Use the magical device known as the Chronicon to travel into the souls and memories of fallen heroes to re-live their grand tales! Epic adventures full of loot and monsters await!
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Why Early Access?

“Chronicon is a large project for just one person to maintain, so I ask the Steam community to participate in the development. I hope to be able to build a great community which gets to help shape the game itself.

My goal is to collect as much feedback as possible through frequent updates with fresh content, tweaks, and other additions, so that I may create a solid and polished game.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“I'm aiming for a full release some time in 2018. However, delays are expected as the game is constantly growing in scope based on the very excellent feedback I've been getting over the forums! I don't want to set a date and rush development - it's done when it's done.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version will feature many more items, spells, abilities, areas, worlds, enemies, bosses, crafting and other mechanics. The goal is to have five complete worlds for you to discover and explore, slaying your foes and collecting the loot as you advance further. I also intend to have a lot of replayability through scaling difficulties and increasingly difficult end-game content.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Most features and mechanics are present, however there is a lot of content to be added, as the initial release (0.20.0) only featured one of the five planned worlds. Worlds will be added in major content patches over time, and smaller patches will be added frequently with various tweaks and additions.

Currently the game has 4/5 worlds (or "acts"), basic end-game content, complete character skill trees, basic (to be upgraded) endless progression system, and most of the planned mechanics.

See the news section for recent changes!”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Because of instability, bugs, and general lack of content, the price is lower while in Early Access. Expect it to increase once we hit full release. Major updates usually come with a small sale, too.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“I will be actively participating in discussions on the Chronicon Steam Community Forums to answer any questions you might have, and reply to feedback. I would love to know what you like, dislike, and hear any suggestions or ideas you might have.

You can also reach me on twitter: @sqrbt.
And the official subreddit: r/Chronicon”
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December 23, 2018

Test Builds and Plans For Next Year

Hello everyone!

As discussed in the previous announcement, I have some test builds up where you can try out the new features of the next update. I would like to invite anyone who is interested to check it out, and give an update on what the plans for next year is.

The Test Builds
I've decided to invite everyone to the test build rather than make it a half-finished optional update, as there is still plenty to do so it would be a lesser experience. The test builds are different from the current live ones in a few ways:
  • Separate saves are used, and no progress can be carried over to live, and no achievements can be earned
  • Characters can be boosted to level 100 & mastery 1000
  • All waypoints and content is unlocked
  • Vendors carry all legendary sets, and a special vendor carry the new runes
  • Crafting is largely free of cost
  • There's various keyboard commands (listed on the Discord pins) to spawn enemies/items/other stuff
  • Odd bugs :-)

I call these builds "Tinka builds". (As reference to the Goblin in the main hub doing maintenance work)

These are designed to make testing easy and comfortable and can easily be tweaked to lock out features or classes for focused testing etc. Currently only a few (new) things are locked out due to not being finished and/or stable.

What's on the current test build:
  • New rune system with several runes for Templar and Warden, and a few runes for Warlock and Berserker (many runes are yet to be added)
  • New endgame system based on difficulty leagues that you can pick from freely, although so far it's only the "Random Anomaly" version that is testable (basically the current system but with controlled difficulty) - it is soon to be expanded with "dungeon anomalies"
  • The complete new Mastery system
  • A lot of changes to the base skills - for Templar the changes are pretty significant with new skills, but for others its mostly about number tweaking
  • A lot of bug fixes
  • General performance tweaks, however please note that the test build is *not* running the latest engine version that fixes the 144hz and other framerate issues, but the end goal is to have the update run on the latest engine version when it goes live

Why should I check it out?
  • If you want to provide feedback or just see what on earth I've been up to all this time.

How do I get the test builds?
  • Locate Chronicon in your Steam library, then right-click it and select Properties
  • Go to the BETAS tab, and click the field to enter a code
  • Enter tinkaistheking and click CHECK CODE to enter the special test builds
  • Wait for it to download and you're off!
  • To get back to the normal game you simply pick "NONE - opt out ..." in the dropdown-list under the BETAS tab where you entered the code

Here's an invite link to the Discord where we talk a lot about the test builds, the games design (and bugs), and other ARPG's: https://discord.gg/nSKhPEA



Next year's plans
Next year is going to be a big year, because next year is full release!
When? Can't say exactly - as this announcement alone is proof of, I always underestimate the time I need to finish an update, and I don't want to release an unfinished mess. But I am looking at the spring months currently, so I guess Q2 of 2019!

What's coming next year then?
First off, the current test build is going to go live as soon as it's ready. Then I am working on polishing all existing content and also releasing Act 5 - the last act of the game. I will likely split this up in a series of smaller updates, adding new runes, items, tweaks, fixes, community suggestions, and the items on the roadmap, etc as I am quietly making progress on act 5.

What happens on release?
Well you get the full game, that's what!
The currently lower price will also be adjusted - as is listed in the Early Access info on the store page the current price is with all the bugs and missing content in mind, so expect it to go up a bit on release. I will do another announcement on this when we are getting closer to give everyone an honest chance to grab the game in a cheaper state. The price isn't yet decided but it's not going to be anything crazy - I'll let you know exactly what it's gonna be when the time comes.

Post-release content and other plans
I would love to add more content to the game after 1.0, both as free updates and larger paid DLC. Something that has been requested a lot is "supporter packs" with skins for your characters or other cosmetics, which I must say is very flattering (thank you!), and is also something I will keep in mind. Though my main focus for DLC would be expanded game features, mechanics, areas, and perhaps even a class or two. I am taking all your requests and wishes into account. I am also going to look at porting to consoles!

The priority of these issues depend entirely on how launch goes so I can't say what's going to happen and when - just know that I'm keeping every option open and I want to keep supporting the game and the awesome community around it for as long as I can.


Time for some time off
I'll keep an eye on the Discord, forums, and other social media, and reply when I can, but I am now going to take some time off. I might get bored and update the test builds a bit but other than that, I'll be trying to relax and spend time with family and friends for the next week or two.

I hope this year has been good for you, and I'll see you in the next one!

Happy Holidays!
-Squarebit


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December 18, 2018

Progress Report!

Hello everyone!

I figured it was a good time to do a progress update. I was planning to have the next update out before Christmas, but I've realized I just don't have enough time to do everything I want to before then.

I don't want to cut anything out either, so the plan now is to upload what I have as an optional update this weekend, so you can check out the work-in-progress new stuff over the holidays if you want to.

I'll resume work on it after the holidays and do a proper update as soon as it's done! I'll make an announcement when the optional update is available, and explain how to get it (don't worry, it's very simple!).

So what's in the next update?
The next update has...
  • A full Mastery rework
  • Endgame/Anomaly rework
  • A new endgame crafting mechanic called Runes
  • Many tweaks and fixes

A mastery rework? Is my build nerfed?
Most likely not. If your build relied on an OP or broken mechanic/skill/interaction then it's probably nerfed in the sense that it is not OP anymore, however I've tried to keep everything "viable".
With big changes like these, the meta will change, new builds will emerge, and it'll require a few iterations to figure out what's fun and what needs work. So be sure to let me know what you think when this goes live! (Or join the testing, more on this at the bottom)
There has been an overall damage number "squish", so depending on how far you're into the endgame you might see lower numbers pop, but don't panic as everything is being tuned accordingly!
When designing the new Masteries these were my goals:
  • Allow a wider array of builds (including adding better support for requested things like better companion build options and thorns scaling)
  • Make things more fun by making point investment matter more
  • Make future class changes/additions/tweaks easier to manage and balance
And based on initial feedback on test builds, things are looking good!

Here's some screenshots of the new Masteries:
A fully decked out Warlock Mastery

Wait what? Caps everywhere but the three in the middle left?
Yup, because now you get bonus damage to all skills in the entire tree when putting any point in the related line, like so:

And the middle three lines doing this:

Lets you build pretty freely and still always get stronger.


A new addition are the rhombus skills.. these are called perks!
Here's the final perk of the Corruptor line:

And the Class Masteries being the middle 3 lines, the only ones with skills without caps.. you still get powerful scaling without having to dump all points into a single skill, like before.

Here's a few other Perk exampels:



Grand Summoner being one of the picks for the last perk for the Class Masteries...

What do I mean "one of the picks"?
Well...

Ever single mastery works like the active skill slots in the regular skill trees - you get to pick what goes in the slot! And yes, that means all of them, not just the perks. However there's currently a special synergy slot that only has 1 option.

These are just a few examples from the Warlock class - every class has their own perks and passive picks. And they have a lot of them!

And here is the currently (work in progress) new endgame interface:



And a little peek at the Rune system:



And some good news for custom translations: I have also prepared all enchants and legendary powers for translators, as well as adding support for Cyrillic.


I think this update is going to be great :)


If you want to help test this as I am developing it, you are more than welcome to pop in on the Community Discord and join the "tinka builds" - special test builds that I frequently publish to gather feedback. All of the things I showed above are actually playable and available for testing there right now!

There's a pinned message in the discord with instructions on how to opt-in for these test builds. Join the Community Discord here: https://discord.gg/nSKhPEA

I hope I'll see you there!



Oh, and on December 20th the in-game Christmas event starts - so be sure to check that out. Tinka's been up to no good again...
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About This Game

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Story

What happens in a world where the last evil lies dead, the last quest is completed, and the last chest has been opened?


In this world, the long-dead Heroes of Old are forever remembered and honored through a great magical device. This device, known only as the Chronicon, is capable of opening a portal into the memories – the very souls – of the Heroes of Old. Each year, a handful men and women are given the great honor to re-live the old tales.
And this year, you have been chosen…

Note: Trailer footage and screenshots are of high level characters with decent equipment. Expect a slower pace at first.

Game Features


  • The first 4 full acts to play through, with the final act in the works
  • 4 unique classes: The Templar, Berserker, Warden, and Warlock
  • Procedurally generated dungeons and areas – each playthrough is different
  • Local co-op up to 4 players (same machine, requires 1 Xbox 360/one controller per additional player)
  • Over 600 items with randomized enchants & qualities, and powerful set items!
  • Over 900 skills and abilities to learn and improve
  • Infinite character progression
  • Hardcore mode
  • Basic crafting - Enchant and gem your equipment to its maximum potential!
  • Full Xbox 360/one controller support (optional)

Planned Features (in no particular order)

  • 1 Additional act
  • More items, quests, areas, and general content
  • Much more endgame content and mechanics
  • More fleshed out progression systems

System Requirements

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 / 8 / 10
    • Processor: Dual Core, 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c and Shader Model 3.0 Compatible Dedicated Video Card, 512 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Intel HD video cards poorly supported. Requirements may change during development.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14 or above
    • Processor: Dual Core, 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c and Shader Model 3.0 Compatible Dedicated Video Card, 512 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Intel HD video cards poorly supported. Requirements may change during development.

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