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It’s the latest to make the most of the roguelite RPG angle, but today the Arthurian legend that is The Hand of Merlin has been fully detailed and dated. It’ll be here before you know it too. 

Arriving on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch and PC, The Hand of Merlin will be breaking out of PC Early Access to deliver version 1.0 on June 14th 2022. 

It’s coming from the teams at Room-C Games (and you can check out a full exclusive interview we’ve had with them), Croteam and Versus Evil, as the console version takes the base game and includes all eight of the major updates which have hit the game which is available on PC through Steam. There are a ton of further features and enhancements too, including meta progression, passive skills, alternate maps, varied difficulty modes and an overhauls to its visual VFX.

The Hand of Merlin plays out as a turn-based roguelite RPG. It’s been written by Jonas Kyratzes (The Talos Principle, Serious Sam 4) and Verena Kyratzes (The Lands of Dream, Serious Sam 4)  and focuses on how Arthurian legend clashes with dark sci-fi horror. Dipping in, players will get the chance to recruit three mortal heroes on a desperate journey from Albion to Jerusalem to explore richly-imagined medieval lands on the brink of apocalypse – assaulted by an otherworldly evil. And in The Hand of Merlin, choices are permanent, the decisions players make in the game can make all the difference to their party’s synergy and combat prowess.

You’ll therefore be left to utilise squad-based and turn-based combat, employing tactics and cover, set up ambushes and coordinate attacks to conquer both human and unworldly abhorrent foes looking to do them harm. With a large focus on exploration and encounter, players will traverse an intricately crafted multiverse as they jump from one parallel dimension to the next.

And as this is a roguelite (yeah yeah, we know, ANOTHER!), each world saved is saved forever, but lose one and it’ll be gone for all of eternity, consumed into darkness. Adventurers will need to weigh the consequences of their actions in the decisions they make since their human form has its limits.

“We’re excited to be able to announce that The Hand of Merlin will be a multi-platform release that includes console and PC, merging a heavy dose of dark Sci-fi into traditional Arthurian legend gave us the creative freedom to bring something refreshingly different to the turn-based and squad based RPG genre,” said Robert Sajko, Creative Director of Room C Games.

We’ll be sure to remind you when that June 14th launch of The Hand of Merlin on Xbox, PlayStation, Switch and PC takes place. 

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