Ossian Studios has updated its dark fantasy role-playing game (RPG) The Shadow Sun, lightening the mood somewhat by adding in a cute canine companion. As of the app’s 1.02 update gamers can be accompanied on their quest by man’s best friend, plus the application can be downloaded for the limited-time discounted price of $4.99.

The dog aside, a number of performance improvements have also been made in The Shadow Sun’s most recent update. These enhance the in-game camera, add a new iOS app icon, and have fixed a handful of annoying bugs in the application.

Ossian Studios’ addition of an in-app dog companion, however, is likely the change gamers will most enjoy and appreciate. As outlined in the application’s release notes, here’s a complete list of the changes made in The Shadow Sun’s recent update:

  • Now adventure with a faithful dog companion!
  • New improved camera.
  • New app icon.
  • Fixed bug where Zehira did not give the Spider Amulet with high approval.
  • Fixed (with an alternate plugin) a rare crash after Unity logo and during character creation.
  • Minor area fixes and game tweaks.

The Shadow Sun first launched on the App Store in December following three long years of development. Promising gamers “visceral real-time combat, a gorgeously detailed world to adventure in, complex characters to interact with, and an epic tale of an ancient city held within the grip of a mysterious plague,” The Shadow Sun unfortunately disappointed more iOS users than it pleased; it seemed its three-year-long struggle to reach the App Store meant the RPG felt clunky, aged, and outdated.

The Shadow Sun.

If you’re willing to take a chance on The Shadow Sun, the updated application can be downloaded now for $4.99 on the App Store and the game is optimized for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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