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Monday - February 12, 2024

Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon - January Update

by Hiddenx, 16:49

Couchpotato spotted the January update for Tainted Grail:

Tainted Grail: Fall of Avalon - Dev Update January

Hello Travellers!

Yes, yes, we know that January is already behind us. However, we promised you monthly updates and we want to keep that promise, and there will be a February update as well ;)

This time in a slightly different form. Our development team has recorded a preview for you of what the upcoming new land, Cuanacht, will be like, along with commentary that will answer many of your questions. Check it out for yourselves:

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Saturday - January 13, 2024

Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon - December Update

by Hiddenx, 14:24

Couchpotato spotted the December update for Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon:

December update - Cuanacht is almost here!

Gear up and get ready for January!

Hey, everyone!

Since it’s the holiday season and most of you are probably busy with last-minute shopping and trying hard not to lose their minds after hearing “Last Christmas” and “All I Want For Christmas Is You” for the millionth time, we’re going to keep this update rather brief! :)

So, first of all, you can expect a small - but really significant at the same time! - patch in January.

It’s one of these crazy things about game development that our patch notes for the upcoming update/fix are essentially three bulletpoints… and yet we’ve spent A LOT of time working on it. There’s just so much stuff happening behind the scenes that it’s sometimes hard to even describe it properly. But let’s try!

What to expect in January

Over the past few months we’ve noticed that some of you were experiencing very weird, yet very specific crashes – these are edge cases that stem from the middleware we use for vegetation. So, if the game was crashing for you over the past few months, there’s a high chance that for really crazy reasons that my non-technical brain won’t understand… our trees & grass are to blame ;D

In order to address it we’ve finally done what we were joking we’re going to do for the past four years – we’ve started creating our own vegetation system. As you can imagine, this takes a lot of time and effort – but we’ve finally arrived at version 1.0 of the said system and we’re really happy that it happened. One of the greatest benefits of this is that we’re not reliant – or “at the mercy” – of middleware we have no control over ;)

In short, thanks to this and some further work,you should see three things in the game in January:

  • Less unexplainable crashes of the game
  • Some optimizations related to CPU (people with strong GPUs and weak CPUs should see improvement in the game’s performance and stability)
  • The grass will be greener (and more dense), and there will be more variety in vegetation – new trees, bushes, and so on

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Sunday - November 19, 2023

Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon - Update 0.6a

by Hiddenx, 10:33

Couchpotato spotted a new patch and some stats from Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon:

Stats from your playthroughs, hotfix patch 0.6a and 20% discount!

How many times can a horse be mounted?

Hey everyone,

We’ve got 2 things to share with you today. The first one is a good bunch of fixes in the newest 0.6a patch. It fixes quite a lot of stuff that you’ve reported since Judgement of the Excalibur was released, so be sure to read what’s been fixed in the bottom part of the post.

The second thing we wanted to share with you - and we’d like to start off with that - is our gratitude. The 0.6 patch was released to great reception and we’re super happy about that. We wanted to say “Thank you!” from the whole team engaged in the development of Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon. Right now, our recent reviews are 91% positive and we're rocking an impressive 81% positive reviews overall. Today, as a way of thanks, we would like to share some interesting statistics from the game in form of a video:

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Thursday - October 19, 2023

Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon - Gameplay

by Hiddenx, 17:45

Splattercatgaming checked out Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon:

The Fall of Avalon is an Open World Roleplaying Take on Ancient Legend

Thursday - October 05, 2023

Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon - Excalibur Update

by Hiddenx, 20:19

Fextralife checked out the Excalibur update for Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon:

Tainted Grail The Fall of Avalon Gameplay - Judgement of Excalibur Update

Thanks Couchpotato!

Wednesday - October 04, 2023

Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon - Huge Update 0.6 @ C4G

by Hiddenx, 15:53

C4G checked out patch 0.6 for Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon:

Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon Just Got a HUGE Update | Skyrim-like first person Open World RPG

Thanks Couchpotato!

Monday - April 10, 2023

Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon - Early Access Review

by Hiddenx, 14:54

Ye Old Entertainment checked out the open-world RPG Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon:

Tainted Grail The Fall of Avalon Early Access Review: Arthurian Skyrim with not so much of a twist

Saturday - April 01, 2023

Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon - Review

by Hiddenx, 15:00

Wizard Worm checked out the Early Access version of Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon:

Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon Review - A Journey Into Darkness (Open World RPG)

Friday - March 31, 2023

Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon - Preview

by Hiddenx, 17:00

Wanderbots checked out Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon:

Shockingly Good First Person Dark Fantasy RPG! - Tainted Grail: Fall of Avalon [Early Access]

Thursday - March 30, 2023

Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon - Early Access Release

by Hiddenx, 15:25

The openworld RPG Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon will launch into Early Access today:

Tainted Grail: Fall of Avalon - Official Early Access Release Date Trailer

Wednesday - February 01, 2023

Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon - Gameplay

by Hiddenx, 16:08

Splattercatgaming checked out an alpha version of Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon:

Tainted Grail : The Fall of Avalon - Open World Grimdark Medieval RPG

Friday - August 26, 2022

Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon - Gameplay Trailer

by Hiddenx, 14:45

A new gameplay trailer for Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon:

Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon - Gameplay Trailer - Future Games Show Gamescom 2022

Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon has a dark, gripping atmosphere which descended onto the Future Games Show, revealing gameplay from Awaken Realms Digital’s open-world RPG, which is coming to Steam Early Access in Q4 2022.

Saturday - July 16, 2022

Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon - Official Cinematic Trailer

by Hiddenx, 06:56

Here's the lastest trailer for the open-world RPG Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon:

Tainted Grail: Fall of Avalon - Official Cinematic Trailer

Check out the latest cinematic trailer for Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon, the upcoming open-world first-person RPG based on the hugely popular board game. It is expected to be released into Early Access on Steam in Q4 2022.

Tuesday - April 20, 2021

Tainted Grail: Conquest - March Update

by Silver, 10:36

The March development update shows some of what you can expect from Tainted Grail: Conquest.

March Development Update!

Hi everyone! We've been silent for a while so we have something a bit different this time. It's a... development video Instead of a normal blog post :D

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Hi! Sorry for 1080p, only after uploading we've seen some quality issues... But, well, it's a development update so let's say that it's also a work in progress! Anyway, here's a quick video concerning Tainted Grail: Conquest!

Tuesday - November 24, 2020

Tainted Grail - Becoming Two Separate Games

by Silver, 23:46

The latest update for Tainted Grail announces that it is becoming two separate games. Additionally the games visuals are being improved.

Last week to get 2 in 1... and other news!

TWO SEPARATE GAMES

You could’ve noticed that some things have changed on our store page. Yes, thanks to your support and positive feedback we’ve decided to split Tainted Grail into two separate products – Conquest and The Fall of Avalon.

It will be easier for us during development, it will be easier for new players to understand what they’re getting, and it will be easier to prevent confusion of players who thought they’re playing an RPG and ended up playing a roguelike.

Two important things, though:

2. If you still want to get both games for the price of one – you can do it until the next Friday, the 27th of November.


Any purchases made after that date will be only for Conquest.

The game’s price will be reduced but after 27th you’d have to buy these games separately (and the campaign mode isn’t yet available).

So, here’s a Steam page for Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon if you’re interested in wishlisting ;)

And now, let's get to...

NEWS

PLANS FOR THE FUTURE

So, as promised last week, we have a couple of gameplay-related things to share about the future of Conquest.

Improved Visuals

We’re still in the process of moving the entire game to a new rendering pipeline. This caused A LOT of issues and we’re still fighting with them and figuring out how to approach certain challenges. But every single day we’re seeing insane improvements to the way the game looks and feels.

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Friday - June 19, 2020

Tainted Grail - In Early Access

by Silver, 03:11

Tainted Grail is now available in Early Access on Steam.

TAINTED GRAIL: EARLY ACCESS NOW AVAILABLE!

Today is the big day! Today we finally share with you the Early Access version of Tainted Grail, and we couldn't be more excited about it. We probably couldn't be more stressed about it, too :D

This was an extremely long journey for us… We've spent almost 2 years of our lives on this game, learning as we went. The project kept evolving, the team kept growing, and we've all learned so much from working on this title that it's almost unbelievable.

And when we think back on how it all started - we're really proud and honestly amazed that our company actually got to this point.

You see, the journey of Awaken Realms was much, much longer than our two years. The company was formed about six years ago in the basement of an old house located in a small village near Wrocław, Poland. At first, it was run by two guys (they say they were "extremely passionate about games and stories," but they are just geeks, like all of us! :D) with zero capital and no experience whatsoever. But they decided to start a miniature-painting studio... and we're pretty sure they never would've thought that, in time, their company will be able to break Kickstarter with its board games and start working on ambitious digital games!

A lot happened on this 6-year-long journey from painting miniatures, and most importantly, a lot of talented people joined the company and managed to create some great games… or even open up a board game pub in our city :D

And so, we at Awaken Realms Digital, are incredibly proud to share with you an early access version of Tainted Grail. The first video game Awaken Realms ever started working on - and the first one we're publicly launching!

You can imagine why this feels exciting and stressful at the same time. We've worked days and nights, we've put our hearts into this game, and we are incredibly proud of what we've been able to achieve.

We REALLY hope you're going to enjoy Tainted Grail!

But OK, we probably got a little carried away with this intro… Let's write a little bit more about what is waiting for you inside this Early Access!

TAINTED GRAIL: CONQUEST

As we announced before - our main focus during early access is going to be Conquest, our narrative-driven rogue-lite/RPG hybrid. An endless game mode, we're going to support with regular updates all the way until our proper launch.

Here's the introduction to Conquest's storyline!
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Thursday - May 14, 2020

Tainted Grail: Conquest - Available June 25

by Myrthos, 20:54

The new game mode for Tainted Grail, named Conquest will become available together with the main game June 25 on Steam and GOG.

Tainted Grail: Conquest mode is a unique mash-up between a full-blooded RPG and a challenging roguelike game. It will be available on June 25th, at the time of Tainted Grail Steam Early Access and GOG.com Games in Development launch and in addition to its regular, single-player campaign.
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 14th, WrocÅ‚aw, Poland.
 
The Early Access version of Tainted Grail includes not one, but two games. The first is the beginning of a regular single-player campaign, offering around three hours of gameplay. The second, Tainted Grail: Conquest, is a new game mode combining hardcore RPG mechanics with a dynamic gameplay experience taken from the roguelike genre.
 
ABOUT TAINTED GRAIL: CONQUEST

"There's one main rule we follow when creating our boardgames: gameplay is king. So, we wanted to deliver the same great experience in the digital version of Tainted Grail. Working closely with the community is the only way to achieve that, thus the need for an Early Access release," said Kamil Krupiński, producer of Tainted Grail.

"At the same time, developing an RPG while people are already playing it has certain challenges, because we're constantly adding new ideas, features, and gameplay mechanics to the game. This could potentially lead to a situation where you're dozens of hours into the game, and we add a side quest that can only be triggered through a choice you make during the first couple of minutes of playing. You'd be deprived of a chance to see this new quest, 'punished', in a way, for supporting us. We were looking for a way to avoid these kinds of situations and eventually came up with a solution. We decided to deliver not one but two separate games within a game: a fragment of the single-player campaign so that you know what we're aiming for, and the 'Conquest' mode being a unique RPG and roguelike combination, that you can play, well, endlessly." Krupiński added.
 
TAINTED GRAIL: CONQUEST – MAIN FEATURES
  • A unique blend of roguelike and RPG.
  • A randomly-generated map invaded by beasts of all sorts, full of unique locations and surprising narrative bits that tie in with the game's main campaign.
  • New combat gameplay mechanics staying true to the roots of a deep, tactical card game but with dynamic, arcade-style pacing – a battle system based on character customization and development with various skills, decks, runes, and lots of items to try out.
  • Fresh base-building mechanics: players will be able to change the game's mechanics and carry over their progress during their runs by finding ways of placing and upgrading buildings in their village.

ABOUT TAINTED GRAIL

Tainted Grail is a dark, open-world fantasy RPG. It is based on a deep, immersive story from one of the best board games (the biggest Kickstarter project of 2018!) but introduces a totally new experience crafted specifically for PC. Full of stirring art and incredible, non-linear narrative content, the game will offer a unique mix of discovery, challenge, and exciting cRPG character progression, as well as a deep, tactical combat system

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Wednesday - May 13, 2020

Tainted Grail: Conquest - Announced

by Silver, 22:48

Tainted Grail: Conquest is described as is a hardcore roguelike experience with base-building mechanics and a surprising narrative. Early Access will be available June 25th.

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Tainted Grail: Conquest is a hardcore roguelike experience with base-building mechanics and a surprising narrative. Create unique combos out of various skills, runes, and items. Develop and customize your heroes as you fight harder and harder enemies. Build and upgrade your village to carry over your progress and tailor the experience to your unique playstyle.

Wishlist on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1199030/Tainted_Grail/
Wishlist on GOG: https://www.gog.com/game/tainted_grail
Join us on Discord: https://discord.com/invite/eRFF7Tm

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ANNOUNCING TAINTED GRAIL: CONQUEST
More info about a new game mode we're adding to Tainted Grail!

Hey everyone! It’s Kamil again - game director/producer at Awaken Realms Digital. I have some really exciting things to show you today and we're SO DAMN HAPPY that we can finally talk about them out in the open! :D

Here’s... Tainted Grail: Conquest!

TAINTED GRAIL: CONQUEST
Like I said in my last post, we are creating a whole additional mode for Tainted Grail and you'll be able to play it, well, endlessly. It’s an entirely new game experience which you’ll get in addition to the main game, not instead of it!

We’re kinda insane because making two games at the same time isn’t easy... But we’re extremely happy that we will be able to deliver this thing to you, folks!

The crucial point here is that Tainted Grail: Conquest will be the main focus of the period we’ll spend in Early Access!

Why, though? Two main reasons

ONE: GAMEPLAY IS KING

Awaken Realms, as many of you probably know, has A LOT of experience as a board game developer. This means that over the years we’ve learned that gameplay is king – and it’s really easy to forget about that when you’re making a video game (being constantly distracted by various systems and mechanics you’re adding to the experience while forgetting about the most important thing: FUN).

We’re confident that we’ll be able to deliver a proper RPG to you because RPGs stand on their storylines – and Tainted Grail is a really amazing, huge, and already developed world from which we're able to draw – but we are pretty sure that your journey through Avalon would feel lackluster if the gameplay wouldn’t be there. This is why we’ve been extremely focused on gameplay for the past months and we are really proud of the results we were able to achieve!

Actually, after a few tests and discussions, we realized that our combat system works really well on its own. After some further prototypes it turned out that this unique mix of an RPG and a roguelike is a really fun game out on its own. Full of neat combos, unexpected quests, and hard, satisfying exploration. This is how Conquest was born.

Sure, our new trailer shows a lot of shiny stuff, bits and pieces of combat, and some locations – it is much harder to see the actual gameplay and the flow of the game, though. We really put in the work so that the whole experience will feel really satisfying to you all – but there are still plenty of details to be taken care of and ironed out (hence - Early Access).

TWO: RPG experienced as a whole

We believe that truly epic RPG adventure should be experienced as a whole, without any breaks or "episodes" and whatnot. This is why we feel like developing an RPG game in Early Access and giving out the storyline bit by bit misses the point. This is why in Early Access you will receive access to about 3-4 hours of the Campaign (just to give you a good intro and taste of things to come) and then you will get an update with the full campaign when it’s done! Meanwhile, you will be getting quite a lot of content for Conquest that will make getting the Early Access version worthwhile!

That’s why Conquest will be the main focus of our Early Access. If you want just the story campaign – we would recommend you to wait for the official release ;) (with one small caveat that the price might be a bit higher).

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Tuesday - March 03, 2020

Tainted Grail - Preview @God is a Geek

by Silver, 18:24

Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon has been previewed by God is a Geek who find it a grimdark Baldur's Gate with deck building.

With no more heroes left to fight, it falls to a handful of untrained souls to band together and save the land. It combines Baldur’s Gate style exploration and player choice with deck-building combat, and its dark, unforgiving world oozes with atmosphere. There’s no concrete release date yet, but this is an early build and there’s lots more info and additions to come. As it stands, Tainted Grail has heaps of potential and could be a surprise hit for Awaken Realms.

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Thanks Farflame!

Tuesday - December 17, 2019

Tainted Grail - Announced

by Silver, 22:56

Tainted Grail is described as a narrative-driven, turn-based open-world RPG set in the world of classic Arthurian legends. 

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Avalon is dying. King Arthur is long gone, and Knights of the Round Table are in disarray. Guardian Menhirs, the only thing that makes it possible for humans to survive in this remote land, are going dark. Your village chose its best and brightest and sent them on an epic quest to reach Kamelot, find the Grail, and save the land.

You were not among them.

They’ve never returned, and now it’s your turn to lead a band of unlikely heroes, the only ones this land can still provide. These ordinary people set off far too late, under-equipped for the task ahead, and with little hope of success.

Tainted Grail is a dark fantasy open-world RPG with fresh turn-based exploration and combat. It is based around deep, immersive story from one of the best and most innovative board games (biggest Kickstarter project of 2018!), but introduces a whole new experience crafted directly for PC.

EVERY DECISION MATTERS

Tainted Grail is a deeply immersive experience that takes the best elements of RPG adventures and brings them to the next level through intricately branching storylines. Written by Krzysztof Piskorski, one of the best Polish fantasy writers, it will draw you right in and keep you engaged, surprised, and invested in many secrets of Avalon.

In this dying world, no decision is easy or morally obvious, and you will often face impossible choices. Other times, the consequences of seemingly minor actions will haunt you in the least expected moments. In the end, your impact on Avalon is going reverberate through deep, meaningful changes to the game world - entire towns will raise or fall, land will shatter, ancient powers will be restored, or broken forever.

DEVELOP YOUR TEAM AND VILLAGE

During the game, you will continuously develop your heroes – from getting better items, through leveling and choosing new asymmetric skills and attacks, up to evolving archetypes that will redefine and direct these characters.

On top of that, you will develop your village as well. Shoring up your defenses or raising additional buildings won’t be easy, often requiring you to solve story encounters and to unlock new possibilities through exploration.

EXPLORE THE UNKNOWN

A major part of the game involves expeditions into the land covered by the Wyrdness, an ancient force twisting people, creatures, and even space itself in all manner of ways.

You will need to carefully manage your resources, use special items protecting you from the chaotic influence, and pick your track carefully, as there will be plenty of enemies and weird, unexpected events waiting for you. While dangerous, exploration will be the only way to gather precious resources and, ultimately, to figure out what is happening to Avalon and if it can be stopped.

The 3D map your heroes will travel through will be brimming with dark but also beautiful and striking designs and locations.

STRATEGIC COMBAT

During combat, you will decide between using skills specific for your hero and figuring out the best possible combinations to do it. A unique power runes mechanic gives the system additional depth, making it possible for the same skills to have a different effect.

Every hero will bring a different playstyle, defined by unique skills, that you will continue to further develop based on your favorite tactic. You will supplement this rich toolset with various items and special moves. All of that makes every encounter a different and exciting tactical challenge!

Saturday - December 29, 2018

Tainted Grail - The Fall of Avalon Announced

by Myrthos, 14:44

Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon was a very successful Kickstarter campaign for the creation of a board game. Due to that success there will now also be a PC RPG made.

he Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon Kickstarter turned out to be the fourth most successful board game crowdfunding campaign on the platform ever, with over $6,200,000 gathered in pledges from almost 42,000 backers. This allowed its creators, Awaken Realms, to play an ace they've been hiding up their sleeves. Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon - a story-driven RPG set in the world of Arthurian legends - is coming to PC!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 28th, Wrocław, Poland

Awaken Realms certainly saved the best for last. The team first announced the smashing success of their Kickstarter campaign (the project was funded in one minute, the first $2,000,000 was gathered in less than 24 hours). Now, at the end of the campaign, they've reached a point where Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon occupies a spot in Top 10 highest funded gaming Kickstarters of all time, with more pledges than such digital hits as Pillars of Eternity or Torment: Tides of Numenara.  Unlocking this amazing achievement allowed Awaken Realms to reveal that Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon will not only be available as a board game, but in fact also come to PC as a purebred RPG based on Arthurian myths!

Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon takes place on the dying island of Avalon. The ancient guardian stones that once helped people conquer this mythical place are now fading. As their light dims, a malignant power retakes the land inch by inch. Your desperate hometown sent a party of champions to seek help in distant Camelot.

You were not one of them.

Now, the true heroes have failed, the king is dead, and the Round Table is in disarray. The ordinary people of the island, such as you, scramble to find safety. Set out on your journey to uncover the secrets behind the legends.

Save Avalon - or simply try to save yourself.

Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon will bring gamers a tense exploration and survival experience set in a grim retelling of Arthurian legends. Full of stirring art and incredible, non-linear narrative, the game will offer a unique mix of discovery, challenge, and exciting cRPG character progression, as well as involving combat and diplomacy systems.

TAINTED GRAIL: THE FALL OF AVALON - MAIN FEATURES

SURVIVE AND EXPLORE

The Guardian Menhirs are fading around you with every passing second, while difficult encounters, starvation, sickness, and bad weather all conspire to end your journey.

SHAPE THE LAND

Your actions alter the island of Avalon in permanent, meaningful ways. Towns thrive or die. Key characters achieve their goals or perish. The Round Table rises up or falls into oblivion.

USE FORCE OR DIPLOMACY

In Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon, diplomacy is more than a dialogue option. Play exciting combat and diplomatic encounters and choose whether you want to go down in history as a great champion or a great leader.

RETURN AGAIN AND AGAIN

With hundreds of secrets, many hidden locations, and a deep, branching storyline, Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon offers incredible replayability and a constant thrill of discovery.
 
GO INSANE

Witness time twist upon itself in the impossible halls of the Fore-dweller capital. Traverse streets of cities claimed by Wyrdness. Face creatures that should never exist. Begin to question who you are.

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Information about

Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon

Developer: Awaken Realms

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Combat: Unknown
Play-time: 20-40 hours
Voice-acting: Unknown

Regions & platforms
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· Platform: PC
· Expected: 2024-03-01
· Publisher: Awaken Realms