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For those in need of a good-looking action-RPG that offers tons of loot, Last Epoch [Official Site, Kickstarter] certainly seems interesting. There's also now a Linux demo available.

I'm always wary of crowdfunding games myself, although I have personally relaxed my rule for games where the developer is quite obviously trying to get Linux support sorted. Last Epoch is now one I'm now tempted by, since they offer a working Linux demo and after trying it I was reasonably impressed for such an early build.

Last Epoch combines time-travelling antics, with deep character customization, crafting and an "engrossing" item system that "guarantees endless replayability". Some pretty bold claims, but it seems in terms of the item system there really is absolutely tons of loot to find. Weapons of all shapes and sizes, amulets, shields—you name it, they've likely got it.

The skill system seems pretty fun too, especially the hammer throwing skill that made me feel a little like Thor. There's a good bit of depth to it too, considering you have your active skills which you can choose to specialise in, giving you the ability to further enhance those specific skills.

If the skill specialization system wasn't enough, there's also a passive skill system to place attributes in as well. Here you're able to place Axis Points in the middle section as well as Node Points, the character skill system as a whole is pretty damn big.

I won't link to the demo directly, since the link may change. You can find it on the Kickstarter, below the big download button is a link to the Linux demo. I actually thoroughly enjoyed my time with it, especially taking down some of the bigger creatures, I could easily see myself losing many hours to it. It did feel a little easy, but that's likely due to it being a work in progress demo just to show it off.

They've got a little way to go, with 21 days left and they haven't hit even half the $210K they're requesting in funding. Hopefully now they have a Linux demo, more funding might come in from Linux gamers needing another realtime RPG fix. We could certainly do with another good action RPG and Last Epoch is extremely promising.

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bingus 25 April 2018 at 12:09 pm UTC
Just tried it myself, thought it was fun. Hope the Kickstarter gets up! Will be interesting to see the finished product, with a bit more spit and polish.
Praxach 25 April 2018 at 12:43 pm UTC
Great find, looks like I have something new to try once I get home. Been looking for a newer Diablo type game with native Linux support for a while now.
vipor29 25 April 2018 at 12:47 pm UTC
just tryed it in 4k and it looks really great.we need more of these diablo type games coming over and this would fit the bill.i hope the kickstarter goes through.i found the game to be pretty fun.
m0nt3 25 April 2018 at 3:06 pm UTC
Downloading demo now. Pretty excited to try this out. Hopefully it is at least as good as Victor Vran.
kf 25 April 2018 at 3:11 pm UTC
I really enjoyed the demo. It needs some polish and TLC, but I see great potential. Fingers crossed!
m0nt3 25 April 2018 at 4:58 pm UTC
It seems broken on Mesa, I get less than 20 fps (avg maybe 14) and have artifacting on the ground and water. Might be shader related.


Last edited by m0nt3 at 25 April 2018 at 5:02 pm UTC
herc 25 April 2018 at 8:17 pm UTC
m0nt3It seems broken on Mesa, I get less than 20 fps (avg maybe 14) and have artifacting on the ground and water. Might be shader related.

Yeah, it runs abit slow for me too on Mesa and I also have the artifacting on the ground.

I found a stone stair right before the waypoint in The Cliffs, where my fps increased alot and I had no artifacting on the stair. So it seems like the performance issue has something to do with that ground effect.
Beer 25 April 2018 at 8:18 pm UTC
Yeah, no.. not touching this one. They charge $50 for the Alpha access tier in August 2018, and $10 for the complete game in 2020.

I'm not waiting 2 years to find out if your game is any good, and I'm certainly not paying $50 to play a buggy unfinished alpha. Dumb pricing structure. I know it's common now to offer earlier access for alpha/beta releases for a higher price, but charging AAA retail price for an alpha release is absurd. They're just taking advantage of peoples' impatience. Good for them if it works, I guess.. but it just seems greedy.

To me, this says something about the studio, I can only imagine this is going to be loaded with extra DLCs by the time it's out.
kalin 25 April 2018 at 8:39 pm UTC
The demo run bad on solus with rx 460 with open source drivers
Cyril 25 April 2018 at 11:06 pm UTC
I tested it yesterday for many hours (thanks to liberodark on the first news), and I must say it was very nice, I really enjoyed it... like if I already knew this game.
I was close to the end (I think) and the game crashed, I lose my save... I will relaunch it!
But yeah like you I have bad performance whit it, but It's not really an issue right now.

For the H&S / A-RPG on Linux it's true we need some! Actually Diablo III tends to boring me (recently) but I love Grim Dawn (It's a pity there isn't native Linux version).

So fingers crossed for Last Epoch! (I'm thinking about backing it)

Edit: I will test the new build (0.4.9.5) and see if it's better...


Last edited by Cyril at 25 April 2018 at 11:08 pm UTC
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