Age of Wonders 3

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New Age of Wonders 3 expansion and Mac/Linux ports dated

New Age of Wonders 3 expansion and Mac/Linux ports dated

Eternal Lords introduces the Necromancer next month.

Dutch developer Triumph has announced a second major expansion for fantasy strategy game Age of Wonders 3, called Eternal Lords.

It's due 14th April alongside the awaited Linux and Mac ports of the original game. It also marks a year of continued development since AOW3 launched.

Eternal Lords brings a new Necromancer class to the table, with spooky undead units such as the Bone Collector, who uses corpses to strengthen itself, and the Banshee who presumably screams a lot. When Necromancers conquer settlements they become cities of the dead.

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Age of Wonders 3 expansion Golden Realms adds the Halfling race

Age of Wonders 3 expansion Golden Realms adds the Halfling race

17-minute gameplay video shows off new campaign.

Triumph Studios has announced Golden Realms, the first premium expansion for fantasy strategy game Age of Wonders 3.

Golden Realms adds a new three-scenario story campaign starring the Halfling race. Halflings benefit from the new Luck mechanic, which allows them to dodge incoming attacks while they're in good spirits. In the campaign you help the Halfling survivors of the Heartwood Massacre rebuild an empire.

There are over 20 new units, new hero items and the new wild magic and partisan specialisations. Elsewhere, the new Seals of Power victory condition works like King of the Hill. You have to capture and hold the Seals of Power structures to win.

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Age of Wonders 3 review

Cast a glance at screens of Age of Wonders 3 and you'll notice two things. The first is that its fantasy-themed world is really very pretty - tall spires tower over lush forests that gradually give way to craggy peaks and glistening clear glacial waters, while quarries, mines and mana nodes pulsate with an industrial glow. The second is that, despite its aesthetic differences, Age of Wonders 3 looks to owe a lot to Civilization 5.

Certainly, its uncluttered UI, hexagonal base tiles and colour-coded delineation of territory suggest that Triumph Studios has paid close attention to advancements in the 4X space since 2003's Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic. However, thanks to a host of cleverly interconnected elements, a refreshing combat system and a goofy-looking golden wyvern or two, Age of Wonders 3 reveals itself as a strategy title brimming with personality. Triumph has done a fine job of honing a handful of unique features to a fine point with which to carve out a niche beside its contemporaries, and it's one that belies the series' long absence.

Nowhere is its personality more apparent than in its varied hero units. These range from the typical snooty high-elf sorcerer to the more exotic theocrat draconian. Each of the six races and classes boasts a range of unique attributes, predispositions and intolerances that determine how well they thrive on varying terrains and what spells, empire upgrades and passive bonuses they can research. Hero units can also be customised with loot drops that randomly occur when defeating certain enemy units or exploring some of the many structures and raider sites spread above and below ground across the world map.

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Age of Wonders 3 release date announced

Age of Wonders 3 release date announced

New gameplay trailer released.

Turn-based fantasy strategy game Age of Wonders 3 launches on 31st March 2014, developer Triumph Studios has announced.

The game is live now to pre-order on Steam and GOG.com. A new gameplay trailer, below, has been released.

Age of Wonders 3 has been in the works for three years at its Dutch creator Triumph (Age of Wonders, Overlord). It includes six leader classes that can be combined with any of the six main races: the humans, high-elves, dwarves, draconians, orcs and goblins.

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New Age of Wonders 3 gameplay video shows off the Dreadnought

New Age of Wonders 3 gameplay video shows off the Dreadnought

Over 10 minutes of alpha gameplay demo footage.

Triumph Studios has released over 10 minutes of alpha gameplay footage of eye-catching fantasy strategy game Age of Wonders 3.

The video shows underground exploration and city-building, diplomacy and combat. You also get a good look at the Landship, an extremely powerful dreadnought unit that can trample the environment.

At Gamescom this week Triumph told Eurogamer AoW3 is currently in alpha stage of development, which means it is basically content complete, and will be released in February or March 2014.

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New Age of Wonders 3 gameplay video shows empire building and leader classes

Developer Triumph Studios has released a gameplay video of turn-based fantasy strategy game Age of Wonders 3, showing off empire building and the series' turn-based combat.

The game revolves around the leader class. In past games you assumed the role of a generic role-playing class, such as the wizard. Now, these classes have been extrapolated to become leaders of a fantasy realm. So, the warrior becomes the warlord and the priest becomes the theocrat.

This change came about after Triumph decided to incorporate mechanics from its other game series, Overlord, which saw players control a powerful character who in turn controlled minions. "We tried to bring that experience into this game, but a lot bigger," director Lennart Sas told Eurogamer at the Game Developers Conference today.

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