Earthlock 2 is coming to next-gen consoles and PC
An Earthlock sequel is on the way, with tweaks both welcome and unwelcome.
Earthlock 2 is currently in development and will release on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, developer Snowcastle Games announced today. The company released a teaser trailer running in-engine on Unreal, which despite that laudable fact upholds the grand tradition of showing no apparent gameplay.
Taking place on the planet of Umbra, the Earthlock series initially drew praise for its aesthetic and faithfulness to classic JRPGs of old. It dates back to 2015, when it was first released on PC following a successful crowdfunding phase that generated $178,193 on a $150,000 Kickstarter goal (and secured additional funding from other sources).
Writing about the first installment, one critic from MMORPG.com enthusiastically remarked that "Its turn-based content is brusquely paced, strategic, and also novel with the stances and pairing mechanics. You get your own home island you can farm and build up, and each of the game’s core six companions can be customized with talents to change how they play fundamentally. It all comes together exquisitely for JRPG fans, but with a western veneer."
Unfortunately, for reasons that remain unclear, the developers are adopting a more generic approach for the sequel. The press release does its best to rally, despite that unfortunate blow.
Staff article by Jason Venter (July 27, 2020)
Jason Venter has been playing games for 30 years, since discovering the Apple IIe version of Mario Bros. in his elementary school days. Now he writes about them, here at HonestGamers and also at other sites that agree to pay him for his words.
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