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

Civ V lead designer Kickstarting new title, Jon Shafer’s At the Gates

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Jon Shafer, former Stardocker and lead designer of Firaxis’ Sid Meier’s Civilization V, has launched Confider Games and kicked off a new Kickstart campaign. The campaign is for the in-development turn-based strategy title Jon Shafer’s At the Gates. At the Gates will put players in the role of a barbarian warlord in a world short on resources and sandwiched between the great powers of late antiquity, the western and eastern halves of the Roman empire. Players will have to adjust to changes in the climate and landscape, deal with their friends, and raid their enemies as they attempt to spread their rule over the land.

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Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories launches on PSN

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Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories is now available on PSN. The $9.99 PlayStation 2 Classic has many features that will be familiar to fans of the later releases, such as geo effects and the Item World. Newcomers, however, will find it much more manageable than its successors, making it a nice entry point for those who have been curious about but also intimidated by the game’s many modes and modifiers.

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Wargame: European Escalation now available for Mac

Eugen System’s real-time strategy game Wargame: European Escalation is now available for Mac. And for those adventurous dual-OS folk out there, Windows users who already purchased the title will be able to download the Mac version for free.

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Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories hitting PSN next week

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Disgaea fans who missed out on the early years will get a chance to try out the second release, Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories, via PSN when it launches on the PS Store on January 22. Cursed Memories will be available as a PlayStation 2 Classic and offer gamers an excellent entry point to better understand the series’ turn-based system and role-playing elements. Newer fans will also find much to be familiar with, including geo effects, the Item World, and the Dark Assembly.

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Omerta – City of Gangsters goes gold for 360, PC

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If Boardwalk Empire has you itching to be a gangster in Prohibition-era Atlantic City, then Kalypso might have just the thing for you. The publisher has announced that Haemimont Games’ latest strategy title, Omerta – City of Gangsters, has gone gold and will launch for 360 and PC on February 12. Players will start off as a smalltime crook, but through recruiting a gang of their own, raiding their rivals’ territories, robbing banks, and battling it out in turn-based combat, they will climb the ranks and become a mob boss with their own syndicate.

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GOG.com’s massive holiday sale ending soon

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Final call: GOG.com’s incredible holiday sale—up to 75% off 125-plus games—ends today. If you haven’t emptied your wishlist yet, you have about 20 hours left to do so. Over the holiday period, GOG also announced that they added expansion packs for several games, including Alpha Centauri, Wing Commander 1 & 2 bundle, Wing Commander: Privateer, and Might and Magic 6-Pack. This is especially great news for Alpha Centauri fans as Alien Crossfire has long crossed the $70 mark on auction sites.

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Unity of Command launches on Steam, getting Red Turn DLC soon

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The charming Unity of Command has launched on Steam. Gamers who haven’t had a chance to try out this simple but addictive turn-based title will not only be able to score it at a new reduced price of $19.99, but for the first week, they will be able to download it for $14.99—an additional 25% off. The announcement coincides with the reveal that the game’s first DLC pack is nearing completion, Red Turn: The Road to Berlin 1943-45.

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Dark Elves to feature in Might and Magic Heroes VI expansion

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Might and Magic Heroes VI will be receiving a new standalone expansion next spring. The untitled release will center on the Dark Elves, leaders of the Dungeon faction, and their early years, said to be “a time of decadence and desperation.” The campaign begins after the elves’ migration from their ancestral homelands for a hidden city, led by the hero Raelag, to serve as assassins for the Faceless. The story will not only follow the faction into new areas of Ashan but also delve into their history.

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Panzer Corps: Afrika Korps opens a new front, launches for PC

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After several DLC campaigns, the fantastic Panzer Corps has received its first standalone expansion, Afrika Korps. Set in 1941, players command the Deutsches Afrikakorps in their attempt to capture the Suez Canal and the resource-rich lands of the Arabian Peninsula in a new 24-scenario campaign. Expert commanders will also be able to strike a serious blow to the British Empire by invading its biggest prize, India. The DAK brings with it 20-plus new unit types, while the enemy will offer an “improved” AI and the theater new tile-sets.

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MechWarrior Tactics shows off in-game footage, new screenshots

A new trailer has launched and new shots arrived from Roadhouse Interactive and A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. Games’ MechWarrior Tactics. The upcoming turn-based strategy game will allow gamers to control and customize a host of armored combatants as a mercenary commander in the year 3025. The developers are looking to augment their hexagonized turn-based system with “tactical gameplay, deep collectability, and unique online features.”

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