Publisher bitComposer has announced that their current roleplaying game (RPG) project Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms will be branching out. It will now opt for additional development time to increase the game’s scope.
This would mean that fans will have to wait longer for the full product. To prevent this, Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms will be released in chapters instead.
Its first main release will be titled Book I: Devourer of Souls and it will release in November 2014 in full. It will then be accompanied by Book II: Age of Demons in February of 2015.
Currently, Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms is on Steam through Early Access. It’s pretty damn ballsy for a company to announce working on even more content, when the actual thing isn’t finished yet. At least they’re upfront about it, instead of resorting to the usual delays.
Moreover, anyone who already bought the game through Early Access will be given the second book free of charge, when it becomes available. Similarly, a purchase through Early Access will guarantee the same thing.
Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms costs €27.99 on Early Access. This is a reduced price for both books.
Books should still be added for free upon release, but the messages were a little conflicting on the matter. That’s only relevant in half a year anyway, so we’ll update you on that as soon as possible.
As an added incentive, a purchase will come with a free copy of the classic progenitor of the series, Kult: Heretic Kingdoms. A Steam key will be handed out once the port is ready for Steam.
If you want some proof of the game’s quality, Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms recently won an award for Most Promising Product at the Roleplay Convention 2014 in Köln, Germany.