Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Strategy

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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PlayStation 3 News

GOG.com begins new Mutator Promo, sales plus mystery discounts

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GOG.com has kicked off the Mutator Promo, a new sales promotion offering up to 85% off select titles. The sale features a strange mutator modifier: three ‘mutator’ games will be available to purchase at a variety of discounts after three others have been purchased from a list of select titles, but the mutator titles won’t be accessible until purchased for $2 upfront nor revealed until after checkout. Some of the deals include Cannon Fodder for $1.19, Eador for $3.99, Outlast for $4.99, and Theme Hospital for $1.49. The set of mutator titles and sale titles will change after 48 hours, and the promo itself will run for the next 6 days.

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Hegemony Rome: The Rise Of Caesar gets Mercenaries DLC pack

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The Republic has sent out the call for service and summoned new units to the legions in Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar’s Mercenaries DLC pack. The $4.99 download adds six new mercenary units: Dacian swordsmen, Garamante spearmen, Iberian swordsmen, Sarmation lancers, Suione raiding ships, and Thracian peltasts. For early adopters who haven’t updated in a while, the ability to hire mercenaries in lieu of traditional soldiers was added after the game was released.

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Creative Assembly brings Rome to the brink with Total War: Attila

Creative Assembly has revealed that they are flowing up the release of Total War: Rome II with Total War: Attila in 2015. As with the original Rome’s expansion Barbarian Invasion, Attila will move the timeline along to the beginning of the Dark Ages. Players will get the chance to lead a struggling empire against migrating barbarians fighting to settle on imperial lands while battling usurpers, staving off diseases, and attempting to maintain a treasury heavily depleted after the empire split between east and west. Attila will see the return of family trees and skill trees as well as new mechanics, such as settlement destruction, civilians present during town battles, and dynamic fire that can spread during city assaults. Unfortunately, a full list of playable factions was not released.

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Tropico 5 now available online for Linux, Mac and SteamOS

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The Tropican Department of Information has announced that El Presidente has single–handedly, and most gloriously, completed development of Tropico 5 for Linux, Mac, and SteamOS. Available through the Mac App Store and Steam, the latest installment adds a new Dynasty System to the series’ traditional city-building and political elements, allowing players to extend their rule through multiple eras. The App Store version features cross-platform multiplayer, while the Steam version also supports cross-platform multiplayer as well as Big Picture Mode and controllers. Steam users who already purchased Tropico 5 can download the new versions for free.

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Age of Wonders III gets new units, modes, more with Golden Realms

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Triumph Studios has released the first expansion for Age of Wonders III, Golden Realms. The add-on includes a little of everything. In addition to the three-scenario campaign Golden Realms, the pack adds the Halfling race, wild magic, new map locations, guerrilla warfare skills, 20-plus units, 50 artifacts, and two scenarios. Additional features added to the regular maps and randomly generated maps include empire quests, mystical city upgrades, defensive city upgrades, and a new ‘King of the Hill’-type victory condition.

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Anomaly 2 guided safely onto PSN, now available for PS4

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Earth’s future isn’t looking too good in Anomaly 2, now on PSN for PS4. Even though I thought we helped to defeat the alien invaders back in 2012, they apparently returned with a vengeance and overran the planet with their damned machines. Players once again take on the role of a convoy’s commander, guiding the vehicles through a maze of defensive structures and alien attackers in what’s been dubbed a tower-offense design. Additions include the ability to transform troops into war mechs, a multiplayer versus mode with tower defense versus offense, and alternate endings.

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