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July 31st, 2020, 00:29
PC Gamer reports that Earthlock will be getting a sequel and this time as an action RPG.

Norwegian developers Snowcastle have announced they're returning to the world of Earthlock, their 2016 cult game inspired by the turn-based 3D RPGs of the 1990s, for a sequel. (Snowcastle has said since the first game that Earthlock was planned as a trilogy.) Earthlock 2 will take inspiration from action-RPGs, rather than turn-based ones, but will still be set on the world of Umbra. The short announce trailer shows a blasted landscape in the game's distinctive style, and a hogbunny with a sword, and a little magical mote-creature that heals some of the land and sprouts a new tree.

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I'm playing the original Earthlock right now and it's quite good - although obviously made with a budget.
One thing I like is that it can actually be somewhat challenging - something almost any JRPG-type games lack entirely except for some optional encounters.
The way you gain talents and the bonds between characters as a gameplay element are pretty neat as well.

Not sure I'm sold on the action RPG concept, though. That could just become thoughtless button mashing as so many later FF games showed.
Guess we'll see…
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Erthlock I : Nice game, horrible UI.
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I enjoyed Earthlock as a freebie with (insert game service/subscription of your choice). It came as a pleasant surprise. It was retro enough in its style/gameplay to feel like a nice throwback, but still attractive enough to not feel like a SNES/DOS era title. Similar to Legrand Legacy in that regard, I'd say.

However, the turn based gameplay was a key aspect of capturing that magic, and what kept me coming back until I completed it.

I (personally) didn't find the story/world to be super-engaging / fleshed out enough that a more generic action-RPG approach would still feel as strong/fresh as Earthlock Festival of Magic was when it launched. Put it this way, they just made it a lot harder for themselves to get me to return for the sequel. It *may* be strong, but dropping a key part of the original's charm makes me very cautious.
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That's a huge graphical improvement.
Hope they improve on the interface, as the first had an awful one.
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Never heard about this game before. The video tells me ZERO about what the game is about.
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