Necropolis screenshot featuring a deadly serpent

As a massive fan of both roguelikes and Dark Souls inspired combat I must admit I was fairly excited about Necropolis. Unfortunately, it ended up releasing as a bit of a broken mess, not in the technical sense, but more so in terms of enemy variety and difficulty. To put it simply, there were too few unique enemies, and the ones you did encounter were all easily dispatched in the same sort of fashion.

After receiving some less than pleasant reviews the developers then vowed to release a series of free updates, all with the intent of turning Necropolis into the game everyone hoped it would be from the very beginning. Now, a few months later, the first of these updates has arrived with a new playable character, over 50 additional environments to explore, a whole bunch of new enemies and loot, as well as a large assortment of balance changes.

If you're wondering what all of this looks like, wonder no more as Harebrained Schemes have released a brief preview video showcasing the new hero, locations, and monsters. Have a look:


While the "Brutal Edition" name might allude towards a paid DLC, the entirety of this update is completely free, as promised. Best of all, the changes I listed above are just the tip of the iceberg! You can read all about them by heading over to the patch notes, but the most important factor here is that the developers aren't giving up - they are actively trying to improve Necropolis, and that is something I can certainly respect.

If all of this has now piqued your interested, you can learn more about Necropolis by heading over to the official website. While you're there I'd also recommend checking out the Shadowrun series, they're some of my favorite modern RPGs and well worth your time, if you're a fan of the genre anyway. As for Necropolis itself, you can grab it a 20% discount on Steam, bringing the price down to €22,40. Have fun!

Necropolis portal screenshot