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Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp

Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp is an upcoming collection of the two classic Advance War games. Both “Advance Wars” and “Advance Wars 2 Black Hole Rising” have been remade to today’s standard. The game is developed by WayForward and published by Nintendo. The game will be released on Nintendo Switch.

The Orange Star Nation is under attack and you’re tasked to defend it from the attacking forces. You’ll be working with commanding officers in a turn-based battle. With their help, you’ll be in various battlegrounds including naval, air, and land battles.

You’ll also be reliving the events of Advance Wars and Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising.  In the battles, you’ll get to know your commanding officers like Andy, Max, Sami well. Each officer has their own specialties and CO Powers. For example, Alex has a CO power named “Hyper Repair” which gives every unit 20% of the HP back.

Additionally to the campaigns, the game comes with Versus Mode. This mode lets you and three of your friends duke it out and find out who is the superior strategist. You can play on dozens of maps and customize the game rules that bring unique experiences.

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    Oct 28, 2021

Age of Empires 4

With over 15 years in the making, Age of Empires finally makes its return in the form of Age of Empires 4. Age of Empires takes you back in time to some of the most important points in human history while also putting you at the center of it all. Developed by Relic Entertainment and published by Xbox Game Studios, see your kingdom through prosperity and peril in this real-time strategy game.

Play as one of eight civilizations each with unique attributes and cultures from the Holy Roman Empire to the Mongols. Locate resources and establish your kingdom’s economy and architecture. Age of Empires 4 will be playable on Microsoft Windows and will be available this autumn.

The game features 4 story campaigns, each campaign focuses on a different historical figure and plays out events they encountered throughout their reign. Campaigns feature succession and will see you playing as the descendants of the leaders you have chosen as well.

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    Apr 22, 2021

Humankind

Humankind is a 4X turn-based strategy game from Amplitude Studios and SEGA. In the style of Civilization, players lead their people from humble origins as a Neolithic tribe to the Modern Age, researching technologies, constructing wonders, and waging wars along the way.

Humankind offers intriguing means of customization to ensure that each playthrough is unique. Not only the player’s avatar is customizable, but their civilization can freely adopt any of the 60 historical cultures from the Ancient to the Modern Age, which according to the developer, results in one million possible combinations.

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Port Royale 4

Port Royale 4 is a trading and city-building sim set in 17th-century Caribbean. The player takes control of a small colony and grows it into a bustling city by developing production chains, creating trade routes across the sea, battling fleets of rival nations, and fending off pirates.

In a departure from the previous installments, PR4 features turn-based naval battles. The player may choose to represent England, France, Spain, or the Netherlands, each providing different benefits and gameplay styles. The game includes over 60 cities, 50 different buildings, and 18 historically authentic ship types.

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13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim is a cross-genre game developed by Japanese studio Vanillaware of Odin Sphere and Dragon’s Crown fame. It combines side-scrolling adventure with real-time strategy combat in an original sci-fi setting.

The adventure segments lean on dialogue and exploration, and feature thirteen protagonists with intertwining storylines. The combat involves controlling up to six chosen characters, who pilot Sentinel mechs and defend humanity from giant monsters, the kaijuu.

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Disintegration

V1 Interactive, an independent development studio led by Halo‘s co-creator Marcus Lehto, is preparing to launch their debut project: Disintegration. This sci-fi shooter is set in Earth’s near future where scarcity and pandemic have driven humanity to the brink of extinction, forcing them to transfer their brains to robotic bodies through the process of Integration. It wasn’t long before the majority of the Integrated decided to eliminate the remnants of humanity altogether. Standing in their way is a small resistance group of Outlaws with gravcycle pilot Romer Shoal at the helm.

Disintegration plays like a mashup between a first-person shooter and a real-time strategy game: the player rides a heavily armed gravcycle while commanding legions of troops. In addition to its single-player campaign, the game features three team-based 5v5 multiplayer modes.

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    Mar 19, 2020

Panzer Corps 2

Developed by Flashback Games and published by Slitherine, Panzer Corps 2 is a turn-based strategy game set during World War II. The player may take control of any major power in the European theatre. The game boasts complex in-game mechanics like spotting, encirclements, and capturing of enemy equipment, as well as over 1,000 authentic units.

Panzer Corps 2 offers a branching solo campaign that includes 60 scenarios, as well as hot seat and online multiplayer with both pre-made scenarios and randomly generated maps. Like the original Panzer Corps, it includes a Scenario Editor for creating your own scenarios and maps.

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    Dec 3, 2019

Phoenix Point

Phoenix Point is developed by an independent Bulgarian studio Snapshot Games, which is headed by a maker of the cult-classic X-COM. As X-COM‘s spiritual successor, Phoenix Point combines a strategic world view called Geoscape with tactical turn-based battles. It features destructible environments, extensive soldier customization, and plenty of weapons and gear acquired through trading, conflict, or research.

Phoenix Point takes place in a post-apocalyptic Earth devastated by a virus that mutated most of its life forms into alien monsters. Notably, these aliens evolve and adapt to the player’s tactics through procedural generation. The remains of humanity broke up into factions that the player may ally with to gain access to their resources and unique technologies.

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Kingdom Under Fire II

Kingdom Under Fire II is a game by Korean developer Blueside that blends MMORPG and RTS elements. It is being published in North America and Europe by GameForge. While known for their portfolio of free-to-play MMOs, GameForge is choosing a premium pricing model for Kingdom Under Fire II – which is to say, a one-time upfront payment, and perhaps higher drop rates than in regular F2P titles.

Notably, the game was announced all the way back in 2008, and languished in development hell for years. Several publishers have released it in Asia and Russia, where its success was mixed at best.

Three editions of KUF2 are available for pre-order, each offering exclusive bonuses for doing so. The game can be purchased through the official GameForge website.

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Age of Wonders: Planetfall

Age of Wonders: Planetfall is a 4X turn-based strategy game developed by Triumph Studios and published by Paradox Interactive. In a departure from its fantasy roots, Planetfall is sci-fi themed and involves up to six factions with unique units and technologies vying for control over alien worlds.

Planetfall offers several diverse game modes: the single-player story campaign, randomly-generated maps, and multiplayer (online, hotseat, and asynchronous). The matches have multiple paths to victory by employing conquest, diplomacy, or doomsday technologies.

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    May 23, 2019

Total War: Three Kingdoms

Total War: Three Kingdoms is a strategy game developed by Creative Assembly and published by Sega. Like the previous titles in the franchise, it combines turn-based empire building with massive real-time battles.

Set in ancient China, Total War: Three Kingdoms puts the player into the shoes of one of eleven legendary warlords – such as Cao Cao, Liu Bei, and Sun Jian – aiming to unite the fractured land under their rule and establish the next great dynasty. The default campaign is based on the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a highly romanticized account of the time period, which means plenty of character drama and heroes who can turn the tide of battle using nigh-supernatural abilities. On the other hand, there is also a Classic Mode option for those who prefer a more realistic experience closer in spirit to the past historical Total War installments.

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    Apr 25, 2019

Imperator: Rome

Imperator: Rome is a grand strategy game from the masters of the genre at Paradox Interactive. Set in the tumultuous time period from Wars of Alexander’s Successors to the founding of the Roman Empire, the game invites the player to change the course of history in the Mediterranean.

In order to do so, the player will have to govern their provinces and command their armies and fleets while ensuring that their diverse population – made up of ctizens, freemen, tribesmen, and slaves, each with their own culture – remain content with their rule.

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Tropico 6

Tropico 6 is a construction and management simulator that puts the player into the role of a dictator of an island nation, and tasks them with building up the economy, keeping the citizens happy, and staying in power. It is the first entry in the Tropico series to be developed by German studio Limbic Entertainment.

New in Tropico 6 is the ability to manage an entire archipelago of islands, and connect them with bridges starting in later eras. The citizens are now fully simulated, each having their own life and expectations, resulting in a more realistic simulation.

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    Mar 28, 2019

GWENT: Crimson Curse

GWENT, the strategic card game set in The Witcher universe, is getting its first expansion this month. Titled GWENT: Crimson Curse, it brings more than a 100 new cards – 31 neutral and 14 faction cards per faction – and includes new archetypes as well as status effects like Bleed or Poison.

While GWENT is free-to-play excluding the usual in-game purchases, players may buy the Crimson Curse pre-order pack for bonus goodies – more on those after the jump.

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PixelJunk Monsters 2

PixelJunk Monsters 2 is a tower defense game developed by Q-Games and published by Spike Chunsoft in the West. Much like its predecessor, the upcoming title involves building towers to repel waves of evil monsters invading the Tiki forest. Players may use magic, and upgrade their towers to strengthen their attacks.

PixelJunk Monsters 2 also features both local online co-op modes, the latter accommodating up to four players.

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Ancestors Legacy

Ancestors Legacy is a historical RTS from Destructive Creations, a Polish company which previously released Hatred (2015) and IS Defense (2016). The upcoming game is said to be their biggest project yet.

Set during 10th-12th century Middle Ages, it features real historical events in the single-player missions. There is also multiplayer for players to test their mettle against each other. The game offers four playable factions (Viking, Anglo-Saxon, German, and Slav), tactical combat with elements like morale and the use of terrain, and streamlined resource management that doesn’t take away from the battles, which are the focus of the game.

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    Apr 24, 2018

BattleTech

BattleTech is a tactical turn-based mech combat game developed by Harebrained Schemes and published by Paradox Interactive for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It takes place in year 3025, amid a centuries-long war between great noble houses fought using huge military vehicles called BattleMechs.

After successfully reaching its funding goals on Kickstarter, BattleTech will launch featuring multiple game modes including skirmishes, single-story campaign, and multiplayer PvP with rated matchmaking. Over 30 different Mechs are in the game, and each can be customized and upgraded in the player’s MechLab.

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Railway Empire

Railway Empire is a train tycooon sim developed by Gaming Minds Studios and published by Kalypso Media. Set in mid-19th century United States, it tasks the player with establishing the dominant rail empire in all of North America. In order to do this, it will be necessary to create an elaborate rail network, maintain and upgrade trains, and outmaneuver the competition.

According to the officially published information, the game features over 40 historically-accurate locomotives and more than 30 different wagons. There are over 300 technologies to invest in during five different eras, and the player has to compete with three rival companies using whatever means necessary – including spying and sabotage.

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Dungeons 3

Dungeons 3 is a dungeon management game developed by Realmforge Studios and published by Kalypso Media. Unlike in the previous installment, you play as a new character, dark elf priestess Thalya, who was enticed by the Dungeon Lord to become his chief lieutenant.

The game involves creating a dungeon, filling it with deadly traps and monsters, and fighting off the invading do-gooders. There is also an RTS mode – a revamped version of the one seen in Dungeons 2 – where the player leads their terrifying armies out of the dungeon and against the heroes in the overworld.

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Culdcept Revolt

Culdcept Revolt is a multi-layered strategy title that combines a turn-based board game with fantasy-themed card battles. Developed by Japanese studio Omiya Soft and localized by NIS America, it features over 400 unique cards, online and solo gameplay, and a Free Play Mode to test your customized deck.

The single-player Story Mode follows a young man named Allen, who awakens in a sealed-off city ruled by the tyrannical Count Kraniss without his memories. Regaining his powers as a Cepter – one who can control the cards of Culdcept – he joins the Free Bats rebel group to fight against the count.

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