Petroglyph, a studio founded by the industry veterans behind 'Command & Conquer,' have launched their latest game on Kickstarter called 'Victory.' This World War II action strategy game has the goal of delivering a fresh, new experience in online strategy gaming with community support.
Set in the North African Campaign of World War II, players can choose to take up the sides of either British Desert Rats or German Africa Korps. What ensues looks to be a rather simple RTS formula, cutting out base and economy management and condensing combat into quick 15-20 online matches.
Maintaining the key balance between collectability and multiplayer arena, 'Victory' aims to offer an accessible-yet-competitive strategy game, with a cartoon-animated graphical style. As summed up by Project Lead, Oksana Kubushyna: “If World of Tanks, StarCraft and League of Legends had a baby, it would be Victory.”
Taking some rather interesting cues from somewhat forgotten (but still one of my favourites) 'Full Spectrum Warrior,' gameplay relies on clear decisive tactics that utilize line-of-sight, high ground, and cover. Each asset to your army have clear-cut sets of strengths and weaknesses, which allow for a further layer of accessibility to the complexities that come with the genre. Alongside this, power-ups come in the form of Commander Packs, which can either be bought outright or earned.
As the core game mechanics of 'Victory' have already been established, Petroglyph are now looking out to the community for support in taking the game from concept to reality. Standard Kickstarter gifts are here for backers: early access to demos, a 'meet the team' experience for those with an extra $10,000 lying around (!?) and, rather uniquely, the opportunity to playtest the game, working out the kinks with developers.
“We’ve already found the Victory prototype to be very fun to play, and we’re just getting started." Chuck Kroegel, CEO of Petroglyph commented. "Even though we have a legacy of making award-winning RTS games, it’s exciting to branch out into a new and different strategy gaming experience.”
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