Strategy Games News Bulletin - October 25th, 2019

By Joe Robinson 25 Oct 2019 0

We're back from PDXCon and normal services have resumed. We had a great time at the show - a lot to see there, although in terms of short-term coverage I think we've written up most of the interesting stuff. Two of the new expansions we saw though are due to drop end of next month, so you can be sure we'll get reviews done on them ASAP, and we'll also be following Surviving the Aftermath and Crusader Kings 3 as they develop as well.

Meanwhile, in the rest of Strategy games...

Six Ages lands on Steam

King of Dragon Pass was considered a seminal work in strategy gaming. Mainly narrative driven, it never the less featured elements of tactical and strategic decision making that made for a rich, compelling experience that hasn't really been replicated since... until the developer made the sequel, that is.

Six Ages: Ride like the Wind was released on mobile in June last year. It brings back the rich, branching narrative and resource focused decision making. Perhaps it was never going to actually be deemed as 'better' than King of Dragon Pass, but it gave it a very good shot and is now available on Steam. If you haven't checked it out yet, you really should.

First C&C Remastered Gameplay

We always knew this day would eventually. EA may have been doing their very best to slow the drop feed of information coming down the pipe regarding the Command & Conquer remaster, but at some point they were going to have to show off some actual gameplay. That day, is today (well, the other day).

The full details can be read with the accompanying blog post, but essentially we now have a short snippet that not only shows off the new up-scaled visuals, but also the seamless transition between the old and new visuals, a feature that will be available when the game launches. Lovely stuff.

Long War Mod creators show off trailer for their new game (and it looks nuts)

The Long War mods for XCOM and XCOM 2 are some of the finest user-generated creations in the history of strategy gaming. The team behind it formed their own studio backed in 2015 and called it Pavonis Interactive, with their first game set to be Terra Invicta.

Now, four years later, we finally have the first trailer which lays out the premise, and shows off alpha gameplay footage. It's described as a grand-strategy alien invasion simulator where you must lead a resistance faction on earth to try and sway Earth's nations to your cause and get them to expand into space to take the fight to the aliens. No word on a release window but we're given to understand a Kickstarter could be launching before the year is out.

Asmodee Digital announce A Game of Thrones & Blood Rage ports

As Asmodee seems to be taking over the physical board gaming world, so too is Asmodee Digital quickly becoming king of the digital space. They've just announced two new board game adaptations - one for Blood Rage, and another for A Game of Thrones: The Board Game.

Neither are scheduled to launch until sometime in 2020, but it's good to see the appetite for digital board games isn't slowing down. I'm personally quite looking forward to the Game of Thrones port - the physical game is an excellent political and military strategy board game, but it can easily prove to be lack-lustre if you're not playing with the maximum amount of people. We've dropped the teaser trailer for it below, although typically it doesn't show off anything.

Offworld Trading Company is getting a new expansion

Soren Johnson's economic-focused real-time strategy game Offworld Trading Company is still getting love from publisher Stardock. A new expansion has just been announced called the Europa Wager, which takes the action to the Jovian system and one of the more well-known of Jupiter's 79 moons.

The expansion, as well as taking place in a new setting, will involve new resources to mine, new buildings to help with processing, as well as new scenarios. This will be OTC's second expansion, and is coming "soon", retailing for $14.99.

New Offworld Trading Company Expansion

Narcos Release Date

Narcos: Rise of the Cartels is an upcoming turn-based tactics game (that has an XCOM look about it) based on the Netflix TV series. For a tie-in game it's looking pretty slick, although we won't know what it's actually like until we get our hands on it. That won't be long, however, as the game now officially has a release date.

If you're a PC/PS4 user you'll be able to get your hands on it come November 19th, Nintendo Switch drops November 21st, and then last but not least, Xbox One on November 22nd.

Ancestor's Legacy Mod Support

Ancestors Legacy is a decent, if under-appreciated, historical-themed real-time strategy game that offers both an engaging single-player experience, and competitive multiplayer as well. It's recently released mod tools to the game, as well as dedicated servers for hosting modded games. The main things you'll be able to change with the tools are:

  • Maps
  • Characters
  • Animations
  • Game balance
  • Modifying nations
  • Audio
  • Buildings

For more detailed information about Mod Support and how to get started creating your own content, please read this post.

That's all we've got time for this week. Enjoy your weekends, and happy gaming!

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