Level Infinite and Hotta Studio unveiled the next expansion for Tower of Fantasy, their free-to-play open-world RPG. The expansion is the first major update for the game and will add a large new playable area called “Vera”, along with new characters, challenges, and story quests. The expansion launches on October 20, 2022.
The Tower of Fantasy Vera expansion was detailed in a preview event and a public livestream on October 13, 2022. You can check out the stream archive below, which kicks off at the 30-minute mark.
Vera Plane, as it’s formally called, is an entirely new playable zone separate from the current main area of Aesperia. It consists of two main terrain types: The irradiated Desert Gobby, and the modern, high-tech city of Mirroria at its center. Mirroria is a large, pyramidal cityscape with an aesthetic inspired by futuristic cyberpunk architecture.
Both types of terrain in Vera will provide new exploration opportunities and challenges for Tower of Fantasy players. The Desert Gobby is a dangerous zone, and aside from hostile creatures, it experiences hazards like sandstorms and other weather phenomena. Quicksand can also slow players down and put them in peril. Mirroria, meanwhile, has its own unique architecture, and is a large enough area that players will need to get around using a train-like transport system or the flying taxis that traverse the environment. Both zones are threatened by the Grayspace, an alternative dimension filled with hostile Grayspace Entities.
Vera will also add new world bosses and powerful foes to Tower of Fantasy‘s bestiary. In the Desert Gobby, the metallic moose Rudolph uses its agility and speed to challenge players, while the fearsome Magma can seal its enemies in the danger zone with a sandstorm wall. Within Mirroria, the Puppet Singer is an entertainment android corrupted by Grayspace Entities, now posing a threat to all within the city.
To allow newer Tower of Fantasy players the opportunity to catch up, the developers said that upon its arrival, new players will be able to choose whether to begin the game with Vera or with the base experience. Though the stories of each zone are related, they stand alone well enough that a player can choose their starting point and explore the others at their leisure rather than being forced down a linear progression of areas.
The Vera expansion won’t just expand the Tower of Fantasy game world, but also its playable roster. New characters will be added, the first of which is Ruby, who played tour guide during the preview stream. Ruby uses a drone-like companion, Spark, in combat.
Tower of Fantasy is already available on PC, but the debut of the Vera expansion will see the game arrive on Steam. When Vera goes live, Steam users will be able to add Tower of Fantasy to their Steam library and launch it from there.
Tower of Fantasy is available on Android, iOS, and PC. The Vera expansion launches on October 20, 2022.