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Massive Chalice was funded on Kickstarter two years ago, and after half a year in Steam Early Access, the full release is now available for Linux on GOG, Humble Bundle and Steam.

The game was pitched on the crowdfunding platform as a tactical strategy game on an epic fantasy timeline, and draws inspiration from games like the original X-COM, Final Fantasy Tactics, and Fire Emblem: Awakening. Massive Chalice is developer Double Fine's second crowdfunded game, and the second one to see a full release after Broken Age was released a little over a month ago. People interested in development of the game will have been able to follow the process through regular TeamStreams, which are archived on YouTube.

Kickstarter backers and early adopters on Steam have reacted mostly positively to the game, and it has seen a host of updates during its stay in Early Access. Additionally, the 1.0 release notes on Steam contains a massive list of balance changes, improvements and bug fixes that should iron out the last remaining issues. The few Linux specific fixes address Steam cloud saving and case sensitivity.

The end of development also kicks off a new YouTube series from Double Fine and 2 Player Productions, which aims to give an educational look at the various disciplines in a development team. First up is the charismatic project lead on Massive Chalice and lead designer of Brütal Legend, Brad Muir:

About the game (Official)

MASSIVE CHALICE is a tactical strategy game set on an epic timeline from Double Fine Productions. As the Immortal Ruler of the Nation, you'll take command of its heroes, forge marriages to strengthen your Bloodlines, and battle a mysterious enemy known as the Cadence in a war lasting hundreds of years.

Key Features
  • Bloodline Genetics - MASSIVE CHALICE features an innovative Bloodline system that allows the player to marry heroes together to produce children. The Bloodline system uses a randomized genetic code for every hero. Their children can end up with the best gameplay-impacting traits inherited from their parents... or they could inherit the worst ones.
  • Permadeath - The heroes in MASSIVE CHALICE age over the course of the timeline and eventually pass away. This forces the player to engage in the beauty of permadeath and always juggle an imperfect party of heroes with which to do battle!
  • Bloodline Relics - If a hero has fought valiantly enough when they inevitably pass away, their weapon has a chance to become a Bloodline Relic. This powerful Relic can be passed down to any character of the same house in order to carry on the legacy of the fallen hero!
  • Long View Strategy - Because the war lasts 300 years, players need to take a long view of their strategy. Decisions have to be made dozens of years in advance and long-term planning is incredibly important. That 3-year-old toddler is going to grow up to be your most reliable melee fighter sooner than you think! But how long will they stay that way?

As mentioned, Massive Chalice is available from Steam and DRM free from GOG and Humble Bundle. The Humble Bundle option comes with a Steam key, and the game comes with a 20% off launch discount on each of the digital stores. Article taken from
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Mnoleg 2 Jun, 2015
Vissy 2 Jun, 2015
I really enjoyed what I played of this game. Will have to give it another go now.
Ignis 2 Jun, 2015
> Notice: this game comes with a 32-bit binary only

Oh well… %)
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