I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am that 2015 (so far) seems to be the year of the RTS renaissance. The strategy genre is easily one of my favorites in all of gaming, and for a while they seemed to be on the outs (unless you were Blizzard), but it seems to be coming back in a big way. One of my most looked forward to games is hitting early next year, Etherium, and today brings a new gameplay trailer to show off all the cool things you’ll be able to do:
No post-production, mere commented gameplay, illustrating the richness of Etherium and its gameplay subtleties: discover its 3 playable factions and their specificities, the command skills, the sub-factions you can recruit, or the different weather events and their impact on the gameplay. Discover also all the depth of the game, withdifferent ways to gain victory – by running up-front assaults on the enemy main colony, or by directly attacking their command fleet -but also its “Conquest” mode! In this mode, a real galactic conquest awaits you. Plan your tactic in turn-based, building invasion fleets, developing your technology tree to unlock new units and skills, spying on the enemy and sabotaging them, and ultimately invading their territories and planets in real-time strategic mode!
From units and base management, to the 3 playable factions and the “Conquest” mode, all the game’s mechanics are explained in this commented gameplay video. Take command of one of these three factions, each with its individual characteristics, strengths, weaknesses, technologies and special skills such as climate control, espionage and precognition. Manage your resources, build outposts to extend your control over the map, and crush your enemy under an army composed of a great variety of units: infantry, tanks, aircraft, and gigantic colossi of war.
Etherium has a unique and dynamic weather system that has a direct impact on your strategy. Use a sandstorm to approach the enemy base unseen, or mount a rearguard attack by crossing a freezing river. Each of the 7 planets has diverse environments, and varied terrain that will force you to adapt your strategy: arid desert, icy worlds, island archipelagos…
The Conquest mode in Etherium is non-linear: you are free to decide how your conquests progress. Manage your resources, expand your colonies and extend your control of the map to assemble an army capable of crushing your opponents. Epic battles will ensue between formidable armies comprising numerous units: infantry, tanks, aircraft, and even gigantic colossi of war several dozens of meters high; real machines of destruction! You will also use scientific research to develop a tech tree enabling you to unlock new units and upgrades, access new structures to develop your colony and to use new special skills.
What do you guys think? Will you be picking up this RTS title when it hits early next year?