A new title in the Age of Wonders series, titled Age of Wonders: Planetfall, is in development.
Developer Triumph Studios and publisher Paradox Interactive announced the game yesterday at ParadoxCon. Triumph Studios hopes the game will "bring all the exciting turn-based empire building and immersive tactical combat of its predecessors to an all-new sci-fi setting". Traditionally, the Age of Wonders series has taken place in a fantasy setting, so this will be the first game in the series to take place in a sci-fi inspired world.
News of Age of Wonders: Planetfall was accompanied by a release trailer, uploaded to the official Paradox Interactive YouTube account. You can check out the trailer here:
The trailer shows off the aesthetic for Age of Wonders: Planetfall, as well as a few very small snippets of gameplay (the game is around 3 years into its development cycle, but it's not due to be released until next year). The game looks to continue the turn-based 4X strategy style of Age of Wonders, albeit in a new setting. Developers Triumph state their aim as "to make a game that greatly expands upon its predecessors, and still employs the core principles that made Age of Wonders such a success"; while the setting is a new one for the series, Triumph is "confident that Age of Wonders fans will feel right at home exploring the remnants of the Star Union".
Age of Wonders: Planetfall offers players the opportunity to "emerge from the dark age of a fallen galactic empire to craft a new future for their people". Players will "fight, build, negotiate and technologically advance the way to utopia" in a single-player mode, on random maps or in online multiplayer. The game will utilize Triumph's in-house Creator engine, also used on Age of Wonders III. This will be the first title in the series to be published by Paradox Interactive, with whom Triumph is "thrilled" to be working.
Triumph Studios is a Dutch developer, best known for the Age of Wonders and Overlord franchises. Paradox Interactive is a Swedish publisher based in Stockholm, well-known for publishing (among other games) grand strategy titles such as Crusader Kings, Europa Universalis, and Hearts of Iron.
Age of Wonders: Planetfall is scheduled to be released in 2019.
Looking forward to getting your hands on Age of Wonders: Planetfall? Do you think the sci-fi direction is the right one for the series to take? Let us know in the comments!