimension to the game’s medieval world. “The new technology was made possible by the Lionheart, a unique stone brought back from the Crusades, which can be used to transform metal and give it magical properties,” said Andrea Di Stefano. “This swift technological progress has led to a revolution in transportation and how the war unfolds. In our case, it is having a big impact on combat, on the way the characters interact with enemies and the power they can unleash, which results in explosive and spectacular battles.”

During their adventure, players will explore various stunning environments, some of which will be familiar. As Michael Defroyennes explains, “For example, we start in the village of Locksley, which is under siege, and there will be other iconic places, of course, such as Sherwood Forest and the city of Nottingham. We also wanted to highlight the bleak aspect of the various regions to show how the world is war-torn and the how pollution from technology has impacted the environment.”

Gangs of Sherwood is a co-operative action-adventure game for 1 to 4 players with fast-paced gameplay and high replay value in a reimagined world based on the legend of Robin Hood. Exploiting the powers of the Philosopher’s Stone, the Sheriff of Nottingham’s armies have built up untold power and are more oppressing England’s people than ever. In a unique science-fantasy version of the Robin Hood legend, the game features explosive combat, spectacular combos, and co-op gameplay for fans of epic battles and challenges in stunning environments.

Game features (press release):

  • 4 ICONIC PLAYABLE CHARACTERS – Choose from Robin, Maid Marian, Friar Tuck and Little John, four legendary heroes with different fighting styles and fully customisable.
  • AN UNFORGETTABLE ADVENTURE – From Sherwood Forest to the flying fortress of the Sheriff of Nottingham, hordes of enemies will try to stand in your way. Foil the tyrant’s plans and fight formidable soldiers in stunning environments within a reimagined science-fantasy version of a well-known world.
  • COOPERATIVE ACTION FOR UP TO 4 PLAYERS – Chain together increasingly spectacular attacks and synergise with other members of your team to pull off devastating combos.

Gangs of Sherwood will release this autumn on PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, Steam and Epic Games Store.

Source: Nacon Press Release


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