Masquerada is a single-player tactical RPG set in a Renaissance-inspired city of magic, where real-time combat can be paused to set up elemental combos powered by Venetian-styled masks. Come for gorgeous hand-drawn art; stay for the rich lore & a thoughtful, fully-voiced tale of intrigue & tragedy.
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Very Positive (98) - 93% of the 98 user reviews for this game are positive.
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Sep 30, 2016
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August 8

v1.20 with New Game+ and European languages now live!

New game features in Patch v1.20!

In this patch, we have added the New Game Plus mode that is only accessible after players have completed the game once. Features of NG+ mode include:
  • Multiple conversations throughout the game have additional lines of dialogue that add more colour to our cast of characters.
  • Cicero now has mastery over all 4 elements, greatly expanding his skill tree and flexibility in combat.
  • Players are now able to respec skills at any time within the Skills Menu while out of combat.
  • 5 more skill points are awarded at the start of the game.
  • 12 brand new masks to be found throughout the party’s adventure.
  • 2 new secret bosses have been added. Search for them where Maskrunners hide!
  • 1 new boss fight added to Seimora's Throne.
We have also added text localizations for German, French, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese and Turkish languages!

v1.20 Patch Notes (8th August 2017)

Gameplay changes
  • New Game Plus mode has been added.
  • Added localizations for German, French, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese and Turkish languages.
  • Chapter Select (at the Main Menu) now has a chapter description and preview image for each chapter.
  • 5 more skill points are now awarded between receiving your first mask in the Hall of Bearings and the end of the Quiet Order. This change has a retroactive effect on existing save games. This is separate (and additional to) the 5 additional skill points available in NG+ mode.
  • Added "Already Obtained" notifications for when the player obtains Masks, Inks, Engravings and Codex entries that they have already collected.
  • Updated controller scheme for navigating the options, skills and behaviour menus.
  • Updated PS4 controller button icons. Updated tutorial texts and images when using a controller to play.
  • Added subtitles when Cicero replays certain past dialogues in his head.
  • Added controller shortcuts to open some menus. The same shortcuts can be used on toast notifications.
Bugfixes
  • Fixed Nahl constantly casting his Mask Ultimate Ability in the tutorial.
  • Fixed Tristan's dialogue getting cut off in the Pale Isle.
  • Fixed Pale Isle's battle music not playing.
  • Fixed Cicero's animation if player skips dialogue with Kalden in the Golden Bazaar.
  • Fixed Amadea's sitting animation in the Astiguary Interior Night.
  • Fixed Cicero's animation if player skips dialogue in the Misted Aisles.
  • Fixed Oli's animation in the Astiguary Interior.
  • Fixed floating cheese in the Whispering Streets Entrance.
  • Fixed graphic bug in the Whispering Streets Maze and Seimora's Throne.
  • Fixed Mangiatore's shadow effects still lingering after its defeat.
  • Fixed Amadea's Fissure cost to standardize it with the others.
  • Fixed missing sound effect for Amadea's Burrow.
  • Fixed Ice Spikes skill description.
  • Fixed a number of textures that were not rendered correctly.
  • Fixed units T-posing when the player pauses the game and pans the camera to a unit that has never previously appeared in the game view.
  • Fixed Spouthound AI to match all other summoned units.
  • Fixed bug where mask activations with 0-cast time are not recorded for achievements. This also fixed Razer Chroma's mask activation ripple effect.
  • Fixed bug where Vasco's Stampede mask was incorrectly unlocked to Amadea's character data. This fix is retroactive to existing save games.
  • Fixed bug where game difficulty is not successfully changed when player adjusts the difficulty (in Options menu) at the Main Menu.
  • Fixed "Option A" display bug in AI menu dropdowns.
  • Fixed skill AI option that read "Cast on enemy with highest threat" instead of "Cast on self when below 75% health".
  • Fixed vignette display bug if pausing and unpausing very quickly.
  • Fixed rare bug where the game paused indefinitely on exiting combat.
  • Fixed controller skills tooltip not hiding after using the skill.
  • Fixed grammatical and spelling errors.
Misc
  • Updated Unity engine from 5.3.4p4 to 5.4.2p2.
  • Improved a number of visual effects of abilities and in the environment.
  • Lots of code, texture, units and scene optimizations to improve framerate.
  • Reduced the game install size from 15gb to 11gb by compressing and reducing image sizes that are unnecessarily large.
  • Updated Credits.
Known Issues
  • Mouse confine does not work on MacOS.
  • Razer Chroma: Some keys are lit incorrectly on the Razer Blade/Stealth. They are offset on the Function key and number key rows.
Older patch notes here
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July 13

New Game+ mode & European language localizations arriving August 8!

Hey friends,

It's been a while, and we're sorry we've kept you waiting!

On August 8th, we'll finally debut the long-awaited New Game + mode, which offers extended dialogue scenes with lines not seen in the original playthrough of the game, new bosses including a giant flaming chicken, and the power to wield all four elements with Cicero.



(Yep, we said a flaming chicken.)

New localizations covering French, German, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese and Turkish language support will also be added, opening the game up to new swathes of friends!

In the meanwhile, we want to thank you all for supporting Masquerada with your playthroughs, shoutouts on reviews, forums and Discord (you good kids know who you are) and all around good vibes!
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Reviews

“The game has an elegant comic style that I find really easy to read, even when battles fill the screen with showers of ice, fissures in the earth, and flocks of swarming fragments of weaponised fabric and paper.”
Kotaku UK

“...Masquerada is a delight and one with production values that belie its indie roots.”
★★★★ – The Observer

“With streamlined systems and a crisp art style, this isometric RPG is geared toward adults craving a mature experience.”
ZAM

About This Game

Navigate the masked deceptions and deadly magic of a vividly Venetian city in this fully voiced pause-for-tactics RPG.

In the turmoil-ridden Citte della Ombre, religion holds no sway. Only the songs sung of one’s deeds will carry an Ombrian’s legacy beyond death. Those who hold even the smallest morsel of power will make every effort to ensure their songs live on. Enter the Mascherines - masks that grant their wielders the power to channel the elements and cast destructive magic.

The Mascherines have perpetuated a culture of inequality between the power-hungry guildsmen known as the Masquerada and the impoverished lower classes, the Contadani. A prolonged civil war, ignited by Contadani rebels who steal Mascherines from the Masquerada, has only drawn scars of mistrust across the Citte since.

One of Ombre’s finest sleuths, Cicero Gavar, was exiled for a crime against the state five years ago, but he is now summoned back to Ombre to solve the mysterious kidnapping of the diplomat Razitof Azrus. As other members of the Masquerada join his investigation, all having their doubts about one another within this culture of deception, their faith will be pushed to the limit as a deeper conspiracy lurks in the shadows of Ombre.

FEATURES:

  • Your Fight, Your Pace: Use the tactical pause to control the rush of combat, position your party and plan their attacks by the second.
  • A Game of Tag: Lay elemental magic tags upon your enemies, and activate the tags with another element for crowd-controlling status effects!
  • Vivid Comicbook Art: Feast your eyes on dreamy colours and environmental linework inspired by French comic artists, blended with stylized 3D characters for a timeless aesthetic.
  • A Fully Voiced Tale: The drama at the heart of Ombre unfolds over 12 hours of narrative, fully voiced by VO heavyweights like Matthew Mercer and Jennifer Hale.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.4GHz Intel Core i3
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4400
    • Storage: 16 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X Mountain Lion
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 320M
    • Storage: 16 GB available space
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