Strategy Games News Bulletin - May 29th 2020

By Joe Robinson 29 May 2020 0

So there's been a lot of news to catch up on this week. A Bank holiday here in the UK and me taking a day off in addition has mean't I've not been able to keep on top of things as I normally would. Still, it makes for a bumper edition of everyone's favourite strategy news column.

So, without further ado, let's see what's been happening shall we? The header image is from Stirring Abyss, mentioned below.

Meanwhile, thousands of miles away...

Skulls for the Skull Throne 4

As you may have seen yesterday, Games Workshop have launched their annual ‘Skulls for the Skull Throne’ sale event. This is the fourth time they’ve run the event, where the digital licensed Warhammer games get given some spotlight and run special in-game events. Last night the celebration kicked off with the release of Aeronautica Imperialis: Flight Command, but there’s plenty of other things happening as well:

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Warhammer 40,000 Gladius released the new Assault Pack DLC, which adds a brand new unit for each faction focused on more tactical flexibility. From the Space Marine’s new Razorback, to the Tyranids’ Scythed Hierodule there’s something for everyone.

Warhammer 40,000: Sanctus Reach’s death has been greatly exaggerated, as they’ve just dropped a big free update for the game, the first major patch since 2018. The 2020 update includes a co-op mode for multiplayer, a new sandbox mode for skirmish games and Steam achievements.

Total War: Warhammer 2 has received a new free Greenskin hero, and there are plenty of other games with free content drops as well. Even World of Warships, bizarrely. You can read all the details on Warhammer Community.

New Game: Stirring Abyss

As part of Slitherine’s recent publishing initiative to fund indie games, the company has announced Stirring Abyss. This is a tactical squad-based RPG with a very heavy Lovecraftian theme. It features survival mechanics, a roguelike ‘endless’ mode and a “gripping” narrative.

XCOM 2 Collection Out Now on Switch

We mentioned back in March that XCOM 2 was coming to the Nintendo Switch. Well now it’s here! The XCOM 2 Collection features the base XCOM 2 game AND the War of the Chosen stand-alone expansion, along with the Resistance Warrior Pack, Anarchy’s Children Pack, Alien Hunters and Shen’s Last Gift as additional DLC. It’s retailing for £39.99/$49.99.

Asmodee Digital launch Pring & Play Website

Asmodee Digital is the videogame arm of Asmodee - one of the biggest publishers in table-top board games. Together the two have come together to create a new ‘Print & Play’ hub for everyone stuck at home during the on-going Covid-19 crises.

Over thirty titles have been made available to download via this hub, split into various categories depending on how much of a boardgamer you are. These aren't necessarily like-for-like versions of the physical games - the 7 Wonders Duel P&P, for example, has a solitaire mode and the Keyforge P&P only has four decks in it. There's P&P expansion for Ticket to Ride as well. This a great move by Asmodee.

asmodee print and play

Humble Cities: Skylines Bundle

It’s not strategy, but Paradox Interactive’s Cities: Skylines is one of the best City-Builder games currently on the market. It was recently given out for free to PS Plus members on Playstation 4, and now Humble is running a new bundle for Cities: Skylines and eleven of its DLCs.

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You can get the base game and a single DLC for $1.You get a further 4 DLC packs by spending at least $6 (ish), and the remaining six DLCs unlock by spending around $20. The entire package has an RRP value of around $140, so there’s a bargain to be struck here.

It’s worth noting that Cities: Skylines DLCs vary in what they offer. Most focus on cosmetics or ‘themed’ packs, while others add new features, Nearly all of them add new buildings, but make sure you check out each pack first before committing to a tier. This is one game we haven’t done a DLC guide for, but you can check out our Cities: Skylines Mods guide if you want to enhance the vanilla game experience.

E3 now lasts forever

June is usually a Big Deal(™) in the general gaming industry because it’s when E3 takes place. This historically was the most high profile trade show and the focus-point for announcements and news. With the current COVID-19 crises still making large gathering practically impossible, the event has gone digital.

Except, it’s not just one show, it’s over 30! Our sister website PCGamesN has written up a complete guide to all of the not-E3 events happening over the next month or two. This event hasn’t always been hugely relevant to PC gamers (and by extension, strategy gamers) but you’ll see from the guide that there are a couple of shows potentially worth paying attention to.

Paradox are doing their own thing this year, for example, and the PC Gaming Show is also continuing. Most of the publishers are also doing their own events, so there may yet be some decent strategy announcements this year.

And the rest…

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

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