The beloved Steam roguelike, Caves of Qud, has received a substantial update, enriching its already intricate and immersive world. Known for its deep simulation, unique storytelling, and a plethora of choices in gameplay, Caves of Qud stands out among its peers, holding an impressive 95% rating on Steam since its early access launch in July 2015. This update, named “The Creatures of the Seventh Plague,” is not just an addition but a transformation, expanding the game’s lore and gameplay mechanics.
Described by Freehold Games as a “year-long patch” and one of the biggest additions since the game’s launch, this update introduces players to an entirely new questline. Players will encounter the Girsh Nephilim, formidable mythical beings, across five new dungeons.
This update promises an enriching experience with a host of new gear, skills, furniture, items, and implants. Among the most notable additions is the introduction of late-game mecha, grappling guns, new cybernetics, and a reworked first aid system. Additionally, players can explore a new single weapon fighting skill tree and experience a comprehensive rebalancing of dual wielding.
The Girsh Nephilim: A New Threat
At the heart of this update is the introduction of the Girsh Nephilim, central to the ‘Seventh plague of the Gyre’ in the game’s lore. These beings pose a new challenge as players must track them to their cradles and confront them.
The game adds a unique twist to these encounters: with each Nephilim defeated, the remaining ones absorb its essence, increasing their power, thus ramping up the difficulty and strategy required in gameplay.
Freehold Games has announced that “The Creatures of the Seventh Plague” will be the last major update before the team shifts focus entirely to the game’s 1.0 release.
The main narrative arc’s conclusion is a priority, hinting at an even more engaging story in the final version. Although the exact timeline for the 1.0 release is still under wraps, anticipation is high among the game’s fan base.
This update is available now on Steam as a free addition for all players of Caves of Qud. The game, lauded for its depth and creativity, is available for purchase at $19.99 / £15.49, offering players a chance to dive into its richly crafted world and discover why it has garnered such a devoted following.
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