Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Strategy

Total War: Rome II gets free faction, Black Sea Colonies Culture Pack

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Creative Assembly has released a new update containing a new faction as well as new for-pay DLC for Total War: Rome II. The free faction is the state of Massilia, a city founded by Greek colonists on the northwest coast of Mediterranean that has since adopted Gallic culture and combat tactics. The rest of the update includes a host of unit balance tweaks. Additionally, a for-pay DLC pack, the Black Sea Colonies Culture Pack, adds three new factions for play in the Grand Campaign, custom battles, and multiplayer: Cimmeria, Colchis, and Pergamom. Each was founded by Greek colonists, so their units and buildings are a combination of Hellenistic and regional influences. A full breakdown is available below.

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Cinemaware Anthology: 1986-1991 compilation now on Steam

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Cinemaware has announced the launch of Cinemaware Anthology: 1986-1991, a collection of some of their biggest titles. The $9.99 digital release includes 13 games, and for those released on multiple operating systems, the option to play either the Amiga version or PC MS-DOS version. All of the included games have been updated to run on Windows 7 or 8 and will come with a digital version of their original manual and soundtrack in MP3 format. The full list of titles is available below.

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New Blitzkrieg III trailer shows off destructible objects, environment

Nival has released a new video focused on one of the Blitzkrieg series’ guilty pleasures: destroying stuff. I recall calling down barrage after barrage in the original just to create craters on the battlefield and level towns. The latest trailer for Blitzkrieg III shows a little of what’s in store with the new engine as a tank decides to roll over everything in its path.

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GOG.com begins Big Fall Sale with discounts, copy of Mount & Blade

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GOG.com has kicked off their Big Fall Sale. As has become a trend in recent years, the service will be offering free games throughout the promotion, including Mount & Blade and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The original Mount & Blade is the first freebie, and the first bundle of the day features Blade: Warband and Mount & Blade: With Sword and Fire for 75% off. By the end of the sale, over 700 titles will have been discounted for up to 90% off through on-going sales, two daily bundles, and 40-minute flash deals.

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Sega releases ‘The White Horse’ trailer for Total War: Attila

A new trailer has launch for Total War: Attila. The follow-up to Rome II, scheduled to launch next year, is reminiscent of Barbarian Invasion for Rome, which caught up with Rome after the split of the empire and allowed players to take control of the slowly deteriorating West, robust East, and variety of barbarian factions. The latest video features some unit shots, a quick overview of the empire’s situation at the start of the game, and the emergence of Attila.

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Space Hulk: Ascension Edition dated for Nov. 12, new developer diary

The Space Marines are nearly done prepping for their next mission and will be heading out on November 12 in Space Hulk: Ascension Edition. In addition to revealing the launch date, developer Full Control also released a new developer diary trailer focusing on level design and interface. Some of the new features for Ascension Edition include an RPG-like progression and customization system, new rules and mission structures, 103 missions covering three campaign chapters, and new Genestealer types.

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Valkyria Chronicles launching with all DLC for PC in November

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Sega has followed up Monday’s tweet with an official announcement regarding Valkyria Chronicles for PC. The game is indeed in development, and in addition to the base game, PC gamers will also be receiving four DLC packs. The add-ons include Hard EX Mode, two side-story campaigns (Edy’s Enter the Edy Detachment and Selveria ‘s Behind Her Blue Flame), and six challenge missions, Challenge of the Edy Detachment. The bundle is priced at $19.99 and scheduled to launch online on November 11.

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Sega to open a new front, Valkyria Chronicles to deploy for PC

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Sega has revealed via a tweet that Valkyria Chronicles is currently in development for PC. The turn-based strategy has, until now, been exclusive to PS3. The fantastic original spawned two sequels for PSP, the first of which was published in North America in 2010, but the other, the last of the trilogy, remains an untranslated Japan-only release. Fingers crossed this represents a continued interest in the series on Sega’s part.

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Strike Suit Zero vets form new studio, announce Fractured Space

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Edge Case Games, a new studio formed from veterans of the Strike Suit Zero development team, have announced their first tile: Fractured Space. Unlike the fast-paced mech action of Strike Suit Zero, Fractured Space will be an online-only, team-based strategy title centered on large-scale combat with capital ships. Both teamwork and scale are important aspects of the game, as noted by CEO James Brooksby: “we want to transmit a sense of scale to the player – the feeling of participating in a massive space battle inside their own titanic capital ship, blasting apart enemy ships and working together with other players to achieve a common objective.” Founding community members are also lending a hand during development, an approach the team hopes to continue when the game is added on Steam Early Access next year.

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Hamilcar marches, Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the Overlord out for PS3

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Atlus has released Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the Overlord, a new strategy-RPG for PS3. The sequel’s storyline is standalone, so no knowledge of its predecessor is necessary to jump into this one. As father of the famed Hannibal, Hamilcar Barca, players wage war against the Divine Empire after he witnesses the burning of an innocent girl. In his pursuit of vengeance, Hamilcar learns that he has an inner rage that can result in everyone’s destruction if he cannot control it. The US release comes with an estimated 80-plus hours of gameplay and visual-novel-style cutscenes, the original Japanese audio, and a first-run bundle that includes a 31-page art book.

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