Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Strategy

(PC Review) Dominions 4: Thrones of Ascension

(PC Review) Dominions 4: Thrones of Ascension

“… an involved, intimidating, and exasperating strategy game that is a must play for fans of the genre.”

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Company of Heroes 2: Victory at Stalingrad DLC launching next week

Company of Heroes 2 (PC) Victory at Stalingrad DLC Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

After announcing a free download earlier this week for Company of Heroes 2, Sega has revealed a new for-pay download set to launch next week. The upcoming release, Victory at Stalingrad, will be available on November 12 for $9.99 as part of the Turning Point update. The drop will include one Co-Op Scenario, Kalach Pincer; two Solo Challenges, Tatsinskaya Raid and Bridge Defense; and three AI Battles, Stalingrad Encirclement, Stalingrad Resistance, and Winter Storm. Details for each are posted below. Also available in Turning Point are premium commanders for $2.99 and skins for $1.99.

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Company of Heroes 2 getting map editor, maps, more next week

Sega will be releasing a free update for Relic’s Company of Heroes 2 next week. The studio announced that the pack, Turning Point, will go live on November 12 and include the World Builder multiplayer map editor, two new multiplayer maps (Rails and Metal, Lazur Factory), public chat lobbies, and two new multiplayer commanders for each faction. Relic will be demoing the new maps on their Twitch TV channel tomorrow, and the World Builder on the following day.

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Dominions 4 now available on Desura for PC

Dominions 4 (PC) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Developer Illwinter Game Design is celebrating the fifteenth birthday Dominions with a new entry, Dominions 4. The latest in the grand strategy series has launched online for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows PC on Desura. Dominions 4 puts players in the role of a struggling demigod at war against others also striving for godhood in a battle that spans across three eras. Players will be able to select a nation and create a customizable demigod from “millions of possible combinations” with which to lead an army of troops both historical and mythological.

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Eugen reveals Wargame Red Dragon with new screens, details

Wargame Red Dragon (PC) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Eugen Systems is taking their Wargame series into Asia with their next release, Red Dragon. The upcoming real-time strategy title will be set between 1975 and 1991 and feature five new nations, including China and North Korea, as well as an increased emphasis on naval and amphibious units. Over 450 new units are planned, along with a new single-player campaign and multiplayer battles with support for up to 20 players. Three new screens were released to give a glimpse at what virtual generals can look forward to.

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Fortune awaits the bold merchant in new trading sim Rise of Venice

Rise of Venice (PC) July Screenshot Announcement - Screenshot 5

Renaissance-era Venice sits ripe for the ambitious merchant’s taking in the latest release from Kalypso, Rise of Venice. The economic and political sim allows players to take a fledgling trading company to towering, gilded heights as they expand their fleet, strike deals, and battle political rivals at home and pirates at sea. Wares will be traded across the Mediterranean, with ports allowing economic expansion to Alexandria, Constantinople, and Rome, against the AI or with up to three friends online.

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New Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness screenshots released

Disgaea D2 A Brighter Darkness (PS3) Late Sept Screenshots - Screenshot 1

Because every day could use a little more Disgaea, NIS has released a handful of new screens from the upcoming PS3 tactical-RPG Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness. (More) Prinny mayhem awaits!

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PlayStation 3 News

Case Blue DLC now available for Company of Heroes 2

Company of Heroes 2 (PC) Case Blue DLC Launch Announcement - Screenshot 2

Company of Heroes 2 received its first Theater of War single-player and co-op content update, Case Blue. Available today on Steam, the mini-pack features a campaign based on a real German operation undertaken on the Eastern Front in 1942 that includes two new solo challenges, two new AI battles, and a new co-op scenario. Two free maps are also being released in a new patch to support the release of Case Blue: Rostov, a large-scale map for up to six players, and Kharkov, a smaller map with a focus on close-quarters fighting.

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Sword of the Stars: Ground Pounders demo launches for Android, PC

Sword of the Stars Ground Pounder (Android, PC) Demo Announcements - Screenshot 1

Kerberos has released an Android demo and an updated PC demo for their Sword of the Stars wargame spin-off Ground Pounders. Both demos are from alpha builds, with the Windows update adding air and engineering units. The early hands-on trials are to demonstrate the studio’s progress in order to drum up support for the final stage of funding through a Kickstarter campaign. All but the final months have been financed by Kerberos, and they are looking to crowdsourcing for the final push. Unlike the other Sword of the Starts spin-off The Pit, Ground Pounder features Panzer General-style gameplay with armies battling over colorful hexagon grids in turn-based combat.

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NIS releases new screenshots from Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness

Disgaea D2 A Brighter Darkness (PS3) Sept Screenshot Announcement - Screenshot 1

Some new screens have been released from Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness. D2 sees the return of Laharl, Etna, and Flonne, and as a bonus, early buyers will be able to snag three extras: a two-disc sountrack, a graphic print, and a costume DLC pack for the three main characters. The costume pack is actually a freebie for everyone that will be available to download at no cost for the first 30 days from launch. The latest batch shows more of the turn-based wackiness that’s in store for gamers when D2 launches on October 8.

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