Independent developer Room C Games in co-production with Croteam and in partnership with indie publisher Versus Evil today announced the latest major content update for its rogue-lite RPG game The Hand of Merlin as it further aligns itself for its forthcoming 1.0 launch.
Update 6, titled ‘Whispers of Doom’ introduces a complete overhaul of the games VFX for the games hero and enemy classes. Core to the VFX upgrades was the ability for the game to show the sci-fi orientation of the game more clearly. Cosmetically, the visual overhaul now better represents the distinctions of character skills such as the Mystic, who creates effects through knowledge rather than magic like a traditional wizard or mage would.
Also added in this latest update are legendary questline encounters which may reward relics of legendary power, as well as a new Guardian Core from Siglorel. The “Corrupted core” is awarded to players once they defeat the doomed world scenario, beating back the corruption in Jerusalem in Hard Mode with all Curses activated. This features 9 new and unique spells.
Alongside a whole host of bug fixes and performance enhancements, the ‘Whispers of Doom’ update now splits easy mode into two options, easy story and easy roguelike. Easy story mode presents the easiest option for players looking for a more narrative led experience with very little challenge. Easy roguelike on the other hand presents a good starting point for newcomers to tactical or roguelike games but who still want to be challenged.
Additionally,the option to create a randomized party when starting a new game run based on the heroes a player has already unlocked has also been integrated in this update, this also automatically picks Prowess unlocks if available.
Last but not least, 3 new achievements have also been added, Can’t Run Forever (unlocking Atlantes’ Core), Faevoured (unlocking Oberon’s Core), and Legendary (obtaining a legendary relic through a questline).
“Our early access journey with The Hand of Merlin is now complete as we look to align our full version 1.0 launch. Being able to harness valuable community feedback has been immeasurable to us, and has helped us deliver six updates that have enhanced balance, challenge, meta progression and skill sets, not to mention lots of exciting new game content added as well,” Said Robert Sajko, Creative Director at Room C Games.
The Hand of Merlin is a story inspired by Arthurian legend but with an unusual twist that introduces a wholly unique sci-fi element to its storytelling which creates a unique narrative driven adventure for RPG fans looking for a challenge.
For the full list of updates and fixes head over to the games Steam page here.