August 28th, 2018: Meanwhile, in strategy games...28 Aug 2018 0
Gamescom 2018 is over, so things are going to be returning to normal. We don’t have any hands-on impressions to share with you sadly as we didn’t have anyone at the show this year, but there’s a couple of things to highlight, as well as the rest of the week’s news.
Meanwhile, in strategy gaming…
Tropico 6 Campaign Explained
Our comrades-in-arms over at PCGamesN caught up with the Tropico developers at GamesCom and have managed to get some information as to how the game’s campaign will be structured.
Essentially, rather than being a linear narrative, you’re actually playing through a series of highlights of El Presidente’s career as he reminisces during his well-earned retirement. The game content official spans from the Colonial Era through to the World War, Cold War and ‘Modern’ era, but this campaign structure means the developers don’t need to offer a linear progression of events.
There’re 15 missions overall, and you can read the rest of the article here.
Battlefleet Gothic Armada 2
Again looking towards our PCGN brethren, they’ve brought back some impressions regarding Battlefleet Gothic Armada 2. This sequel to the excellent but ill-fated first game is looking to make up for lost ground, and if the report is to be believed they’re going all out.
BFG:A2 features all 12 factions available in the table-top game and is drawing from the current lore and setting to populate it’s world. Gameplay seems less about pummelling your opponents into dust and more about controlling victory points – perhaps drawing from more recent RTS developments. Personally, I find this mode of play more interesting as it allows for more variety in the faction design – you don’t necessarily need to balance the factions in terms of firepower, you can make certain factions better at objectives and other gameplay tenets.
Read more about how PCGN found their hands-on time here.
Valkyria Chronicles 4
We’re a little late eon this one, but more details have emerged regarding Valkyria Chronicles 4, which is due for release on September 25th. A new trailer showcases a couple of new features that are coming to the game, such as new environments, a new troops class, and off-map support abilities.
New Game Ahoy!
If you liked Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander, then you might be interested in what the studio that made it is up to next. This was announced earlier in the year, but we seem to have glossed over it, so we’ll cap for you now.
Massive Damage have revealed Star Renegades, a new tactical rogue-lite RPG due out early next year:
Fusing a reactive, tactical turn-based battle system that emphasizes interrupts and counters, with a procedurally generated and emergent mission-based campaign and an intelligent Adversary system with enemy officers that evolve and move up in the ranks, every playthrough is unique, challenging, and never the same.
You should check out the game’s Steam page for more information – it’s got the same excellent art-style, and some of the intended gameplay features actually seem quite interesting.
That’s all for this week’s round-up – see you next week!