Strategy Gamer Weekend Bulletin - August 23rd, 2019

By Joe Robinson 23 Aug 2019 0

We’re back with another GamesCom 2019 news special, because there’s been so much that’s come out of the show this week that warrants our attention.

Some of this may have been covered earlier in the week already, but we want to make sure that you guys have the full scope of news that GamesCom has offered up so far. Don’t forget to check out our special report from Wednesday looking at some of the games that excited us the most.

Meanwhile, in the world of GamesCom 2019…

Port Royale 4 Announced

Kalypso Media have been custodians to several economics-based simulation/strategy games, and went through an interest phase of releasing sequels for all of them about half a decade ago. They’ve chilled out a bit since then, but perhaps the release of Anno 1800 has signalled that the economic sim's time has come once again.

Port Royale, which began in 2002/2003, put a 16th/17th Century Caribbean spin on the idea of an economics management game. You had pirates, you had the new world and the land rush to secure all of the valuable new resources, and you have real-time tactical battles to boot. Port Royale 3 was released in 2012, and now seven years later we’re going to get Port Royale 4. It’s coming in 2020, features what looks like a really pretty new campaign map, and tactical battles are now turn-based! We’ll be keeping an eye on this one.

The Settlers Delayed till 2020

We haven’t heard much about Ubisoft’s Settlers reboot recently, which might explain why the company has confirmed that the game’s now been delayed into 2020. Not ideal, considering the remasters of the original games were released in November last year but our industry is littered with the graves of games that came out before they were ready.

To help tide you over, why not check out a new gameplay trailer for the game that was dropped this week:

Praetorians HD

While we were given a demonstration of how Commandos 2 HD was coming along (pretty well, as it happens) we weren’t able to see Praetorians HD in the end as the demo-build broke and we weren’t able to reschedule to come back. You’ll have to settle for this new gameplay trailer that was dropped last week.

Spacebase Startopia Announced

Kalypso seem to be having a great time this year - from a new Port Royale and their reamasters, they also revealed during GamesCom’s Opening Night show that they’re working on successor to 2001’s Startopia (published by Square).

This new game seeks to blend economic simulation, empire management and RTS skirmishes, all with the series own unique blend of humour and a vibrant, colourful world. Spacebase Startopia not looking to release till Q3 2020, so there’s some time to wait yet.

Age of Empires News

You may have found out some of this yesterday in our news post, but there’s been a range of Age of Empires related announcements this week, here’s the summary:

  • Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is now available on Steam.
  • Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition will be available on Xbox Games Pass for PC, the Microsoft Store and Steam on November 14th, 2019.
  • We will also get a gameplay reveal for Age of Empires 4 on November 14th during the XO19 event in London.

Lots to keep any AoE fan content for the time being.

Kerbal Space Program 2 Announced

Granted, this is definitely a ‘sim’ game but it’s one that’s personally close to my own heart. If you didn’t catch it earlier this week 2K and Private Division have announced that they’re officially working on a new Kerbal Space Program game, with a new developer.

Kerbal Space Program 2 is mainly looking at changing up the mid-to-late game stuff with official colony mechanics and interstellar travel. As much as they’re claiming they’re going to try and keep the spirit of the original game alive, I suspect a new Developer and a more structured vision will mean a lot gets lost in translation, but to be honest KSP probably needed something like this to happen in order to really evolve.

And the rest…

It’s been such a great show for strategy games this year, makes 2020 look every promising indeed.

If you’ve seen anything else you think people should know about, let us know in the comments!

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