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Giving Magic a Unique Place in a Survival Game

Posted by Suzie Ford on Apr 27, 2017  | Comments

Giving Magic a Unique Place in a Survival Game -

The Dark & Light site has been updated with a new blog post to give fans a look at how magic will present itself in the game. The team is vested in making the use of magic unique to survival games. They plan to do this by taking elements from both RPGs and survival titles and "fusing" the systems together in a smoother, less common way than other games in either genre.

Everything in Dark & Light is enhanced through magic: Items, exploration, combat and survival included. Survival game mechanics, the team feels, have often been rough on players. By implementing a magical angle to them, it is hoped that the experience will be smoother in D&L.

Magic will be item-based rather than through simply learning a new spell to use it. This opens up crafting as a way to learn new spells along less linear paths than most RPGs. "Magic taking the form of items / catalysts instead of bound spells is also extremely beneficial for group play", the blog reads. This allows for greater freedom of exploration in how to best level up their abilities.

One concern addressed in the blog is whether or not magic will become more powerful than physical weapons. 

We've heard from some players that they're concerned that magic is going to take center stage with physical weapons taking a back seat. How does the team see the balance between magic and physical combat, and what are the team's goals for combat balance overall?

Players don't need to worry that magic will overtake physical weapons as the primary form of combat. Dark & Light has a variety of melee and ranged weapons that can cause serious damage, inflict debuffs, and so on. Some situations call for spells while some are more suited to physical weapons. Sometimes you'll even need a combination of both. It all depends on your preferred fighting style. Players will also have access to a greater range of physical weapons earlier in the game, and they're generally easier to craft and maintain than powerful magic spells, which can require a pretty significant time investment before players can access them. 

You can check out the full blog post on the Dark & Light site.

Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom