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The Hand of Merlin

The Hand of Merlin is a turn-based rogue-lite RPG in which Arthurian legend meets with sci-fi horror.

General Information

Developer - Room-C Games, Croteam

Publisher - Versus Evil

Genre - Early Access, Turn-Based Strategy, Roguelike, Tactical, Strategy, Story Rich, Fantasy

Platform(s) - Steam

Date Released - 11 May, 2021

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What’s Changed Since Early Access?

New Heroes: Tariq al-Ash'ab (Warrior), Alain the White (Ranger), Isabel de Orreaga (Mystic). Each has a unique new passive ability, too! You can recruit these new Heroes on your travels (by visiting Heroic nodes with a non-full party), and you can also unlock them permanently by performing various feats of strength.

Overhauled Hero Skill Trees: New skills are added for each class, most old ones made stronger.

New Passive Abilities: Each Hero received unique passive effects for added strategic depth and character variety.

New Enemies: Enchanter and Witch (Mystic Bandits), and Basilisk (Ranged Abomination)

Gamepad Support: Fully functional support for players more comfortable with a controller

New Difficulty Modes: Story Mode provides a more casual, narrative focused experience, while Hard Mode+ & Hard Mode++ each provide a significantly increased challenge.

New Guardians: Oberon, Atlantes, Siglorel

New Nourishment System: Players will now get stacking (de)buffs based on how long they travel well-stocked, or poorly stocked. These (de)buffs will affect Heroes’ combat stats (health and armor) in a powerful way.

VFX Overhaul: Core to the VFX upgrades was the ability for the game to show the sci-fi orientation of the game more clearly. Cosmetically, the visual overhaul now better represents the distinctions of character skills such as the Mystic, who creates effects through knowledge rather than magic like a traditional wizard or mage would.

Modding (PC Only): Added modding tools and integrated support for Steam Workshop.

Endless Mode: As the name suggests, this mode offers a steadily ramping challenge in which you can fight waves of abominations, in theory, forever.

The Hand of Merlin is a turn-based rogue-lite RPG in which Arthurian legend clashes with cosmic horror. Recruit a company of up to three mortal heroes and guide them in spirit on a desperate journey from Albion to Jerusalem. Explore a richly-imagined medieval setting on the brink of apocalypse. Trade with merchants, improve your heroes and unearth ancient relics. Search for the lost fragments of your soul, scattered across the multiverse - and save as many worlds as you can.

Enjoy a compelling story inspired by Arthurian legend, the Matter of France, and the history of Al-Andalus - with an unusual twist. Make choices in interactive encounters that change every time you play. Written by Jonas Kyratzes (The Talos Principle, Serious Sam 4) and Verena Kyratzes (The Lands of Dream, Serious Sam 4).

Rain thunder and brimstone upon your foes! Seek out and gather Soulstones to restore your power and unlock new Spells. Even if defeated, your spirit will retain all of your collected arcane knowledge as you jump into the next dimension.

There are as many worlds as there are stars in the sky. In each stands Camelot; in each there is a Grail. But there is only one Merlin, and his eternal burden is to stand against the horror from beyond. Each world that is saved is saved forever; each world that is lost is lost for good.

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