There’s a thing to be said for taking criticism for your idea and using that same idea to try again, while working off the feedback you got. Most people would just move on to a new idea – at least in the world of game development. But not Age of Heroes developer, Omnigames. They’re back with a new title called Endless Crusade, and while it’s sort of predecessor didn’t rack up to be quite the success they hoped it would be, Omnigames are going bigger and better with their action-adventure goals this time around.
This indie studio from Beijing is taking what they’ve learned from Age of Heroes and making a sequel that improves on the problems players had. Of course, it’s still the same world, heroes, and enemies, but the developers have expanded things in a big way. No word yet on whether Omnigames plans to position Endless Crusade as an MMO as well, which Age of Heroes had decidedly not been. But so far it doesn’t look like any lofty promises are being made.
Endless Crusade is now available in early access on Steam for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, at a $4.99 price tag, compared to the $29.99 price that Age of Heroes is going for. Though the studio are planning to increase the price after the game ends its planned early access run of 3 to 6 months. Which is understandable of course.
Crusading For Victory
In terms of how much more content it offers, Endless Crusade will have 9 maps instead of the three of the original, and the types of enemies you’ll encounter throughout the game are being increased from 11 to a whopping 50. That should definitely help in creating a more interesting experience overall, since the first one kind of fell short in its range of diversity.
Omnigames have also rebuilt some of the characters, including the mage and archer classes, who will reportedly handle much better than they did in Age of Heroes. Their skills have also been redesigned from the ground up to include skills sets and combos. According to the developer, you can expect around 17 different skills for each character and the gameplay will change dynamically around which skill sets you choose. Replayability was a big issue with the previous game, so having to choose skill sets that can influence your combat strategy is a good option to have this time around.
We don’t yet know which game mechanics have been translated over from Age of Heroes, but it looks like the developers have added a new collectible called the omni-stone, which lets you unlock more skill slots and upgrade your skills.
So we’ll be keeping an eye on how this one progresses and if you’ve been looking for a fantasy-themed VR game that lets you take up the role of mage or archer (more to be added) against hordes of creatures in beautiful settings then it might just be worth your time to give Endless Crusade a try. Much like in Age of Heroes, the gameplay mostly consists of fighting your way through levels of enemies until you eventually have to face the boss of each area.