The studio originally set out to make the new title an action role-playing game; however, when Black Forest pitched the title to publishers, it was knocked back because "steampunk doesn't sell." Black Forest Games consider Ravensdale to be "fuel fantasy," where it began with a concept of blending "over-the-top nutso 'technology' into a classic medieval fantasy."
Initially, the team will introduce gamers to the Ravensdale universe with a smaller game that delivers their " vision of a medieval oil rig city with crazy, over-the-top machinery." The game will also feature a strong emphasis on cooperative gameplay.
"We intend to push the envelope on co-op gameplay, focusing on that aspect like barely any game has ever done before," the development blog states. "In our next post, we'll take a look at our concepts for true co-operative gameplay and how we think we can make levels work for both single- and multiplayer.
Black Forest Games' side-scrolling platformer Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams launched on on March 20 and Network in April. It was the second Greenlight title to become available for sale when it launched on PC in October via the distribution service. The game originally started as Project Giana on Kickstarter, where Black Forest Games raised more than $186,000, surpassing its $150,000 goal in August.