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Wildermyth

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Role-Playing
Developer: Worldwalker Games

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'Wildermyth' Early Access Update Adds Co-op Multiplayer Mode

by Rainier on April 2, 2021 @ 12:44 p.m. PDT

Wildermyth is an indie “myth-making” tactical RPG that takes storytelling cues from Dungeons & Dragons and features combat inspired by XCOM.

Wildermyth is a character-driven, procedurally generated RPG that empowers the player to tell the story of a band of heroes and help them grow from reluctant farmers into unique, legendary fighters.

Like the best tabletop roleplaying experiences, Wildermyth gives you choices and answers your every decision with consequences that drive your characters forward.

Lead a band of heroes as they grow from reluctant farmers into unique, legendary fighters. Combat unexpected threats and strange monsters across interactive battlefields. Unravel mysteries and share pensive moments in an ever-new fantasy setting that blends hard truths and sacrifice with humor and personal storytelling.

Where does your myth lead? Come help us uncover it!

Players have been asking for multiplayer for a while, so we did the only reasonable thing, which was to release it on April Fool's day without any prior indication. It's still missing a few quality of life features, like steam matchmaking / friend list integration, so the process is a bit old-school right now, but it does work and it is fun!

Wildermyth is, first and foremost, a game about heroes, their adventures, the choices they make, and how they change and grow over time. Since heroes are highly customizable, a lot of players have been making them look like their friends, and then letting their friends make decisions about those heroes' abilities and the choices they make. We love the idea that Wildermyth can be a kind of Dungeons & Dragons-esque storytelling device for groups of players, and the way we've implemented multiplayer attempts to make that form of collaboration easier (and, hopefully, more fun!)

The multiplayer mode we've added to Wildermyth is cooperative, and the overall structure is the same as the single player game. You can start a single player game and continue it later in multiplayer, or vice versa. The main difference is that multiple players can control heroes at the same time. Actions can still only happen one at a time, but one player can be planning to move a hero while another is planning to attack with a different hero. By default, any player can control any hero, but there are also some options to give players exclusive control over heroes, so only they can decide their abilities and what actions they take. There's a lot of visual feedback to help show what other players are hovering over, both in missions, on the overland, and during comics.

We've also enabled Steam Remote Play!

With controller support implemented, local multiplayer is a little more possible. It still needs some refinement, and it's not quite as extensive as online multiplayer; if you're playing with controllers, each player can have their own cursor, but everyone is controlling the same heroes and actions, so you'll need to decide amongst your friends which of you is going to take control at any given moment. Or, if you have a really well-behaved group of friends, you can just give them all mouse and keyboard access.

Wildermyth is available on Steam Early Access for $19.99.

Key Features:

  • An Imaginative Papercraft World: The Yondering Lands weaves hand-painted 2D characters and scenery into a 3D world to create a luscious, layered landscape, full of detail and surprises. No orcs, elves, or goblins here—but watch out for the telepathic insect-dragons and the clockwork undead.
  • Extreme Character Depth: Each of your heroes has their own unique generated history, personality, appearance, and relationships with the other heroes—all of which can change over the course of the game as they encounter mysteries and overcome challenges.
  • Choices That Matter: A hero may choose to trust the enigmatic wolf god, leading to a particularly hair-raising change in their appearance and combat abilities. Or they may choose whether to pursue a romance with a fellow hero, giving each of them new advantages from fighting side by side. Encounters and events have permanent, character-defining effects, letting you craft the arc of each character.
  • A New Approach to Death: Got one-shotted by that tentacled horror-bear? Choose to let a hero "fall back" with a maiming that can open up opportunities for transformation later, or let them go down in a blaze of glory to be remembered for generations to come.
  • Fresh Tactical Combat: Combat in Wildermyth emphasizes teamwork and careful positioning. Walling and flanking provide conflicting incentives, and interfusion lets you remake the battlefield with explosive magic. Multiple difficulty levels mean you can get as intense as you want to.
  • Endless Replayability: Procedural generation gives you new heroes, new enemies, new story events, and new maps every time you play. Pick and choose from a huge bank of combat abilities as your heroes level up in each playthrough, and decide whether you prefer offensive or defensive tactics, brute strength, stealth, or magically flinging fire from a nearby lamp into your enemies' faces.
  • Building a Legacy: As time passes, heroes grow old and may retire, or may fall in combat. Adding them to a roster of legends allows you to call on them in later playthroughs, creating a metagame as you build their mythology and increase the renown of your pantheon.
  • Steam Workshop support (early stages) allows players to create mods, tell their own stories and slot them into the rest of the game, or even build their own overarching campaigns.

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