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Expeditions: Conquistador free weekend heralds next week's Viking launch

Turn-based strategy RPG sequel Expeditions: Viking [official site] will launch next Thursday, April 27th, we’ve not mentioned before. I suppose I have now. Our Alec quite liked it when he played a preview version last year so I thought you might want to know. And now you do.

What’s all this historical expeditioneerating about? If you fancy finding out for yourself, hey, you can play the original Expeditions: Conquistador free this weekend.Conquistador is free to play in full through Steam. It’s on sale too, with a 75% discount bringing it down to £4.49/4,99€/$4.99 for keepsies. (And here is Wot Adam Thought of it.)

As for Viking, developers Logic Arts have confirmed it’ll cost £24.99/29,99€/$29.99 when it hits next week. Here are some words Alec wrote about it last year:

“It’s a relief to play something comparatively buttoned down, that isn’t going to drop dragons or prophecies on me and where individual people and individual political decisions matter. I ‘failed’ a few quests, but the world still turned, just quietly adapting to what I’d done, or not done.

“The turn-based, faintly Jagged Alliancey combat is serviceable too. It feels a bit wooden and bloodless, so don’t go looking for full Viqueen brutality here, but there’s an impressive range of character skills and weapons which mean you’re fighting somewhere between tactical and onslaught. You’ve got your guy who can hook an enemy’s shield away with an axe, a lass with a spear who can stab people from three hexes away, stunning people with shieldblows, multi-shot archers and even a witch who can throw poison in people’s faces.”

Here, have a peek yourself in this gameplay video with the devs roughing up Dumfries. Ayup, to my eyes it looks like Dumfries on any given Friday.

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