When you are a part of the well-known franchise and fans basically monitor everything about you to know all the news first (or inspire some move forward), then, of course, you will want to meet their expectations. And it seems that Age of Wonders: Planetfall doesn’t intend to disappoint if anything is to conclude from the trailer. But soon enough we will be able to see for ourselves if this new sequel to the famous fantasy series is truly as good as the trailer promises. Namely, we finally have a release date and it’s not far away – at midnight on August 6.
In a way, Age of Wonders: Planetfall is the fifth game in the series even though the numbering may seem a bit confusing. The original game had three sequels before Planetfall – Age of Wonders II: The Wizard’s Throne, Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic, and Age of Wonders III. They were all developed by Triumph Studios a Dutch video game developer who is also behind Overlord series. However, this time around, the new game in the Age of Wonders series will be a story set in the sci-fi world with all the familiar turn-based combat features and empire building we are already used to.
Besides the date, we also know that there will be three editions of the game. The Standard Edition consists only of the game and will cost $49.99 / £41.99 / €49.99, while the Deluxe Edition will be $59.99 / £50.99 / €59.99. It will include Bravado Bundle cosmetic pack, Spacerpunk cosmetic pack, Infested Worlds scenario with strange animals and plants you have to survive, the digital edition of the artbook, soundtrack and, of course, the game. Finally, the Premium Edition is the most expensive one at $89.99 / £69.99 / €89.99 and it will bring you everything that the Deluxe Edition has and also season pass that will get you three expansions yet to come with an instant reward. All these editions are currently available for pre-order.
After the world collapsed into darkness, it’s time to find others and rebuild civilizations since hyperspace travel has become possible once again. The game involves building an empire by choosing one of the six available factions, one of which is Amazons who ride dinosaurs. The 90-minute gameplay by game director Lennart Sas last year showed what we can expect from the game and the reactions were positive. During that game session, we saw some of the beings that will show up in the game like sentient plants the Growth, alien insect race known as Kir’ko and Imperial Revenant’s zombie soldiers. Then it appeared that Triumph Studios made a good choice to create a sci-fi game, instead of another fantasy title for the series. Now, it still seems like a cool decision.
“There’s loads to discover. Think Fallout on a galactic level,” explains Sas in an interview for PC GamesN last year. “The goal is utopia, a new Age of Wonders, but there’s no harm in making the most of all the regrettable conquering and conflict that has to happen along the way. Each campaign has you resettle a single world, which is procedurally generated according to your inputs. Fancy a little less desert and a higher concentration of Imperial remains? There’s a planet to meet your exacting specifications.”
So, there is going to be a lot to experience in the upcoming Age of Wonders: Planetfall which will be out on August 6 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.