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Steam’s latest hit is a type of Diablo who spent 4 years in Early Access

By Sherif Saed,
Friday 14 February 2020 12:16 GMT

Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem is the latest independent hit on Steam.

Seemingly out of nowhere, Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem saw a sharp rise in Steam’s rankings moments after leaving Early Access. Wolcen, who started his life as a Kickstarted project called Umbra, has been in Early Access since March 2016.

Over four years of development have entered this isometric role-playing game, which many thought would never see the full release. Wolcen went from the average of less than 5,000 concurrent players to break through the Steam top ten with over 62,000 at launch.

And that was a Thursday; the numbers are likely to increase today and over the weekend.

It was such a big surge, in fact, the game developer spent the night expanding the server’s capacity to meet the demand. Those who entered online faced a number of server issues that prevented many from playing. Wolcen can be played offline, but as loot-led ARPGs often do, it’s best to play it with friends.

This success also came with a massive exposure on Twitch, while variety and ARPG streams went up in the same way, causing the number of viewers to reach nearly 108,000 competitors at their peak.

Version 1.0 includes a two-voice, three-act narrative campaign with a post-campaign end-of-game mode and two difficulty options.

“In the past few weeks, we have received support and interest that we had never seen before for our game,” the developer wrote in a post on the launch blog.

“It added a lot of pressure on our shoulders to see such big names and so many people interested in our game, but it also made us very proud of what we’ve accomplished.”

You can check out Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem on Steam yourself.

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