Trese Brothers Games announced yesterday that their fourth game in the Star Traders universe, Templar Battleforce, has arrived on Steam. The turn-based, tactical, RPG features roguelite permadeath in a sci-fi universe where humanity is on the brink of annihilation.
Canonically, the Templar Knights are a warrior caste equipped with Leviathan mechs dedicated to the protection of the last vestiges of humanity, the Star Traders. Along with the prophet Shalun, the Templars and Star Traders fled their war-torn world in search of a new home. Many of the ships were lost in their long, silent, journey through the stars, leaving precious little of mankind left to colonize the few habitable planets remaining. The Templars are summoned to duty when an ancient evil awakens, standing as the sole bulwark between humanity and utter eradication.
According to Trese Brothers Games, each of your Templars can be customized in a number of ways, from their appearance and armor to their talents and weaponry. In addition they gain experience with each mission they survive, becoming invaluable, battle-hardened, veterans that form the backbone of your squads. A number of specializations exist to further differentiate your Templars, from crafty Scouts to fire spewing Hydras and more.
It remains to be seen whether Templar Battleforce makes due on its promise of over 40 hours of gameplay and more than 45 combat missions. The information we have at hand promises “endless combinatnions of squads, soldiery, and tactics”, which can be a tricky order to balance. Templar Battleforce also boasts a number of scenarios running the gamut from open field combat, corridor to corridor sweeps, last stands, objective capturing, infiltration, scorched earth retreats, gigantic boss fights and more that will hopefully challenge the player to adjust their tactics. One spot of contention is the promise of 15+ enemies spread out across multiple factions – the number feels a bit light, but hopefully the gameplay and core mechanics will carry Templar Battleforce if it stumbles in unit variety.
Templar Battleforce launches at the discounted price of $8.49 (normally $9.99) until September 28th.
Stay tuned to TechRaptor for the latest information regarding Templar Battleforce, including a forthcoming review.