Sleeper To Awaken: Dreamlords Resurrection


End of Nations isn’t quite the only MMORTS out there on the hazy horizons of gaming, because there’s also Dreamlords, which went into beta a while back and then sort of fell silent. Anyway, it turns out that Paradox have picked the title up and will be publishing it under the title Dreamlords Resurrection. Good news, if just because this description of the game amuses me: “You will play a Dreamlord, a powerful collection of souls from ancient times, awakened by the turmoil and suffering of the living. Your personal goal is to raise a powerful civilization, lead an army, conquer land and grow in strength so that you might stand up against the mighty Nightmares that threatens to unleash the Nedom Wolven, Cynos of ultimate Destruction.” Blimey.

No release date yet, but Paradox’s support should bode well for continued development of the title. UPDATE: Improved quality gameplay video posted below.

16 Comments

  1. Rinox says:

    The picture on top of the article somehow reminded me of the Zerg and the SC2 engine so I assumed for a second it was one of them SC2 mods. Possibly something about a Zerg overlord in a dreamworld.

  2. Navagon says:

    Reads like the introduction to some kind of artsy action adventure and/or RPG. Then we’re told we’ve got to raise armies and conquer stuff. Hmm… okay then.

  3. K. says:

    I actually played this for a short time and found the mix of client-based combat and browser-based management intriguing.
    I did not come very far, tough. The lack of polish and glacial pace of the macro-management let me lose interest. Will probably have another look at it, if it receives some support and upgrades in the graphical and interface departments.

    And in the line of “there are already other MMORTSs out there”: Anyone remember Battleforge?

    • ScubaMonster says:

      Battleforge was actually pretty cool, I just didn’t want to pay cash for new units.

  4. sneetch says:

    Your personal goal is to raise a powerful civilization, lead an army, conquer land and grow in strength so that you might stand up against the mighty Nightmares that threatens to unleash the Nedom Wolven, Cynos of ultimate Destruction.”

    That’s always been my goal! It’s the game of my life and I demand royalties!

    Paradox’s name attached to it gives me a lot of hope.

  5. Tei says:

    If you are in this type of graphics, theres a singleplayer RTS called “GLEST” that is a free download.

  6. Griddle Octopus says:

    IIRC, this is the THIRD time the game has been released.

    It was released first as Dreamlords (preview from Fahey here: link to eurogamer.net), then re-released as Dreamlords: The Reawakening (which I reviewed for Eurogamer here: link to eurogamer.net). This is just the first time it’s had a boxed release.

    • DrGonzo says:

      Those links don’t seem to work. Was the game any good?

    • Shadow Aspect says:

      Need to remove the close parentheses from the links.

    • Griddle Octopus says:

      link to eurogamer.net
      link to eurogamer.net

      Oops. It was a bit knob, to be honest. In-game combat was rubbish, felt a bit sub Warhammer Dark Omen, and definitely sub Rome: Total War. Larger meta-game was fun but no manual and no online explanation, even in the forums, of what you were meant to do, made it impossible to play. Also, starting from scratch each cycle can get kinda irritating.

      Persistent RTSes have a big problem – they have to cope with people losing by making losing mostly consequence free for the loser, otherwise consistent losers will quit. But they still need to make winners feel like it’s worth winning. Long-term development in a meta-game, as the Dreamlords themselves develop, is fine, but the micro-transactions undermine that and everything else. Why struggle for several cycles to upgrade your dreamlord, if someone can just buy it?

    • dethgar says:

      I played in the original beta, and felt after launch that the game failed to meet it’s potential due to the complexity.

  7. BooleanBob says:

    “You will play a Dreamlord, a powerful collection of souls from ancient times, awakened by the turmoil and suffering of the living. Your personal goal is to raise a powerful civilization, lead an army, conquer land and grow in strength so that you might stand up against the mighty Nightmares that threatens to unleash the Nedom Wolven, Cynos of ultimate Destruction.”

    Sounds a bit like Scientology: The Game. But presumably the subscription rates are more reasonable, boom boom.

  8. icupnimpn2 says:

    Nedom Wolven, Cynos of ultimate destruction? That guy’s a CHUMP compared to Shlambo “Peruguam” Meinkee, Blash Proteep of Gryftyn Dustor, Lady and Fteroness of Wresten Bekk.

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  10. Fado says:

    Didn’t this game already fail with a couple of publishers? No offense, but THIS game is Paradox’s first step into the Free-2-Play MMO business?