Although last year brought fans of hack’n’slash games the long-awaited fourth installment of Diablo, there was considerable dissatisfaction. It is true that Blizzard is trying to improve its priority game, but for a long time many disappointed players have been looking for a genre alternative. We will find candidates, because apart from Path of Exile 2, the project from Eleventh Hour Games is quite encouraging. Early Access has gained some popularity, it’s time to take it a step further.
After long development in Early Access, Last Epoch will finally release version 1.0 on February 21. Meanwhile, the creators posted the premiere trailer.
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It seems that a quite addictive hack’n’slash has been created in a colorful fantasy world with a total of five starting classes, which, after reaching a certain level, can be developed in various directions (so-called masters). Such a Sentinel is a fairly standard example of a warrior class, but it can be developed into a Paladin (lots of buffs, healing abilities, etc.), a Void Knight (using the enemy’s Void power) and a Force Guard, a kind of tank. Acolyte, in turn, uses forbidden black magic related to, among others, with summoning the dead and, as a result, turns into a classic Necromancer, using the blood magic of a Lich or using forbidden arts of a Warlock (one of the concepts prepared more for the premiere of 1.0). Mage, a spellbinding class, can be upgraded into a more standard Sorcerer, Spellblade Combat Mage, or Runemaster. The most mobile Rogue also appears: Bladedancer with close-range specializations, Marksman with long-range specializations, and Falconer fighting with an animal companion (the latter will also appear “soon”). Finally, there is the Primalist, a warrior seeking unity with nature, and his developments include: Shaman, who floods the enemy with storm attacks, Druid, who changes forms, and finally, Beastmaster, who supports himself with powerful beasts.
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Last Epoch appeared in early access in April 2019. Until then, it had received mainly very positive reviews – this is evidenced by the very positive reception on Steam – and a certain group of fans (in the fall they boasted about selling over 800,000 copies), and since the September update it has a Polish language version. There will also be collecting better and better weapons and crafting, and the developers boast a universal approach, as Last Epoch is intended to suit both beginners and veterans who value single-player experience and joint combat. One Steam user characterized the title as “less complicated than Path of Exile, more refined than Diablo”, which gives hope for a balanced option in the genre.
Of course, the plot is not the most important element of this trend (as we clearly saw when Diablo IV dropped prices after the campaign), but it is good to encourage further gameplay. In addition to the rather clichéd story of the land of Eterra, doomed to destruction by dark forces known as the Void, we have quite an interesting motif. We play as one of the last survivors hiding in an underground city. He sets out on a journey to obtain an artifact that allows him to travel in time. In this way, he navigates through various incarnations of Eterra, growing stronger and looking for a solution. The story, of course, goes hand in hand with the gameplay – e.g., individual pieces of equipment can only be obtained in a specific era. Below you can take a look at screenshots and fragments of quite impressive gameplay:
Source: Eleventh Hour Games, Steam