Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Strategy

Halo War 2 Blitz multiplayer kicking off Jan. 20, dev letter released

Halo War 2’s ‘Blitz’ multiplayer beta has been officially dated for January 20. To get players up to speed, the developers have released a letter on what they can expect during the period. Blitz is a card-based mode, and both PC and Xbox One players will get a chance to try it early. Player’s decks are described as one of their greatest resources, as they build them with cards based on air, ground, and ground units. None of the cards earned will carry over to the final game, but reward cards will be given to participants as a thank-you for their time. Head down for the letter to get all of the details.

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Time to fire up the ovens! Pizza Tycoon 1 and 2 now on GOG

Players are getting the chance to get back into the restaurant business with the release of quirky business sims Pizza Tycoon 1 and 2. Assemble Entertainment has released the titles, DRM free, for $5.99 each or together as a discounted bundle for $9.96. In addition to pushing pies to customers, players can also go into business with the mob and cause unfortunate accidents to happen at (and to) competing restaurants.

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343 begins rolling out Halo Wars: Definitive Edition early access keys

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is now available for early access to everyone who has pre-ordered the digital version of Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition. 343 Industries notes that the game is still in development, and that the version players can download today isn’t complete, and that they can “expect to see more improvements come online” as they continue “putting the finishing touches on the game before launch.” The Definitive Edition features a new multiplayer session browser, which replaces the legacy matchmaking system, allowing players to create and join multiplayer, skirmish, and co-op campaign sessions. Note that players who didn’t pre-order by December 14 might not receive their code today, but they should shortly, as those are being rolled out over the next few weeks. Also, the code will work for Windows 10 PC and Xbox One.

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Sega bringing Valkyria Revolution over for PS4, Xbox One

The Valkyria series is continuing stateside next year with the release of Valkyria Revolution for PS4, PS Vita, and Xbox One. Released in Japan as Valkyria: Azure Revolution, North American players will be able to purchase the game digitally and physically for PS4 and Xbox One as well as digitally for PS Vita. Neither strictly a sequel or a spin-off, Revolution is set in an alternate timeline from the main series, now based on Europe’s industrial revolution rather than WWII, and replaces the turn-based combat system with a hybrid setup. Combat is in real time, but players will also engage in tactical strategy across multiple battlefields. The story follows five vengeful friends, the Circle of Five, who use their influence to push an isolated nation to fight against imperialist neighbors. As the game plays out, the group will come to be viewed as brave liberators or traitorous murderers. One of the remaining Valkyrur, Brunhilde, is a wild card in the struggle.

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Halo Wars 2 trailer up, Halo Wars: Definitive Edition rolling out Dec. 20

343 Industries’ Dan Ayoub released new info about Halo Wars 2 at this year’s The Game Awards. The first bit is a new trailer that centers around Atriox, the leader of the Banished, which can be found below. The other is that everyone who pre-orders the digital version of the Ultimate Edition will receive early access to Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, an enhanced version of the original, along with its downloadable content, for PC and Xbox One. Codes for it will be sent out beginning December 20. A trailer was also released for the Definitive Edition.

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God Wars Future Past official site updated, story trailer released

NIS has released a story trailer for their upcoming tactical role-playing game God Wars Future Past. The official site has also been updated with information about the battle system and a handful of the characters. The game follows the origins of Japan as told through folklore, with Fuji, Izumo, and Hyuga battling for control of the country, known as Mizuho. As the recently imprisoned Princess Kaguya, players must learn the truth about their past, along the way gaining access to 14 customizable characters, over 30 classes, and 400-plus skills.

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SteamWorld Collection available for PS4, on November 15 for Wii U

Rising Star is giving another indie title the physical treatment today with the release of SteamWorld Collection for PS4. Wii U owners will be able to snag it on November 15. The release bundles SteamWorld Dig, a mining platformer, and SteamWorld Heist, a turn-based strategy game. Unlike other strategy games, players are more involved in combat with manual control over where their robots aim, allowing for precise ricochet shots.

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PlayStation 4 News, Wii U

THQ Nordic acquires all games, properties from NovaLogic

THQ Nordic has officially acquired every game and project owned by NovaLogic Inc. That amounts to several decades’ worth of properties, from the Delta Force series to the Armored Fist series. Reinhard Pollice, Business and Product Development Director of THQ Nordic, stated that the studio is eager to resurrect several of the series: “We are extremely satisfied with the new additions to our portfolio, and also very thrilled about how to continue some of said franchises, we are open for talks in this regard if any developer approaches us with a concept for a potential sequel to any IP.” Other properties include Tachyon: The Fringe, the F-22 series, the Comanche series, and the F-16 series.

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God Wars Future Past debut trailer released, limited edition detailed

NIS has opened up pre-orders for the standard and limited editions of God Wars Future Past. The limited edition of the PS4, PS Vita strategy role-playing game will be exclusive to NIS’ online store and come bundled with several extras: a collector’s box, art book, soundtrack, 27″ x 38″ cloth poster, and 3.5” pocket mirror. Coinciding with the reveal of the premium version is the release of the debut trailer, which features the game’s intro cinematic.

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Clockwork Empires leaving Early Access, launching in full on Oct. 26

Gaslamp Games will be releasing their PC strategy game Clockwork Empires on October 26. Described as an “eldritch steampunk colony-building simulator,” players must build and manage a colony as a Junior Bureaucrat. The outpost will be set within procedurally generated lands, and play host to unique citizens who work towards their own goals. They will have to be vigilant managers, as in addition to growing and harvest resources, they must also be prepared for surprise inspections by Occult Investigators and unhappy colonists coming under the sway of evil forces.

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