The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing and spin off action hybrid tower defense Deathtrap (a favorite here at GoneWithTheWin) has quietly become a popular indie title on Steam since it’s release. Van Helsing I, launched in 2013 to very positive reviews. At the time you chose one of three classes and jumped into an action packed fray of monsters, arcane monsters, weird steampunk-esque outlandish weapons, through the mysterious lands of Borgovia. With you a sly ghost companion in Lady Katarina who fills in the quiet moment with her poignant thoughts. Neocorp continued to push the envelope with Van Helsing II adding new enemies, more classes, and a bigger focus on story elements. However with part III’s release the game engine, story, and gameplay in general hit a more refined and veteran tone. Van Helsing III was the game’s final release, and while the game’s engine had been updated further, it was a shorter tale, and left many fans of the series unsatisfied. Level caps had been reduced to balance the third chapter, skills were changed, and other changes made the III chapter feel like an odd expansion rather than a climactic and commanding finale.
Neocore Games, developer of this memorable series, has decided not to sit on its laurels (over one million copies sold between all three chapters according to Neocore) or with the released chapters as they stand. They have decided to edit the entire three game arc, into one game. In doing so they are melding many elements that worked throughout the entire series, right at the start. For example, all six playable classes that were previously available only in Van Helsing III, can be chosen at the start of Final Cut. The skill tree has been revamped, and now boasting 200 skills, on a more advanced and intricate skill tree. Additionally, all three skill trees have three power up options pertaining to those trees, allowing for particular combinations as you see fit. Craft weapons with bonuses to augment your character, which could take a while now that the level cap was increased for this edition to 100.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut main campaign is now over 50 game hours long. The campaign itself has been changed and edited, with sections that dragged removed, and replaced with other missions or settings that fit the story and action pace Neocore desired. The robust and refined campaign mode is only part of the game’s content, it will also include 9 new tower defense mini games (similar to Deathtrap), and a pair of additional multiplayer modes. To top it all off, online co-op is available to play the entire game with a friend. So take an already fun series, enhance it, edit it, grow it and sell it for… FREE. Well, free if you already own all three previous chapters on Steam. Which if you don’t, you still have time to purchase those titles and get the upgraded edition, Final Cut, for free on September 23. Hopefully after this release, Neocore gets handily to work on a sequel to Deathtrap, as my Marksman skills are getting a little rusty.