After its release last summer, Remant: From the Ashes is now getting its first dose of DLC content with Swamps of Corsus, which is launching alongside more of the free updates that we’ve been getting in the past few months.
Remnant: From the Ashes was high on my list of pleasant surprises during the 2018 trade fair season, when it appeared alongside Gunfire Games’ other big title of that year: Darksiders III. When the Perfect World-published Remnant launched a year later, it fulfilled on its promise as one of the best games of last year – only marginally behind GOTY contenders launched in the same season, like Control and The Outer Worlds.
The Swamps of Corsus DLC adds to the experience, but unfortunately it doesn’t give players like me any new narrative/campaign content. Instead, one of the two major additions in the DLC only relates to a mode that was added post-launch and that I didn’t play until now: adventure mode. Here, instead of re-rolling your entire (randomly generated) campaign, you can just replay small sections (biomes) of the game to reap its rewards and explore its secrets. Adventure mode already delivered this experience for existing biomes, but the new addon make it possible to do the same in the Swamps of Remnant: From the Ashes.
The second addition that’s exclusive to the new DLC is called Survival Mode, which is a whole new way to play the game for those who already completed the campaign. Adding roguelike elements, you start off with a very minimal loadout each time and slowly level up your character as you go. The game mechanics have been simplified from those in the base game so there’s no crafting anymore, and the emphasis is much more on constantly pushing forward – which is partly fueled by the fact that the world around you automatically levels up over time and makes the challenge greater and greater.
Heavily geared towards those still actively playing the game and looking for a new challenge, the Swamps of Corsus DLC does little to draw players back in who completed the main campaign months ago and are just hoping for more just like it. The expansion definitely enriches an already excellent game, but if you’re not currently a part of the game’s community then this won’t draw you in.