Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Strategy

Console, PC versions of Lock’s Quest pushed back to May 30

THQ Nordic’s upcoming real-time strategy, tower-defense-style game Lock’s Quest has been pushed back from April 25 to May 30. The original version was developed by 5th Cell for Nintendo DS, while the latest, developed by Digital Continue, will be available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. As in the handheld version, players must protect their village during a 75-day-long war. The updated re-release will feature remastered music, remapped controls for keyboard/mouse and gamepad, an updated interface with new art and customized for higher resolutions, an additional map for Antonia Defense Battles, and Endless Mode. A new progression system will also unlock turrets at specific plot points.


PC News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition now standalone for PC, Xbox One

Strategy gamers who went with the standard release of Halo Wars 2 can try their hand at battling the Covenant in the game’s predecessor with the launch of Halo Wars: Definitive Edition. The enhanced re-release is now available as a standalone purchase on Steam, Xbox Store, and Windows Store. The latest version features updated graphics, extra Achievements, all downloadable content, and support for Play Anywhere. Play Anywhere allows PC and Xbox One owners to access both versions for a single purchase.


PC News, Xbox One News

Endless Space 2 leaving Early Access on May 19, original on sale

Amplitude Studios’ sci-fi-themed 4X title Endless Space 2 will be leaving Early Access on May 19. The sequel features eight factions, each with their own storyline and ship types, along with support for solo and multiplayer. To celebrate its impending release, the studio has lowered the price of the original Endless Space to $1 on Steam. From today through next Monday, players will not only receive the base game but also the downloadable expansion Disharmony. After the period, the only way to purchase the original will be as the Endless Space Collection for $19.99.


PC News

Disgaea 5 Complete trailer (re)introduces Killia and Seraphina

Killia and Seraphina are getting their time to shine in a new trailer for Disgaea 5 Complete. Future trailers are set to feature Usalia, Red Magnus, and other support characters. The upcoming Switch version will include the base game and all post-launch content, which adds eight bonus scenarios, four extra characters, and three additional character classes.


Nintendo Switch News

(PlayStation 4 Review) Banner Saga Complete Pack

“… a compelling adventure with solid turn-based combat that can be as frustrating as it is engrossing.”


PlayStation 4 Reviews

Screenshots, trailer released from Disgaea 5 Complete (dood!)

The Prinnies are on media duty this week with the release of new screens and the opening cinematic from Disgaea 5 Complete. They’ve apparently been brushing up on their web design skills, too, as the game now has an official website. The bundled re-release features the original game along with eight bonus scenarios, four extra characters, and three additional character classes.


Nintendo Switch News

Valkyria Revolution launching in June, Vanargand Edition detailed

The Valkyria are returning this summer when Valkyria Revolution launches on June 27 for PS4, PS Vita, and Xbox One. Players will command the Vanargand anti-Valkyria squad, an elite force from Jutland, against the Ruzi Empire. Armed with mana-infused weapons and schooled in ragnite-fueled spells, the squad, led by Jutland’s Princess Ophelia, must free those suffering under the empire. A trailer and handful of screenshots were also released, along with information on the Vanargand Edition. Pre-orders and first-run copies will come with a themed pin, a 12-song soundtrack by Chrono Trigger’s Yasunori Mitsuda, and a collectable outer box.


PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News, Xbox One News

Survival Mode released for Banner Saga 2, included in Complete Pack

The console version of Banner Saga 2 received a new addition today: Survival Mode. Stoic has thrown down the gauntlet, challenging players with surviving 40 battles in a row. The add-on runs $4.99, while newcomers to the series can get it as part of the $37.99 Complete Pack, which also includes the first two games.


PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News

(Xbox One Review) Halo Wars 2

“… packs a feature-rich multiplayer component with a simple but serviceable campaign, though both struggle with a restrictive control system despite a valiant effort. ”


Xbox One Reviews

Tactical-RPG God Wars Future Past delayed until late June

NIS is delaying the release of their upcoming tactical role-playing game God Wars Future Past. The PS4, PS Vita launch date is being pushed back from March 28 to June 20. The announcement noted that the extra time will provide for “additional development and in-game balancing to ensure the best possible experience for gamers.”


PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News