As the remnants of the Star Union squabble more than the fate of the galaxy, some thing else is awakening and searching to alter its fate. Pretty actually. The Es’teq dynasty is increasing from their slumber, stepping out when extra into a galaxy that has changed wholly from the 1 they chose to leave behind.
In most games, this would be a predominant new threat to tackle, a menace to the remnants of the Star Union, a new race to battle with or as. In Revelations, it is nearly the polar opposite. They’re not a new menace, but rather a new Secret Tech that lives alongside your race’s organic skills in the tech tree. You will nevertheless play as the Vanguard, the Kir’ko, Dvar and so on, but if you so pick, you can turn out to be the new prophet to the Heritor, awakening them and major them to new glories.
Lennart Sas, co-founder of Triumph Studios and Game Director, explained “We particularly chose to do that, for the reason that it is a sort of theocratic religion, generally, that has a specific view of the universe and creation. They do not want to die, genuinely. You turn out to be the prophet of their resurrection to bring them back.
“If they weren’t a secret tech, they’d be 1 race that you couldn’t adopt these doctrines and principles to the other ones. I feel it is a very good move to make them a type of class, like a priest class in an RPG.”
It is a fascinating move that democratises the new content material to attempt and match in seamlessly with all the current races. Certain, it may possibly not have pretty the very same influence as a new race, but this provides extra possibilities, as all the Secret Techs located in the major game do.
In practice what it suggests is that you have access to a new tech tree that runs by way of your empire’s improvement, adding some new weaponry selections, new gear for your troops, and you can unlock new Heritor units as nicely.
Placing these to use, there’s two new campaign missions becoming added to the game, exploring the lore behind the Es’teq and their choice to cryogenically freeze their brains, becoming the robotic Heritor. Nevertheless, there have been these whose minds basically couldn’t deal with it, or undesirable folks that the Es’teq decided have been not worthy of immortality, poisoning their stasis with out the intention of ever letting them wake up. Wake up they did, even though, becoming a new NPC faction, the mindless and broken The Forgotten that you can encounter in the new Tomb Planet scenarios.
“This universe is each about the previous and the future,” Lennart stated. “We constructed a society, anything went to shit, so what went incorrect and how can we do it improved subsequent time? That is the huge premise and also possibly searching at the globe nowadays, our society and all the troubles with it. We’ve got substantial distinction involving the wealthy and the poor, mass unemployment, huge information, huge AI, these are all issues that led to the fall. Genetic modification as nicely, folks attempting to reside for eternity. These are the crucial themes to the Star Union.
“So searching back, there have been these religious zealots who didn’t like exactly where the universe was going, so they decided to go into hiding to wait for a improved time. It was a doomsday cult, but on a universal level.”
The Forgotten are not the only new dangers you can bump into as you are expanding, as Triumph flesh out a different side of the Star Union’s history, providing us a glimpse of how its citizens have been kept fed by genetically modified farm animals. As with so several issues in this torn up galaxy, the bio-engineered Megasow and Piglets have gone wild and will gleefully attempt and consume something in sight. That involves nomming on your Commander!
‘Actually, did you know that these pigs have been created by vegans [in Triumph]?” Lennart revealed. “They modelled them! They have been like, ‘Let’s make a case against the meat business,’ so they have been super gross.
“They’re also a spawner, so it is a globe map place exactly where they come from, these genetic monstrosities. You have your biotech and xenoplague, and now you have a couple of small pigs walking in…”
Anomalous Web-sites are a new function dotted across the maps, engaging players in a subtly new way to the missions and encounters that you discover for the duration of a typical campaign. These pose extra narrative conundrums to you as you dive into, for instance, an ancient forge that is beginning to pump out new units. Based on your possibilities, the encounter at the finish could be drastically extra or significantly less challenging, or pose distinctive moralistic choices to you.
All of this will coincide with the initial meaningful pass of gameplay improvements and high quality of life tweaks. A huge 1 will be an absolute blessing for the mid-late game with Orbital Relays a new upgrade for annexed territory, letting you immediately teleport your armies to a different relay. You can only do this when per turn even though, so there are nevertheless some limits on how immediately you can make severe troop movements, but it is far improved than just tramping across the globe for a dozen turns.
“There’s a lot of high quality of life stuff,” Lennart stated, “including the combat retry selection, for instance. At the moment, if you do not like the benefits, you have to load a save, go back… and even in a multiplayer game, exactly where you play the play by e-mail issue and only have a couple of combat cards, if you do not like the outcome or shed a hero, you can press retry and play manually at the expense of a combat card.
“That’s a huge high quality of life issue, but also in terms of attributes, we’ve got the huge Imperial Defense structures scattered across the map, but they have been a bit useless for the reason that they only worked as a type of PvE threat issue. After you acquired them, they have been a bit useless, but now you can basically personal them, and the impact from that sector you can then deploy as an Operation. That tends to make them a lot extra beneficial.”
Console players can also count on some fresh tweaks, as Triumph continue to increase the encounter on these new platforms for the organization. This was the initial game in the series that they brought to console, and personally I located the game to be a bit also visually noisy at instances. That is not fatal for a turn-primarily based tactic title, but nevertheless an region that could conveniently be enhanced.
Fortunately Lennart stated, “We are addressing that we are searching at techniques to lower clutter. What sort of interface wants to be present all the time? Do these pop ups genuinely need to have to be the whole screen? But it also heavily depends on the size of your Television. We discover that if you have got 65″ versus 32″, that is a aspect. It is an encounter that we’ll understand from and are enhancing, but we’re pleased with the reception [it’s had] general.”
Revelations may possibly really feel a small brief on, nicely, revelatory new gameplay concepts, but as a initial expansion to Age of Wonders: Planetfall, it does a lot to refine components of the game, add new possibilities for all the races and expand the galaxy’s lore.