Strategy Gamer Weekend Bulletin - August 9th, 201909 Aug 2019 0
It’s been a very exciting week in the world of strategy gaming these past few days. Not only have we caught up on some reviews, but we’ve also enjoyed the launches of two excellent strategy releases in the form of Age of Wonders: Planetfall and the Eight Princes DLC.
That’s not to mention all of the news that’s been going on, which we’re going to recap for you now.
Battlestar Galactica Deadlock Season 2
Slitherine’s Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock is one of the best tactical strategy games out there based around space ship battles. It’s been doing very well for itself since it launched back in 2017, and now it’s about to start the next part in its journey through expansion and DLC content.
On August 29th, ‘Season 2’ kicks off with Battlestar Galactica: Resurrection. There will be a new story campaign featuring ten missions (with added side-missions), new capital ships, new fighters and more new features to be revealed. Quite honestly, if you haven’t tried Deadlock out yet and like the idea of small-medium scale fleet battles in the BSG universe, I’d highly recommend you try it out. This game is only going to get better.
Slitherine Acquires Masters of Magic
If that wasn’t all, Slitherine have also announced this week that they’ve acquired the full rights to classic strategy franchise Masters of Magic from Atari. MoM was a defining 90’s 4X strategy game that in many ways was one-of-a-kind. Plenty of Fantasy 4X games have emerged since, but none that have officially tried to capture the essence of Masters of Magic.
At the time of writing, Slitherine haven’t officially got a project in the work based on this IP, but we imagine it’s only a matter of time. Given the work they’re doing with Fantasy General and Close Combat, it’ll be interesting to see what they decide to do with this.
Galactic Civilizations 3 Patch v3.8
It’s been a while since we’ve had cause to talk about GalCiv3. Stardock recently released a new update for their iconic ‘Civilization-in-Space’ 4X strategy game that looks to bring a number of UI improvements, for the most part. You’ll know when someone is working on ascending, for example, and the Ship Production interface has also been improved. Read the full change-log here.
Europa Universalis 4 is Six Years Old
Would you believe it, Europa Universalis 4 is Six Years old today? Along with Crusader Kings 2, EU4 has essentially helped write the book on not only what it means to be a strategy game of this nature, but also what it means to support a strategy game years and years after release. It hasn’t always worked and Paradox have definitely backed themselves into all kinds of corners, but EU4 is an experience no strategy fan should ignore.
To mark the anniversary, Paradox are hosting a super-sale over on their own store front, Paradox Plaza. We’re told this sale involves the series’ best discounts ever, so if you’ve been holding off on trying it out, or waiting for a good price for that bit of DLC you don’t own, now’s the time to check it out.
If you want help figuring out which DLCs to go after, read this.
Also note, we’re affiliated with the Paradox Store, so we’ll get a bit of money if you do decide to buy something. Buying through Paradox still nets you a Steam key, so don’t worry about that.
We haven’t covered Godhood much since it launched into Early Access back in July - seems to be having a bit of a rough time right now, but Abbey Games are still plugging away trying to improve the experience for everyone who has jumped on the band-wagon early.
The fruits of their labour has now resulted in the game’s first major patch, the Will of the People Update. The goal for this update was to add more strategy & choices and increase the challenge. You can read the full patch notes through the link. Anyone of you taken it for a spin?
Total War Follow-Ups
A couple of bits of Total War news that you may be interested in - first of all there’s been a patch released to accompany the launch of the Eight Princes DLC, you can see the patch notes here.
Secondly, you may have spotted that Creative Assembly have partnered with NetEase to publish Total War in China, as well as a new Total War-themed card game. There’s an FAQ with further clarifications and information online if you want to take a look.
That’s all we’ve got time for today - enjoy your weekends, and we’ll see you next week!