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Posts tagged “Triumph Studios”

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Age of Wonders: Planetfall makes a great case for leaving fantasy behind

For nearly two decades, the Age of Wonders series has been firmly entrenched in a fantasy realm, with all the tropes that accompany it: Orcs, Halflings, meddling wizards and flying lizards. Triumph Studios’ latest 4X outing, Age of Wonders: Planetfall, does away with all of that. It swaps magic for mechs, pitting alien races against each other in a galaxy reeling from the collapse of…

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Age of Wonders: Planetfall takes the wonder to the stars

From the creators of Age of Wonders and Overlord, today we got the announcement of the new tactical-turn based combat strategy title Age of Wonders: Planetfall. The 4X empire building adventure will take the familiar gameplay elements and immersive tactical combat of previous titles, but into the stars this time! Unfortunately, you'll have to wait until 2019 to do so. Look, can living in the…

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Paradox Interactive acquire Age of Wonders 3 studio

Paradox Interactive have acquired Age of Wonders 3 [official site] developer Triumph Studios, the pair announced today. It doesn’t look like the sale is ushering in too many changes, however. Triumph’s current team will remain with the studio, and all projects in development will continue, but now they’ll be published by Paradox. No fantasy-themed Europa Universalis for us quite yet.

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Kitty Konquest: Meet Age of Wonders III’s Cat People

I'd have called this expansion Eternalords rather than Eternal Lords if I were them. Saves space. Saves a space. Sounds like an obscure French comic from the late 80s. Same name as someone who writes fanfic about K-pop girl groups. It's all good. But no, Eternal Lords it is, which is reflective of our only real complaint about fantasy 4x Age of Wonders III: it…

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Necromantic: Age Of Wonders III – Eternal Lords

I don't own a boxed copy of Age of Wonders III [official site] but I'd be tempted to buy a chunky great container for the newly announced expansion. It definitely sounds like an Expansion, with a capital E rather than a capital D, L and C, and call me old-fashioned but I fondly remember the days when such things were an event. There's a short…

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You Little Wonder: Age Of Wonders III – Golden Realms

Age of Wonders III! I liked it well enough and keep meaning to play some more and, as is increasingly the case, an expansion may be precisely the excuse I need to do just that. Golden Realms, which is due on September 18th, is a meaty great wedge of new content, spearheaded by the inclusion of tiny little halflings. I'm not one for campaigns when…

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Makes You Wonder: Age Of Wonders 3 Level Editor Out

I stepped out last week to conquer distant lands and it looks like no one at RPS posted about the Age of Wonders 3 level editor in my absence. I guess they must not be cool people, or they'd realise there's nothing better in life than robustly featured editors for creating your own new lands to conquer. Especially for a game in which Adam enjoyed…

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Feature: Emerging from the shadows

Age Of Wonders III review

It's only been a month and a half since I wrote my mega-preview of Age Of Wonders III and spending around fifteen hours with a review copy of the game hasn’t done a great deal to change my mind about its many merits. It hasn’t extended its tendrils to tickle any deeper fancies either, although I’ll concede that the world is a little weirder and…

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The Deity Today: Age Of Wonders III

Beyond the pomp and circumstance, I always felt that theocrats were essentially bureaucrats with bigger hats. And I guess the hats are part of either the pomp or the circumstance anyhow - a Stovepipe of Circumstance +4 or a Zucchetto of Pomp +2. Nineteen minutes of Age of Wonders III footage introduces another kind of theocrat, one with honest-to-badness divine powers and inquisitorial tendencies. I…

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Feature: It's a wonderful strife

Hands-On: Age Of Wonders III

The wait for Age Of Wonders III would have been far more painful if I'd been anticipating a return to the series since the release of the most recent game in 2003. I'd assumed Triumph were otherwise engaged though, following the release of the Overlord games and a period of silence. Last year we discovered that the Dutch developers were returning to the wonders that…

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Delaying The Age Of Wonders (3)

The Age of Wonders will dawn but we must wait until 2014. That suggests that this year is the Age of Mundanity, or perhaps even the Age of Blunders because I am incapable of resisting such a simple and satisfying rhyme. Eurogamer espied a forum post detailing the reasons for the delay: We’ve made great progress developing the game and feel now is the time…

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Money Blocks: Notch Funding Age Of Wonders III

The news funnel at Eurogamer has become all clogged up with the surprise news that Minecraft-enrichened indie dev Notch is the mysterious benefactor behind Age Of Wonders III. Lennart Sas, managing director of developers Triumph (who previously made Overlord) told EG: "We noticed Minecraft's random title-screen blurb mentioned Age of Wonders, so I thought what the heck and I sent Notch an email." This, as…

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Age Of Wonders III/3/three/iii/³ Announced

There is to be an Age Of Wonders III. Or 3. The press release calls it both. I shan't commit until I see a box cover. The Dutch devs, flush on the success of Overlord 2, have announced their next project... hang on - didn't Overlord 2 come out four years ago? What have you been doing for four years, Triumph?! Making Age Of Wonders…

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Over and Over: Overlord II Impressions

It's about ten minutes in the game and I'm presented by quite the sight. Hearing footsteps on the stairs, I shout to drag the Lady into the room. "Hey! Look at this". I continue what I'm doing, before glancing over at her distinctly disapproving face. "You have just killed the Labrador of the seas," she says coldly, then walk out the room. I can see…

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Happening: Overlord II

First there was Overlord, and now there is two of it. Codemasters, that great British institution, has announced a sequel to the "play-as-evildoer-but-not-really" game in which you commanded a swarm of pleasant goblins. It was the fantasy orcs 'n' axes variation of Pikmin, something like that, and it had some entertaining bits. But will there be entertaining bits in the sequel? Codies seem to think…

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I’ve Been Playing: Overlord

It's easy to fall into a routine dichotomy here. New games some days, retro games other days. Unfortunately, that rather ignores games from the last couple of years, which don't fit neatly into either category. Let's change that. I find myself currently between games to really occupy me - an unfortunate hangover from the MMO mania of a couple of years back, which has left…

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Overlord Not Over

While it didn't make an enormous immediate splash, Age of Wonders veterans Triumph Studio's Overlord was a quirky and agreeable Pantomime-Dame of a Fable vs Pikmin Evil-em-up (Or So Sez I!). And it's done well enough to get some extra content, with a downloadable pay-for expansion called Raising Hell. It adds a new level to each of its worlds which opens up upon defeating its…

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