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Hand of Fate 2 adds Dealer companion and outlines 2018 expansion plans

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One of deck-building RPG Hand of Fate 2 (opens in new tab)'s most memorable characters—the enigmatic, taunting dealer—is now available as a player companion thanks to a free update. You'll unlock the dealer once you've completed the game's final challenge, and he'll provide long-range support in the hack-and-slash combat segments alongside plenty of witty insults throughout your dungeon-crawling campaign.

He was a major part of the first game but, as Eric wrote in his review (opens in new tab), was a little sidelined in the follow-up, so this is a good way to bring him back to centre stage. To find him, head to the new 'additional content' menu and hit 'claim'. The Dealer's Apprentice add-on also includes fresh Dealer-themed customisation options for your character, which are available to anyone starting a new game. 

Alongside the update, developer Defiant Development outlined their plans to expand the game in 2018. The main addition will be a Endless Mode that will offer "fresh challenges and a ton of new unlockables", but there's a number of smaller additions in the works too, including a new enemy faction, more companion characters, and weapons. 

Eric was impressed with the game when it released last month. Its combat isn't great, but it tells a good story and building the perfect deck is satisfying. If it sounds like your cup of tea, it's £21.41/$26.99 on Steam (opens in new tab), which includes a 10% discount.

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.