Strategy Games News Bulletin - January 24th 2020

By Joe Robinson 24 Jan 2020 0

Not as many news items to catch up on this week, but what we do have are meatier stories, so it all balances out. Now that the early Jan-lull is over, we’re finally going to start seeing some action. We’ve got two games releasing today, as well as another one next week, so keep your eyes peeled for follow-up reviews and articles!

Meanwhile, thousands of miles away...

Follow-up from previous stories

So we ran a couple of stories earlier in the week that had some lingering questions that we thought we’d follow up on, and we’ve had some answers back. I thought I’d write them up here instead of updating the previous stories, just to see if it works:

EU4 Humble Bundle: We reported that Conquest of Paradise appears to be missing from the Bundle. I confirmed this with a Paradox spokesperson and they said there was “no specific reason” for this omission, and that there weren’t any plans to add it into the Bundle. So you’ll need to purchase that expansion separately (see below).

EU4 Subscription Test: Since the purpose of the ‘stealth’ release was to try and get some unbiased feedback, I followed up with Paradox to ask if all of the attention being given to the event had ruined their chances of getting decent feedback. A spokesperson said that the test was still viable, despite everything:

While we might not be able to “surprise” as many people with the subscription offer and get unbiased feedback on the concept as a whole, there’s still a lot to be learned. We are still able to gauge how palatable the price might be, and whether we can make subscribed content work from a technical standpoint -- assigning product ownership, recurring payment options, etc.

Let us know if you have any additional questions on the above.

Commandos 2 & Praetorian’s HD Remasters Releasing Today!

Hot off the press this morning, you’ll be pleased to know that the HD Remakes of Commandos 2 and Praetorians will be available to purchase later today via Steam and Kalypo’s own website. Commandos 2 is considered the best game in the iconic WW2 stealth-strategy series, while Praetorians is a classic Rome-era RTS that deserves a comeback. Here’s the launch trailer:

And here’s where you can go to look up each game in more details:

Sins of the Prophets SOASE Mod Enters Beta

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion is an excellent RTS/4X hybrid that’s really long-overdue for a sequel. Since there’s no real indications of one being forthcoming, however, you’re pretty much just left with the modding community. A really, really awesome modding community.

sin of the prophet art

From Star Wars, to Stargate and back again, there are plenty of really cool mods available to freshen up the game, and one of our favourites is the Halo-themed Sins of the Prophets. It’s just recently released Version 0.9 ‘Warlords’, and is far enough along now that they’re calling themselves officially in beta.

Warlords adds things like Leader-based research, and re-introduces the base culture mechanics from the vanilla game, as well as big passes on art and balance. Check it out if you get the time.

Lunar Sales - Paradox, Steam et al

A new year means new… lunars? And everyone is getting involved in the new sales opportunity. First and foremost we’re going to highlight Paradox’s lunar sale, mainly because we have an affiliate link with them. It’s running until Monday 27th January, 09:00 UTC.

It’s worth pointing out that, as per above, since the Conquest of Paradise DLC for EU4 is not going to be added into the Humble Bundle anytime soon, you’ll need to purchase it separately. It’s currently half price on the Paradox Store (and Steam).

Speaking of Steam, they’re now running their own, brief, Lunar Sale, which ends on Monday again at 10am PST.

There are other places having sales as well, like Fanatical and GOG.com, so make sure you shop around to see who’s doing what.

Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition Beta starts next month

Xbox Insiders will be invited to participate in the closed beta for Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition, the (we hope) final AoE remaster currently on the slate in the run-up to Age of Empires 4’s release.

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You can read the full post here, but essentially you need to have signed up to be an Insider, and then will need to adjust your profile and upload a Dxdiag so that the dev team can confirm your hardware specs. This will then add you to the eligible pool of candidates.

There will be a large beta test that will focus on multiplayer and matchmaking, and these are due to start early February. There will be a smaller run of testers invited to look at a few campaign missions as well.

You’ve got until January 28th, it seems, to sort yourself out.

That’s all we have for you today - have fun, and enjoy your weekends!

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