Surprise time for SpellForce 3 fans. The real-time-strategy / role-playing game hybrid’s standalone expansion, Soul Harvest, will be launching this month.

Spellforce 3: Soul Harvest looks like a meaty add-on that doesn’t require the base game to play. Don your pointiest ears and become the Dark Elves or the Dwarves in a combination of top-down strategising and heavily narrative-focused RPG action.

All-in, we’re looking at about 20 hours of new story content from Soul Harvest, complete with new skill trees, additional units, and an overhauled UI. We’ve not long to wait either, with SpellForce 3 launch in just under a fortnight’s time, on May 28th.

In the meantime, publisher THQ Nordic has sent along a faction trailer showing off the Dark Elves, the champion of all the Elven races. Take that you snarky wood elves and you do-gooder High Elves.

In his review of the original SpellForce 3, Stu said “If you're willing to think of the prefab fantasy setting as comfortingly familiar, Spellforce 3 is a pretty fun. The voice acting is terrific, and the plot easy to understand without requiring weeks of learning why THESE giant wolves are different to other games' giant wolves. Whether this familiarity is a brave counterpoint to the endless setting creep of gaming is really a matter of personal taste. And if you're looking for a fantasy RPG/RTS hybrid, this is a promising contender. However, by trying to do two things at once, it fails to be really remarkable at either.”

A few key areas to improve on then, which could well result in this standalone expansion becoming a must-play if developer GrimLore Games plays its cards right. Spellforce 3: Soul Harvest comes to PC on May 28th, priced at  $24.99 / £19.99 / €24.99.