2019 is shaping up to be the year of the sequels for armchair strategy fans. Some of the most fondly loved PC gaming franchises in history are set to get new outings with a little something for everyone, whether that be settlement-building, planet-conquering, or treading through the annals of history in Age of Empires 4.
One of the most beloved strategy games of all time, and the birthplace of DOTA, Warcraft 3: Reforged promises to give this all-time classic a loving makeover. There’s going to be precious little to surprise us about this one but we won’t let that get in the way. Blizzard has promised Warcraft 3: Reforged will include all released content, visual enhancements, high-resolution support, improve mod tools, and modern match-making for competitive multiplayer. It’s the same game we know and love, remade how we remember it rather than how it actually was.
The silence has been painful to bear. Age of Empires IV was revealed at Gamescom 2017 and we’ve heard literally nothing since. It’s literally one of the most iconic franchises in the history of PC gaming but damn if Microsoft isn’t being coy about its return. All we’ve had so far is the announce trailer which features some concept art and confirmation that Relic, of Dawn of War and Company of Heroes fame, will be developing AoE4. For the love of god though Microsoft, please show us more of Age of Empires 4 in 2019.
A franchise in peril of stagnating, Total War: Three Kingdoms finally promises to give us a fresh new historical take on Total War. Set in Ancient China and featuring legendary warlords, Total War: Three Kingdoms tackles the complex relationships of China’s warring parties. Actions in battle now have rippling effects in the campaign, friendships and rivalries are formed, and major characters will all have their own personalities and motivations. Ah, and the new art style and UI looks absolutely gorgeous. Where do we enlist?
Dormant for a good few years, the legendary civilization-building strategy series The Settlers is hoping to make an emphatic return. Details are a little scarce but The Settlers is already very easy on the eye. It’s like a scented candle and a hot bath in digital form, tasking players with plopping down houses and fields and lumberjacks, of course, mixed in with the odd skirmish. For strategy fans like myself who prefer building and management to fast-paced combat, The Settlers is one of the biggest PC exclusives to keep an eye on next year.
A well-worn series at this point, Age of Wonders: Planetfall resets the clock by going all sci-fi on our asses. It’s the same turn-based tactical combat and deep 4X strategy we’ve come to know and love, this time set against the backdrop of bizarre alien planets and warring galactic empires.
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