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Free Update Adds New Character to Children of Morta

Children of Morta getting a free update is news, but not unexpected – it’s had a couple of updates since launch. A new character? Ok, that’s certainly more newsworthy but plenty of games do that.

How about a new character that was designed by two of the game’s Kickstarter backers?

Well now you’ve got something…

I think it’s awesome that not only did they make a character that fills a need, but they changed the backstory of the character from ‘standard videogame fare’ of being an orphan to something that fit the game’s lore more.

Here’s the press release – jump into Children of Morta today to check out Apan for yourself:


Children of Morta Adds New Playable Character, Apan, Designed by Two of the Game’s Kickstarter Backers

The Bergsons’ House free update invites a new sister-in-arms — a mighty medic and firm defender rolled in one — into the family

Warsaw, Poland – June 24, 2020 — Children of Morta is an action-RPG all about the bonds of the courageous Bergson family, but that doesn’t mean the Bergsons’ home is a place where fellow adventurers aren’t heartily welcomed. 11 bit studios and Dead Mage are proud to present another free update to their indie hit, introducing Apan – a seventh playable character joining the party.

Apan – known as Clan Mother in her homeland – came from the far north of Mount Morta. She is as skilled in providing vital support for companions on the battlefield as she is in wielding a sturdy staff. Her weapon’s reach makes Apan perfect for delivering deadly mid-range strikes, her special Asva Pulse dash ability leaves opponents hindered in the dust, and her spells cover a large area of effect. In defence, all of the Bergsons can take advantage of Apan’s medical knowledge as she also boosts the effects of healing potions, and a new mechanic lets the family gain shields from items, abilities, and Apan’s Rage skill. Simply put, Apan’s presence makes them all stronger, especially in battle.

The exciting new character design was created by one of Children of Morta’s Kickstarter backers and his partner, who both believed in the project since its very early stages. Here’s what these backers – known as AgaRar and GlueBubble – had to say about the idea that inspired the Apan’s creation, “The idea for Apan came from the brainstorming of myself and my partner. We originally made her an orphan, but later changed her to a mother to better compliment the Children of Morta story and family theme. A strong leader of nomadic healers who allies herself with the Bergsons to aid them in their fight against Corruption. We hope that our inspiration, and Dead Mage’s hard work, translates into a character that you all will enjoy for years to come.”.

The Bergsons’ House free update is available on all platforms: Xbox One, PC (Steam, GOG.com, Humble Store), PS4 and Nintendo Switch. The free update contains:

  • A brand-new character with a unique skillset designed to play in single-player, but also shine in co-op playthroughs
  • Special shielding skills and passive healing mechanics
  • 32 new Apan-specific Runes
  • 9 new story cutscenes
  • A few HUD and UI tweaks
  • Additional bug fixes

More about the game:

About Children of Morta
The Bergson family has guarded Mount Morta for generations but now face their most dangerous trial. Corruption has spread, morphing the once peaceful mountain into a violent and monster-infested nightmare. Take part in their journey and experience what it means to be in a family of heroes.

An emotional roguelike with gorgeous pixel-art, Children of Morta combines a powerful narrative of familial ties with intense hack-and-slash gameplay in an ever-changing world. Choose the best character for your playstyle, craft new items for your adventure, and fight to find out what is the real source of evil.

About 11 bit studios
11 bit studios is a Warsaw-based Polish game development studio known for This War of Mine and Frostpunk as well as a publisher teaming up with indies to bring their gems to life, lately with Moonlighter by Digital Sun Games and Children of Morta by Dead Mage.

Review – Children of Morta

Children of Morta is unusual – a roguelike where I found myself caring about the characters.
To be fair, the Bergsons aren’t your typical roguelike characters. You’re introduced to the six playable characters one by one, starting with John, the father of the family, who wields a sword and shield, and then eldest daughter Linda, who prefers ranged weapons.
Controlling one of the available characters – the rest are added over the course of the game’s starting missions – you explore procedurally generated dungeons looking to eliminate the Corruption, a threat the Bergsons lives are dedicated to eliminating from the ancient mountain the family lives on.

When you die, and it’s a roguelike so expect that to happen regularly at first, you don’t go to a new game screen or to create a new character, you return to the Bergsons family home. Here you can upgrade equipment or select new characters to play as on your return to the mountain, and it’s also where you’ll interact with other family members and hear their tales play out.
To keep players from zoning in on their one favourite character and excluding the others, the game uses a fatigue mechanic to encourage switching things up. Use one character too many times and they become less effective in battle and need time to recover to their full abilities. I wasn’t sure what to think of being forced off using Linda and her bow, but – especially in the later levels – I was glad I had a handle on more of the characters and what they brought to the table.
There’s a difficulty spike towards the end of the game, but that’s something roguelike fans probably expect and it’s certainly not something that most players will have trouble overcoming. If you get stuck, consider switching up characters and trying a different approach.
Children of Morta is available now on PC via Steam, and coming to consoles in the future.

Fight Evil As a Family In Children of Morta – Release Date Revealed

Children of Morta isn’t your typical ‘heroes rise up against ancient evil’ tale, though it does feature heroes – the Bergson family – rising up against an ancient evil. This is a story about the Bergson family itself, how they stand against a rising corruption in the land, and what they’re willing to sacrifice to save their loved ones.
Each member of the family plays a different role, so gamers can find one that matches their playstyle, whether they prefer heavy-hitting hammers or the ranged damage of a bow. With roguelike elements, the experience won’t be exactly the same twice, and with couch co-op play for two players, it’s an experience you can share with a loved one of your own.
PC players can jump into Children of Morta, September 3rd. The PS4, Switch, and Xbox One versions will hit on October 15th.


Join an Epic Family of Heroes as Children of Morta Reveals its Release Date and a New Trailer

Warsaw, Poland – August 7th, 2019 — Publisher 11 bit studios and developer Dead Mage are thrilled to announce the highly-anticipated roguelike RPG, Children of Morta will be arriving on PC this September 3, 2019. The Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 versions of the game will launch on October 15, 2019. To celebrate the launch date announcement, you can check out the all-new trailer below.

Corruption has spread, morphing the once peaceful Mount Morta into a violent and monster-infested nightmare. Will you be able to sacrifice everything to save the ones you care for? Children of Morta is a story-driven action RPG about a valiant family standing together while the world around them is devoured in darkness. Lead the Bergsons, with all their flaws and virtues, and experience what it means to be in a family of heroes.

Children of Morta copes with themes closer to our daily lives than one would expect. It is a story of the simple emotions we all know so well — and value more than sometimes we dare to admit — love and hope, longing and uncertainty, ultimately loss and the sacrifices we are willing to make to save the ones we care the most for.

Children of Morta will be available digitally on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC at 21.99 USD/EUR. The boxed editions from Merge Games will be released on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PC (in Europe and Australia) alongside the digital releases.

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