The January best-selling game on Steam, Sands of Salzaar, has just released a massive patch. This patch changed some things, but most importantly brought English localization after it was previously only available in Chinese. You can grab it for 40% off at $8.99 until October 6. Following that date, the price will go back to $14.99.
This open-world RPG with real-time strategy elements tells the story of conflicts between various rival tribes in the desert land of Salzaar after the fall of the Old Empire. Little do they know, while they’re all busy vying for control over each other, the seeds of darkness grow in the shadows with each passing day. Sands of Salzaar is made by Han-Squirrel Studio, a Chinese indie developer devoted to making games based on “ancient martial arts and cultures”. It’s published by X.D. Network, which previously has also published other popular Asian indie games such as ICEY, Muse Dash, and Juicy Realm.
Sands of Salzaar has you roam across a dynamic open world, encountering various characters, quests, dungeons, and other secrets. The battle system combines RPG with large and small scale battles along with strategy and resource management mechanics. You can recruit an army or hunt, summon, and train wild creatures from your standard bears and wolves to mythical dragons, phoenixes, and demons. Then, you can lead them into combat against opposing factions in real-time.
Sands of Salazaar also has an extensive skill customization feature where you can build your hero as a warrior, sorcerer, beastmaster, and other unique classes. Using the Legacy points system, each playthrough your character becomes stronger and allows you to unlock different quests or bonus characters, abilities, and rare items. In addition to the English localization, the update introduces 30 new story questlines and full mod support via Steam Workshop, with hundreds of mods delivering new characters, custom maps, multiplayer maps, bonus difficulty modes, and more. Sound interesting for a $9 title? Tell me what you think in the comments below.