Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Strategy

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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Tropico 5 set to go live online for Linux, Mac on September 19

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Kalypso has announced that the Linux and Mac versions of Haemimont Games city- and political-management sim Tropico 5 will be added to Steam on September 19. Both versions will feature cross-platform multiplayer through SteamPlay, plus support for controllers and Big Picture Mode. Windows gamers who have already purchased the game will be able to download the new versions for free.

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Total War: Rome II – Emperor Edition launching September 16

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Sega has announced that the upcoming Emperor Edition of Total War: Rome II will launch on September 16 for both Mac and Windows PC. Marked as the definitive version of the game, Emperor Edition will include all updates, all free DLC, and the upcoming free Imperator Augustus Campaign Pack. The Augustus pack will overhaul the building chains, politics system, and add a new campaign centered on the Second Triumvirate War. Steam users can currently opt-in to the latest beta patch to experience most of the changes now, though the campaign won’t be available until final release.

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Natural Doctrine release date now September 30

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NIS has announced that they are bumping back their upcoming strategy title Natural Doctrine to September 30. Judging by comments about the import version, the weeklong delay should offer gamers the chance to better prepare for the pain that Kadokawa Game has in store for them in their quest to clear out the lands near the fortress city of Feste.

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Rome II – Emperor Edition, free Imperator Augustus pack announced

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Sega will be releasing an all-in-one version of Total War: Rome II, the Emperor Edition. This version will include all of the patches and free DLC released to date, which have added several factions and units since launch, and a new Campaign Pack expansion titled Imperator Augustus. Current owners should be happy to hear that Imperator Augustus will be a free download for them, which will add a new campaign map based on the Second Triumvirate War. Players will be able to select between Lepidus, Marc Antony, and Octavian in the three-way struggle for the Republic. The pack will also offer “an improved politics system, overhauled building chains, rebalanced battles, and improved visuals in both campaign and battle.” Some of the changes include the ability to avoid civil wars, the rebellion of the player’s own general and units if civil war does break out, and a greater emphasis on managing gravitas.

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Reinforce the ramparts! Stronghold Crusader 2 delayed three weeks

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Stronghold Crusader 2 is being bumped back from September 2 to September 23. Firefly Studios announced that the real-time strategy title will be given a few more weeks of development time after the closed beta highlighted that some additional time would be needed for “extra polish, optimization and bug fixes,” according to studio creative director Simon Bradbury. Veteran strategy fans will remember Crusader as the spin-off to the original Stronghold, a unique castle-defending strategy title released in 2001, which featured Frank and Saracen forces squaring off in a series of famous encounters, including the Siege of Antioch and the Siege of Jerusalem.

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Galactic Civilizations III enters beta, joins Steam Early Access

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Galactic Civilizations III has officially entered beta. As it makes the transition to a new phase of development, Stardock has decided to launch the game on Steam as part of its Early Access program while also lowering the price by five bucks to $44.99. The version available now features sandbox mode and online multiplayer, a first for the series, while diplomacy, revamped ship combat, and trade are planned to go live “in the coming months.” A few of the improvements since the alpha include enhancements to the ship designer and the shipyard being moved off-world to allow for colonies to pool resources.

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