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Re-Legion's first trailer showcases cyber-religious RTS gameplay

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Re-Legion, the cyberpunk RTS about recruiting people into a religious cult and convincing them to fight and die to support your messianic ambitions, will be out this fall, publisher 1C announced today. A new "announcement teaser" has also been turned loose, which is a little bit strange since the game was actually announced back in January. I believe this is the first Re-Legion gameplay video, though, or at least the first one we've seen around here, so we'll give that a pass. 

Set in humanity's grim, grey future (is there any other kind?) Re-Legion follows the journey of Elion from lone prophet to powerful shepherd, delivering peace and comfort to his followers. But as his power grows, his grip on reality loosens, and his benevolence warps into a quest to strike down the infidels. 

Unlike most RTS games that require resources to build new units, in Re-Legion players can convert ordinary citizens into followers, which can then be upgraded in various ways. Praying increases faith, required to gain and use special abilities, while buildings and billboards can be hacked to expand territorial control and convert even more citizens. The ultimate goal of the cult will be based on its dogma, chosen from among dozens promised for the final release: Some cults will strive for a peaceful existence, while others will embrace a more apocalyptic fate. 

We took a closer look at Re-Legion in January, shortly after it was announced, and despite being in a very early pre-alpha state at that point, it sounds like it might be one to watch: "I was intrigued by the mixture of classic cyberpunk with religious body horror. Using actual humans as a limiting third resource is a fun concept, and the ability to convert enemy forces directly on the battlefield gave me fond memories of Sacrifice, or Age of Empires' priests." 

The announcement confirmed that a single-player campaign will be present in the full game, featuring a "mature storyline with profound background and moral choices to be made." Find out more at re-legion.icecodegames.com, or check out the listing on Steam

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.