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

Age of Wonders III version 1.09 patch released, detailed

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Age of Wonders III received its first patch today. Triumph Studios noted that their goal with the update was to improve performance, fix hardware-specific issues, address problems with registration, adjust balance, and improve the AI. The full change log can be found below, but some of the highlights include the ability to adjust difficulty when restarting on the campaign map, lowered difficulty on squire, guest profile settings are now saved, and tactical AI is less likely to sally when defending. Quick saves and native high-resolution support were also added.

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Chaos: Reborn Kickstarter campaign passes $100K at halfway mark

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As Julian Gollop’s Kickstarter campaign for Chaos: Reborn, a reboot of his 1985 turn-based strategy game Chaos, passes the halfway mark, it’s been announced that over $100,000 has been raised so far. As designer of Laser Squad and co-designer of X-Com, Gollop is looking to return to the genre after a stint on the Assassin’s Creed series with a now-fantasy-themed version of his turn-based hit. Planned features include versus and co-op play, procedurally generated realms, and a grand campaign. Strategy fans can find out more at the campaign page

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Age of Wonders III sets out on campaign, now on GOG and Steam

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The Age of Wonders series has been dormant for over a decade, but it returns today with the release of Age of Wonders 3 on GOG and Steam. The Triumph Studios-developed turn-based strategy title features online play with versus modes and scenarios, two playable factions, new leader classes (e.g., warlord, rogue, theocrat), a new tactical combat system, and an increased focus on unit specialization. Leaders will have to undertake quests, set up economies, negotiate with neighboring factions, and of course, crush enemy armies.

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Age of Wonders III to be released next month, pre-order bonus live

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A decade-plus after the last Age of Wonders, Triumph Studios has sent word that the third entry in the series will be launching next month, on March 31. Fans of the series can look forward to the same mix of empire building, role playing, and tactical combat as its predecessors. The latest iteration features six leader classes and six main races (human, high-elf, dwarf, draconian, orc, and goblin), along with a world map up of fifty-plus location types, turn-based combat, sieges, a random map generator, and a story-driven campaign. Both versus and co-op multiplayer is also supported over set scenarios and maps created by the random map generator.

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Panzer Corps, Afrika Korps, and Grand Campaign DLC out for iPad

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Commanders on the go can now keep up with the action on the front with the release of Panzer Corps for iPad. The Panzer General-inspired wargame, from developers The Lordz Games Studios and Flashback Games, features 800-plus units, 30 countries, cross-platform multiplayer, and DLC packs that include the Afrika Korps expansion and Grand Campaign scenarios.

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Apple Handheld

Panzer Corps in development for iPad, sign-up begins for closed beta

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Slitherine has announced that they will be publishing an iOS version of Lordz Games Studio’s turn-based wargame Panzer Corps Wehrmacht. The portable release, in development with Flashback Games Studio, will include the same content as the Windows PC original, including all 26 scenarios and 400-plus units, as well as all 10 downloadable Grand Campaigns for the Afrika Korps and Allied Corps expansions as in-app purchases. The studios are also seeking beta testers to assist with bug hunting and fine-tuning.

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New Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness screenshots released

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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

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

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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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PlayStation 3 News

Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness launch copy extras announced

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The next entry in the Disgaea series is getting the first run premium treatment with a host of extras set to ship with pre-order and launch copies of Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness. Set to hit store shelves on October 8, the PS3-exclusive strategy-RPG will include three bonuses for early buyers: a two-disc sountrack, a graphic print, and a costume DLC pack for the three main characters (Laharl, Etna, and Flonne). The costume pack is actually a freebie for everyone, and will be available to download at no cost for the first 30 days from launch. Some new screens were also released, so check them out below.

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