Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Strategy

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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PC News

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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PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

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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Two tracks by Gordy Haab, Finishing Move released from Halo Wars 2

343 Industries has revealed that Gordy Haab and Finishing Move will be contributing new tracks to Halo Wars 2. Haab has worked on several titles, including Star Wars: Battlefront and Star Wars: The Old Republic, while Finishing Move’s work has appeared in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Two of tunes, “Run, Little Demons” and “Isabel’s Awakening,” have been released on Soundcloud. Check below to give them a listen, and when you’re finished, head over to Xbox.com to read an extensive interview with all three composers.

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PC News, Xbox One News

NIS reveals new tactical-RPG for PS4, PS Vita, God Wars Future Past

NIS is once again teaming up with Natural Doctrine developer Kadokawa Games. This time, the duo will be bringing a new tactical role-playing game to PS4 and PS Vita, God Wars Future Past. Scheduled to launch early next year, digitally and physically, their latest will follow a skewed version of Japanese history told through traditional origin stories. Fuji, Izumo, and Hyuga vie for control of the country, known then as Mizuho, as the once-imprisoned Princess Kaguya escapes her sacrificial fate to learn the truth about her past. During her quest, players will gain access to 14 customizable characters, over 30 classes, and 400-plus skills.

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PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander available for PC, launch trailer up

The Kickstarter-backed hybrid strategy and role-playing game Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander has launched for PC. Developer Massive Damage’s latest is said to offer a “a unique blend of base building, exploration, and a deep tactical JRPG style combat system.” As a commander of the New Terran Federation, players take control of an ancient alien starbase in an effort to defeat the invading Chruul.

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Endless Space 2 set to hit Steam Early Access next month

Amplitude will be bringing their latest 4X strategy titles, Endless Space 2, to Steam Early Access next month. The studio also revealed a new faction trailer with the Lumeris being the latest to join the galactic roster. The Lumeris are an amphibious people that have, as with some lovable big-earned aliens from another franchise, developed a society that focuses on trade and acquisition. A handful of families manage the various elements of their economy, with a balance kept to ensure that no single family gains too much power. The Lumeris are one of eight planned factions, four of which will be available in the Early Access version.

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Disgaea 2 PC launching January for OS X, Steam OS, Windows PC

NIS is set to expand their PC footprint next year with Disgaea 2 PC. The port is being described as the definitive version and will include content from both the PS2 version, Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories, and the later, expanded PSP version, Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days. Additionally, three characters previously exclusive to the Japanese version of Cursed Memories will make their North American debut: Dark Eclair, Gig, and Miabel. And as a bonus for those who own Disgaea PC, four characters from the sequel—Adell, Rozalin, Zetta, and Pleinair—have been added today in a new patch.

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Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon – Da Orks out for iOS, PC

Slitherine has released a new campaign set during the Second War for Armageddon. Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon – Da Orks tackles the war from the perspective of the Orks in a standalone three-act campaign. The game features a revamped interface as well as a new tutorial and skirmish mode. The tutorial is a mini-story in itself that follows the battles of the warlord Ghazghkull Thraka. Players can also utilize cross-platform play via PBEM.

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Apple Handheld, PC News

Arcade-style strategy shooter Inversus launches for PC, PS4

Inversus, the latest action title from Hypersect designer and programmer Ryan Juckett, is now available on PSN, Humble Store, and Steam. The competitive arcade-style title mixes strategy with shooting, as players fire bullets to open and close paths in an attempt to block and trap their opponent. Up to four players are supported, locally or online, in one-versus-one and two-versus-two modes over 30-plus maps. PSN and Steam are both running a launch-week discount, knocking 10% off, with the former for PS Plus subscribers.

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PC News, PlayStation 4 News