Hand of Fate 2, the follow-up to 2015’s acclaimed action RPG, launches for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on Nov. 7, 2017. Releasing day-and-date with the Xbox One X, Hand of Fate 2 will support 4K HD on the system at launch.
Alongside the release date, Defiant Development unveils the title’s fourth and final companion, Ariadne of Stiegal. Companions, a new addition to the Hand of Fate franchise, offer support in battle, exclusive perks in the meta board game, dialogue options, and have their own storylines. In combat, Ariadne acts as a melee tank character with armor break abilities, while in the board game she can duplicate cards in games of chance to improve the player’s odds dramatically.
Hand of Fate 2 once again challenges players to overcome trials built from collectible cards, handed out by the Dealer. Each card will test players with hack-and-slash combat, dangerous locales to explore, tense minigames, or Dungeons & Dragons-style decisions. A new map-based overworld allows players to discover and unlock those challenges in entirely new ways.
The sequel also introduces a variety of new features, including weapon types and associated fighting styles, cards that can provide a powerful boost, different victory conditions for combat and the dealer’s card game, as well as all-new bosses, enemy types, and storylines.
The Dealer, Hand of Fate’s magical antagonist, returns seeking vengeance following his defeat in the first title. Under the destructive influence of Hand of Fate’s original hero, a xenophobic tyrant has crowned himself emperor, banned all magic and exiled the non-human races. Hand of Fate 2’s new hero must master the Game of Life and Death to exact the Dealer’s revenge and topple the oppressive empire.
“We’re excited to finally lock in a release date for Hand of Fate 2,” said Morgan Jaffit, Director, Defiant Development. “The team has been keeping our heads down working on the game, and now that we’re nearly done, I can safely say this marks a new chapter in the level of quality we can achieve. I’m incredibly proud of this group and can’t wait to show their work to the world.”