Strategy Gamer Weekend Bulletin - August 16th, 2019

By Joe Robinson 16 Aug 2019 0

We’re back with another round-up of the week’s more interesting strategy gaming news - lots of cool announcements and releases to catch up on this week, and then we finish things off with a couple of Humble sales that might have some interesting games for you to pick up. Also don't forget to check out what went live during the week; highlights include a new list looking at the best Nintendo Switch strategy games, and then our monthly recap into what exciting new games are due to release across the rest of 2019.

Meanwhile, in the world of strategy games...

King's Bounty 2 Announced

If you were a fan of the RPG/Tactical hybrid games Heroes of Might of Magic, there was really only one other rival franchise that you probably also dabbled in - King's Bounty. Created by Russian-based Publisher 1C, King's Bounty has always been considered a worthy contender to HoMM’s throne, although it's also had its ups and downs.

Yesterday we learned that 1C is bringing it back with a full sequel, King's Bounty 2. From the look of the feature list, it sounds like the developers are really throwing themselves at this game in the aim to make it the ultimate tactical RPG experience. The graphics rival most modern games, the tactical engine is going to offer more realism and depth (instead of the flat, grid-based arenas of old), and the story will take place in a non-linear open world sandbox.

There’s a lot to unpack here and we’ve got other things to cover, but King's Bounty 2 is due to release next year on PC and Consoles. Pre-orders and more information can be found on their official website.

Total War Saga - Fall of the Samurai

The critically acclaimed final expansion to Shogun 2: Total War has now been re-released as a stand-alone Total War Saga game. The ‘Saga’ series are essentially miniaturised versions of Total War games that cover a very short and specific time-period. The first official game in this new line was Thrones of Britannia, but as a concept it has roots in things like The Peninsular Campaign DLC for Napoleon: Total War, and even going as far back as Rome: Total War’s Alexander expansion.

Creative Assembly cite Shogun 2’s Fall of the Samurai expansion as been the template and progenitor of the Saga series, and so have decided to republish the expansion under this brand. It doesn’t mean much for the existing player-base (it was always a stand alone game), although existing owners will be given free DLC factions.

Endless Space 2 Patch

It’s been a while since we’ve had cause to talk about Endless Space 2 - the popular sci-fi 4X strategy game recently released a new patch, which brings a sweeping variety of fixes and balance changes. Full patch notes here, and know that this patch is no save-game compatible with earlier versions.

New Game: Shortest Trip to Earth

Shortest Trip to Earth is an indie roguelike strategy game in a similar vein of FTL, but has deeper and more involved mechanics. It’s been in Early Access for a while where it won quite a few awards last year, and is finally released into version 1.0.

Key highlights include ship customization, a large procedurally generated universe and intense tactical battles. Also, every ship starts with a cat - what’s not to love?

New Game: Cliff Empire

This one kind of came out of nowhere - Cliff Empire is a city-builder sim/strategy game where you must develop a small handful of cities in parallel atop high cliffs. Nuclear war has rendered most of the Earth uninhabitable, with the final effort being made in these new high-flying settlements. First glance makes it look like a cheap and cheerful version of Frostpunk, but we’ll take it for a spin to find out more.

Stellaris’ Utopia expansion comes to console

We’ve been wondering how Paradox’s experiment with Stellaris on console has been doing - one thing that’s not obvious is that the Console Edition of the popular 4X grand strategy game is that it’s an older version of the game. Case in point - the Utopia expansion, originally released for PC back in 2017, has only just been added to the PS4 & Xbox One versions.

Utopia added new concepts such as Mega-Structures and Ascension Perks into the game, as well as Habitat stations for smaller ‘tall’ empires, and definitely gave you more to strive for in the mid-to-late game.

Moar Humble

Being a Humble affiliates it always pays (literally) to keep an eye out for any interesting sales that might be relevant to our readers. There hasn’t been many ‘on-message’ sales this week, but there are some hidden strategy gems to be found in the following general sales:

The Sci-fi one in particular has classics like Distant Worlds: Universe, and many others from our space strategy and 4X lists on there going cheap. Big in Japan is a bit less relevant, but for example Valkyria Chronicles 4 is 66% off.

That’s all we’ve got time for this week - have a good weekend! Next week is GamesCom so keep an eye out for hot-off-the-press news and previews!

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