When Wanderlust: Rebirth was released in 2011, it had all of the right ingredients for a fantastic co-op adventure. It let four players pick classes, work together and take down enemies, with some RPG elements added in for good measure. But the biggest criticism players had of the game was that it was too linear, with Rebirth‘s chapter-like structure making them feel hedged in.
Developer Yeti Trunk couldn’t fix that without ripping things up and starting again, turning Wanderlust: Rebirth into a different game entirely. So, the next best thing? To make a different game entirely. That game is Wanderlust Adventures – the online, open-world RPG that fans asked for – and it’s just been released on Steam.
Wanderlust Adventures Released on Steam
Yeti Trunk describes Wanderlust Adventures‘ setting as “massive” and “procedurally generated”. Not only are the game’s dungeons randomised each time you start a new game but enemies (including bosses) can pop up at any time – even in dungeons – promising precious loot crates if you defeat them or posing a deadly threat if they catch you off guard. You can flee, though, but half of the fun will be toughing it out and seeing if you can put your skills to good use.
Speaking of skills, Wanderlust Adventures offers four different character classes: Warrior, Assassin, Crusader and Sorcerer. They’re pretty standard RPG fare (melee, strategic, healing support and mage, respectively) but you wouldn’t want it any other way. As you can team up in groups of up to four players (Yeti Trunk promises seamless hosting/joining of games) the simplicity of classes just makes it easier to see how you fit in within the group. Plus, you can craft new items and unlock companions who’ll follow you around and aid your quest, so that should mix things up a little.
The game was released on August 10 (the release date was original set for today but it was accidentally released earlier this week) and so far, reviews have been positive. Player reviews on Wanderlust Adventures‘ Steam page are ‘very positive’, with many saying that they like it as both a solo and multiplayer experience. Many of them note that the music’s pretty great too. However, one point being made is that the game doesn’t do any ‘hand-holding’ and that you’re basically on your own after the tutorial, though whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is up to you.
Wanderlust Adventures is now available on PC via Steam.