Vampire Survivors got a great quality-of-life feature (and a secret novelty character)

Vampire Survivors got a great quality-of-life feature (and a secret novelty character)

In the pause menu, you can now see the weapon evolution chart.

Patch 0.7.3 for is now available, and you know what it means: additional characters, weapons, relics, Arcanas, and achievements to unlock. Ive never made the effort to continue to complete one game, but that just shows how quickly these updates are coming. I grind and grind, and the developers grind right back.

This trailer is a nice hazy attention-grabber, and here are some suggestions.

Here''s a spoiler-filled rundown of what''s in patch 0.7.3, including the new secret character.

Characters

Relics

  • Grim Grimoire shows all currently known evolutions/unions in the pause menu.
    • How to unlock: Pick it up in the Inlaid Library near your spawn point.
  • Mindbender lets you change the appearance of characters in the selection menu, and lets you limit your active weapon slots (which pairs well with a new Arcana).
    • How to unlock: Complete 100 entries in the Collection.
  • How to unlock: Pick it up in the Inlaid Library near your spawn point.
  • How to unlock: Complete 100 entries in the Collection.
  • How to unlock: Pick it up in the Inlaid Library near your spawn point.
  • How to unlock: Complete 100 entries in the Collection.

Arcanas

  • Tragic Princess (III) reduces the cooldown of weapons while moving, including Garlic, Soul Eater, Santa Water, La Borra, Lightning Ring, Thunder Loop, and Carrello.
    • How to unlock: Reach level 99 with Porta.
  • Silent Old Sanctuary (XX) grants +3 Reroll, Skip, and Banish, and provides +20% Might and -8% Cooldown for each of your empty active weapon slots.
  • How to unlock: Reach level 99 with Porta.
  • How to unlock: Reach level 99 with Porta.

Tweaks and fixes

  • Improved stats of Vento Sacros early levels.
  • Added extra area coverage to Fuwalafuwaloo.
  • Moved Magic Banger relic to Green Acres.
  • Hurry mode also gives a 25% XP bonus.
  • Added support for German and Brazilian-Portuguese.
  • Tentative fix for standard saves not working on Steam Deck for some users.

It''s nice to see that the game is correct after highlighting a fan-made evolution chart. I''m about 50 hours into this story and I''m still need to double-check some of them.

The team is growing

In a Steam post, the creator of poncle spoke with the aging team.

We had a team for some time now, but im taking the opportunity to discuss it only now that one more developer, David, is joining me in full time working on the current version of the game. This doesnt mean that the game would achieve more benefits and speedy polishing rough edges. One of the new relics from this patch, the Grim Grimoire, is a good example of what kind of extras to expect!

A number of developers are working on a porting to a industry-standard engine without losing the game''s exceptional look and feel.

They are aiming to develop a system that works just as it is the current one, but that is free of hardware and controller compatibility issues, and that works well even when there is a fair amount of projectiles and enemies on screen.

If everything goes well, it will be done this summer, but it will be finalized when it gets underway.

We may be on the verge of reaching the conclusion of, but for poncle this is just the beginning. Im so illogically rooting for a Nintendo Switch port.

I''m not joking when I say that is one of my favorite games of 2022. Yes, I''m really surprised to see hordes of pixelated baddies, and I appreciate the sense of micro and macro progression. Individual game runs are intrinsically fun, as well as the achievements/unlockables that push you to keep playing constantly.

It might not appear like much, but it is also a bonus.

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