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Neocore Games hit us up with a press release earlier today providing the expected announcement that their The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing sequel is now available for purchase for the very reasonable price of $14.99. As you might have expected, a launch trailer accompanied the announcement:
And onward to the press release:
Tremble, monsters! The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II is Out Now
The steampunk action-RPG is back!
Budapest, Hungary â€“ May 22, 2014 â€“ The wait is finally over. Exactly a year after the release of the first game, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II is officially out today for $14.99 on Steam, bringing back the marvelous steampunk world of Borgovia filled with supernatural foes and creatures of weird science. Fellow Hunters, we are at war! The gothic metropolis of weird science is on the brink of destruction as chaos rules the streets and a new enemy plots revenge. Itâ€™s time to enter the dark side of Borgova and the forbidden wilderness, but beware: you are not the only one behind a mask.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II key features:
â€¢ Three playable classes â€“ Players can now choose from three very different classes: the classic Hunter with shooting and melee skills, the magic-wielding Thaumaturge or the Arcane Mechanic, the master of deadly devices, all included in the base game.
â€¢ Hunterâ€™s Lair â€“ The Lair returns in the sequel as the perfect hideout for players to stash collected loot, trade with non-playable characters, teleport between locations, forge new items, utilize the alchemy lab and accept new quests from allies who join the resistance against the scientific scourge.
â€¢ Extended tower defense mini-game â€“ With enemies invading in waves, players have the opportunity to defend their Hunterâ€™s Lair and other strategic locations with deployable traps and several upgradable functions to ward off evil, now with improved gameplay mechanics and up to 7 levels presented as optional side quests.
â€¢ Resistance management â€“ As the leaders of the Borgovian Resistance, players now participate in the micromanagement of the allied troops, improve the equipment of the Resistance fighters or find loot that makes them more powerful.
â€¢ Rage system â€“ Enables players to dynamically modify their skills by activating Power Ups in the heat of the battle. Power Ups consume the player's Rage that they accumulate by slaying the most dangeroues foes in Borgovia.
â€¢ Unique companion system â€“ Lady Katarina, a ghost with snappy wit, comes to the support of Van Helsing with her own set of abilities, behaviors, and skill trees.
â€¢ Runecrafting â€“ Besides forging, enchanting and infusing items with essences, players now have another option to alter items to their liking. Artifacts can be taken apart, shattered into magical fragments. The process generates a basic shard, and then the enchantments also dissolve into separate fragments. Fragments can be turned into purely magical runes that can be altered and put on new items, changing them into various new powerful artifacts.
â€¢ The Beast in the Lair - The Chimera is a unique creature, an artificial monster straight from the Ink that players find during their adventures, claim as theirs, enhance its abilities and summon it into combat or send away to the Ink to hunt for treasure.
â€¢ Hall of Trophies - Players can decorate their Lair with trophies that give global modifiers to the game world, like empowering monsters, granting more spellpower to all allies or turning Katarina into a more lethal ghost.
â€¢ Multiplayer â€“ Allowing players to test their skills against each other via the PVP mode (8 players) or join their forces and complete the story in the co-operative campaign (4 players).