New stories are making their way to Heartbound in a recently-released content update.
Patch 1.0.90 has deployed for Heartbound, an indie RPG that's not exactly the traditional kind of experience. The game has been in Steam Early Access for the last couple of years as the developers build out this strange and unique story.
Heartbound mixes up the role-playing game formula in a variety of ways, one of the most notable of which is the combat. Although it is indeed an RPG, there are no levels or experience to concern yourself with. Instead, combat is purely skill-based — although it can change based on your past actions and your relationships with other people. (There are, of course, weapons that can be found around the world which can beef up your damage in some situations as well.)
Now, a brand-new update has finally arrived after the developer has completed a move to Washington State, giving us just a bit more content to play through in this in-development game.
What's in the New Heartbound Update and What's Coming in the Future?
The big-ticket additions in this patch are the addition of Emelio's storyline along with the ability to play Fern/Rhode's storyline in English. Several bug fixes have also been pushed, some of which will reduce CPU load or prevent some of the more troublesome game crashes out there.
If you want a good idea of what the game is like, just take a no-context gander at the listed design changes in the patch notes:
- The memory mini-game during the Barghest fight now maxes at 5 steps.
- The memory mini-game during the Barghest fight now scales max steps more slowly.
- You now need to be less curious to reach Floor 0.
- You must drink the water to reach Floor 0.
- OScar is now company property.
That's certainly not the usual thing you'd see for RPG patch notes!
You can read the full Heartbound patch notes in a news post on the game's Steam Community page. If you'd like to pick it up for yourself, you can grab it on Steam for $9.99 or your regional equivalent.
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