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Iratus: Lord of the Dead Is an Early Access Rising Star

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Iratus: Lord of the Dead

Punishing turn-based RPG Darkest Dungeon might have inspired its greatest counterpart yet — Iratus: Lord of the Dead.


Darkest Dungeon was one of those games that was likely to make you rage-uninstall it. Thanks to its rogue-like design, just when you thought that nothing can beat your hard-trained team of dungeon explorers, a single luck of a draw would cause a wipeout — sending you back to square one and requiring you to hire rookies to deal with challenging dungeons. Needless to say, Darkest Dungeon is legendary for providing both a rewarding and extremely infuriating experience.

It seems that the German Daedalic Entertainment team is a huge fan of Darkest Dungeon. The team’s latest game that has entered Steam’s Early Access shares an uncanny resemblance to it — and it has already garnered a loyal following.

If you look at the Iratus: Lord of the Dead trailer, the dungeon-crawler plays and looks almost exactly the same as Darkest Dungeon.

(Keyword: Almost.)

The key difference in Iratus: Lord of the Dead is that you are now playing on the side of evil — instead of brave heroes. This twist also offers a unique approach to dungeon-crawling gameplay.

As an evil necromancer who is finally free from its ancient prison, you can create your undead warriors from sliced parts of your vanquished foes! On top of that, you will be able to further customize how you use your necromantic powers via distinct ability trees:

  • Destruction
  • Magic
  • Alchemy
  • Ire

Of course, just like in Darkest Dungeon, you will have to manage your seat of operations, as well. As you build and upgrade structures — and commit vile rituals — you will have access to even more dangerous creatures under your command.

Iratus: Lord of the Dead

Image courtesy of Iratus.org.

So far, the reception of Iratus: Lord of the Dead has been extremely positive for an Early Access game.

The full release is expected in about a year from now — somewhere around June 2020.

What do you think of Iratus: Lord of the Dead? Let us know in the comments below! 


Images/videos courtesy of Iratus.org, Twitter/@daedalic, YouTube/Daedalic Entertainment.

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