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Old-school RPG Tower of Time will leave Early Access in April

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Tower of Time, a "new take on classic RPGs" about a shattered land, a mysterious tower, and a gang of champions who decide to venture inside and see what's cooking, was expected to trade Early Access for full release by the end of 2017. A quick trip to Steam will reveal that it did not happen. It will (hopefully) happen soon, however, as developer Event Horizon now says that it will be ready for release in April. 

The Early Access version of the game has been updated and now includes an estimated 30 hours of play, double what was available in the initial EA release, with more than 100 enemy types and 500 possible upgrades on the skill tree. There's also a new "Arrow Time" system, which the studio described as "bullet-time for CRPGs: It allows players to slow down combat or even pause it completely, enabling true strategic development as the battle unfolds."   

That sounds a lot like the real-time with pause system made famous in Baldur's Gate, although these days I think Divinity: Original Sin is probably the better comparison, even if it is fully turn-based. Those are tough acts to follow, but at this point the response on Steam is quite positive, and the new gameplay trailer looks promising. None of which guarantees anything, but I think it's one worth keeping an eye on. You can find out more about Tower of Time at evehor.com.
 

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.