Ink Stains Games have released a major upgrade to the challenging turn-based RPG Stoneshard, one they've been working on for some time now and it's quite the overhaul.
Sounds like it's almost a different game too, all the big main parts of the game have been changed in some way.
Here's the highlights:
- Complete rework of the dungeon generator with lots more variety.
- Basic AI was completely reworked: new decision making system so enemies don't act randomly, new and better pathfinding system, enemies know to swap places in tight spaces, archers and mages will try to keep distance, aggressive animals will try to warn you away from their territory before attacking, enemies can retreat now and more AI upgrades.
- Animals gained new behaviours too like foxes hunting rabbits and deer will run away
- New content: new secret rooms to find, 100+ new containers, new enemy skills, 25 new undead enemy types and other bits
Apart from all the new content, generation and AI upgrades they also improved the tech behind the game with a better light rendering system, a new culling system, a new fog of war system, they added fireflies, four new music tracks and some visual updates to the Prologue.
That's a huge amount of work that went into it, lots of new systems going on as you play that make for a way more exciting experience overall. So much new stuff that they're going to be raising the price. They didn't give a clear date as to when but they mentioned the next major update late this Winter or early next year which will add in the first major city and it's surrounding area. Before that's ready though, a few smaller updates will drop. The price will be raising by 30% so you might want to grab it soon.
Never seen it? Check out the trailer below: