Ladies and gentlemen, mark your calendars, for the wheels of game development have turned, and Last Epoch, the action RPG we've all been eagerly awaiting, finally has a release date: February 21, 2024. Prepare yourselves for an isometric action RPG extravaganza, crafted with love by those who appreciate a healthy dose of customizable skills, an abundance of loot, and hordes of baddies to annihilate.
The upcoming 1.0 release will be the complete game, introducing the Warlock and Falconer classes to further expand your arsenal of destruction. But that's not all, my fellow adventurers! Last Epoch will also introduce two Item Factions, a clever system that allows players to choose between hoarding loot for themselves or participating in a bustling marketplace to trade gear with other valiant warriors. And fear not, for the Eleventh Hour team has no intention of resting on their laurels. They have pledged to release updates every few months, aptly named "Cycles," which will bring forth an array of end-game content, skills, unique items, gameplay systems, and quality-of-life features.
Let's cast our minds back to 2019 when PC Gamer first hailed Last Epoch as a fantastic new action RPG. Eric Watson, a connoisseur of the genre, praised the game's skill system as a brilliant evolution, surpassing even the labyrinthine web of upgrades found in Path of Exile and the rune modifications of Diablo 3. Not to mention, the music was deemed a standout aspect, igniting the flames of our anticipation.
Fast forward to 2023, where Last Epoch made a grand appearance at Gamescom, showcasing four years of relentless updates. The introduction of the runemaster, one of its 15 formidable classes, was met with excitement and applause. During this time, Eleventh Hour CEO Judd Cobler shed light on the arduous journey of implementing ARPG-style multiplayer.
"Creating multiplayer for one of these games is really, really complex," Cobler confessed. "It's not just about matchmaking and dropping into a match. No, no, no. It's about drop-in, drop-out multiplayer that seamlessly integrates into a persistent world. You stroll into a bustling town, and there they are, countless other players, creating a multiplayer experience that's on par with MMOs in terms of complexity."
And lo and behold, the launch of Last Epoch's multiplayer was nothing short of a triumph. It soared to great heights, proving that Eleventh Hour had conquered the formidable challenge they had set out to face.
Now, my fellow adventurers, gather 'round! You can embark on this epic journey by venturing to the hallowed halls of Steam, where Last Epoch awaits your arrival for a mere $35. But wait, there's more! If you seize the opportunity and purchase the game before its official release, a delightful exclusive cosmetic pet shall accompany you on your quests, bringing joy and companionship to your virtual travels.
Last Epoch is the brainchild of Eleventh Hour, a group of talented game developers who serendipitously crossed paths on the illustrious r/gamedev subreddit back in 2017. Bound by their love for the genre, they united their skills and passion to create what they deemed the perfect ARPG. Their vision became a reality through a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2018, followed by a thrilling journey through Steam Early Access in 2019. Since then, over 800,000 brave souls have joined the Last Epoch community, ready to leave their mark on this extraordinary realm.
So, dear adventurers, prepare your gear, sharpen your blades, and ready your spells, for Last Epoch beckons. The wait is almost over, and a grand adventure awaits those who dare to step into this mesmerizing world. Get ready to forge your legacy, for February 21, 2024, will forever be etched in the annals of gaming history as the day Last Epoch unleashed its full glory.