Less than a week after the game hit store shelves, Atari has released a new patch for PC real-time strategy title Dragonshard.
The patch fixes various problems such as desynch issues, connection issues and population bugs. Plus it makes some of your enemies a lot harder to beat, less pleasingly.
For the full rundown of what the patch does head on over to 3D Gamers, where you can also download it. Foreigners will be pleased to hear that there are French, German, Italian and Spanish versions of the patch, too.
Dungeons & Dragons. You can almost hear younger siblings choking to death on polyhedral dice. Except no: the role-playing element has been discarded, and what remains is a click-beast of lesser resource management. Dragonshard is, remarkably, only the second RTS to be based on the popular paper/pencils past time (the first being the long-lost Blood & Magic from the ancient era of 1996). It goes without saying that Dragonshard is, like Warcraft III, a character skewed RTS world of goblins, orcs, swords, sorcerers, giant robots... Hang on, a robot?
Okay, I know World of Warcraft has robots, but this is D&D, it's traditionalist swords and sorcery... isn't it? Actually no: it's the latest D&D campaign world, Eberron, which, like a few of the offbeat settings such as Dark Sun, plays with those fantasy standards to deliver ideas other than those of the standard goblin-gang to the gamer's table. Of course there are still 'cure light wounds' spells, beholders, rangers and gelatinous cubes, but there are also flying ships, magic crystals from the sky and some iron-plated heroes.
So there I was getting oiled up for a classic gnoll-bashing session, and my RTS hero character is a giant robot with a wrecking ball for a fist. Okay, he's probably an 'automaton' or an 'iron golem' in sword-swinger terminology, but for those of raised in the era of Optimus Prime it's clearly a goddamned stompy mechanoid. It's a surprise. A pleasing one. Does this armoured surprise signal a game in which will defy our expectations? Can it be a genre-busting slayer of clichés? Find out in the next exciting paragraph!
Dungeons & Dragons fans (and Atari) aren't having a particularly good week. With Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach -ing out into 2006, Atari's stablemate RPG, Dragonshard has also been delayed.