5 Promising Strategy Games Coming in 2016
Five Strategy Games to keep an eye out for
We’ve compiled a list of 5 strategy games coming out this year that we are excited about., listed in order of release date.
Stellaris is a highly anticipated 4x grand strategy game by Paradox Interactive. It is based in space and the game has three phases of gameplay: exploration, contact and diplomacy, conquest. Paradox will bring the complexity from their other historical grand strategy games to Stellaris while adding an original theme, not yet explored by their team. Users will be able to customise their ships, build up their planet infrastructure and grow their faction into a large domineering empire. Stellaris is available for pre-order and will be released on May 9th 2016.
Total War: Warhammer
Total War: Warhammer is the newest in the Total War series. At PC Gamer Weekender, VBR got the chance to try Total War: Warhammer. The game seems to be well executed, capturing the fun and depth seen in Warhammer. The combination of the lore of the Warhammer universe with the strategy elements of Total War promises to create an exciting and addictive game. The game will feature racial quests which enables your heroes to gain traits, abilities and items to enhance their battle and ruling abilities. This will be the first Total War game to feature controllable flying units, adding another level for tacticians to think about as they build and prepare their armies. Total War: Warhammer will be released May 24th 2016 and is available for pre-order now.
Hearts of Iron IV
Hearts of Iron IV is also developed by Paradox Interactive. It is a grand strategy, WWII game where you take control of any country around the world and try survive (or flourish) through WWIII. It joins a long, prestigious line of Hearts of Iron games meaning long-time fans have high expectations. Paradox have placed a focus on national decisions, which drive you down a path of your choosing. As America, do you want to ally with Germany, conquer South America, or choose the historical route and join the Allies. It is all up to you. Build up your country, strengthen your army, and choose the fate of the world. Hearts of Iron IV will be available June 6th 2016.
Dawn of Andromeda
Dawn of Andromeda promises to be a rival to Stellaris. It is planned for release in Q3 2016 and is currently in its closed beta stage. The main features are: asymmetric gameplay, giving the game a more realistic feel as different empires develop at different rates; eras you can progress through as your empire grows; a dynamic universe; and accessible gameplay. If you’ve ever played Distant Worlds: Universe, that last feature will mean a great deal to you. It will mean a helpful and easy to navigate UI while maintaining the complexity that a 4x space game requires. Dawn of Andromeda looks like it will be a beautifully designed, complex space strategy game. Check out Dawn of Andromeda at their website.
Urban Empire was recently announced by Kalypso, the developer of Tropico and Sins of a Solar Empire. The player will take control of a settlement as Mayor and will lead his city, developing the infrastructure while tackling political opponents in the town council. Urban Empire promises to catch the attention of gamers who love strategy games like Banished, while adding depth through the political features. Urban Empire will be available in Autumn 2016.