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Time-travel action-RPG 'Last Epoch' has a huge update out

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Currently in Early Access the action-RPG with a jolt of added time travel, Last Epoch, recently had a massive content update and it's sounding great.

Some of what's new includes a whole new story chapter, that features an encounter with a third deity of the world of Eterra: Lagon, the god of storms and the moon—sounds pretty wild. There's also an in-game guide, you can get additional stash storage because there's so much damn loot, multiple new skills, lots of new sound effects, new animations for the Mage class, an updated UI and the list goes on. It's such a big update that going over everything that's changed would be a little ridiculous. It's almost like a whole new game.

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Another improvement is the game size. They managed to reduce it down by a good ~30GB so it's much smaller to install and update now too.

Eleventh Hour Games had some trouble with middleware in the Linux version, so the patch was delayed but all platforms (Linux, macOS, Windows) are now up to date on the same version. There's been lots of smaller updates that have been released since to clear up some lingering balance issues and bugs. In regards to the delay, they're not the only developer who had issues lately as it seems FMOD in Unity broke things for a while which has now been sorted.

As a little tip for you, if run it with Vulkan and you should get better performance. With this launch command on Steam (Right click -> Properties -> Set launch options):

-force-vulkan

It gave me almost double the performance and graphically caused no issues. Nice to see the Unity game engine Vulkan rendering has come along so far.

You can buy Last Epoch on Steam.

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Ehvis 18 Jun
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QuoteIt gave me almost double the performance and graphically caused no issues.

My experience with multiple Unity games is that it Vulkan can cause severe input lag when vsync is enabled (or gsync is active). Which has made it unusable in a few games where I tried.

As for this game, still waiting for the 3rd party account requirement to be removed.
My issue with unity games are basically subpar performance plus GPU overheat.
Tchey 18 Jun
This game is a gem in the making. Already played dozens of hours, it’s going to be one of the best of its kind.
This game is a real gem. I just passed the 300 hour mark and I love the diversity of builds you can create, I haven't even explored all the build options in the existing classes and masteries, and there is still the rogue class to come as well as its masteries. This will be a 1000+ hour game at this rate
Nanobang 18 Jun
I am so STOKED to play this game! As soon as it's out of early access it shall be MINE! Bwahahaha!
scaine 18 Jun
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I had a lot of fun with Path of Exile and Grim Dawn... looks like I'm gonna be doing it all over again with Last Epoch too. Looks great. I'll probably wait until it's out of EA for this one though.
ripper81358 18 Jun
I have tested the game today and i am glad that we have at least one ARPG with great potential as a native linuxversion. However there is a massive graphical glitch. If ambient occlusion is set to anything else than "very low" i get massive textureflickering. The game also produces massive framedrops from time to time that cause stuttering.

Forcing the vulkan api crashes the game on startup at least on my system.

I have tested with Kubuntu 20.04 (Kernel 5.7.3, MESA 20.1.1) with AMD Freesync enabled.
Quoting: ripper81358I have tested the game today and i am glad that we have at least one ARPG with great potential as a native linuxversion. However there is a massive graphical glitch. If ambient occlusion is set to anything else than "very low" i get massive textureflickering. The game also produces massive framedrops from time to time that cause stuttering.

Forcing the vulkan api crashes the game on startup at least on my system.

I have tested with Kubuntu 20.04 (Kernel 5.7.3, MESA 20.1.1) with AMD Freesync enabled.

Last Epoch works much better if you force Proton. I had issues with native too
Odmelyn 18 Jun
Quoting: ripper81358I have tested the game today and i am glad that we have at least one ARPG with great potential as a native linuxversion. However there is a massive graphical glitch. If ambient occlusion is set to anything else than "very low" i get massive textureflickering. The game also produces massive framedrops from time to time that cause stuttering.

Forcing the vulkan api crashes the game on startup at least on my system.

The switch to enable vulkan is wrong in the article, it is actually --force-vulkan (two dashes). I was crashing as well until I figured this out. I was also experiencing frame drops (on a quite beefy system too) until I enabled vulkan and now it's completely smooth.
Liam Dawe 18 Jun
Quoting: Odmelyn
Quoting: ripper81358I have tested the game today and i am glad that we have at least one ARPG with great potential as a native linuxversion. However there is a massive graphical glitch. If ambient occlusion is set to anything else than "very low" i get massive textureflickering. The game also produces massive framedrops from time to time that cause stuttering.

Forcing the vulkan api crashes the game on startup at least on my system.

The switch to enable vulkan is wrong in the article, it is actually --force-vulkan (two dashes). I was crashing as well until I figured this out. I was also experiencing frame drops (on a quite beefy system too) until I enabled vulkan and now it's completely smooth.
No, it is correct. It's even clearly listed here by Unity themselves along all the others. Single dash. I did test what I wrote and ensured it was correct. You can see what Unity is using by checking your player.log file, it will either show a mass of OpenGL extension info bundled together or a clean line-by-line list of Vulkan stuff.


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 18 June 2020 at 7:56 pm UTC
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