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GC18 – The Settlers

The Settlers are making a comeback!
It is 25 years since the debut of The Settlers, this incredible strategy game invented by Volker Wertich for the PC is also making a huge comeback as well. This time, our settlers will have to face the challenge of exploring, conquers, settling in on a medieval fantasy world. They will also have to face an ancient mystery.

Bluebyte didn’t give us a lot of information, but they did however show us a small gameplay presentation behind closed doors at the Ubisoft booth at Gamescom this year. First of all, this is a world premiere, first time they showcase this, other facts is that The Settlers is in the pre-alpha stage and being developed by using the Snowdrop engine. (also used in games such as Tom Clancy’s The Division). For now we only have a release window at fall 2019.

From what I could see and hear from the gameplay presentation, is that the graphics already now looks amazing. The gameplay looks fresh and easily to learn, character design with the touch of funny elements is a nice touch. For instance like they showed us in the presentation, the army had won the battle. But one of the city walls was a pain in the ass, so the leader walked towards the wall and kicked it and yelled before he celebrated the win with his troops.

Another feature that’s being added, is that the city lives more of itself. That means, when you build a specific building such as lumberjack building, people will automatically go chop some wood. Another cool feature is the new “Direct Action” feature. You can pinpoint on one settler to do specific tasks at once. Like all of the other Settler games, this sure looks like a lot of fun with challenges around building a network of buildings, economics and military.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, it is 25 years ago since the debut. And with that, a history collection has been announced as well. On the 15th of November 2018, you can get your hands on the The Settlers History Collection, that will include all seven modernized games.

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