Arcen just released some details about one of their upcoming games, Skyward Collapse.
So just what is Skyward Collapse? It’s a turn-based 4x simulation god-game.
Set high in the sky atop a floating landmass that you are actively constructing as the game progresses, you oversee two warring factions (Greeks and Norse). Via solo play or co-op, you play as “The Creator,” helping both sides of the conflict – granting each side buildings, resources, and even new citizens.
However, the multitude of villages you create all have minds of their own, and will actively try to stomp the nearest still-standing village of the other faction. Given the resources and appropriate buildings, your villagers will gear up for war without your direct interaction, and will fight it out to the best of their abilities.
Unlike most strategy games, your goal isn’t to win. “You” aren’t represented by either of the sides, after all. Instead your goal is to balance this conflict as best you can so that neither side gets wiped out.
But you can’t just strip them of the ability to gear up for war: roaming bandits make defense essential. Not to mention, crime in each village goes up and up the longer it’s without a military presence, until it collapses into anarchy. You can construct embassies and assign traveling diplomats to them in an effort to reach a state of enlightenment where crime is no longer a threat, but this is difficult and only affects the two villages that are undergoing peace talks; their neighbors will remain as warlike as ever!
More details via the link. Sounds pretty interesting, IMO.
This game is one giant, weird, beautiful mashup. I just unlocked the final stage of the tutorial and now there are gods on the map and a countdown timer ticking away for my first woe which is going to make random parts of the map start cumbling in 8 turns.
I’ve got trolls, trojan horses, elf godesses, pan, and some norse bow goddess all crashing into each other every turn.