Who’s ready for a touch of far-reaching, dimension-shaking horror that’s so potent simply looking upon it will induce madness? Then you might be ready for The Yellow King, which bills itself as “a unique Lovecraft MMO rogue-lite with infinite dungeons, traps, puzzles and monsters” and went into early access this past Wednesday.
We took a peek at this game before when it had first announced a limited-time early access event last Halloween. According to the game’s Steam update history, it had rolled back early access to November 21st and then to January 23rd. This time, though, it’s really truly live.
Those who are eager to hop in to Yellow King should bear in mind that this is the very first phase of testing for an audience larger than an internal test group. Testing right now is focused on basic network performance, server stability, and other network-related matters. What is not the focus is “literally everything else,” meaning weapons, the UI, and animations are placeholders and the game’s magic system is not in place yet. The devs also warn that AI “is dumb and buggy” and 95% of the maps and AI are not live. That said, those updates are on the roadmap for March through May, and in the case of adding more maps and AI, those are on the roadmap for the “rest of life.”
If none of those things is a bother, you can hop in now for a 10% discount, which incidentally will also net you a lifetime subscription to the game. Full release is expected sometime in 2021 when the community feels the game is ready, and there’s still a fair bit of content on offer including 15+ weapons, thousands of character vanity options, and one infinite dungeon to explore with traps, bosses, and treasures. Just don’t expect much of that stuff to work terribly cleanly right now.