GamesCom 2018 Special: Meanwhile, in strategy games…

By Joe Robinson 22 Aug 2018 0

We don’t normally do multiple news round-ups in one week, but with GamesCom in full swing there are a lot more announcements going out than usual. Here’s a round-up of what we think are the most exciting (that we haven’t already covered).

BattleTech Expansion

Not content with announcing Stellaris for consoles, Paradox Interactive also announced the first major expansion for BATTLETECH.

Called Flashpoint, this DLC will be integrated into the main story by offering more side content, new mech types and more. Here’s the official summary:

  • Flashpoints - Test your command skills in a series of action-packed short stories, completing extended contracts to earn big bonuses.
  • New Biome - Navigate a lush tropical beach environment, with sunny shores and just a pinch of alien flare, for good measure. Sunscreen optional.
  • New BattleMechs - Get your ‘Mech on with the armor-chopping power of the Hatchetman, the speed and versatility of the Crab, and the multi-range firepower of the Cyclops.
  • New Encounter - In “Target Acquisition”, you’ll put your light and medium ‘Mechs to good use by taking control of three territories on the map to prevail!

The new expansion is due to release sometime in November 2018.

Mutant Year Zero: Return to Eden

You might remember the announcement of post-apocalyptic, post-human tactical/RPG Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden. Based on the table-top RPG IP, this story-driven experience is due to blend XCOM-like tactical battles with stealth and exploration mechanics.

MYZ Eden

If you’ve been sitting there wondering what exactly that means, we now know how long you’ll have to wait: publisher Funcom have announced that Road to Eden will be releasing on PC and consoles on December 4th, 2018.

Shadow Tactics Dev Heads West

We reviewed Shadow Tactics: Blade of the Shogun’s PS4 release last year – it was a brilliant tactical puzzle game, evoking memories of the classic Commandos titles, as well as featuring a very engaging narrative and its own identity that stuck In our minds long after we finished playing it.

Developer Mimimi Games is now working on a new game – Desperados III, with THQ Nordic. Desperados was another Commandos-like game released all the way back in 2001, and if you’re in the mood for another patented ‘Fun Fact’, Desperados III is actually the fourth instalment. We’ll let you guys look that up for yourselves, though.

Mimimi is sure to blend the excellent design and story-telling of Shadow Tactics with the legacy and setting of Desperados to make a cracking tactical/stealth game, although it’s not due out until 2019.

Mount & Blade II Surfaces Again

We could easily debate as to whether or not this is a strategy game – it’s got strategy elements to it, there’s no escaping that… But it’s here because I’ve been a fan since it first came out nearly ten years ago, and like many of you I’m still patiently waiting for the sequel to turn up.

As another year slowly ticks on, another brief glimpse of Bannerlord gameplay emerges… although to be fair, this is the most wide-ranging look at the game we’ve seen so far. The new trailer shows off everything from the campaign map, to walking around towns and cities, to a range of tactical battles and environments. Check out this article from PCGN on how the skill system works.

Despite everything looking in fine form, there’s still no concrete release date for the game. A working demo is on the show floor at Gamescom this year so we here, so hopefully for details will emerge soon.

That’s it for this Gamescom update - seen anything else you’re excited about? Let us know!

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