Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Strategy

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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Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar dated for Steam Early Access

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The next entry in Longbow’s Hegemony series, The Rise of Caesar, will be joining Steam Early Access on February 12. As part of the program, players will be able to purchase the title at a discounted price and try the campaign’s first two chapters and most of the features, offering an estimated 12 hours of gameplay. Longbow will also be hosting a walkthrough of the game on their Twitch.tv channel on February 12 at 3 PM (CST) and on 13 at 7 PM (CST). Questions can be submitted to Longbow and publisher Kasedo beforehand on Kasedo’s Facebook page and during the demonstrations via the hashtag #Hegemony_Live at @KasedoGames on Twitter, both sets will be answered after the stream.

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Blackguards makes a break for it on GOG, Steam for Mac and PC

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Blackguards, adventure-gaming maven Daedalic’s foray into the role-playing world, is now available on GOG and Steam for Mac and Windows PC. A new entry in The Dark Eye universe, Blackguards has players take on the role of a convicted murderer and lead a group of criminals and outcasts against a new sinister power that threatens the land. Players must not only fight against these forces of evil but also wild beasts and monsters as well as the law—they are criminals, after all. The action-heavy title features over 180 battle maps and a turn-based combat system.

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Creative Assembly releases beta Assembly Kit for Total War: Rome II

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Creative Assembly has released a beta version of their new Assembly Kit for Total War: Rome II. The suite of mod tools is a free download from Steam’s Tools section, and has been designed to allow for easier modification of Rome II’s databases as well as graphical assets—animations, models, textures—and initial campaign starting positions. The download comes packed with example data, including animation sets and soldiers, as well as the game’s entire database backend. Completed mods can then be uploaded to Steam’s Workshop, and are subsequently available for download from the game’s launcher. The release noted that there are already over a thousand mods.

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Kasedo Games to publish Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar

Hegemony Rome The Rise of Caesar (PC) Kalypso Announcement - Screenshot 1

Kalypso has announced the first title to be distributed under their digital-first label Kasedo Games (formerly Kobalt Games), Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar. The upcoming strategy game from Longbow Digital Arts is a follow-up to Hegemony: Philip of Macedon, and will feature four campaigns modeled after Caesar’s famous campaign using his own commentary, Commentarii de Bello Gallico. There will be over 100 objectives for players to tackle throughout Gaul, Germania, and Britannia. A sandbox mode will be included as well, with over 20 playable factions. In addition to Philip of Macedon’s emphasis on maintaining efficient supply lines, Rome will add the ability to construct bridges and forts as well as appoint experienced officers as governors.

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Steam’s Early Access version of Blackguards now available for OS X

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Daedalic has launched their upcoming role-playing game Blackguards on Steam’s Early Access for Mac. The first four chapters are now available for download, and new chapters will be added leading up to the game’s official release on January 24. As part of the program, gamers who participate are able to submit feedback to the developers regarding the areas open for play, which will enable them to make any necessary last-minute tweaks before launch.

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Dominions 4: Thrones of Ascension marches onto Steam

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Illwinter’s fantastically flummoxing strategy game Dominions 4: Thrones of Ascension is now available on Steam for Linux, Mac, and Windows PC. The latest entry in the 15-year-old series tasks players with leading a faction to victory in one of three different periods by having their pretender god become the one deity worshipped across the lands. Thrones of Ascension adds more spells, units, and a co-op mode, Disciples. It’s a daunting game to be sure, but it features an exceptional system of layered mechanics—thumbs up from us.

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Company of Heroes 2 DLC and free maps released, original patched

Company of Heroes 2 (PC) CoH Patch and Southern Front DLC Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Relic’s Turning Point campaign to provide additional content for Company of Heroes 2 continues today with the release of the Theater of War pack Southern Fronts as well as a general update. The patch includes bug fixes and gameplay tweaks, two free maps (Hill 331 and Don River), and the ability to upload user-created World Builder maps to Steam’s Workshop. The original Company of Heroes is also being updated with new Steam functionality, such as secure leaderboards and servers for battle and arbitration. More info on the premium drop is available below.

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Red alert! The Bureau: XCOM Declassified launches for Mac

The Bureau XCOM Declassified (360, PC, PS3) Mac Announcement - Screenshot 1

Mac gamers, it’s time to suit up and double check your gear: the aliens are here. TransGaming has ported 2K games’ The Bureau: XCOM Declassified for Mac OS X. The third-person shooter puts players on the frontline of an alien invasion as an agent for XCOM. Unlike its strategy counterparts, The Bureau is set in the past, at the beginning of the organization’s war against the aliens. As special agent William Carter, players will command a squad of agents in skirmishes around the country against the invaders.

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New concept art, screenshots released from Galactic Civilizations III

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The first round of screenshots as well as additional concept art from Stardock’s upcoming 4X strategy title Galactic Civilizations III have been revealed. The upcoming entry will be exclusive to 64-bit PCs and add, among other modes and features, an overhauled ship builder, new resource systems, and a new race, the Iridium. The quad-eyed newcomers, and their various forms, are pictured in the art below.

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