The Black Death came out on Early Access this April, from then, the game has seen a number of updates from the team at Small Impact Games. Naturally, I’ve taken a look back at the game to see just how substantial these updates have been!
From new areas to a brand-new crafting system and more, The Black Death gives you some generous options and lets you pick from a range of classes right off the bat! These classes all have their own unique skill-trees and abilities that can put you ahead of other players in the game. It’s pretty easy to identify what class other players are. However, we tend to err on the side of caution when it comes to seeing other players in the world.
There’s a certain sense of danger that rears its head whenever you see another player in the world. Luckily, the game gives you options to gesture people if you’re friendly, and there’s even a VOIP option for those of you who want to communicate with other players online.
The world itself is hollow, ruined and brilliantly gothic. The washed out visuals give us a look at just what life is like in the land of Mercia. You can go to NPCs to teach you how to perform recipes for unique item crafting, offering a blend of PvP player interactions and PvE interactions of surviving in a harsh landscape. The Beggar is a unique addition to the game that has a skill to beg for money from other players, the entire skill tree is based around interacting with other users and creating more interactions between you and the players around you in the world.
As far as we know, it might just be one of the first playable tramps we’ve seen in games with its own unique Skill tree. I know that in the heydays of Runescape, I might have played a character called Raggy_Tramp1 that used to beg for money, so I feel like I could settle into my role in the world pretty well!
My newfound passion as a beggar who makes items of questionable quality isn’t everything, though. The game has also introduced a bounty system, so if you veer off of the moral path, you might find yourself with a sword in your back. So what’s the middleground for my humble beggar, then? Go straight edge. Be a nice, happy beggar and maybe only slightly steel rotten fish when I need it to live? I guess I also have enhanced plague resistance, so I might be able to last just a wee while longer! The game has also added housing, so you can own your own pretty spot in the game. For my beggar, though- the life of a cushy homeowner is far, far away.