Quite a lot of individuals in all probability thought that after the closure of Fantasy Flight Interactive earlier this 12 months their sole launch—The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game—was useless within the water. Not so. Writer Asmodee Digital announced earlier this 12 months that the digital mercenaries over at Antihero Studios could be taking on, and in accordance with followers Antihero has been fairly communicative ever since. This week is the primary major update to the sport since final fall.
Antihero’s first replace provides massive high quality of life adjustments, reminiscent of a mid-mission restart mechanic and a fully-functional offline play mode. Offline play has been a characteristic requested by the group since earlier than the unique recreation launched. They’ve additionally reworked the sport’s menu UI to higher swimsuit the long run route of growth. They plan to launch additional UI updates, a brand new Journey mode, and a brand new free journey pack known as “The Fords of Isen” by early 2021.
Regardless of its extraordinarily lengthy identify, I fairly appreciated LotR: ACG on launch. I praised its manufacturing values and characterful writing, although I used to be cautious of monetization. The monetization is now fairly completely different, with the studio closure and alter of studios. The sport is far the identical: “It’s satisfyingly onerous,” I mentioned on the time, “nearly requiring you to enter a mission on straightforward the primary time round so that you could see how the mission performs out and what Sauron’s deck is like. The upper difficulties do increasingly more to hamstring you, including nastier surprises and extra vicious random occasions.” You possibly can learn that full release impression here, and the prospect of this replace makes me wish to re-download the factor tonight.