Strategy Games News Bulletin - May 15th, 2020

By Joe Robinson 15 May 2020 0

And we’re back! Apologies for the lack of weekly updates this past month. I was actually on Furlough, but now I’ve returned and we can get back in business. We would have done one last week but the combination of a bank holiday plus there not being a lot of ‘spare’ strategy game news lying around meant that it wasn’t worth it. Apologies!

But we have a bumper issue for you today, and that’s on top of exciting announcements we’ve already covered this week, such as Crusader Kings 3’s release date, the new EU4 expansion. Don’t forget to grab yourself a free code for Aeronautica Imperialis: Flight Command as well - beta this weekend!

Meanwhile, in the world of strategy games...

Northgard Map Editor + 50% Off on Humble

Northgardone of our favourite RTS releases of recent years, is finally getting Steam Workshop support and a Map Editor. Due to release sometime in the next couple of weeks, these new tools will allow modders to change the values of units or buildings as well as write scripts and even create new victory conditions:

The Map Editor update stands as one of our biggest updates yet and brings an unprecedented level of customization to Northgard, allowing you to create and modify battlefields almost limitlessly, populating your maps with buildings, resources, decorations and AI factions of your choosing alongside full control over the visual design and layout of the map.

This comes as the game is also enjoying a 50% discount on Humble. Grab it now if you haven’t already!

Slitherine set up ‘K-Project’ to help fund indie strategy games

Slitherine, publishers of games like Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock and the upcoming Starship Troopers tactical game recently launched a new project to help indie strategy developers get their games off the ground.

Called the ‘K-Project’, the program is “an organic, ongoing programme of activities to allow indie developers to show their games to a broader audience, with a direct pitch channel accessible to any dev team.”

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5% of all of Slitherine’s earnings from K-Project games will be put right back into the fund to help provide for future indie projects that sign up, and there is already $100,000 of seed money in the pot.

The first title to come out of the K-Project will be Tactical Troops: Anthracite Shift, and there are already two further unannounced projects in the pipeline as well. You can find more details on the official K-Project website.

Ancestor’s Legacy is coming to Nintendo Switch

It baffles me how Nintendo, creators of Wii Fit and Mario, are someone becoming one of the leading advocates of strategy gaming. And it’s not because they themselves are making great strategy games (although Fire Emblem: Three Houses was pretty good), but it’s because they’ve created a platform in the Nintendo Switch that seems very well suited to playing these games on the go.

The next strategy game to make the jump to the Switch is 2018’s Ancestor’s Legacy. This was a really neat RTS set in Dark Ages Europe that dropped base-building in favour of more competitive area control and tactics. It wasn’t as popular as perhaps it wanted to be but it’s survived these past two years and is now hoping to make a splash with the Switch crowd. We wish it luck, and we might have to check it out for ourselves when it lands in June.

There’s no trailer that we can find, but here’s a stream done by the devs to mark the occasion:

Surviving: The Aftermath Steam Early Access Release Date

Surviving: The Aftermath now has a Steam release date, as well as a more concrete window for the 1.0 release. It will be launching into Steam Early Access on October 22nd, 2020, with a release window of early 2021.

This is the newest entry in the ‘Surviving’ series that was started with Surviving Mars. New developers Iceflake have been creating a survival/colony building sim that’s part Surviving Mars and part post-apocalyptic Civilization in a truly unique blend of ideas. Before now, you’ve only been able to play it via the Epic Games Store.

I’ve been dabbling with it through various updates, and it genuinely is an interesting game, and I can’t wait to see how it develops from here. The most recent update introduced content around Law & Order and Criminals.

First Civilization 6 New Frontier Pass Leader Revealed

Earlier this week Firaxis announced a new wave of DLC for Civilization 6. The New Frontier pass promises six micro-expansions to drop every two months between now and May 2021. The first one is the Maya & Gran Colombia pack, due next week on May 21st and we now know who will be the leader of the new Mayan civilization.

Lady Six Sky (also known as Lady Wac-Chanil-Ahau) was a Mayan queen from the 8th Century A.D. and her unique ability is the Ix Mutal Ajaw. This gives cities within six tiles of the capital a +10% bonus to all yields as well as a +5 combat strength bonus to all units within that six tile perimeter. Other cities suffer a -15% penalty to yields.

The Mayan civ’s unique ability is Mayab, which lets farms provide a +1 bonus to housing and gold, and gives you +1 amenity on luxuries adjacent to the city center. Their unique unit replaces the Archer and it gets a bonus to ranged strength against injured enemies and they also have the Observatory as their special district.

In other news:

  • Iceberg Interactive’s upcoming Crusader Kings-in-space project Star Dynasties is running a closed alpha.
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms is running a beta for Patch 1.5.2
  • Field of Glory: Empires’ first DLC is releasing next week on May 21st

That's all we've got for you this week - enjoy your weekends!

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