Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Strategy

Swords & Soldiers II grabs its banners, marches onto eShop for Wii U

Swords and Soldiers 2 (Wii U) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Ronimo has returned with a new 2D side-scrolling strategy game for Wii U, Swords & Soldiers II. As Viking Chieftain Redbeard, players will embark on a 15-mission campaign alongside Kebab salesman Al’Yucaneet to the Netherworld in order to conquer the residing demonic hordes. Three factions in total are playable: Demons, Persians, and Vikings. In addition to the story is a local multiplayer mode, score-based challenges, and skirmishes. Off-TV play is also supported with the GamePad.

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Wii U

Ten Project X Zone 2 characters revealed, new screenshots up

Project X Zone 2 (3DS) Character Announcement - Screenshot 1

Bandai Namco has release new screenshots from the upcoming tactical-RPG Project X Zone 2. The images reveal 10 of the characters to make up the latest cast, which will include many returning from the original as well as some new faces. Those featured are Ken and Ryu from Street Fighter, Maya Fey and Phoenix Wright from Ace Attorney, Gemini Sunrise and Sakura Shinguji from Sakura Wars, Axel Stone from Streets of Rage, Ciel Alencon and Nana Kazuki from God Eater 2, and Aty from Summon Night 3. Over a dozen shots in all have been posted, covering combat and dialog sequences.

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3DS

Galactic Civilizations III sets out for deep space, final build available

Galactic Civilizations III (PC) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Galactic Civilizations III has found its way out of early access and been released as a retail build. Stardock has also announced that everyone who buys the 4X strategy title during its first weekend out, as well as those who pre-ordered or went the Early Access route, will receive free ship parts that are exclusive to the promo. For those who haven’t tried the series before, players take on the role of a leader who must guide their empire by negotiating, trading, and battling their neighbors, in addition to allocating resources towards research, infrastructure, and cultural progression. The mod-friendly game also includes a United Planets body that passes resolutions, an emphasis ship building and customization, and support for online play. As a reminder, a 64-bit PC is required to play.

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DLC, PC News

GOG updates Galaxy, optional program enters open beta

GOG (Service) Galaxy Open Beta Announcement - Art 1

GOG’s Galaxy, an optional supplemental application that adds new functions to the service’s library, is now in open beta. The first new release to support the program will be The Witcher 3, which will be augmented with achievements, automatic updates, and stats. For the 1,000-plus titles already available, Galaxy will offer optional automatic updates, one-click installation, friends list, achievements, chat, online multiplayer and matchmaking, and the ability to rollback to previous patches. Some titles will also support cross-play between GOG and Steam.

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PC News

Tropico 5 now available online, as Special Edition in stores for PS4

El Presidente has decided to grace the new console generation with his presence today in Tropico 5. Players will once again be able to guide a small island nation through the ages, from World War I to the Cold War and beyond. A dynastic element allows the president’s family to be placed in positions so that his policies are implemented, but each change must be monitored to ensure that the people do not become angry or rival factions gain too much power. Players wanting a physical copy will get a bonus, as the retail version is the Limited Special Edition and comes with a Tropican password, a postcard, and two download packs, Bayo del Olfato and The Big Cheese.

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DLC, PlayStation 4 News

Dungeons 2 launches for Mac, SteamOS, and Windows PC

Dungeons 2 (PC) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

The Dungeon Lord is getting ready to rip apart a new batch of heroes with the release of Dungeons 2. As with its predecessor, the game combines elements of a dungeon sim and a real-time strategy title, allowing players to build and administer their base while gathering resources in order to build their forces. As the demonic lord, players get to create an army of Orcs with gold gathered by Snots in order to conquer The Overworld by defeating the humans on the surface. There are two factions who have access to 26 different characters, and up to four players get to compete with one another in four different modes.

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PC News

Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon – Angels of Death out for PC

Warhammer 40,000 Armageddon – Angels of Death (PC) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

The Blood Angels are joining the fight for Armageddon with the release of the Angels of Blood expansion for Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon. The Steel Legion’s battles against the Ork warlord Ghazghkull has ground to a halt, and the angels have been sent in to open a new front. Players will guide the Space Marines in a campaign against both the Orks and the remaining Hive cities for control of the resource-rich planet.

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DLC, PC News

Age of Wonders III: Eternal Lords, V1.5 update now available

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Age of Wonders III is bulking up today with the release of the free V1.5 update as well as its second expansion pack, Eternal Lords. The latest add-on includes a new story that follows the struggles of Arvik, heir to the Kingdom of Frostling, who turns to necromancy to reclaim his power. He must choose to either fight alongside his fellow Frostlings or devote himself entirely to necromancy. The pack also adds a new class (Necromancers), two races (Frostlings and Tigran), three leader specializations, diplomacy options, cosmic events, and the Race Governance mechanic.

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PC News

Bandai Namco reveals Saint Seiya: Soldiers’ Soul, Project X Zone 2

Project X Zone 2 (3DS) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Bandai Namco has officially revealed Project X Zone 2 and Saint Seiya: Soldiers’ Soul. Saint Seiya is heading to PC, PS3, and PS4, while Project X Zone will follows its predecessor to 3DS. While we don’t have a lot of details, we do have plenty of screenshots and two new trailers posted below.

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3DS, PC News, PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News

US Army showcased in new trailer for Act of Aggression

Eugen has released the first of three faction trailers for Act of Aggression. The debut trailer covers the US Army, a heavy specialized veteran force that isn’t as versatile as the other forces, restricted as they are to current tech, but they have the ability to level up their units. At nearly three minutes, the trailer runs through the pros and cons of choosing the US Army, including their defense’s dependence on constant energy and an armed Humvee that can quickly track down the procedurally generated resources and engage infantry. Next up is the UNO-funded Chimera, followed afterward by the stealthy Cartel.

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