Sins of a Solar Empire (PC) publisher and The Political Machine 2008 (PC) developer Stardock today revealed its next major internal project, Elemental: War of Magic (PC).
A turn-based 4X strategy game focused on exploration, expansion, exploitation and extermination, Elemental sees players cast as the "only person in your kingdom with the ability to channel magic," allowing them to engage in traditional kingdom management, such as crafting new cities and spells, political negotiations, or exploring dungeons.
A variety of "ground-breaking" multiplayer modes will be included, such as a persistent universe mode in addition to the traditional skirmish modes.
Similar to EA Maxis' Spore (PC), Elemental includes integrated modding support, seamlessly delivering new maps, creatures, items, spells, and so forth to other players when they start the game and connect online.
Like all Stardock releases, Elemental: War of Magic will include no on-disc DRM when it arrives in Q1 2010 at $49.95, with a public beta beginning in spring 2009.
This very much reminds me of Heroes of Might and Magic III.
Let's hope it's as good, since HoMM IV and V never really managed to improve upon the old formula in my opinion.
Did you ever play the Age of Wonders series? I really enjoyed those games.
So true, HoMM 3 was the peak of the series. They tried to make too many changes in 4, and 5 was good but all the fancy graphics got in the way of a streamlined gameplay experience. Judging by Stardock's other games, they like to keep the gameplay simple and focused. So hopefully this succeeds.
I actually found HoMM 3 incredibly dull for some reason. I really liked the changes 4 brought to the series.
Good to hear, Heroes III rocks. Been waiting for a new TBS game for a while.