We return with the fourteenth edition of our series designed to help RPGamer cater to the ever-increasing number of indie titles that our staff regrettably does not have the resources to provide full coverage to. The idea of this column is to quickly pass on the word about certain games to our readers that they might otherwise not be made aware of, and we hope both readers and developers find this useful.
This edition of our indie update column features the following titles: Empyre: Lords of the Sea Gates, The Iron Oath, Epic Tavern, Children of Morta, Sole Descendant, and Exzore: The Rising.
Empyre: Lords of the Sea Gates
Coin Operated Games announced that its isometric RPG Empyre: Lords of the Sea Gates will be release on Steam on October 4, 2017. Covered in a previous edition, Empyre: Lords of the Sea Gates is a Neo-Victorian RPG set in an alternate 1911 New York beset by rising oceans. The develoepr also revealed that the game's story was created by writer/comic artist Paul Noth.
The Iron Oath
The first of a few crowdfunding campaigns appearing in this edition, The Iron Oath is a tactical RPG from Curious Panda Games. Set in a dark fantasy world, The Iron Oath sees players running their own guild of adventurers, recruiting members with many player decisions having big impacts on how the story and world unfolds. Curious Panda Games is looking for $45,000 in funding by September 8, 2017. The game is being developed for PC with a release target of early 2019.
Hyperkinetic Studios announced that its management simulation/RPG hybrid Epic Tavern will be available through Steam Early Access on September 7, 2017. The game puts player in charge of their own renowned adventuring tavern, where heroes team up to embark on dangerous quests. Players choose how to level up and customise the heroes, which wounds need healing, how to divide the loot, and how to upgrade their tavern. Epic Tavern was funded through a Kickstarter campaign in 2016.
Children of Morta
Indie publisher 11 bit Studios announced that it is teaming up with developer Dead Mage to release the latter's Children of Morta on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The hack-and-slash roguelike stars the Bergson family, who have been guardians of Mount Morta for generations. The game feature cooperative multiplayer and is planned for release in the first half of 2018.
The second of the crowdfunding campaigns, Sole Descendent is an action RPG from Russian studio Inglorious Dev and currently undergoing a campaign on Indiegogo. Sole Descendant is billed as a fast-paced title set in a medieval fantasy world, with single playthroughs targeted at lasting around five hours. Inglorious Dev is looking for $50,000 in funding by September 27, 2017, though all funding pledged will be provided if the game does not meet its goal. The game is being developed for PC with a planned release in late 2018.
Exzore: The Rising
Our final entry features the Kickstarter campaign for Exzore: The Rising. Previously covered in earlier editions as well as with a brief impression of its pre-alpha demo, Exzore: The Rising is an open-world action RPG from Tiny Shark Interactive set in the medieval world of Eogaan. It follows Damien Clive, a betrayed former commander of the Exzore army unit, who uses various medieval gadgets during combat and exploration. Tiny Shark Interactive is looking for £50,000 in funding by Septebmer 18, 2017. The game is planned for release in late 2018 for PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One.
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