Strategy Games News Bulletin - November 15th, 2019

By Joe Robinson 15 Nov 2019 0

It’s been a better week for strategy gaming, although I know the content on the site has been a bit tame - I’ve been trying to wrap my head around Hearthstone: Battlegrounds mainly, so have had less time to play other things. Nothing much of interest has released this week, mind.

While the latter part of 2019 seems to be tailing off in terms of super-interesting strategy projects, 2020 is already shaping up to be an excellent year, so we’ve got that to look forward to. In terms of what we’re working on right now, we’ve got reviews of the new Narcos XCOM-like game, as well as articles on the BattleTech and Age of Wonders: Planetfall expansions.

Meanwhile, in the world of strategy games...

Age of Empires 4 Gameplay Reveal

As promised, Microsoft released more details regarding Age of Empires 4 at their XO19 event in London. Sadly, the details were quite light - we got a gameplay trailer that shows a Medieval setting, with the Mongol and English factions used for demonstration. We’re also told that it’s in Alpha, and there wasn’t a release date.

Probably the most interesting thing to come out of this was the news that a new Studio is actually taking the reins. They are called World’s Edge, and that’s about all we know about them. The Relic Entertainment logo was still shown at the end of the trailer, however, so perhaps they are still involved somehow.

Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition was also released today, if that interests you.

Wastelands 3 Release Date

Wastelands is an iconic tactical RPG series from the Interplay days that was continued by inXile Entertainment (an outfit founded by one of Interplay’s co-founders) who ran a very successful kickstarter campaign for Wastelands 2. It was released in 2014 was a pretty good Fallout-meets-XCOM title, if a bit rough around the edges. They’ve been working on a new sequel - Wastelands 3 - since 2016 after another successful crowd-funding campaign (this time on Fig).

The company was bought by Microsoft in 2018, who’s now helping the project get over the finish line and so it was also showcased at XO19 this year. As well as a new trailer, we got a release date of May 19th, 2020.

New Xbox Game Pass Strategy Games

We’ve been maintaining a master list of strategy games to play via Xbox Games Pass (and retail). It’s an experiment, but it seems that the past year or so have been some of the best ever as far as strategy games on consoles is concerned. At the XO19 event Microsoft announced a bunch of new titles that would be coming to Xbox Games Pass and Game Pass for PC, so we thought we’d list out the strategy titles that are coming as part of that:

  • Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition (RTS) (PC)
  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall (4X) (Console, coming soon to PC)
  • Hearts of Iron 4: Cadet Edition (Grand-Strategy) (PC)
  • Pandemic (Board Game) (PC)

Commandos 2 & Praetorians HD Release Date

Kalypso media have revealed the release dates for both the upcoming Commandos 2 Remaster AND Praetorians HD. Both titles will be releasing on Windows PC via the Kalypso store on January 24th, 2020. The PS4 & Xbox One versions (as well as the Nintendo Switch and Mac versions of Commandos 2) will be releasing later in the spring. Commandos 2 is also still planned for mobile, although we've not heard anything further about that version.

If you pre-order either or both games via the Kalypso Store, you'll also get access to the game's beta test that will begin on December 13th.

Yes, Your Grace Beta

The Yes, Your Grace beta kicks off today. It'll start at 5pm CET and there’s still time to sign up for it by going here and following the instructions (it involves signing up to Discord if you don’t use it already).

In case you've forgotten, Yes, Your Grace is a new upcoming management/rpg game that seems to blend various design styles where you must rule your kingdom through various choices and interactions presented to you.

New Jurassic World Evolution DLC

Jurassic World: Evolution, the Dinosaur management sim based off the film-franchise, is getting another piece of DLC come December 10th. Based on the iconic film that started it all, Jurassic World Evolution: Return to Jurassic Park features a brand new location based on the original film, with new attractions, new buildings and a new scenario to play through. You can also play through existing scenarios with a 1993-inspired UI. It’s going to be the most expensive DLC to day, priced at £15.99/$19.99.

If you spot anything else worth highlighting, let us know in the comments!

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