An interactive, gothic graphic novel that was originally priced at $9.99, Vlad the Impaler by Section Studios is dropping in price today to $4.99 on Steam. To celebrate this and the new features outlined below, Section Studios is holding a Halloween Art Contest (more details can be found here) where the the following prizes will be awarded:
- First Place will have their work appear in the game with a credit to the artist.
- Second and Third place winners will receive a professional-quality print of the Vlad the Impaler world map.
In addition to the price drop and the contest, Vlad is also introducing new features into the game. They include a need for players to strategize more carefully, lest they run out of any one of their stats, as a 0 in any one stat will lead to death. Every chapter now includes fights where players must, again, take their stats into consideration – if they choose poorly, they again will die if any stat goes to zero. To make monitoring stats easier, a card will be available to view directly on the map screen, which will also show weapons and how stats affect different attacks that are available.
Quests now appear in a more logical order, and players may choose quests based on a more strategic and logical approach. New weapons are available, with a drop-down list for selection. Rare and special weapons are now listed under “Special Abilities” to help separate them from the pack, making overall selection easier. Section Studios hopes to create a more involved playing experience to supplement the graphic-novel elements that were already present.