April 10th, 2018: Meanwhile, in the world of strategy gaming…

By Joe Robinson 10 Apr 2018 0

Strategy gaming has been happening a lot recently. We’ve not been able to keep on top of all the announcements happening within our favourite genre, so we’re interrupting your usual service for another round-up of news and information.

So, here's what's been going on in the world of strategy gaming recently…

Wargroove Release Date

Our brothers and sisters at PCGamesN managed to pin down Chucklefish – at an Xbox event of all things – and speak them about their upcoming Advance Wars spiritual-successor Wargroove.

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As well as talking about the content that’s going to be in the game and the campaign editor, the developer revealed that they’re looking to release the game in the second half of this year. You can check out the full write-up here.

Surviving Mars ‘Spirit’ Update

We enjoyed Surviving Mars  up to a point, but it’s still got a way to go to really establish itself as one of the truly great colony sim/survival games. With Paradox in charge though we can expect plenty of updates and DLCs to help it do just that.


The ‘Spirit’ update is the latest major patch to come from Haemimont, dropping last week. Many things were addressed, but some of the stand-out tweaks include:

  • Optimized the way colonists pick workplaces. Colonists should now pick the best workplace for their specialization correctly and much faster
  • Rovers are more likely to effectively use tunnels, and their pathfinding is improved
  • Colonists will no longer try to walk kilometres on foot to resettle resulting in them dying from lack of oxygen

There are plenty of other quality of life improvements, and you can read the full patch notes here.

Drive on Moscow drives onto Console

A quick update from Matrix Games & Slitherine – Shenandoah’s classic ‘Lite’ wargame Drive on Moscow is heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One! Its whole focus is on bluffing and outmanoeuvring your foe. It's a race against the enemy, time and the environment itself. Russian weather can be devastating!

There’s no release window as of yet, but it should be soon if they’re talking about it. It is currently available on PC and iPad.

Phoenix Point Makes Bank

David Kaye and Julian Gollop’s X-COM spiritual successor Phoenix Point is apparently drawing so much attention, they’re making $100,000 a month on pre-orders, with options that range from $30 up to $250.

This came out of an interview with GI.biz, which talks about everything from what kind of data they’ve managed to learn about their prospective audience (apparently one of their fans’ favourite TV shows is Babylon 5, for example), to what games they see as their key rivals.

Phoenix Point is due out December this year.

That’s it for our news round-up – tomorrow we’ll have another ‘best of’ guide, and hopefully a special Paradox-related article later in the week!



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