Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Strategy

gamescom – Ubisoft: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Anno 2205, more

Tom Clancys Rainbow Six Siege (PC, PS4, Xbox One) gamescom Announcement - Screenshot 1

Ubisoft released a host of new media for several of their key upcoming titles. Below are new trailers and screenshots for Anno 2205, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, The Crew Wild Run, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. The Assassin’s Creed Syndicate media highlights the game’s two assassins, twins Jacob and Evie Frye, as they attempt to liberate Industrial Revolution-era London. Wild Run is the new expansion for The Crew, which will add customizable dragsters, drift cars, monster trucks, and motorcycles. In addition, to the new rides, the updated graphics and new weather system is also on display. The Spectator Cam was also revealed for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, which will allow an extra player to watch the action; PC gamers will have it launch, while PS4 and Xbox One owners will need to wait until early 2016. It and more are highlighted in the screens and trailer, but to see it in action, gamers can check out Ubisoft’s Twitch channel on August 8 from 4-8 p.m. (CET) for a live 5 vs 5 match on PC.

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gamescom – Microsoft: Halo Wars 2, Killer Instinct S3, DVR, more

Xbox One (System) Killer Instinct Season 3 Gamescom- Screenshot 4

Microsoft made a number of announcements at this year’s gamescom. A few of which include the reveal of Halo Wars 2 for Xbox One and Windows 10, currently in development at Creative Assembly, Killer Instinct Season 3, and the addition of Shadow Complex to the backwards compatibility preview program. Speaking of which, Microsoft plans to have up to 100 Xbox 360 titles supported by the November launch. Other announcements included console bundles for Fifa 16 and Halo 5: Guardians, DVR for Over-the Air TV functionality for Xbox One (a subscription-free service, allowing for streaming and transferring between devices), two Halo 5 wireless controllers ($69.99 each), and a chatpad ($34.99). Details, screens, and movies for the games on display can be found below.

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Act of Aggression’s super weapons revealed in new trailer

Act of Aggression (PC) Faction Trailer - Screenshot 4

Eugen Systems has released a new trailer for their upcoming real-time strategy title Act of Aggression. The video highlights the various super weapons used by two of the three factions. These are the top-tier weapons that are accessible during the end game, when it’s time to launch those final assaults, whether to wipe out the enemy’s remaining units or to devastate their teetering economy. The US Army has access to the Peacekeeper missile silo and its offense-oriented LGM-118 and the MIM-104 Patriot launcher for defense, while the Chimera has the Omega Blitzer for offense and the mobile Antey for defense. Specifics on the Cartel’s super weapons will have to wait until this year’s Gamescom.

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GOG adds Anno 1602 A.D., Albion, and Archimedean Dynasty

GOG (PC) Archimedean Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

GOG.com has added three Ubisoft titles to their DRM-free library, Anno 1602 A.D., Albion, and Archimedean Dynasty. All three titles are making their digital distribution debut, and to celebrate, they can be purchased in a bundle for 20% off. Each has also been updated to support Windows 10. Additional details and screens can be found below; we strongly suggest checking out Archimedean Dynasty.

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Toy Soldiers: War Chest to launch on August 11 for console, PC

Toy Soldiers War Chest (PC, PS4, Xbox One) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

The Toy Soldiers series will be returning on August 11 with Toy Soldiers: War Chest for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. War Chest, developed by Signal Studios, will be available in two versions, a standard download-only release and a deluxe version, the Hall of Fame edition, that will be sold in stores and digitally. The base game will feature four armies, while Hall of Fame will include an additional four licensed armies: G.I. Joe, He-Man, Cobra Commander, and Ezio. Each army can also be downloaded separately or together in the Legendary Heroes bundle.

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Breach & Clear: Deadline now available on Steam

Breach & Clear Deadline (PC) Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 2

Mighty Rabbit and Gun Media’s top-down tactical shooter Breach & Clear: Deadline has launched on Steam. As squad leader, players must lead their soldiers through Harbor City to discover the source causing the dead to reanimate. The game has been available in an early form for some time, but today it leaves Early Access for its official launch. Its time in Early Access allowed for more than just bug fixes and gameplay adjustments, though, as fan feedback led to the creation of a new co-op mode for the release version.

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Grand Ages: Medieval announced for PS4, launching September 26

Grand Ages Medieval (PC, PS4) PS4 Announcement - Screenshot 1

The PlayStation 4 is getting its first grand strategy title later this summer with the release of Grand Ages: Medieval. Set in 1050 A.D., during the High Middle Ages, players must lead their small settlement to domination by gathering resources, establishing trade routes, founding cities, researching technology, and negotiating with neighbors. Players will also have to train and equip an army to go to war to protect their holdings and expand their domain. A single-player campaign will span decades, while multiplayer will allow eight would-be rulers to square off and a free play mode will offer the chance to customize the rules. Kalypso has also released a nearly seven-minute-long how-to video, posted below, showing the game in action.

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PlayStation 4 News

GOG, Games Workshop bring three Warhammer titles to service

Warhammer 40k Chaos Gate (PC) GOG Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

The Emperor is pleased! GOG.com has inked a deal with Games Workshop to add Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 titles to their library. Three titles are making their ‘good old’ debut today: Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat, Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate, and Warhammer 40,000 Epic: Final Liberation. Shadow of the Horned Rat ($5.99) is the oldest of the bunch, a tactical strategy game with perma-death, while Chaos Gate ($9.99) is a turn-based strategy title with light customization elements and Final Liberation ($5.99) is another turn-based title. All three have been updated to run on modern systems and include their original soundtracks.

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Disgaea Triple Play Collection launching this September for PS3

Disgaea Triple Play Collection (PS3) Announcement - Header

NIS is set to release a Disgaea triple pack this September with The Disgaea Triple Play Collection for PS3. The single-disc set will consist of Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness, Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice, and Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten. Details and screens for each can be found below.

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PlayStation 3 News

Galactic Civilizations III gets Steam Workshop support, Map DLC

Galactic Civilizations III (PC) Update and Map DLC Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Stardock has released update 1.1 for Galactic Civilizations III. The patch adds Steam Workshop integration, allowing players to access and share user-customized ships and factions, interface improvements, and two new difficulty levels. A Map Pack has also gone live, adding eight new maps, which range in size from those designed for two players up to 18 players: Six Pillars, Clash, Snowflake, Core, Joust, Quadrants, and Round Table. A galaxy editor is also included with the $4.99 pack.

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