Strategy Gamer Weekend Bulletin: July 5th, 201905 Jul 2019 0
It's time for the fifth edition of the weekend news bulletin you check every time it comes out for all the little details in strategy gaming that you might have missed. Or that we might have missed.
If something popped into view this week that we continue to miss, let us know in the comments and we will rectify our oversight. You might even win a No Prize!
The Sun Never Sets on Empire
There are very few game franchises which have stood the test of ages – or at least 22 years – but Age of Empires really has. With over a million people a month playing and the announcement of both Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition and Age of Empires 4, displaying your mastery of empire management doesn't look like it's going out of style anytime soon.
Teamfight Tactics Meta-Meta
Give gamers a day and that they will spend it figuring out the optimal compositions and tactics for any game you put in front of them. Luckily for all of us, the very next day they have to do it all over again because of the compositions and tactics they introduced.
Teamfight Tactics has a pretty nice set of comps ready to put together and put on the field. Better get them out there while they're hot.
Tencent Auto Chess QQ
While the PC beta for Auto Chess will be coming out on the Epic Store, the Chinese market will be receiving the team battler thanks to a partnership with Tencent. Chinese players will be able to login to AC through both Wechat and Tencent QQ, which may be the most on the nose social media platform name ever created.
Underlords Under Early Battle Pass
From DOTA to DOTA, Valve now says that the first pass of the Battle Pass for Underlords is coming out next week, bringing your first taste of character progression, cosmetics, custom boards, and more stuff. While there has been no price released for the Battle Pass as yet, there is at least some slight hope that pushing such a significant change will be free or discounted, especially for a game that is still, officially, in Early Access.
Previous Paradox CEO Wester Explains DLC Profusion
Paradox Interactive is known both for highly complicated grand strategy games and a tendency to release years upon years of DLC for those games. Fredrik Wester, ex-Paradox CEO says in an interview there are good reasons for the perfusion of DLC, namely that the regular injection of funds from selling said DLC provides for long-term support and updates of the game as a whole.
Our DLC model is based on the idea that you pay for new content after the full game release. This helps to finance the further development of the game, which is of gain for all players.— Fredrik Wester (@TheWesterFront) July 4, 2019
Desperados 3 Desperate for Dudes (and Dudettes)
Despite being overshadowed at E3 by John Wick Hex, Desperados 3 by Mimimi Studios is still looking for strong men and women for the beta of the pauseable real-time strategy game. If you're interested in signing up for the closed beta, the form is easily accessible and worth your time.
It's not the first time that the Western has been combined with squad-based strategy, but this looks to be a very promising entry in the field.
Gollop, original creator of the X-COM franchise, which became the critically acclaimed Firaxis XCOM franchise more recently, had a great showing at E3 and recently gave a solid interview where he spoke about the challenge of following in the wake of an excellent reboot, funding a spiritual successor to the classic game and some of the unique features of Phoenix Point. Well worth checking out.
That's all for this week - enjoy your weekends, and we'll see you Monday!