Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Turn-based Strategy

Survival Mode released for Banner Saga 2, included in Complete Pack

The console version of Banner Saga 2 received a new addition today: Survival Mode. Stoic has thrown down the gauntlet, challenging players with surviving 40 battles in a row. The add-on runs $4.99, while newcomers to the series can get it as part of the $37.99 Complete Pack, which also includes the first two games.

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PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News

Banner Saga 3 surpasses Kickstarter goal, nearing first stretch reward

Stoic has announced that they have reached their initial Kickstarter goal for Banner Saga 3. In just under a week, the studio has raised over $200,000, and is now moving on towards the first of its stretch goals. The first goal is set at $250,000, which will add playable Dredge. The third entry marks the end of the journey, as players head “beyond the wall of Darkness to traverse a world unlike anything encountered in previous sagas.” Players will once again engage in tactical combat and make decisions that have lasting consequences as they lead a band of Vikings.

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Disgaea 2 PC hits Steam for Mac, SteamOS, and Windows PC

NIS’ tactical role-playing game Disgaea 2 PC has launched on Steam. The computer version features all of the content from the original PS2 release, Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories, and the later enhanced PSP re-release, Dark Hero Days. In the campaign, players take on the role of Adell, a young man unaffected by a curse that’s turning Veldime into a Netherworld, wiping its citizens’ memories and transforming them into demons. In addition to the story, there is a mode to play as a has-been rockstar, Axel, a Stack Attack for deadlier attacks, an Item World to customize kit, and a Dark Court that punishes the good. The PC version features updated controls and three playable characters new to the West: Dark Eclair, Gig, and Miabel.

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PC News

Dood! Disgaea 5 Complete bringing tactical-RPG-ness to Switch

Disgaea 5 Complete was recently revealed for Nintendo’s Switch console. The strategy-heavy role-playing game will be available digitally and physically, and include the base game along with all downloadable content. The drops add an extra eight bonus scenarios, four characters, and three character classes. A limited edition is also on offer, and is up for pre-order on NIS’ online store.

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Nintendo Switch News

Sega bringing Valkyria Revolution over for PS4, Xbox One

The Valkyria series is continuing stateside next year with the release of Valkyria Revolution for PS4, PS Vita, and Xbox One. Released in Japan as Valkyria: Azure Revolution, North American players will be able to purchase the game digitally and physically for PS4 and Xbox One as well as digitally for PS Vita. Neither strictly a sequel or a spin-off, Revolution is set in an alternate timeline from the main series, now based on Europe’s industrial revolution rather than WWII, and replaces the turn-based combat system with a hybrid setup. Combat is in real time, but players will also engage in tactical strategy across multiple battlefields. The story follows five vengeful friends, the Circle of Five, who use their influence to push an isolated nation to fight against imperialist neighbors. As the game plays out, the group will come to be viewed as brave liberators or traitorous murderers. One of the remaining Valkyrur, Brunhilde, is a wild card in the struggle.

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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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PC News

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

GOG kicks off its 2016 Summer Sale with events, free games, more

GOG.com has officially begun its 2016 Summer Sale. Slated to run for two weeks, the promo will feature over 1,000 deals along with activities and an XP system that awards points for use towards free games. New deals will be added every 24 hours. To kick things off, the service is giving away a free copy of System Shock 2 through their GOG Galaxy client for the first 48 hours. The recently updated Homeworld Remastered Collection is also on sale for 50% off. For those wanting to see some of the games in action, GOG staff will be streaming Stardew Valley and Grim Fandango Remastered tomorrow on their Twitch channel. As a bonus, anyone who tunes in will receive an XP boost.

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PC News

Gallian calls! Valkyria Chronicles Remastered, themes out for PS4

Squad 7 has been called up with the release of Valkyria Chronicles Remastered. The Second Europan War has kicked off with the Empire’s surprise attack on the Alliance and breach of Gallia’s borders, and now players are being summoned to save their homeland. The new version of the action-heavy tactical strategy title features support for 1080p at 60fps, updated visuals, dual language options, and all previously released downloadable content. Four different system themes have also hit PSN for $1.99 each.

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PlayStation 4 News

The Banner Saga 2 launching for PS4, Xbox One on July 26

Stoic has announced that Versus Evil’s role-playing strategy title slash Viking epic The Banner Saga 2 will be making its way onto consoles on July 26. For those returning to the trail, you will be able to continue the journey taking into account the choices made in the original. However, new players do not need experience with the series. A (spoiler-heavy) trailer highlighting some of the first game’s tougher choices has been posted to kick off the release of the sequel.

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