The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom

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New DLC announced for The Settlers 7

New DLC announced for The Settlers 7

Plus, new patch adds co-op mode.

A new DLC pack is now available for PC RTS sequel The Settlers 7, publisher Ubisoft has announced.

Titled The Two Kings, it's priced at 3.99 and adds three new multiplayer maps.

Tower Island sees four factions facing off against each other around the Tower of Tandria, access to which offers players a strategic advantage. Distances between you and your opponents are short, so you'll need to keep an eye on your defences.

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The Settlers 7 gets update, new DLC

The Settlers 7 gets update, new DLC

New 10-hour campaign, plus maps.

A new DLC pack for Ubisoft's recent PC strategy offering The Settlers 7 has just gone live, offering a brand new campaign and two extra maps.

Simply known as DLC Pack 3, it offers a new five-map campaign which Ubisoft claims should occupy you for the best part of 10 hours.

There are also two new maps for the scenario game mode, which apparently adds up to an additional 10 hours of gameplay.

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The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom

There's an apt flourishing of joy at the start of a Settlers 7 map. All the sprawling empty space and untapped resources stretch lazily into the distance, the landscape rendered in gorgeous, cartoony perfection. Virgin territory, pleasant olde worlde music and the simple rules of the game lead you on to dizzy, stupid dreams.

'That's where I'll put my grain farms,' you think to yourself. 'I'll put a street of bakeries just nearby, for easy access, and the sawmills can go next to the storehouse! This settlement will be perfect! No, not at all like all the other ones.'

20 minutes and 500 addicted clicks later, you're staring at a terrible mess. Your terrible mess. See if you can figure out what to do in the following example:

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Ubisoft defends risky PC DRM plan

Gives "added value", "enriches gaming".

The number one goal of Ubisoft's new PC anti-piracy solution will be to "provide added value" and "enrich the gaming experience", according to Ubisoft.

Ubisoft unveils Settlers 7 for spring

Ubisoft unveils Settlers 7 for spring

Build in idyllic Renaissance Europe.

Ubisoft and developer Blue Byte have whipped the wrappers off of The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom, which takes places in Renaissance Europe and should be out for PC next spring.

Campaigns have three win conditions - military, science and trade - and fine-tuning a kingdom can go right down to a village by village, sector by sector level, apparently.

Online multiplayer and associated leaderboards lend a competitive edge, and there's a promise of user-generated and downloadable content to follow the game's release.

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