Months after studio closure, The Lord of the Rings: Journey

Quite a lot of individuals most likely thought that after the closure of Fantasy Flight Interactive earlier this 12 months their sole launch—The Lord of the Rings: Journey Card Recreation—was lifeless within the water. Not so. Writer Asmodee Digital introduced earlier this 12 months that the digital mercenaries over at Antihero Studios could be taking up, and based on followers Antihero has been fairly communicative ever since. This week is the primary main replace to the sport since final fall. 

Antihero’s first replace provides large high quality of life adjustments, reminiscent of a mid-mission restart mechanic and a fully-functional offline play mode. Offline play has been a function requested by the group since earlier than the unique sport launched. They’ve additionally reworked the sport’s menu UI to raised swimsuit the long run route of improvement. 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 favored 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 totally different, with the studio closure and alter of studios. The sport is way the identical: “It’s satisfyingly exhausting,” I stated on the time, “virtually requiring you to enter a mission on simple the primary time round so to see how the mission performs out and what Sauron’s deck is like. The upper difficulties do increasingly to hamstring you, including nastier surprises and extra vicious random occasions.” You possibly can learn that full launch impression right here, and the prospect of this replace makes me need to re-download the factor tonight. 

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