The French studio Tactical Adventures has unveiled a trailer for the early release of Solasta: Crown of the Magister, a turn-based tactical RPG based on the Dungeons & Dragons system. The video was published by IGN resource. The game started on Steam Early Access today, October 20.
Like Baldur’s Gate 3, Solasta: Crown of the Magister is based on the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition rules, however the developers use the SRD 5.1 open source license. According to them, RPGs are distinguished by “Breathtaking, tactical features and deep plot of board games”…
“Explore the ruined world of Solasta, find legendary treasures in ruins and dungeons, find out the truth about the cataclysm that happened a thousand years ago, and don’t let it happen again.”…
Players control four heroes who have unique skills and complement each other. Just like in the desktop source, users can choose race, class, character traits and characteristics.
One of the main gameplay features is verticality: heroes do not just roam the dungeons, but also jump, climb walls and overcome obstacles through the air. In battles, you can take positions on the hills. It is better to evade pursuit through narrow tunnels, into which larger opponents will not squeeze, and the cover should be selected based on the size of the hero. At the same time, you need to remember that opponents also build tactics taking into account verticality.
In battles, you can use the environment – to bring down bridges, walls and columns, to throw enemies into the abyss. In addition, you need to take into account the illumination of the locations. “Darkness hides many dangers, but at the same time, light can attract monsters. Some opponents are able to see in the dark. Others run away, frightened by the torch “…
The early version contains the first act of the story campaign and a small snippet of the second – for a total of about 10 hours of content. All classes and archetypes are available, and characters can be pumped to the sixth level. The full version will include three acts, additional locations, new loot, many secondary tasks, including revealing the backstory of the heroes, and the maximum level will rise to the tenth. It will take about 40 hours to complete, but the authors note that the duration strongly depends on the level of difficulty.
The developers do not know how long the game will be in Early Access, but hope to release the final version in about six months. They also warned that saves from an earlier version are unlikely to be compatible with it. The price is planned to be increased (now it is 526 rubles, taking into account a 15% discount on the occasion of the release).
Recommended system requirements include an AMD Ryzen 3 1300X or Intel Core i5-7400 processor, 8GB of RAM, and an AMD Radeon RX 590 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card. The game will take up 30GB of hard drive space.
Solasta: Crown of the Magister was announced last June. Development funds were raised through Kickstarter: almost six thousand users donated over € 243,000 (the authors asked for € 180,000). Tactical Adventures founder Mathieu Girard is one of the founders of Amplitude Studios, which created Endless Space, Endless Space 2 and Endless Legend. The studio consists of “Experienced industry veterans”addicted to tabletop RPGs.
Solasta: Crown of the Magister came out just two weeks after Baldur’s Gate 3, which is also in Early Access. Despite this, users who have tried out the demo for depositors note that they have not lost interest in the game even after meeting with a successful project by Larian Studios.
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