Strategy Game News Bulletin - October 11th, 2019

By Joe Robinson 11 Oct 2019 0

It's been another pretty good week for strategy games - John Wick Hex is the stand-out new release, although we managed to get some time in with Imperator: Rome's new patch as well. From our end we're gearing up for PDXCon next week, details of which are just below.

Still, plenty to cover before then, so let's see what the world of strategy gaming has done for us lately...

PDXCon 2019 Next Week

Paradox's annual self-published convention returns for its third (or is it fourth?) year next week, after having taken a slightly longer break than usual from the last one back in early 2018. News has been a little slow coming out of the up-and-coming PC gaming publisher of late, but we can guess why - most of the Paradox's major teams have said to expect news to come from this event.

One thing has already been teased (see below), but as for the rest, expect to hear news on:

  • Paradox's new Grand-Strategy Game
  • Expansions for most (if not all) of the major grand-strategy franchises
  • Age of Wonders Planetfall news
  • Other new game announcements
  • And hopefully more

Strategy Gamer (read: me) will be there in force (read: on my own) from next Thursday till the show's end on Sunday. Site updates might get a bit ad-hoc while I'm out there, but expect me to cover the important news bits as and when I can. Will probably get some hands-on impressions of upcoming titles as well. This also means there may not be a News Bulletin next week.

Pathway Updated

Pathway is a strategy RPG/Roguelite game that's been one of our favourite releases of the year, and it's just gotten better with the Adventurer's Wanted update. You can read the full change-log here, but this is a pretty meaty update with few stones left un-turned. New Character Abilities, new Events and Skill Trees, New Combat Modes, Unique Artefacts and more! If you haven't checked the game out recently, now might be a good time.

Warhammer 40,000 Gladius New DLC

Warhammer 40K Gladius is the 40K meets Civ game nobody asked for, but is also the game that works surprisingly well. It lacks much of the potential Civilization has around non-violent gameplay, but it's pretty and handles everything quite well - it's even had some pretty decent DLCs as well.

The latest pack to get announced is Fortifications, and it's a minor pack that adds six new, defensive themed units or structures the game. One for each faction. You can check out the steam page for more information but the new add-on will be available on October 17th.

Sword of the Stars 2 Fan Update

Once upon a time (2012), there was a game called Sword of the Stars 2. It was a 4X strategy game with a turn-based strategy layer and a gorgeous real-time tactical layer, with a rich tech tree, a really cool ship designer, and factions that behaved fundamentally different to each other. It was supposed to set a new standard for 4X gaming... except it didn't, and I wept 1000 tears.

There's no point reopening that old wound though as pretty much everyone's long moved on now, but I was very interested to discover a fan-made patch for the game exist that fixes quite a lot of things. Haven't had a chance to test it out yet, but you can read the full change-log and get the rest of the details here.

sword of the stars 2

New Game: Circle Empires Rivals

It's only been a year, but Iceberg Interactive are already keen to work on a sequel to 2018's Circle Empires, a quirky, fast-paced RTS where the world is split up into circular chunks connected by bridges. This new game is going to focus on adding multiplayer support, from local and online, to co-op. Plus a whole host of other new features as well. It's coming "Early" 2020, although if you want to sign up for Alpha testing you can do so here.

New Game: Surviving: The Aftermath

Paradox teased a new game this week. It's called Surviving: The Aftermath, and it's meant to be part of the same 'brand' or family as Haemimont's Surviving Mars. All we know is that it's some kind of past-apocalyptic colony builder game (and even that's a little hazy), but we don't know anything else about it other than it's coming "Late 2020" and is going to be on Xbox One, PS4 and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store.

We don't even know the studio that's making it. All we have is a rather vague (and if I'm honest, slightly pointless) trailer, so enjoy and look to PDXCon for more information.

New Game: Dominus Galaxia

We're not usually ones to talk about Kickstarter but this new project at least has a downloadable build you can try out. Dominus Galaxia is a sci-fi 4X strategy game in the vein of Master of Orion 1 (as opposed to MOO2, which everyone else tries to recreate). It's a pitch we've heard quite a few times so I'd be lying if I said this excites me, but the developer still has some pretty interesting ideas. The Kickstarter is now live, but you can grab the demo from if you want to try it out. Full details here.

That's all for this week, enjoy your weekends and we'll see you Monday.



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