Based in Lille, France
Based in Paris, France
June 3rd 2021
- Tactical RPG
- Base Building
- Consoles versions planned for a later date
- Traditional Chinese
- Simplified Chinese
The Last Spell is a fast-paced tactical RPG with a rogue-lite structure in which you lead a group of hardened warriors to desperately defend the last bastion of humankind against hordes of bloodthirsty monsters.
Set in a dark fantasy, post-apocalyptic world, you’ll have to carefully manage the scarce resources at your disposal to survive long enough to cast The Last Spell, a forbidden incantation which is said to banish all magic from earth.
- Turn based strategy in which you slay hundreds of enemies every fight. Imagine Final Fantasy Tactics meets Dynasty Warriors.
- Protect and rebuild the last Haven of earth: erect makeshift walls, lay vivious traps and forge new weapons for your heroes.
- Fast paced and arcade feel during battles.
- Glorious mix of pixel art and dark fantasy setting.
- Rogue lite! Collect Magic Essence and achieve incredible feats to unlock bonuses for your next runs.
- Classless level up system: find your own optimal builds and try to break the game!
- Procedurally generated characters, items and enemy waves make every run unique.
- And more!
It happened. The Schools of Magic of the known world – driven by an insane power craving competition – finally pushed the big red button. We don’t really remember who did what exactly, but the effects were felt everywhere, instantly. A plain and definitive annihilation of 95% of living things in a joyful purple explosion of pure magic.
Cities were crumbling, littered with oozing corpses. The air changed too. It became saturated with a more or less compact mist, the only thing that was left from the string of explosions caused by the madness of the mages. Of course, this mist, even if displaying nice and vivid colors, caused death. And sometimes worse. They say that the curious and the fool alike who lived in mist-infested areas came out of there transformed in bloodthirsty monstruosities.
After the confusion, came the time of action. Most of the surviving beings succombed to a cosy insanity, blaming and killing each other. Others decided to fight until the very end. They naturally gathered in places where the mist was less thick and tried to keep some cities afloat.
The survivors understood quite rapidly the infernal cycle which was now their daily routine. Days were quiet and peaceful. They could take time to organize themselves, heal their wounds and search the surroundings for anything useful. But the nights… The mist thickened and from their bowels unleashes hordes of mutated monsters, craving for blood and magic.
So now they have to repel them, until dawn. Stand strong, at all costs. And above all, keep them from destroying our walls, last remnants of their glorious past. And protect those freaking mages. They say they have a plan.
The story behind the game
Ishtar Games is an indie studio based in Lille and Bordeaux (France). Formerly known as “CCCP”, we previously made the “Dead in” games (Dead in Bermuda, Dead in Vinland) and The Last Spell. Our studio is built, run and founded by players. Because of this, we’re passionate about being true to ourselves and crafting games that not only hold our values, but are also the games that we’d like to play ourselves.
We like complex games that mix different genres, especially with RPG components.
In 2014, we decided to shift our focus and stop trying to force ourselves to make games in which we didn’t believe in. We wanted to try for the first – and maybe the last – time to make games that we liked to play ourselves, without the artificial constraints we put on our shoulders all of these years.
In 2015, we released Dead In Bermuda, a survival management game in which you lead a team of 8 survivors from a plane crash on a strange island. We experimented on the core gameplay loop and managed to come up with an innovative mix of genres which appealed to some players. We managed to create something new, and people liked it! It was the sign that we could continue towards this path.
This led us to make Dead In Vinland, its sequel/spin-off. This time the game was about a Vikings’ family exiled from their home. In this game, we introduced many new features: a combat system, recruitables characters, non-linear quests, dynamic endings, traits system… Dead In Vinland was an even bigger success with PC players! One year after release, we currently have 400+ positive reviews on Steam (80% user score), and the game made us known a bit more as indie developers. We wanted to go all the way with Vinland, so we released a lot of free post-release patches and 3 DLCs, as well as porting the game to Nintendo Switch.
After the end of Dead In Vinland’s development, we started to think about what was next for the team: a third episode of the “Dead In” series, or something else? We wanted to focus on the battle gameplay, because it was still something we didn’t dare to go “full sails”. This is how we came up with the concept of The Last Spell, a tactical RPG with roguelite elements about a group of heroes trying to save the world, against all odds.
Our main references are games like UFO/XCOM, Jagged Alliance and Fire Emblem series, along with indie gems: Battle Brothers, Into the Breach, Slay the Spire.
About Ishtar Games
“Ishtar Games is an indie studio based in Lille and Bordeaux (France). Formerly known as “CCCP”, we previously made the “Dead in” games (Dead in Bermuda, Dead in Vinland), and The Last Spell.”
The Last Spell Credits
Matthieu Richez – CEO / Creative Direction
Thomas Pattou – Game design / Programming
Jacques Dedeken – Art Direction
Benjamin Coquelle – Producing / Game design
Manon Bertin – Arts
Adrien Feugère – Arts
Simon Hembert – Programming
Robin Six – Programming
Anthony Dubois – Programming
Aurélien Miniau – Programming
Mathieu Bédu – Programming
Bruno Laverny – Marketing / Communication
Eloïse Beuvant – Communication