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Move over Diablo 4 and Path of Exile as Last Epoch 1.0 is here

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Ready for your next action RPG? Diablo and Path of Exile fans may want to take a look at Last Epoch, which has finally left Early Access with the 1.0 update and there's plenty to love about it. Truthfully, I can't even remember how I got my copy it's been so many years. 

The 1.0 patch notes are pretty long but the gist of it is full controller support, an offline mode, new cinematics, various graphical improvements, the Item Factions system, new skills and absolutely loads more.

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“I want to sincerely thank all of our fans from the bottom of our hearts,” said Judd Cobler, Founder and CEO of Eleventh Hour Games, and Game Director for Last Epoch. “We are a team formed from the ARPG community, and to be able to make it this far with Last Epoch and share this creation with you is a dream come true. We cannot wait for you to experience the full release and the awesome plans we have for the future.”

Last Epoch has Native Linux support and it does work on Steam Deck, although Valve note it as Unsupported on Steam Deck that rating was from May 2022 so they need to update it. There are some issues in the default OpenGL version though like the map being blank, which you can get around simply with "-force-vulkan" as a launch option in Steam. Go into the Properties and put that in the Launch Options text box.

I also had no sound by default on Kubuntu which was solved using the same method as War Thunder using this Steam launch option:

FMOD_ALSA_DEVICE=pulse %command% -force-vulkan 

Check out the 1.0 patch video if you're a previous player:

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So far it's proven to be popular with it hitting a peak player count on Steam of over 150,000 players which has clearly beaten Diablo 4 and it's closing in on Path of Exile's all-time Steam record quickly. It currently has a Very Positive overall user rating on Steam too, although the recent reviews are only Mostly Positive which seems to be due to server issues so it will probably bounce-back once they're fully sorted.

Available to buy on Steam.

Let me know how you're getting on with it in the comments.

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Jarmer Feb 22
I absolutely adore Last Epoch. I've played it to the endgame several times throughout its EA, and now I'm excited to try some new classes, and do the SSF gameplay mode with offline access. This game hits a really nice balance in between the boring simplicity of Diablo and the absurd complexity of POE. For any fans of the genre, this is a must-buy.
pytrys Feb 22
I dunno. I bought it, I am playing it, it is fun but... I am still returning to D4.
Graphic of LE is sorta childish, comics like. The story so far is "meh".
Gameplay good though...
mZSq7Fq3qs Feb 22
Time to reinstall. I played it recently but I had some strange performance issues. FPS dropped around 30 on my PC sometimes, and just stayed there. I had much more solid performance on steam deck.
I'm pretty happy with this game at 1.0. I want to show particular appreciation for the dedicated offline mode, it's glorious. Screw you blizzard.
Jarmer Feb 22
Quoting: ExpandingManI'm pretty happy with this game at 1.0. I want to show particular appreciation for the dedicated offline mode, it's glorious. Screw you blizzard.

how did you get full offline mode to work? I've been trying this morning, but every time I try to play, when I click "enter game" it just dumps me back to the main menu.
Liam Dawe Feb 22
Quoting: Jarmer
Quoting: ExpandingManI'm pretty happy with this game at 1.0. I want to show particular appreciation for the dedicated offline mode, it's glorious. Screw you blizzard.

how did you get full offline mode to work? I've been trying this morning, but every time I try to play, when I click "enter game" it just dumps me back to the main menu.
For me on the main menu there's a clear button to go into offline play.
Minux Feb 22
Great news, they finally fixed the character section! Characters aren't transparent anymore!

Jarmer Feb 22
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: Jarmer
Quoting: ExpandingManI'm pretty happy with this game at 1.0. I want to show particular appreciation for the dedicated offline mode, it's glorious. Screw you blizzard.

how did you get full offline mode to work? I've been trying this morning, but every time I try to play, when I click "enter game" it just dumps me back to the main menu.
For me on the main menu there's a clear button to go into offline play.

Yeah, I guess the game just needs more time and patches. I have that button too, but it doesn't do anything. Every time I press play, it just dumps me back to the main menu. Tried a potential fix from the steam discussions, didn't work, and tried a full uninstall / reinstall, also didn't work. I'll just give it more time. Been waiting years! A few more days won't hurt.

Also doesn't help that the "offline" modes are super confusing. There's an online-offline, and then an offline-offline.
I haven't experienced any bugs or technical issues at all on 1.0, though I'm forcing it to use the windows version. I haven't tried the linux version on 1.0 yet, but historically it had been incredibly buggy. (I already had it installed and set to proton experimental, so I didn't change anything.)

It felt like a case of a game nominally having native linux support but the developer not actually being prepared to support it. Might try out native linux later to see if things have improved more recently.
Tchey Feb 22
Quoting: Liam DaweFor me on the main menu there's a clear button to go into offline play.

I also have a clear Offline button ingame on the main menu screen, however, there should be a menu inside Steam Properties window, to go Offline. If you Force Proton, it is there. If you go native, it is not.

Also, without -force-vulkan, the map has no background, and it’s almost game breaking as the minimap is so usefull IMO, plus the main map to teleport everywhere.

With -force-vulkan, map is fixed, but the skill passive icons have no background.

Still playable, but annoying to see Linux version is half baked again (before, the character creation screen was broken, with no textures).
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