SG Briefing: Post E3 Edition

By Marcello Perricone 16 Jun 2017 0

Welcome, everyone, to another Strategy Gamer News Briefing! In these updates, we collect all the latest news within the strategy-related genre into a single spot, giving you a nice summary of the relevant announcements of the past week or so. This week, we're obviously covering E3 news. Enjoy!

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen Expansion (Release date: August 29th)

You saved the world from aliens, you took Earth back from aliens, and now you will fight alongside aliens, in the latest XCOM 2 expansion, War of the Chosen. Acting as a secondary campaign to XCOM 2, the expansion adds three special enemies that act as champions of the alien armies, along with three different faction which desperately tries to hunt them down. As you fight against the new enemies, the other rebels slowly warm up to you, allowing you to eventually recruit from their ranks or issue orders to in an strategic level. Enemies also learn from your tactics and constantly adapt and upgrade like you do, creating a unique power balance structure that should keep players on their toes.

When the aliens invaded Earth before XCOM 2, they glassed a few cities in order to lower resistance and subdue the populace. According to creative director Jake Solomon, we never saw those cities in the base game, but we will now. When performing missions in these desolate and utterly destroyed locations, players will come into contact with a new enemy race called the Lost. A horde of mindless alien/human zombies, they attack anything in sight and will create a lot of chaos as three-sided firefights ensue.

A new squad bond system will also be added, allowing squadmates to create relationships between each other and generating effects in combat. Best buddies can rush to each other and calm them when panicking under fire, for example, or give up one of their actions so their bestie can pull an extra move, finally realising all the internal narratives we all had going on in our minds.

Total War: Warhammer II (Release date: September 28th)

The biggest news on Creative Assembly's newest fantasy strategy game is its disclosed release date. Besides that, we only got a bit of in-game footage about lizardmen fighting high elves in a tropical jungle. Check it out!

Age of Empires 1 Remake

Off the heels of Age of Empires II and Age of Mythology, Microsoft is remastering and fully updating the original game into Age of Empires: Definitive Edition. With a completely remade interface, new assets, and considerably better graphics (including 4K support), this is your chance to experience the world before "wololo" was a thing.

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

Don your armour, ride into battle, and lead your army to victory. While considerably more adventure-y and historical than the regular strategy game, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord offers an extensive strategical side that most RPGs lack. Siege castles, upgrade and protect your own, and control huge armies as you seek to conquer the land.

Tropico 6

El Presidente is back again, but this time, his island government is bigger. Forgoing the classical one island setup, Kalypso' newest banana republic simulator features multiple landmasses connected via bridges into one massive communist/socialist archipelago of stupid political ideas. As always, you will guide dictate the nation through four different historical eras, and.. that's it, really. That's all Tropico was ever about.

Wargroove

A turn-based strategy game for up to 4 players, in which each one controls an army and its commander and wages war on everyone else. Billed as "extremely easy to pickup, with accessibility at the forefront of its design" yet "very difficult to master", this is a 2D strategy title made by the studio behind Starbound, and it looks kinda cute.

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Yep, that's a thing. Ubisoft, flagship company of weirdly misplaced ideas, teamed up with nigh-suicidal Nintendo to create a strategy game. An upcoming turn-based tactical RPG, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is a crossover of Nintendo's Mario franchise and Ubisoft's Raving Rabbids franchise, and is set for release worldwide in August 2017. Don't ask me why, just run with it.

Railway Empire

Look at Kalypso, back at it again. As if dictatorial Tropico 6 wasn't enough, they're also expanding into the Wild West and it's highly important logistical railroad business. Set in 1830’s America in the golden era of steam trains, Railway Empire allows players to run their own transport business and expand it throughout the United States, researching innovative new technologies and outmanoeuvring their rivals to stay profitable and control the market. Check it out!

That's it for today's briefing - what are you most looking forward to? Happy gaming!

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