Lost Relics is a Diablo-inspired, action-adventure RPG, and a favorite of ours. We have been following this Play to Earn (P2E), blockchain-based game since 2019, and have been continually impressed. Now, one of Enjin’s crowning jewels is getting a significant update which sees the introduction of forging as well as a competitive survival gamemode and a host of other additions.
Lost Relics was one of the first blockchain games to actually be more about gaming than blockchain. It is a fantastic, dungeon crawler ARPG made almost entirely by one man, Cliff Cawley. It is P2E, has NFT integration with utility, possibly the best crypto wallet integration I have ever seen, and is frankly head and shoulders ahead of most other games in the space. For an overview of the game as a whole, read our Blockchain Gaming Watch entry on Lost Relics. So, what’s in the new 189 patch?
The forging skill allows access to the Forging Furnace in which you can smelt the ores that you have collected into ingots. These ingots are now required for the creation of mining and woodcutting tools. Similarly, you can also use the Forging Anvil where you are able to craft weapons and armor. These items are tradeable (and thus sellable) and some rarer pieces can only be found in certain Adventures.
There are now sets of items that create Assembled Armor and are account bound upon creation. These special sets have strong stats and occasionally effects too. Items that are virtual and do not rely on the blockchain will now have durability and can break; a way of keeping the economy flowing, I’m sure.
It is worth noting that the Forging skill is only available to members, which requires a subscription.
New Competitive Game Mode: Graveyard Rumble
Two exciting additions come in one package in patch 189: a new game mode, Graveyard Rumble, and a competitive leaderboard for it. Any member level 10 or above will be able to access this new survival style mode where you must kill as many waves of monsters as you can before you die. The top 10 players will have their scores recorded on the leaderboard and it is planned to regularly reset and award prizes. The first competition is up and running right now and runs until 15th October 2021. The rewards range from a mythical rarity sword through to an epic Feeble Bloodstone.
And Many More Changes
The changes I’ve listed are the most impactful for gameplay and the most exciting, but the sheer volume of this patch is far more impressive than that. There are a wealth of changes to in-game and out-of-game trading, website updates, and a number of alterations to various Adventures. For the full patch breakdown, I’d recommend Lost Relics’ Medium post.