Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Strategy

Wargame Red Dragon gets warships in new Early Access update

Wargame Red Dragon (PC) Steam Early Access April Patch - Screenshot 1

Wargame Red Dragon is nearing completion, and gamers who have purchased the Steam Early Access version now have the chance to try out one of the final rounds of new content before release, warships (cruisers, destroyers, frigates, and more). Four new screens were released showing the latest additions in action. For series fans, today also marks the beginning of the final week for owners of AirLand Battle to receive a pre-order discount of 25% off of Red Dragon.

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Age of Wonders III version 1.09 patch released, detailed

Age of Wonders 3 (PC) Update Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Age of Wonders III received its first patch today. Triumph Studios noted that their goal with the update was to improve performance, fix hardware-specific issues, address problems with registration, adjust balance, and improve the AI. The full change log can be found below, but some of the highlights include the ability to adjust difficulty when restarting on the campaign map, lowered difficulty on squire, guest profile settings are now saved, and tactical AI is less likely to sally when defending. Quick saves and native high-resolution support were also added.

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Chaos: Reborn Kickstarter campaign passes $100K at halfway mark

Chaos Reborn (PC) Kickstarter Update announcement - Screenshot 1

As Julian Gollop’s Kickstarter campaign for Chaos: Reborn, a reboot of his 1985 turn-based strategy game Chaos, passes the halfway mark, it’s been announced that over $100,000 has been raised so far. As designer of Laser Squad and co-designer of X-Com, Gollop is looking to return to the genre after a stint on the Assassin’s Creed series with a now-fantasy-themed version of his turn-based hit. Planned features include versus and co-op play, procedurally generated realms, and a grand campaign. Strategy fans can find out more at the campaign page

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Age of Wonders III sets out on campaign, now on GOG and Steam

Age of Wonders 3 (PC) Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 4

The Age of Wonders series has been dormant for over a decade, but it returns today with the release of Age of Wonders 3 on GOG and Steam. The Triumph Studios-developed turn-based strategy title features online play with versus modes and scenarios, two playable factions, new leader classes (e.g., warlord, rogue, theocrat), a new tactical combat system, and an increased focus on unit specialization. Leaders will have to undertake quests, set up economies, negotiate with neighboring factions, and of course, crush enemy armies.

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Galactic Civilizations III now on Steam Early Access for elite founders

Galactic Civilization 3 (PC) Steam Early Access Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

The galaxy awaits a ruler, and gamers who have ponied up to pre-order the premium version of Galactic Civilizations III can begin their bid for power in the alpha version through Steam Early Access. The build is only accessible for Founder’s Elite Edition owners, which will also net them all upcoming downloadable packs and expansions. The final version of the 4X galaxy-conquering strategy title isn’t due out until next year, but for now, early adopters will be able to play against the AI and others online, try out the new ideology system, and attempt to manipulate the markets in the new economic system.

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Wargame Red Dragon MP Beta Early Access launches for pre-orders

Wargame Red Dragon (PC) MP Beta Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Wargame’s latest entry, Red Dragon, is now in Beta Early Access. Gamers who have or will pre-order before the game’s release next month will be able to immediately access multiplayer. Eugen plans on releasing new content regularly throughout the beta, including units, which will include warships and other naval craft, maps, and the dynamic campaign system. For those still playing AirLand Battle, Eugen is offering 25% off of Red Dragon when pre-ordering through Steam or the official site.

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(PlayStation 3 Review) Valkyria Chronicles

(PlayStation 3 Review) Valkyria Chronicles

“… ends up being infuriating and exciting, coming across as both polished and not quite done.”

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Total War: Rome II to get Hannibal at the Gates, free DLC this month

Total War Rome 2 (PC) Hannibal at the Gates DLC Announcement - Screenshot 1

Creative Assembly will be following up their Caesar in Gaul downloadable expansion for Total War: Rome II with a new add-on, Hannibal at the Gates. Scheduled to launch on March 27, the new pack will focus on the Second Punic War with a new 19-province campaign map, three new playable factions (Arevaci, Lusitani, and Syracuse), 12-turn years, and new diplomacy-centric civil tech trees for Carthage and Rome. Free DLC was also announced, but no details were given. Additionally, a tenth patch is currently in beta and should also be out soon.

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Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar update adds new chapter

Hegemony Rome The Rise of Caesar (PC) Steam Early Access Announcement - Screenshot 10

The Senate has extended Caesar’s command in Gaul today, courtesy of Longbow Games. The Steam Early Access version of the studio’s in-development title Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar has received its second major update. The download includes a number of bug fixes, improves enemy combat AI, and adds some new features as well as the third chapter of the campaign. The full list of additions and changes, as well as a new developer walkthrough, is available below.

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Age of Wonders III to be released next month, pre-order bonus live

Age of Wonders 3 (PC) Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

A decade-plus after the last Age of Wonders, Triumph Studios has sent word that the third entry in the series will be launching next month, on March 31. Fans of the series can look forward to the same mix of empire building, role playing, and tactical combat as its predecessors. The latest iteration features six leader classes and six main races (human, high-elf, dwarf, draconian, orc, and goblin), along with a world map up of fifty-plus location types, turn-based combat, sieges, a random map generator, and a story-driven campaign. Both versus and co-op multiplayer is also supported over set scenarios and maps created by the random map generator.

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