RTS

Meridian: New World announced, a sci-fi RTS from one-man dev team Elder Games

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Meridian: New World is a rather lovely (at least in pictures) real-time strategy game made by one man, Ede Tarsoly, who has spent the last two years of his life on the project. It's long overdue a formal announcement, then - and as luck would have it the town crier himself yelled in my ear this morning about its "focus on storytelling" and "level editor" and "Q2 2014", and I didn't stop to question him about his use of financial lingo because Meridian sounds like quite the achievement. Read several more words about it below.

Citadels, a new medieval RTS in the age of Arthur

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Citadels offers up a provocative question: Do you defend king and country or join the men who want to destroy it all? The single-player RTS set in the world of Arthurian knights was launched yesterday by Slovakian studio Games Distillery and promises a look at both sides of the legend, according to a press release from publisher bitComposer Games.


Satellite Reign hits Kickstarter target, without resorting to the Persuadertron

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With three days to go, the hugely promising Syndicate-inspired strategy game Satellite Reign has reached its Kickstarter target, without having to resort to the persuadertron. Developers 5 Live Studios celebrated in the customary way: by releasing a short video of some digital fireworks. With a few days left on the clock, it seems likely that the team will hit their first stretch goal too, which sees Syndicate composer Russell Shaw returning to the world of neo-noir isometric strategy games. This would be very good news indeed. Digital fireworks all round!


Satellite Reign is looking awesome in these new gameplay visualization snippets

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There's less than a week to go on Satellite Reign's crowdfunding campaign, and at the time of writing there's still some £50,000 (~$76,845) till it reaches its goal. Will this new video of in-engine gameplay concepts be enough to convince gamers to bridge the funding gap?


Age of Wonders III delayed to 2014 to ensure "even better experience"

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If you booked off most of Autumn to play Triumph's Age of Wonders reimagi-sequel, then I almost don't want to tell you that it's been delayed to the first quarter of 2014. I mean, that would be crushing. There is a good reason for the new release date, however, with Triumph's community manager (and presumed van owner) Jimmy van de Have stating that “we’ve made great progress developing the game and feel now is the time to give you heads up that we will take a bit more time creating all the features and content. Age of Wonders III is the largest game in the series and with the additional polish we hope we can give you an even better experience”.


Gearbox announces HD remakes of Homeworld 1 and 2

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You might remember Gearbox buying the Homeworld series back in April, uttering silent space-noises about “making them accessible on today’s leading digital platforms”. It turns that's code for 'HD remake', with Gearbox announcing yesterday at the Penny Arcade Expo in Australia that both Homeworld and its sequel (and presumably Homeworld's expansion, Cataclysm) will be given high-definition remakes. Not only that, but the original games will soon be making their way to digital shops too.


Total War: Rome II footage shows orchestral soundtrack and bashing-things-with-hammers sound effects

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A dev diary video released by Creative Assembly shows great behind-the-scenes footage of the sound design in the new Total War strategy game, Rome II The Total War series has always had an emphasis on bigger worlds and more units on a battlefield at once, but it’s neat to see the lengths they went to get really great sound.


Divinity: Dragon Commander rains down terror in multiplayer gameplay video

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I don't know about you, but I've been getting a bit of eSports fatigue lately; League of Legends champions seem to be breeding like zerglings. If there's one thing that can get me back into the game, however, it's Dragon Commander. I mean, jetpack-toting dragons roasting each other like marshmallows in a dogfight? Now that's the edge-of-your-seat stuff that defines eSports.


New Divinity: Dragon Commander video plays with politics

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A new interactive video from Larian Studios lets you get a taste for the power you'll be wielding in its eclectic upcoming RTS Divinity: Dragon Commander. Surely piloting a flame-breathing, jet-pack wearing dragon brings its own challenges, but we see in this new video that political intrigue and consensus building may be an even trickier proposition.


New Divinity: Dragon Commander video shows over 20 minutes of gameplay

Ian Birnbaum at

Divinity: Dragon Commander is one of those games that defies genre classification, and does so quite aggressively. Like, angry-dragon-wearing-a-jetpack aggressively.

Total War: Rome II gameplay video shows combined land and sea battle

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At the Rezzed PC games show over the weekend, the Total War: Rome II development team showed off an extensive look at the in-game tactical map, new city management systems, and a spectacular combined land and naval battle.


Company of Heroes 2 demo now available

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Demos, eh? A lovely feature, if you're prepared to wait a couple of months in the hope a developer will maybe cut out a chuck of game and post it online. Of course, barring multiplayer betas and the occasional generous indie, you're not going to get to trial a game's singleplayer mode before its release. What do you think this is, the '90s? Wait, is it the '90s? I ask because Company of Heroes 2 has just released its E3 demo to the public.


Planetary Annihilation offers early-access to alpha

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Uber Entertainment announced today an early-access program for its in-development strategy game Planetary Annihilation. Commanders eager to dive into this RTS must have a Windows 64-bit system to take part in the alpha-stage program through Steam. The chance to get an early look, however, will require some sacrifice.


Company of Heroes 2 trailer is all about the multiplayer

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One thing that's been missing from the previous, genre-baiting, Company of Heroes 2 trailers, is a sense of the game's ferocious, complex, strategic action. That's being corrected here, in the E3 multiplayer recap trailer. In amongst the continuous shelling, the flurry of bullets and the charging enemy, you get a sense of what it would be like to be the one in charge of this mayhem. Terrifying, mostly.


Cleopatra's coming atcha in this Total War: Rome 2 trailer

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In the latest trailer for Total War: Rome 2, Cleopatra looks back on all her great and/or terrible deeds, including the relatives she's had murdered, the Carry On films she's inspired, and the late 90s girlbands she's directly responsible for. Those last two reflections may or may not be in the following video - but you won't know for sure until after the break.


Company of Heroes 2 open beta deploys today

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Relic hope to drop fresh reinforcements into upcoming RTS Company of Heroes 2, battering the game's multiplayer servers into submission with a steady stream of recruits. And to ensure they don't run out of fresh-faced rookies, they're launching the game's open beta later today. Enlistees will get two weeks to try out a number of maps and modes, before being forced to surrender on June 18th.


Company of Heroes 2 trailer promises tank on tank action

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"Look folks," the latest Company of Heroes 2 trailer may well be saying, "we really love tanks." "Sure," it continues, "our game does have units that aren't tanks, but they're just there to make it even more special when you do finally see a tank." Basically, if you're a huge fan of planes, there are really only a few seconds here designed to appeal to you.


Wargame: AirLand Battle trailer celebrates launch with explosions and rock

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If you've been following Wargame: AirLand Battle, the RTS follow-up to Wargame: European Escalation, you'll be aware of its attempt to imbue the strategy formula with a deep, persistent deck system and a versatile dynamic campaign. But now the game has released, which means its time to throw out the subtelty, crank up the rock, and do a launch trailer.


Hardware: Shipbreakers trailer shows first in-game footage

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When Blackbird Interactive announced Hardware: Shipbreaker, the free-to-play sci-fi strategy from the creators of Homeworld, they chose to focus on the mood, rather than the action. This first gameplay reveal is no different, capturing the dusty wilderness of the graveyard planet LM-27, and the tension that exists between the competing factions of prospectors, each looking to haul some prize space salvage.


Company of Heroes 2 trailer suggests you hold off on "the next big FPS"

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While the last trailer was a sombre exploration of the psychological and physical toll of the Eastern Front, Company of Heroes 2's latest video preview is a more celebratory look at the variety and flexibility of the World War 2 strategy. It's cocky, too. Confidently rolling its tanks over that other genre's battlefield; big block letters proudly instructing you to take command "before you try the next big FPS".