"Earthlock" (Xbox One) for free from 1st September @ Games with Gold
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"Earthlock" (Xbox One) for free from 1st September @ Games with Gold

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Found 20th Aug 2016Made hot 21st Aug 2016
Hey guys.

The game "Earthlock" will be available for free from 1st September @ Games with Gold.

Snowcastle Games has been in full production for the past four years on their first major title, Earthlock: Festival of Magic, and it’s coming onto Xbox One on September 1. Not only that, but the game will also be the first of four titles to be part of the Games with Gold lineup for September, with the remaining titles to be announced next week.

This westernized turn-based RPG, which in subtle ways reveals its Scandinavian origin, starts as a simple quest, but develops into a deeper journey. Play as Amon and join several unlikely heroes to save Umbra, a beautiful but harsh world that mysteriously stopped spinning thousands of cycles ago. Mix up your strategy to beat your enemies by crafting ammo and materials, harvesting elemental plants, and customizing your characters’ talent tree.

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Oooh this actually looks like a game i will actually play.

"This westernized turn-based RPG" that me out.. totally not my kind of game! This is not a deal either? Or is it free given that you've already paid your subscription yet I still feel obliged to add some heat regardless

Looks good. Heat

saw this earlier here's hoping the xbox starts supporting rpgs more

A brand new game being released as a GwG? I do hope MS learned some lessons from the Zheros debacle.

repouk

A brand new game being released as a GwG? I do hope MS learned some … A brand new game being released as a GwG? I do hope MS learned some lessons from the Zheros debacle.


What was the "debacle"? Perhaps I missed it, but I wasn't aware of there being problems with its inclusion.

Never heard of it but but looks pretty stunning to me judging by trailer and maybe a nod towards old school final fantasy games.

Illusionary

What was the "debacle"? Perhaps I missed it, but I wasn't aware of there … What was the "debacle"? Perhaps I missed it, but I wasn't aware of there being problems with its inclusion.



​don't think it was a debacle, but the game was atrocious

Looks great, thanks for the heads-up op

vaderag

​don't think it was a debacle, but the game was atrocious


Sure, I agree that it wasn't the best of games and I didn't get much out of it myself (though I wouldn't go as far as describing it as atrocious :p). repouk's post made it sound like there were some wider issue with the handling of its inclusion.
Edited by: "Illusionary" 21st Aug 2016

A lot of people who backed this on Kickstarter feel betrayed by it being released 'for free' after they paid money to support the development and receive a copy at the end of it. A bit of an argument raging on Kickstarter at the moment between them and those who say you should never expect to see a return on your Kickstarter investment. It doesn't effect me so much as I asked for a PS4 copy but I still think it's a bit of a questionable move.

They are getting a return. MS pay the devs an agreed lump sum then a percentage of each additional Gold subscription taken out that month. Just because the game is free to download it doesn't mean the devs get nothing. In terms of Kickstarter backers, they are never guaranteed a return on their money, it's not an investment.

Looks interesting enough to check out for free. Heat

Heat. Looks like a Zelda / Final Fantasy mashups.

repouk

A brand new game being released as a GwG? I do hope MS learned some … A brand new game being released as a GwG? I do hope MS learned some lessons from the Zheros debacle.



And banner saga 2? Brilliant game made free with gold on release... Zheroes wasn't great but it was decent enough.

Nice heads up, will be checking this one out as it looks good

DEELZ

They are getting a return. MS pay the devs an agreed lump sum then a … They are getting a return. MS pay the devs an agreed lump sum then a percentage of each additional Gold subscription taken out that month. Just because the game is free to download it doesn't mean the devs get nothing. In terms of Kickstarter backers, they are never guaranteed a return on their money, it's not an investment.


Synonyms of investment include funding and backing, so it is an investment no matter how people try to spin it to benefit their own beliefs. How high risk an investment it is can often be discovered with a bit of research, I tend to go for the safer kickstarer projects myself which give more than I'd get at retail.

As for the issue of being funded and then telling a portion of those who funded you they could have had the game for free, it is an underhanded move showing you have no loyalty to those who got you to where you are and are only interested in who you think you can make the most money from. I personally would avoid such a company in the future and really hope the move backfires on them.

repouk

A brand new game being released as a GwG? I do hope MS learned some … A brand new game being released as a GwG? I do hope MS learned some lessons from the Zheros debacle.



That zheros game was so bad wasn't it !!! Think I still have it installed lol

I backed the game on Kickstarter. I back games primarily because I want to invest in smaller developers and see the games get made. I know that things don't always go to plan but that's the risk you take.

I am not really that upset it is being released on Xbox as part of GwG. I asked for it originally for the PS4. It just means I will have two versions of the game!

This looks good, the better half will like this I reckon

Nice, Ive been playing some Turn based RPG's recently feeling nostalgic, Child of light is a good one to try out. will be watching this.

I'm happy it's something new than a game that's been knocking about for 2 Years that everyone already owns. Give this a chance, it maybe really good.

repouk

A brand new game being released as a GwG? I do hope MS learned some … A brand new game being released as a GwG? I do hope MS learned some lessons from the Zheros debacle.

oldskoolpug

That zheros game was so bad wasn't it !!! Think I still have it installed … That zheros game was so bad wasn't it !!! Think I still have it installed lol

The game was very buggy, impossible to complete and many of the achievements would not unlock.


It's been patched so now it plays OK apparently. I still haven't been back to it though!

Newschmoo

I backed the game on Kickstarter. I back games primarily because I want … I backed the game on Kickstarter. I back games primarily because I want to invest in smaller developers and see the games get made. I know that things don't always go to plan but that's the risk you take. I am not really that upset it is being released on Xbox as part of GwG. I asked for it originally for the PS4. It just means I will have two versions of the game!



Good to see people supporting the little guys. I help developers through the Kickstarter process and it's so, so hard for the teams now.

looks great!! I think this is gunna be better than Final Fantasy 13.

partyweb

Heat. Looks like a Zelda / Final Fantasy mashups.


Actually it looks like Blue Dragon.

Which I thought was a great game on the 360.
Was so proud when I 100% it

https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/store/p/earthlock-festival-of-magic/bq5n4k85gwg4

Grab it now from the AUS Xbox site
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