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Action-RPG 'Last Epoch' beta released and now available on Steam

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Possibly one of the most promising action-RPGs i've seen in some time, Last Epoch is now in beta and it's also available on Steam. Note: My copy was provided by developer.

The beta release is a huge update to the game too. It includes a new prologue chapter, additional content to the third chapter and the fourth chapter has been added in, a brand new fancy-sounding end-game system, new Mastery Classes (Paladin, Druid), new unique items, loads of UI improvements and so on. For those who are a bit confused on what a Mastery Class is: When you start your game, you have a "base class" and you eventually get the ability to specialize in a Mastery Class to give you new skills.

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Thankfully, the issue of white patches being everywhere in the last version I tested seem to have gone. I did speak to Eleventh Hour Games recently and they were progressing on a fix so it's pleasing to see and makes for a much better experience on Linux now. I've been impressed with their Linux support so far, like the time they pushed through a launcher update the same day I reported it.

Performance isn't amazing right now, I will be clear on that. Even my pretty good rig struggles to stay at 50FPS on Medium settings so do keep in mind it's still needing a lot of optimizations. Really playable though and it looks surprisingly beautiful even on Medium. Just take a look at this environment art:

One issue the Beta release has come with is resolution troubles, with it repeatedly going to a lower resolution than what it's supposed to be set at. This is confirmed across all platforms, it's not a Linux specific issue. To get around it, switch to Windowed mode when in-game, pick a different resolution, then the one you actually want and then back to fullscreen which solves it until you restart the game again. The developer is aware of the issue.

If you enjoy games like Diablo, Torchlight, Victor Vran and so on this is likely going to be a game you will enjoy. The varied skills and the interesting progression system really does make it refreshing to play. However, I'm not going to outright recommend it yet as it's still pretty early and has plenty of rough edges.

Check it out on Steam or the official site.

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Ehvis 1 May, 2019
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On Steam it says "Requires 3rd-Party Account: Last Epoch". Why does a single player game need a 3rd party account?
riusma 1 May, 2019
Quoting: EhvisOn Steam it says "Requires 3rd-Party Account: Last Epoch". Why does a single player game need a 3rd party account?

Online multiplayer seems to be on the roadmap! :)
Shmerl 1 May, 2019
Looks promising, and they plan GOG release too.
shawnsterp 1 May, 2019
It's early in the morning, so I'll wait till after work, but I was thinking of picking this up now due to the linux support.
LordDaveTheKind 1 May, 2019
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simply gorgeous! I was actually looking for something Diablo or Grim Dawn style!!!
Avehicle7887 1 May, 2019
Is it my misunderstanding or the game requires you to login to play in Singleplayer?
Acrophobic 2 May, 2019
Does it support keyboard control for moving around (like Victor Vran) or only mouse control ?

I personally prefer Torchlight than Victor Vran because of the class system. However, I could never get used to moving around while aiming with mouse.
SuperTux 2 May, 2019
If you have any peripherals, such as joysticks, you'll have to disconnect them (pointer drifts to the right). It's a Unity thing, but I have other Unity games that seem to have fixed it. Anyway, I reported it, so hopefully it's something worth fixing their side.
GeoGalvanic 2 May, 2019
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Quoting: Avehicle7887Is it my misunderstanding or the game requires you to login to play in Singleplayer?

It does currently but it won't at an undetermined point in the future.

Quoting: ShmerlLooks promising, and they plan GOG release too.

Last I heard they were considering it. I don't think they've committed to it yet.

Last edited by GeoGalvanic on 2 May 2019 at 4:53 am UTC
slaapliedje 4 May, 2019
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Wow, I really wanted to play a Diablo like game, but bought this sort of foolishly, the menus don't even work right so couldn't even start a game. It's fairly buggered at this stage.
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