Strategy Gamer News Bulletin - August 28th 202028 Aug 2020 1
I don’t know about you lot, but I’ve had a great week - Renata returned with a look at the Heroes of Might and Magic series as a whole, Age of Empires 3’s Definitive Edition was finally given a release date late night and there’s been plenty of other strategy gaming news coming out of GamesCom, and generally. Also, no one told us RimWorld's 1.2 patch was out and now I feel silly.
Next week is going to be a big one - our Crusader Kings 3 review will be going up when the embargo lifts on Monday. Also next week we somehow have to fit in reviews of Iron Harvest, Wasteland 3 (running a bit late on that one) AND the new Total War: Three Kingdoms DLC. I myself am trying to work on writing something up on the new Battle Brothers DLC. It’s a good time to be a strategy gamer, that’s for sure!
Meanwhile, thousands of miles away...
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground Announced
Five years since it first released, it seems we’re finally getting a serious attempt at an Age of Sigmar strategy game. Even though Creative Assembly have proven themselves fine custodians of the Old World, it’s Focus Home Interactive who’ve been making Games Workshop licensed games the longest (with often mixed results). They’re returning once more, with developer Gasket Games in tow, to bring us Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground.
This is being billed as a “skirmish turn-based strategy game,” which is due to release in 2021 on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and even the Nintendo Switch. Here’s an official summary:
Lead your highly-customisable force in this dynamic and spectacular turn-based strategy game packed with fast-paced warfare. Victories allow you to collect and upgrade new types of units, powerful equipment, and unlock devastating skills. Explore all the routes in Storm Ground’s non-linear campaign. During each new playthrough, overcome new odds to find unique units and gears. Build your legendary army and defy other players in epic online duels.
And here’s the trailer:
Blood Bowl 3 Announced
The only thing more surprising than the fact that we’re getting Blood Bowl 3, is that Focus Home Interactive aren't publishing it like they did the first two games. While Cyanide are returning for another series of ridiculous fake-fantasy rugby (Warhammer style), they’ve partnered with a company called Nacon to release in early 2021.
Browsing Nacon’s publisher entry on steam reveals an eclectic mix of games, although I’m pretty certain some of them used to be Focus Home Interactive properties as well so perhaps there’s some behind the scenes shuffling going on. Blood Bowl 3 is planned for a release on PC via Steam, Nintendo Switch and then current and next gen consoles.
Lemnis Gate scares us with its curious mix of genres
Watching the GamesCom Opening Night Live show last night, I never thought I’d ever hear the words “turn-based strategy multiplayer FPS” uttered in the same sentence, and yet Lemnis Gate is a thing now. This game will involve tight, 1v1 and 2v2 arena-style (think Quake) matches where players take turns in playing in 25 second chunks. Once all players have moved, the ‘round’ ends and a match is spread across five rounds.
I know, it scares me too, but I’m generally all for something trying to do something unique and different. This doesn’t sound like a game that will rely solely on shooting ability - you’ve got to think ahead and plan. It’s coming to Steam, PS4 & Xbox One and I’m honestly interested in learning more.
New King’s Bounty II Trailer
Recently we’ve been reminiscing about the Heroes of Might and Magic series, but what you may not know is that the key inspiration for this franchise was the original King’s Bounty, released in 1990. Both King’s Bounty and Heroes of Might and Magic have languished in recent years, but the former at least is getting a sequel in King’s Bounty II.
As part of the GamesCom news blast that’s going to be consuming our lives over the next few days, a new teaser trailer was released that shows off the engine in action. It’s mainly cut-scenes, but there’s some hints at gameplay as well. The trailer also provides a March 2021 release window.
New Game Alert: Project Haven
This game also landed in our inbox this week - Project Haven is set to be a more narrative driven take on the XCOM formula, where you command a mercenary outfit in Haven, the last city on earth. It appears to be the debut game of Foresight games, who are trying out some fresh ideas to the table.
Some of these new ideas include ‘free-aiming’, which is combined with a modular damage system. Advanced weapon mechanics will combine with the other RPG-heavy features to make customising your squad more meaningful. You can play co-op with up to three friends, which could be interesting, and the trailer shows some advanced movement mechanics as well. There’s no release window announced yet, so we imagine this will probably be next year, but you never know.
Humble ‘End of Summer’ Sale
There’s another Humble sale running you might be interested in. The ‘End of Summer’ promotion will run from now until September 10th, but we’ve already spotted some interesting deals that might be of interest to you, namely:
- Command & Conquer Remastered Collection (67% off)
- Civilization VI: Rise & Fall (50% off)
- Kerbal Space Program (75% off)
- Frostpunk (60% off)
- XCOM 2 Collection (70% off)
And these are just the ones we found with a quick glance of the first few scrolls of the sales page - there’s a lot more, and not just strategy games so chances are high you’ll find something you like.
And the rest…
- Wasteland 3 is out today! Watch out for our review next week.
- Northgard is getting a new DLC clan - Clan Lynx.
- There’s only five days left on the Paradox ‘Back to School’ Sale.
- Both Jurassic World: Evolution & Game Dev Tycoon are coming to the Nintendo Switch!
That’s all we’ve for you today. Enjoy your weekends!