Thronefall Release Date Brings Simple But Deep Strategy Next Month

Published: July 11, 2023 9:21 AM /


A kingdom full of soldiers and buildings and ready for defending in Thronefall

GrizzlyGames has announced the Thronefall release date. The minimalist strategy game, created by the same folks behind stripped-down city-builder Islanders, is heading to Steam via Early Access on August 2nd, and it's perfect for you if you don't have the time to learn complex mechanics and just want to get stuck into strategic decision-making.

According to GrizzlyGames, Thronefall is intended to be a "classic strategy game without unnecessary complexity". The studio says it loves strategy games but just doesn't have time to sink hundreds of hours into learning how to play them, and so Thronefall is intended to cut out the chaff and focus on what really matters in strategy gaming.

The idea in Thronefall is simple: build a base during the day, then defend it during the night. To do so, you'll have to manage resources, plan your approach, and balance your economy, all while upgrading the technology and equipment currently available to you. 

GrizzlyGames' intention is to cut back on unnecessary extra features without sacrificing depth, so the studio says you'll still have to "strike the right balance" between defending your city and ensuring your economy is healthy. You'll also have to decide what approach to take in combat and which elements of your defence to focus on at any given time.

As well as announcing the release date for Thronefall, GrizzlyGames has also updated the demo for the game that's currently available on the Steam page. Changes include "a number of QOL features", according to the studio, as well as extra bug fixes and other tweaks. If you tried it out and weren't too sure, now might be a good time to give it another go.

Thronefall is coming to PC via Steam Early Access on August 2nd. You can also download a demo right now if you want to give it a try before you pick it up. As far as we know, the sequel to Islanders, which was announced back in May last year, is also still in development, so it's a good time to be a minimalist strategy fan.


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