Part of the joy behind getting involved in a Kickstarter project is the opportunity to help shape the finished project, as backers occasionally get to put their stamp on the final product. With Children of Morta having successfully run the Kickstarter route back in 2015, we now see a new character arrive on the scene – and this one has been created by two of the game’s Kickstarter backers.
Picking up more than $100,000 via Kickstarter is no mean feat, however that’s exactly what Dead Mage did when they put Children of Morta into the crowdfunding site. And today we see the circle complete as Apan, a new playable character designed by tw of the backers joins the indie party.
Children of Morta is an action-RPG all about the bonds of the courageous Bergson family, but that doesn’t mean the Bergsons’ home is a place where fellow adventurers aren’t heartily welcomed. With that in mind, 11 bit studios and Dead Mage are proud to present another free update to their indie hit, as they introduce Apan – a seventh playable character joining the party.
Apan – known as Clan Mother in her homeland – came from the far north of Mount Morta. She is as skilled in providing vital support for companions on the battlefield as she is in wielding a sturdy staff. Her weapon’s reach makes Apan perfect for delivering deadly mid-range strikes, her special Asva Pulse dash ability leaves opponents hindered in the dust, and her spells cover a large area of effect. In defence, all of the Bergsons can take advantage of Apan’s medical knowledge as she also boosts the effects of healing potions, and a new mechanic lets the family gain shields from items, abilities, and Apan’s Rage skill. Simply put, Apan’s presence makes them all stronger, especially in battle.
The exciting new character design was created by one of Children of Morta’s Kickstarter backers and his partner, who have both believed in the project since its very early stages.
And here’s what these backers – known as AgaRar and GlueBubble – had to say about the idea that inspired the Apan’s creation, “The idea for Apan came from the brainstorming of myself and my partner. We originally made her an orphan, but later changed her to a mother to better compliment the Children of Morta story and family theme. A strong leader of nomadic healers who allies herself with the Bergsons to aid them in their fight against Corruption. We hope that our inspiration, and Dead Mage’s hard work, translates into a character that you all will enjoy for years to come.”.
Apan arrives as part of the Bergsons’ House free update which is available on all platforms – Xbox One, PC (Steam, GOG.com, Humble Store), PS4, and Nintendo Switch. This free update contains:
- A brand-new character with a unique skillset designed to play in single-player, but also shines in co-op playthroughs
- Special shielding skills and passive healing mechanics
- 32 new Apan-specific Runes
- 9 new story cutscenes
- A few HUD and UI tweaks
- Additional bug fixes
So, will you be heading back in to Children of Morta to see what Apan can bring? Let us know in the comments.