Strategy Games News Bulletin - January 31st, 202031 Jan 2020 0
Lots going on this week; not just what we've written up below, but there's been plenty to keep on top of since monday! Make sure you check out the homepage to see what else has happened, from Sword of the Stars to Warcraft 3 and more.
Meanwhile, in the world of strategy games...
Battle Brothers Coming to Switch
As the Nintendo Switch enjoys record sales numbers, its domination of the gaming market is clear. What I wasn’t expecting was how it would also take the strategy genre by storm. Granted, there’s only really Fire Emblem: Three Houses in terms of platform-exclusive strategy games, but just looking at our list of excellent Switch strategy games betrays a surprising reality - Strategy loves Switch.
And the stream of ports isn’t letting up - Overhype Studios' Battle Brothers is now also porting their game over to Nintendo’s newest platform. They partnered with Ukiyo Publishing to make the move, and the Switch port will have all of the features of the game as it stands now, including the upcoming free 1.4 update and the new expansion.
New Battlestar Galactica Deadlock DLC
Slitherine has let slip that a new expansion for Battlestar Galactica Deadlock is on the way. We don’t know anything about it, but we do know they need Beta testers for it:
The new expansion will progress the story of Season 2 and it will also include brand new ship types. If you're eager to lend us a hand and offer your feedback, we'd love to have you on board.
Go here for details on how to get involved in testing, and then come tell us all the juicy deets.
New Major Dwarf Fortress Update
Those of you eagerly awaiting this game’s Steam release will still have to wait, as goodness knows when it’ll actually be ready to come out. But in the meantime you can revel in all of the updates the ‘OG’ game is getting. The latest update adds Villains, amongst a host of other things too numerous to list out in one news update. Check the full dev log here for more.
Dota Underlords Release Date
DOTA Underlords will be leaving Early Access and kicking off it’s first official season on February 25th, 2020. You can read the full announcement here but a summary of what to expect includes:
With Season 1, Underlords will introduce new content with City Crawl, new rewards with a full Battlepass, and a new meta with a Hero / Item rotation.
This announcement comes at the same time as the pre-release build’s final update drops, adding a new underlord and some final balancing tweaks and fixes.
New Total War: Rome 2 Physical Edition
SEGA & Creative Assembly have announced a new physical edition of their second most popular historical strategy game. Total War: Rome 2 Enemy at the Gates Edition will be available only in select stores, in select territories around the world. The announcement post is very vague on details, so I suggest you go ask your local retailer if they’ve heard anything.
It includes the base game, along with the Imperator Augustus Campaign Expansion Pack, the Hannibal at the Gates Campaign Expansion Pack and the Empire Divided Campaign Expansion Pack.
It’s worth breaking this down a bit - the Imperator Augustus update was made free for everyone anyway, as it introduced a bunch of fixes and updates aimed at trying to improve the launch version of the game. The new grand-campaign that came with it was very reminiscent of how Rome 1 was, and is fun enough.
Hannibal at the Gates is probably one of the better mini-campaign expansions, while Empire Divided is a new ‘grand’ campaign that moves the setting several hundred years forward to the crises of the 3rd Century. While it doesn’t represent the complete Rome 2 DLC experience, these touch-stones (along with all the free updates that have landed since 2013) make for a robust offering for anyone who doesn’t own the game yet.
This comes just as SEGA also announced they would be using 100% recyclable packaging for all their future physical releases.
Stellaris answers Federations questions
Dev Diaries are back in full swing across all of Paradox’s Grand Strategy games, but it's the Stellaris one this week that caught our eye. We still don’t know when the upcoming Federations expansion is coming out, but there have been a lot of questions around how these new mechanics work. In this week’s dev log, it looks like the team has tried to answer all of them.
That's all we've got time for this week - have a good weekend!