Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Strategy

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

Total War Rome II (PC) Beta Mod Kit Release Announcement - Screenshot 1

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.

[Continue]

PC News

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.

[Continue]

PC News

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

Blackguards (Mac, PC) Mac OSX Early Access Announcement - Screenshot 1

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.

[Continue]

PC News

Dominions 4: Thrones of Ascension marches onto Steam

Dominions 4 (PC) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 4

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.

[Continue]

PC News

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.

[Continue]

DLC, PC News

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.

[Continue]

PC News

New concept art, screenshots released from Galactic Civilizations III

Galactic Civilization 3 (PC) November Screens and Art - Screenshot 1

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.

[Continue]

PC News

Eugen pivots to Asia with new Wargame Red Dragon screens

Wargame Red Dragon (PC) November Screenshots - Screenshot 1

Eugen System has released a handful of new screenshots from the next entry in the Wargame series, Red Dragon. According to the release, the images reveal the models for the Z-9A helicopter as well as the HQ-7, Type-95, and Type-63 air-defense units. In addition to 450-plus new units, some of which being the series’ first naval and amphibian units, Red Dragon will also introduce five new nations, including China and North Korea .

[Continue]

PC News

(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.”

[Continue]

PC Reviews

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.

[Continue]

DLC, PC News