It’s been a few months since Whale Hammer Games released a Kickstarter update for its upcoming turn-based RPG Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire—something they’ve made a note of and duly rectified with its May 3rd post. In their previous update, they discussed the completion of the game’s musical score and a few “major combat revisions” including turn flow, AI enhancements and new abilities.

Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire

In the most recent update, they’ve announced that they’ve decided NOT to release the game episodically. Tahira was initially publicized as a one episode game, as the team could not guarantee to potential backers that the funding received ($68,000 AUD) would cover a second episode or more. But the game has turned out to be longer than the 4-5 hours Whale Hammer Games promised (which is of course a good thing) and the team claims that “it would be a disservice to call [the game] an episode.” Down the road, should the team choose to make a second episode or more, they want to draw out the development process and integrate improvement and feedback from the original release. That’s why Tahira; Echoes of the Astral Empire will be released as a standalone title, no episodes or funky labels and whatnot.

Tahira: Echoes of the Astral EmpireAs for the Tahira’s release, Whale Hammer Games can’t yet set a date in stone as they want to reach out to as “many major gaming websites” as possible to secure coverage via a heavy PR campaign. However, the beta is expected to launch early June and last for the rest of the month.

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