December 21, 2019 – If Command and Conquer is the mother of RTS (Real Time Strategy), then Dune must be seen as the godmother. Especially for the ‘older’ gamers these two games resonate powerful and are the foundation for modern-day RTS. Altough this genre probarley stil is a little bit for the hardcore gamer, it has gained popularity because of franchises like Total War. Their games play out true different era’s with the focus on mass battles in RTS and diplomatics true a turned based world map. Or what about Anno? This franchise focuses more on building, resource gathering and diplomatics. Both populair, but stil require real dedication. Just the way a true RTS gamer likes it.
So what games are there for a RTS fan to look forward to in 2020? In this special we look at ten of them. Starting with a familiar franchise and closing with a little bit of a surprise.
A Total War Saga: TROY
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|2020||PC||Creative Assembly||SEGA||Go to [icon type=”icon-popup”]|
In this legendary age, heroes walk the earth. Yet it takes only a single impulsive act to spark a conflict that will shake the world. The Greeks set course for Troy, towards inevitable war and slaughter. For there, on the battlefield before the great city, legends will be born…
TROY is the latest Total War Saga title; inspired by Homer’s Iliad, it focuses on the historical flashpoint of the Trojan War, evolving the series with new period-inspired features. Through Total War’s unique blend of grand, turn-based empire management and spectacular real-time battles, Troy explores this epic conflict from both the Greek and Trojan perspectives – peeling back the layers of myth and legend to reveal the realities that may have inspired them.
Industries of Titan
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|2020||PC||Brace Yourself Games||Brace Yourself Games||Go to [icon type=”icon-popup”]|
Create a sprawling industrial city. Compete with the other Great Houses of Titan for resources, territory, and power. Do battle with ships, technology, influence, or the sheer productive power of your factories. Stake your claim to the Industries of Titan in this innovative sim/strategy game!
Endzone – A World Apart (Early Access)
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|Spring 2020||PC||Gentlymad Studios||Assemble Entertainment||Go to [icon type=”icon-popup”]|
Endzone: A World Apart follows a group of refugees who, more than a century after a devastating worldwide nuclear powerplant terrorist attack, are leaving their underground bunkers and rebuilding society on the surface. After 150 years dwelling underground in bunkers called ‘endzones,” Earth’s surface seems like a breath of fresh air, though that couldn’t be any further from the truth! Players will face the likes of toxic rain, dangerously radioactive environments, raging sandstorms, and a merciless climate. While spearheading the rise of humanity, men, women, and children will need protection from threats of all kinds, and there’s no telling what each new day will bring on the forsaken planet from which they’ve emerged.
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|June 2020||PC||Jujubee S.A.||Jujubee S.A.||Go to [icon type=”icon-popup”]|
Dark Moon is a survival strategy game where in order to survive you must avoid the Sun’s scorching rays and embrace the darkness. Gather resources, upgrade your mobile base, make tough moral decisions, and keep moving forward. Remember, whatever you do – don’t go into the light.
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|2020||PC||Ubisoft Blue Byte||Ubisoft||Go to [icon type=”icon-popup”]|
25 years after the debut of The Settlers, the legendary build-up strategy series returns to Windows PC, under the leadership of Volker Wertich, the inventor of the series. The Settlers allows players to explore, conquer, and settle new islands in a medieval fantasy world.
The Settlers combines a fresh take on the familiar gameplay mechanics of the series with new features like a new food system and a motivational meta-game to create a unique game experience. The campaign and optional side missions can be played either solo or co-operative.
Never before has The Settlers been so lively, rich in details and have such emotional storylines. Watch as thousands of settlers live their lives and complete their daily work, with every step of the production chain and every single good visualized.
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|KING Art Games||Deep Silver||Go to [icon type=”icon-popup”]|
At the dawn of the 20th century, shortly after the end of the Great War, the world is full of secrets and mysteries, of opportunities and challenges. Tradition clashes with scientific and technological progress, while Europe is still recovering from the brutal battles of the World War. Iron Harvest is a real-time strategy game (RTS) set in the alternate reality of 1920+, just after the end of the Great War. To create the perfect RTS-experience the team has been working in close cooperation with global RTS-fans ever since the highly successful kickstarter campaign.
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|2020||PC||Pajama Llama Games||Kongregate||Go to [icon type=”icon-popup”]|
The survival-based town builder is set in a waterlogged world and features moving towns, procedural world generation, and an eclectic group of survivors. Players will manage a floating village community as it sails across an endless ocean. In their fight to survive, they’ll depend on recycled garbage and scrap, used to construct structures that catch fish and create drinkable water. On their journey, they’ll encounter other stranded strangers, dangerous sea animals, and mysterious ruins and wreckages.
Flotsam is already available in Early Access on Steam.
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Starship Troopers – Terran Command
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|2020||PC||The Artistocrats||Slitherine LTD||Go to [icon type=”icon-popup”]|
Set in the same universe of the original movie, “Starship Troopers – Terran Command” drops players right at the heart of a human colony overrun by the Arachnids. They must take the fight into bug territory, where they will lead an army of elite soldiers to defeat the alien menace. They will deploy their units in strategic locations to cover vital choke-points, build defence emplacements, and achieve superior firepower through the tactical use of elevation levels.
Surviving the Aftermath
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|Paradox Interactive||Paradox Interactive||Go to [icon type=”icon-popup”]|
In Surviving the Aftermath, players will build and manage a colony of survivors in the shadow of a world-ending event. Resources are scarce following the apocalypse, and survival requires mastery of complex systems to optimize production and colony management to ensure nothing is wasted. Players will construct buildings, manage colonists, adapt to natural disasters and more in an effort to restore civilization.
Surviving the Aftermath is now available in Early Access on the Epic Games Store and Xbox Game Preview.
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|2020||PC||Petroglyph||Petroglyph||Go to [icon type=”icon-popup”]|
Earthbreakers is a strange one in this list. First of all it is made by ex-Westwood employees and is basically a spiritual successor to Command and Conquer Renegade. It is a team-based PvP multiplayer game which combines the most elements of FPS and RTS. You and your team battle for territory and harvest rare resources, while building and customizing your team’s base. Choose an infantry combat class, defend your base and supply lines, construct and pilot powerful military vehicles, and ultimately annihilate the enemy’s HQ!
Earthbreakers uses a team purchase system to build an RTS-style base. Each building unlocks new infantry classes, vehicles or upgrades depending on the structure built. Do you build a factory to unlock new, more powerful vehicles, or do you build walls to aid in base defense? The choice is yours! Bases consist of six primary buildings, wall defenses and a selection of defensive turrets.
The resource, Vilothyte, is the lifeblood of a base; you use it to purchase new structures, higher ranking infantry classes and vehicles. Resources are collected by a harvester and returned to a refinery. Protect those harvesters to ensure success!