Strategy Gamer News Bulletin - August 7th 2020

By Joe Robinson 07 Aug 2020 0

We've got a nice and compact update for you this week - probably plenty of other news stories that managed to slip under the radar but some interesting 'best of the rest' stuff to catch up on. This week as been a lot slower than usual, mainly because I've been consumed by various admin tasks - I apologise. Luckily I'll be getting some help soon so issues like this should go away. Also and an FYI, for anyone who's reading, I will be on holiday next week so there won't be an update next Friday.

Marcello is looking after the shop again while I'm away.

Meanwhile, in the world of strategy games...

The Battle for Polytopia Out Now

In case you missed it earlier in the week, The Battle for Polytopia: Moonrise is now available on Steam. This is a ‘lite’ Civilization-style 4X game that started life on mobile, but has been ported to PC using a new engine. We’ll get you a review as soon as we can but you can always try it out for yourself since it’s free-to-play on iOS & Android.

There are three DLCs available for the game at launch, which simply add extra tribes and everything is currently running a 33% launch discount until next week. Let us know what you think if you do end up trying it out! This game works on Windows, MaxOS & Linux.

Necromunda: Underhive Wars

You know I’d totally forgotten this game was coming. We must have seen it for the first time last year, maybe even the year before? But I haven’t seen much news on it this year… perhaps it got lost amidst all of the COVID drama. Anyways, it seems not only is it still a thing but it’s also due out sooner than we might think.

Come September 8th, you’ll be able to engage in third-person turn-based tactical gang warfare in the underhives of the Warhammer 40K universe. You will lead a group of either Escher, Goliath, and Orlock gangers, with there being a heavy focus on customisation across each member. The environments are also going to be quite vertical. Underhive Wars will be released on PC, PS4 & Xbox One. Pre-orders are available now on PC at a 20% discount.

New Dune Game incoming!

This is a token bit of table-top news, but there’s a new DUNE game being made, the first original board game in over 40 years, in fact! It’s a hybrid deck-building/worker placement affair, coming from Dire Wolf Digital.

I’m assuming this is a physical game as the teaser website doesn’t mention anything about platforms, but this was initially confusing as Dire Wolf have been known recently for digital adaptations of existing board games. I think they do have a physical board game arm though, so this is probably being done by them.

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It’s called Dune: Imperium, and we’ll keep an eye out for any more information.

New Game: NeuroSlicers RTS coming in 2021

For some reason I recognise the name NeuroSlicers, and I can’t put my finger on why. I thought it was already out, but maybe it’s just a game that was announced before and hasn’t actually released yet. Now it’s confirmed to be releasing in 2021, but you can join the Pre-Alpha until August 31st if you sign up to the game’s Discord server.

It’s a kind of deck-building RTS that seeks to offer Solo, Co-Op, Competitive PVP and PVPVE gameplay in one “narrative-driven whole”. Below is a gameplay trailer that shows off some aspects of how the game works.

New Game: The Magister

We like strategy games that are a little different - this one is an RPG/Tactical strategy hybrid that uses deck-building mechanics. Due to release by the end of the year, this is a fantasy-themed adventure where you’re investigating a murder in the far corners of the Empire. The murder is randomly generated every time, and makes use of a turn-based encounter system that uses cards.

You’ve got to find clues and explore the world to try and find out what happened. Murder mysteries arn’t really my thing, but even this looked somewhat intruiging. You can sign up for the beta here.

That's all we have for you today - enjoy your weekends!

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