Independent developer Room C Games in co-production with Croteam and in partnership with indie publisher Versus Evil today announced the latest major content update for their rogue-lite RPG game The Hand of Merlin before the game leaves Steam Early Access in early 2022.

Titled ‘Gathering of the Gods’ the latest update introduces new features to the game including two new Guardians to aid players in their quest to stop the Cataclysm: Oberon and Atlantes.

As the king of faeries, Oberon communicates only through an emissary, but watches the battlefield closely. Treating the flora and fauna well gains his favor and raises the player’s Faerie Reputation. The value of which can produce either a blessing or a curse upon the party later on.

Atlantes is a cosmic being like Merlin himself, but one who is not particularly bothered by the fall of each world. Amused by Merlin’s desire to save worlds, Atlantes provides aid to the party, but conceals his true motivations.

Each Guardian bestows a unique benefit upon the party, and gives players access to an array of powerful spells to thwart the invading abominations.

The Gathering of the Gods update also adds a brand new Nourishment system, an upgrade to the current Supplies resource. Players will now get stacking buffs (or de-buffs) based on how long they travel well-stocked or poorly stocked. These attributes will affect Heroes’ combat stats in a significant way!

New Relics are also introduced in the update along with sound effects for encounter events and improved visual effects for several existing spells. In addition to these new features, the latest update will also include various small bug fixes, optimizations, and balancing. The full list is available on the Versus Evil blog here.

Since entering Early Access in May 2021, The Hand of Merlin has had five major updates on its path to 1.0. These updates have added a wide range of new features designed to improve the overall player experience, including new heroes, passive skills, Hard Mode, controller support, alternate maps, meta progression and more.

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