Today Paradox Interactive announced a game that will likely please fans of the turn-based strategy and empire-building genres, Age of Wonders 4.
Of course, the game is developed by the series' traditional developer Triumph Studios, and we already have a release date. It's coming for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S on May 2, 2023.
This is a return to the mainline Age of Wonders series after nine years, following the sci-fi spin-off Age of Wonders: Planetfall released in 2019.
Not only did we get a release date and an announcement trailer, but the developers also shared plenty of gameplay, which you can watch (alongside the trailer) below.
Here's what you can expect from the game in terms of features:
- Create the Empire of Your Wildest Fantasies: Craft your followers by combining bodily forms, societal traits and arcane powers. Build anything from a clan of cannibal halflings to mystic moon elves, or recreate your favorite fantasy tropes. Seek powerful tomes of magic to enchant your armies and see your people physically change as they morph into angelic beings or scions of chaos to face their enemies.
- Strategy Meets Role-Playing Like Never Before: Every choice opens up new possibilities and tactical advantages; deep, multilayered strategy allows you to try new tactics or explore new powers at every turn. Tactical turn-based battles bring your armies to life, from skirmishes with roaming monsters to vast sieges with many units on each side!
- Write Your Own Legend: A new event system provides unexpected levels of storytelling for 4X games. See your decisions shape the world around you as you seek glory through brutal domination, cunning alliances, or ultimate arcane knowledge. Your own creations may even appear as potential rivals or allies in subsequent games, as you experience the next chapter in your own story!
- Make Your Mark on a Vast, Reactive World: Explore a new realm in each session - or create your own! Challenge new variations and combinations of locations and features, from frozen wastelands ruled by ice queens to desolated ruins where dragons roam. With a tremendous variety of empires, units, and environments to keep the game endlessly replayable, Age of Wonders is more open-ended - and mod-friendly - than ever before in the series’ history.
The accompanying press release also included a comment from Lennart Sas, Co-founder of Triumph Studios and Director of Age of Wonders 4.
“For 25 years now, Triumph has been exploring new places to take our original fantasy strategy series, and the fans who have taken the journey with us have made it a rewarding endeavor.
Even after all this time, we’re still adding amazing new ideas to Age of Wonders, and whether you’ve been playing since the beginning or ready to visit our worlds for the first time, you’re about to experience something special.”
If you're unfamiliar with the Age of Wonders series, it debuted all the way back in 1999 with the original game on PC. It's considered by many one of the best fantasy 4X franchises on the market.