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The developers of the impressive action RPG Last Epoch [Official Site] that we tested during the Kickstarter have now put out the Alpha version.

If you missed it, here's their latest gameplay preview:

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At a glance, here's what's new in the alpha:

  • New areas to explore which are the first areas of the real campaign 
  • Mastery system redesign, including 5 new mastery classes (15 total!) 
  • New skills and visuals 
  • New monsters 
  • New AI 
  • New chat system 
  • New game launcher and patcher 

What's pleasing to see, is that Eleventh Hour Games have kept up with the Linux support and so it is included during the Alpha period. However, there are some major problems with their new launcher and updater. I haven't yet been able to get it to work.

Each time I try it, either the updater gives me an "unknown error" or if I do manage to get it to launch, it gives some sort of black screen and then either quits or forces GNOME Shell back to the login screen, so it has some major problems to work through. I've sent the developer some logs and information on this, hopefully it will get fixed soon so we can properly dive into the Alpha build.

I've tried with my second monitor disabled, to see if it was some funky windowing issue, but even then it's the exact same issue. It's possible their updater hasn't actually downloaded what it needs, so I will keep an eye on it for any fixes and report again when I can get in.

Update: They are continuing to work on the launcher, I've now managed to get a build that works so should have thoughts up tomorrow with a preview video.

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Nezchan 27 August 2018 at 12:33 pm UTC
My first impression from the video is that this is basically Torchlight II with more "realistic" graphics.
Mohandevir 27 August 2018 at 12:41 pm UTC
KelsMy first impression from the video is that this is basically Torchlight II with more "realistic" graphics.

Sweet! If that's true, that could be my kind of game. Is it controller friendly? Let's say like Victor Vran? I prefer WASD or controller stick movements to point & click with mouse.
Mountain Man 27 August 2018 at 12:46 pm UTC
It reminds me of Titan Quest, which isn't necessarily a good thing because I found Titan Quest rather bland.
Nezchan 27 August 2018 at 12:51 pm UTC
Mohandevir
KelsMy first impression from the video is that this is basically Torchlight II with more "realistic" graphics.

Sweet! If that's true, that could be my kind of game. Is it controller friendly? Let's say like Victor Vran? I prefer WASD or controller stick movements to point & click with mouse.

Controller friendly would be amazing, since that's one thing I wanted most for the original TL2.
Unshra 27 August 2018 at 1:28 pm UTC
When I was on Windows, I backed Path of Exiles (still have yet to claim my custom weapon design for backing.) Now that I'm focused on native Linux gaming you can be sure I'll be backing Last Epoch. The look already reminds me of PoE I hope they can deliver at least half of what PoE does while still supporting Linux.


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GeoGalvanic 27 August 2018 at 2:01 pm UTC
@liam Do you have the latest download? There was some problems with the second iteration of the linux launcher, but they fixed them pretty quickly. It's working for me fine (apart from some artifacting graphics) on Mint right now. Since it's likely just an issue with the launcher and not the game itself, you could ask if they'd be willing to send you a direct download. All else fails their discord has a channel for Linux support and I know at least one of the community members has been working on fixing the launcher for various distros.

For anyone else that's interested in the game I'd recommend checking out the wiki https://lastepoch.gamepedia.com , I've been putting in some work on getting that up and updated.
liamdawe 27 August 2018 at 2:09 pm UTC
GeoGalvanic@liam Do you have the latest download? There was some problems with the second iteration of the linux launcher, but they fixed them pretty quickly. It's working for me fine (apart from some artifacting graphics) on Mint right now. Since it's likely just an issue with the launcher and not the game itself, you could ask if they'd be willing to send you a direct download. All else fails their discord has a channel for Linux support and I know at least one of the community members has been working on fixing the launcher for various distros.

For anyone else that's interested in the game I'd recommend checking out the wiki https://lastepoch.gamepedia.com , I've been putting in some work on getting that up and updated.
I've already been in touch with the developer about it. It was only downloaded last night, I've seen nothing to say they've put up anything new since. When was the latest launcher for Linux put up, unless it was today it shouldn't make a difference but I will try again anyway.

Edit: Going by what they've told it me, it seems one of the developers has been working on the launcher fixing it up on Linux. I've managed to get it to work now most of the time, so I shall have a preview up tomorrow


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TimeFreeze 27 August 2018 at 5:17 pm UTC
So many good RPG's coming...my wallet is already dead. STOP IT.
14 28 August 2018 at 12:30 am UTC
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UnshraWhen I was on Windows, I backed Path of Exiles (still have yet to claim my custom weapon design for backing.) Now that I'm focused on native Linux gaming you can be sure I'll be backing Last Epoch. The look already reminds me of PoE I hope they can deliver at least half of what PoE does while still supporting Linux.
Are you playing EVE Online on Linux? I'm just wondering how native you mean.
Unshra 28 August 2018 at 4:23 am UTC
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UnshraWhen I was on Windows, I backed Path of Exiles (still have yet to claim my custom weapon design for backing.) Now that I'm focused on native Linux gaming you can be sure I'll be backing Last Epoch. The look already reminds me of PoE I hope they can deliver at least half of what PoE does while still supporting Linux.
Are you playing EVE Online on Linux? I'm just wondering how native you mean.

Native is native. As mentioned in the quoted post I switched from Window to Linux a while back; I haven't played EVE Online in years, but I do like my old avatar. Though if EVE Online went native I'd return at the drop of a hat.

liamdaweEdit: Going by what they've told it me, it seems one of the developers has been working on the launcher fixing it up on Linux. I've managed to get it to work now most of the time, so I shall have a preview up tomorrow

Was there anything you had to do to get it working? I ask because I'm still getting "Unknown Error. Please try again." consistently; logs seem to point to a torrent issue.

Edit: Fixed the second quote.


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