September 3rd, 2019: Meanwhile, in strategy games...

By Joe Robinson 03 Sep 2018 0

We’ve got a short and sweet news round-up for you this week. Not a lot seems to have been happening that we feel needs a full-on signal boost, although there’s been a couple of announcements you’ll want refreshing on.

Meanwhile, in strategy games…

Battlefleet Gothic Armada 2 Delayed

The sequel to one our favourite space strategy games was originally due out this month, but the publisher released a statement at the tail end of last week stating that the game’s release has been pushed back to January 2019:

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 already offers a massive amount of playable content with three great narrative campaigns, twelve playable factions, and meticulously refined gameplay. The extra development time will allow Tindalos to add a new, exciting feature - All three narrative campaigns will be playable in co-op multiplayer!

There are also going to be some additional beta tests for the game in the run up to launch. Not the best of news, but you can console yourself with this cool new trailer they’ve put out doing a run down of all the factions.

Oriental Empires Editor Update

We haven’t really looked at Asian-themed 4X strategy game Oriental Empires since we reviewed it last year, but developer Shining Pixel have been hard at work making sure their serving their playerbase as best they can.

In the game’s first update since April, the headline change is the inclusion of a Scenario Editor. This is a bit more involved than your average map editor – essentially you can use it create the game world you’ll be playing in. Everything from factions, to city placement and more can be defined and customised, and you can even share your creations via the Steam Workshop.

There’s been other changes as well, and you can read the full change-log here.

Battlestar Galactica Deadlock One Year Anniversary

Our other favourite space-strategy game also had some note-worthy news – last Friday the game official turned one-year old! Since it’s release at the end of August 2017 the game has received several expansions, and FTL’d onto XBOX One and Playstation 4.

BSG 1 yr

To celebrate the occasion Slitherine are running a 50% discount special via their own store, and have created several commemorate desktop wallpapers you can download from the game’s product page. We really loved the game when we reviewed it, and we’d highly recommend it to anyone looking for some tactical small-scale fleet action.

Ancient Frontier Expansion

While we may not have liked it when we reviewed it, the team behind Ancient Frontier have been hard at work trying to improve the game and the foundations it was built on. They’ve recently taken all of those lessons learned and released a stand-alone expansion called Ancient Frontier: Steel Shadows.

In this entry, you play a rag-tag group of pirates fighting and looting their way across frontier space, mainly for the lols, I suspect. Here’s the feature list:

  • A full campaign with over 20 story missions
  • Over 50 procedurally generated side missions
  • Dynamic initiative-based turn-based combat
  • Purchase, outfit and control the unique Pirate faction ships
  • Hire and assign crew members that gain experience and power along with your ships
  • Hidden unique mercenaries and ships to add to your fleet
  • Experience over 50 random events
  • Customize your play style by unlocking technologies in an extensive Tech Tree
  • Large, detailed space maps to fight across
  • Three different strategic resources to manage
  • Dozens of different weapon systems and abilities to control
  • Includes both free DLCs; Ancient Frontier - The Crew and Ancient Frontier - Quests and Events

It’s not going to be high on our priority list of things to review, but if we do end up taking it out for a spin we’ll let you know what we think.

That’s all for this week’s round-up – see you next week!

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