Northgard sails out of early access on March 7

When we declared Northgard one of the best games of 2017, the Norse mythology RTS was still in early access. If it was that great then, how swell will it be when it’s actually finished? We’ll see on March 7th, the release date announced today by developers Shiro Games. One big feature coming with the full launch is a singleplayer story campaign, sending a young prince and his mate across the land of stone circles, armoured bears, and terrible winters on the trail of his father’s murderer. Also, did I mention the game has armoured bears? Because it does.

I’ve been waiting for the full release myself, so I’ll turn to some of our Brendy gabbing about Northgard:

“It’s an impressively well-made thing, a finely-embroidered cloak of an RTS with all the elements sewn together in a pleasing and sensible way. Most importantly, the immediate environment around your home feels like it really influences your strategy for the whole match. I once spawned in an area with three hunting grounds and a fishing lake nearby, but very little woodland or stone. I had to base my entire economy on stag fillet, placing food silos in every quadrant and blocking off access to our home canyon by quickly colonising a coastal passage into our land. From this position I could trade my plentiful food with both the peaceful giants and other AI players I discovered. From here you can use the money to buy materials in a marketplace (this building slowly accumulates wood, food, iron, and stone which you can buy for coin). In the long run, this is much more expensive than mining stone or chopping wood yourself but sometimes in the early and mid-game it is the best option. I later betrayed my trading partners and murdered them. They stopped buying stag fillets.”

He’s also recommended Northgard as a good starting point for getting into RTSs so what I’m saying is: Brendan really quite likes this game. I’ve been avoiding hearing too much while waiting for the full release, so I’m glad the wait is almost over.

Northgard will hit Steam on March 7th, priced at the same £23.79/€27.99/$29.99 that it costs in early access. If you are already Northgarding yourself, you can sign up for a beta to try a bit of the campaign.

Here, this new trailer shows some of the campaign:


  1. Zorgulon says:

    I picked this up during the Winter Sale and found it a charming and engaging spin on the genre. Looking forward to playing through the campaign.

  2. Cederic says:

    ooh! Northgard left my Steam wishlist because of its lack of campaign. Maybe it should return.

  3. morganjah says:

    I love this game. It seems to get everything precisely right, the decision making, the trade-offs, the pacing, the armoured bear, the fear of winter; I have seldom played a game which was just so challenging, enjoyable and relaxing all at the same time.

  4. H. Vetinari says:

    I am legit exxcited about this. good timing also – will be finished with Mass Effect playthrough by the time the first patch comes out.

  5. Landiss says:

    Hmm, isn’t that the settlers-like game? Oh I would love some old-school settlers gameplay, with production chains and especially the roads mechanic that was so cool and is now nowhere to be found in new games :/.

  6. mmandthetat says:

    It’s so nice! I’ve been wanting to get back into strategy games but have been a little too overwhelmed by the hardcore nature of the genre’s major titles and this game was the perfect way to ease back into it. It’s fairly deep but it unfolds its complexities in such a gentle, relaxing way that it always feels like a simple joy. Big ups to this one.

  7. Kohlrabi says:

    I really hope they improved the combat. In the EA version it was simply juggling units using micromanagement, since the AI just attacks the closest target. In multiplayer this means combat will be a pretty annoying click-fest.

  8. Nauallis says:

    I see your armored bears, but is there bear cavalry?

  9. LordMidas says:

    Happy Birthday to me then. Really can’t wait to play the campaign.
    I am, however, a bit shit at this game. I get to about 6 winters in, then everyone gets sad then dies. I’ve got healers, but don’t seem to know how to use them properly. The healers die too.

  10. palhanow says:

    I don’t know why this game make so much success. Is not for me. Refunded after some gameplay.