Game Farm’s ARPG Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms is now going to have two release dates.
Following feedback from Early Access tests, it’s been decided by the developers that the game will be split into to chapter releases, or “books” as they’re calling them. Book I: Devourer of Souls will arrive this November and Book II: Age of Demons will be released free some time in spring 2015.
So what the change of plan?
“It was clear to us from the start that Shadows had the potential to be a great game. But at the beginning of development, we realized that Shadows was going to surpass even our expectations and would be the biggest and most ambitious project we’ve ever worked on to date. The hugely positive feedback from the players and the great previews of the Early Access build did the rest.
However, the increased scope of the game has also increased development requirements. We had to ask ourselves a difficult question and make a decision:How can we meet the fans expectations without taking away the features and the content that make the game so unique?
So we made the following decision: to leave Shadows as it is and at the same time meet the high expectations of our fans. We’ll split Shadows into two large segments/stories and call them ‘Books’.
To show our gratitude to the players who have supported us during the Early Access phase and who continue to support us, we have also decided to give them free access to the predecessor of Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms – Kult: Heretic Kingdoms as soon as the Steam port is ready.”
Today we’re posting out hands-on preview for the game, and based on what we have seen so far, this dual release is an extremely wise decision. Good to see Kult: Heretic Kingdoms is being thrown into the deal to because I still can’t remember if I’ve played it.