Posts Tagged ‘Shiro Games’

We spoke to Shiro Games about the future of Northgard


Northgard is a splendid RTS about rearing a clan of vikings in a punishing climate that makes every decision matter. But you’ve read my review, and you already know all that. Northgard is a fantastic game in the present, but what does its future hold? I spoke to CEO of Shiro Games and Northgard dev Sebastien Vidal about what we’ll see in the next update, competitive play, and expansion plans for further down the line.

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Wot I Think: Northgard


My clan folk are starving, freezing and diseased. It was a harsh winter, and the rats that raided our food supply in January have forced me to butcher my only remaining sheep. The future looks grim, but my people’s suffering is curtailed when one of my opponents becomes so famous that he wins the game outright. Losing is a strange kind of mercy.

Despite its harshness, Northgard is a superb RTS that’s easy to pick up but difficult to master. That may be an overused phrase, but it’s justified here – let me tell you why. Hurry up, winter is coming.

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Viking strategy gem Northgard leaves Early Access


Correction: The early access piece was from a year & two weeks ago, not two weeks.

We come from the land of the ice and snow~
From the midnight sun, where the hot springs flow~

If you’ve been anywhere near the UK this past week, you’ll have probably seen Winter (with a capital W) coming back for one last clawing grasp at our dreary little isle. Perhaps some of you even took a liking to the sight of snow on the ground, and your breath condensing in the air. These people are wrong and bad, but we love them anyway.

Mercifully, we exile those poor, wrong-headed folks to the frozen north now, albeit in RTS form. Northgard, the clever little Viking town-building strategy game from French outfit Shiro Games is out now, after a well-received stretch in the icy fjords of Steam Early Access.

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

Northgard adds boar clan and lays out floor plan

Boared game

Yonder strategy Northgard has added a new clan to its longboat full of cartoonish Viking pillagers. Previous clans like the bear boys, introduced new warriors like a giant ursine killer with heavy armour plating on his furry back. The new clan of the Boar are a little less spectacular, but they are a hard-living and resistant lot. On top of this, developers Shiro Games have laid out a plan for future updates, including a single player campaign and better enemy AI. Read the rest of this entry »

Northgard’s latest faction deploys armoured bears

Shield maidens and armoured bears have arrived in strategic Viking ’em up Northgard [official site] with the addition of a new faction. The Clan of the Bear have come from the north to cause trouble and conquer the land with their hardiness and, y’know, flipping great big armoured bears. Northgard is still in early access but our warboy Brendy already declared it one of the best games of 2017 so far. Bring on the bears! Read the rest of this entry »

Premature Evaluation: Northgard

Every Monday we send Brendan to scout the early access ruins for hidden treasures. This week, the careful Viking tactics of Northgard [official site]

This is Blainn, below. He’s just killed a Wyvern. He’s my best mate because I gave him and his giant pals, the Jötunn, enough food to last a lifetime. They reckon we in the Goat clan are excellent humans and now Chief Blainn is fighting alongside us in our hoofed conquest of the whole land. This is one endgame that comes in Northgard, a rock-solid RTS about allocating and reallocating your Viking workforce in just the right way. Technically this match ended over an hour ago, when my opponent reached a “wisdom victory”. But it’s a testament to Northgard’s foundations that, when given the option to leave or continue following my defeat, I happily clicked “keep playing”.
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Have You Played… Evoland?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Aren’t games brill? I mean, look at Evoland [official site], and RPG that explores the history of its own genre, evolving from a monochrome Gameboy game through to the lovely 3D worlds of the Gamecube, hitting each Zelda-like milestone along the way.

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A Brief History Of Game: Evoland 2 Gameplay Trailer

Reader dear, you are about to witness an act of kidness. I like to delight other members of Team RPS with things I suspect they might not know, then stick a camera in their face so they have to pretend it’s a wonderful surprise anyway or they’ll seem bad sports. Get this.

Hey, John Walker! Put down that smaller, redder you and come over here a sec. Remember how you were charmed by Evoland, that RPG which recreated the look and play of console RPGs from Game Boy to GameCube? Well SURPRISE! Evoland II [official site] is coming. The first gameplay trailer’s now out, showing that it’s way more than RPGs this time.

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Wot I Think: Evoland

Beginning life as a LudumDare #24 winner, Evoland is now a complete, released game, that sets you on a journey through RPG history. Literally. As you play, the genre evolves around you. Mixing together elements from Zelda, Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest and Diablo, is the result the sum of its parts, or falling through the cracks between? Here’s wot I think.

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