ARPG with Van Helsing

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[...]If you loved the Thaumaturge, the Arcane Mechanic will also cause some great moments, I'm sure.

It will be available today, but as Murphy said "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong", so you can purchase it, but you have to wait some hours till it will download the new content :)


Thanks for mentioning, just bought it and will now wait for the download.
Mines, summons, flamethrower.. looks cool. :)

Edit:
One thing to add to the Thaumaturge: Combat feels a lot more.. impactful.
While Cleave was just.. well, I hit stuff, but it didn't feel awesome.. the skills you designed for that class dragged me into the battle way better than the standard Van Helsing did. I'm hoping the Arcane Mechanic will feel even better. ;)
Sorry Exile, but your loot is in another dungeon!
IGN: Delirii

I'm fucking done with this game's focus on crit.
Last edited by Delirii on October 16, 2013 3:15 PM
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ToxicRatt wrote:
I would play it if it wasn't Steam only. This is why...DRM

Port your game over to gog.com

Forget activations or malicious DRM - every game on GOG.com is 100% DRM-free. You buy it. You own it. 100% DRM-free.

DRM, also called copy protection, tries to control you and your games. We don’t believe in that - all of the games on GOG.com come without any DRM at all!

Download, reinstall, or backup without limits:

While you can always redownload your games off the GOG.com cloud, you can also install them on all your computers at home or back them up onto a DVD or spare hard drive. No limits!


Steam is DRM for sure (however developers can decide how deeply they want to implement that) , but it can provide huge amount of help to Indie companies like us.
Instead of something like Securom or those other stupid on disc DRM's, it's the one that actually probably benefits the customer as much as the publishers.

Oh and don't forget that not all Steam DRM is equal. Sometimes it's not much more than a download manager but sometimes it may contain third-party DRM, hardware or software.
- Steam DRM.
- No DRM, Steam is just a download and update service.
This seems to be fairly common but is extremely well hidden and only rarely advertised
- No Steam DRM, publisher adds their own DRM.


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Just an FYI: even though PoE releases on Steam, you won't need to use Steam. You can still just use the normal Client without Steam integration.
Yes I know, I wasn't 100% clear, I should have written "available also on Steam"

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One thing to add to the Thaumaturge: Combat feels a lot more.. impactful.
While Cleave was just.. well, I hit stuff, but it didn't feel awesome.. the skills you designed for that class dragged me into the battle way better than the standard Van Helsing did.
On our forum and on steam, many players "complained" about that. But when I can read things like you wrote, I feel like that we are on the right way. :)
from Forbes:

"...DRM hits customers that the company knows are paying for their game, and it risks turning those actual sales into lost sales. Byzantine DRM breeds apathy rather than excitement, and excitement is the best way to sell games in any sort of market."

Don't get me wrong. I think your game looks fun (from the youtubes I have watched) but unfortunately one I will never play as long as it is Steam only unless it is DRM free on Steam.

Examples from 2012:

1000 Amps
All Zombies Must Die* (run ShippingPC-Bzb2Game.exe)
Alpha Protocol (run Binaries\APGame.exe, NOT APLauncher.exe)
Analogue: A Hate Story
A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda (error message can be dismissed)
Atom Zombie Smasher (run atom_net.exe, NOT atomzombiesmasher.exe)
Aztaka
Basement Collection, The (doesn't show unlocked content – see here)
Bastion
BEEP
Ben There, Dan That
Binding of Isaac, The
Blackwell series (achievements disabled)
Blocks That Matter
Bob Came in Pieces
Botanicula
Breath of Death VII
Broken Sword 2
Cogs
Containment
Cortex Command
Crayon Physics Deluxe
Crusader Kings
Crusader Kings 2
Cthulhu Saves the World
Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble!
Dangerous Waters
Data Jammers: FastForward
DCS: Black Shark
DEFCON
Divine Divinity
Dream Machine, The
Dungeon Siege 2 (but not 1 or 3)
Dungeons of Dredmor (mods installed through the Steam Workshop aren't available)
Elven Legacy
Ether Vapor Remaster
Eufloria
Fable: The Lost Chapters
Faerie Solitaire
Fallout 3
Far Cry 2
Frozen Synapse
Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition
Gemini Rue
Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto 2
Gratuitous Space Battles
Hacker Evolution Duality
Home
Jamestown
Legend of Grimrock (will launch Steam if it can be found, but runs if it cannot – see here)
Legendary
Lightfish*
Lone Survivor
Lucid
Lunar Flight
Machinarium
Majesty HD (but not Majesty Gold – see here)
Majesty 2 Collection
Mini Ninjas
Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom, The
?Mount and Blade: Warband (version 1.153 was CEG free, 1.154 isn't; Steam CD key can be used to redeem a DRM-free copy – see here)
Multiwinia
Nimbus
Noitu Love 2: Devolution
NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits
Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee
Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD
Painkiller Redemption
Path, The
PixelJunk Eden* (error message can be dismissed)
Polynomial, The
Psychonauts
Puzzle Quest 2
Rayman Origins
Really Big Sky
Rock of Ages*
Saira
Samorost 2
Sega Genesis / Mega Drive Classics
Serious Sam 2 (but neither of the Serious Sam HD Encounters)
Sniper Elite
Snuggle Truck
SOL: Exodus
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 – Episode I (but not Episode II)
Space Rangers
Super Crate Box
Super Laser Racer
Super Meat Boy
Tales of Monkey Island – Episode 1 (but not the remaining episodes)
Thief: The Dark Project
Thief II: The Metal Age
Time, Gentlemen, Please!
TRAUMA
Trapped Dead
Unstoppable Gorg
Vertex Dispenser
Victoria II
Virus Named TOM, A
VVVVVV
Windosill
Wizorb
Worms Pinball
Crafting doesn't exist in POE. Gambling does...and the house always wins.

Velocireptile - I LOL'ed. Which made me fart. I wish the office were empty right now :(

Hardlicker - I had to push the dog out of the way so I could get to the sexy quilt.
First, thanks :)

Second I don't want to turn this to a Steam DRM discussion. I can get your point, but we win more on Steam release, and we are in good relation with them. I don't have any further information about that, but I'm pretty sure, that even if I got i couldn't share it :)

Now compare the titles you mentioned, to all the games which were released in 2012 on Steam ;)
As I said, not so many as DRM haters describe.
So we released the Arcane Mechanic DLC which allows you to play a totally different kind of monster hunter, a specialist class. The Arcane Mechanic is the master of weird devices, just imagine a dwarf like monster hunter with the Van Helsing attitude, using deadly gadgets and occult machineries.

So if you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to ask, or just share your experiences.
PUT IT ON 66-75% OFF AND I BUY IT, OR GIVE ME A STEAM DISCOUNT VOUCHER FOR IT.
Last edited by bhavv on October 22, 2013 2:15 PM
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bhavv wrote:
PUT IT ON 66-75% OFF AND I BUY IT, OR GIVE ME A STEAM DISCOUNT VOUCHER FOR IT.


Stay tuned, maybe soon ;)
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bhavv wrote:
PUT IT ON 66-75% OFF AND I BUY IT, OR GIVE ME A STEAM DISCOUNT VOUCHER FOR IT.


Money that tight huh
The Inquisitor
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bhavv wrote:
PUT IT ON 66-75% OFF AND I BUY IT, OR GIVE ME A STEAM DISCOUNT VOUCHER FOR IT.


Hey,

As the day of Halloween is getting closer, we have to prepare for the waves of monsters. So here's the discount you mentioned, get ready and defeat them ;)
Fellow Hunters,

If you craved badly for Van Helsing but you wanted to try it out for free first, your chance has come. On the 20th of November, we will release a Van Helsing Demo pack for absolutely free!

In the demo, players can explore the wilderness of Borgovia with the Hunter, the Thaumaturge, or with the Arcane Mechanic to slay the hundreds of foes lurking in the forests.

Be the one who guides the young son of Professor Abraham Van Helsing to Markovna and through the monster-infested Croakwood to help him become a hero. Get ready, and prepare yourself to obliterate your foes with guns, swords, magic, or science!

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