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GSC Game World returns for Cossacks 3

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You probably remember GSC Game World as the developers of the STALKER games. After closing in 2011, they re-emerged last year to tease an "old-fashioned, full-price" new game. That game has now been announced, and—surprise!—it's not another STALKER. Instead, it's Cossacks 3.

And they weren't kidding about "old fashioned," either, as Cossacks 3 is a "modern remake" of the original Cossacks. According to GSC's press release, it will feature overhauled mechanics and battles that support up to 10,000 units.

First released in 2001, Cossacks is a historical RTS series. Similar to Age of Empires, it features resource gathering and building construction. It also gave you thumping great big armies, which you could use to smash into other thumping great big armies.

As a remake, Cossacks 3 will again return to the 17th and 18th centuries, and feature five historical campaigns and 12 playable nations. It will also boast realistic projectile physics and randomly generated maps. It's due out at the end of the year.

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Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.