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Ancient Frontier: Steel Shadows

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Strategy
Developer: Fair Weather Studios
Release Date: Dec. 11, 2018

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'Ancient Frontier: Steel Shadows' Open Beta Kicks Off Next Week

by Rainier on Nov. 22, 2018 @ 12:11 a.m. PST

Ancient Frontier: Steel Shadows is an all-new complete standalone expansion to the sci-fi turn-based strategy game.

The new ‘expandalone’ will feature a fully-fledged single player campaign with over 20 main story missions and more than 50 procedurally generated side missions. The focus this time is on the dreaded pirates of the game’s universe with players taking the role of Rogan Harker, a recently freed convict who heads to the frontier to start a new life, only to try and break free of the Federation’s thumb once more as he heads up a ragtag band of pirates and outlaws.

To lead a crew of mercenaries, you will be required to hire a crew and assign and post them to positions on the ship. These crew members level up as the ship gains experience from successful missions. Steel Shadows will give you access to the pirate ships seen in the original Ancient Frontier, leaving players the opportunity to form their own pirate space fleets and fight for treasure and glory.


Fair Weather Studios have announced that open BETA for their upcoming standalone expansion to the 2017 turn-based strategy Ancient Frontier, Ancient Frontier: Steel Shadows will be available on Steam on November 24th beginning at 1 pm EST.

Players that wish to join the Ancient Frontier community and access to special giveaway need only to join the official Discord server.

Key Features:

  • A full campaign with over 20 story missions
  • Over 50 procedurally generated side missions
  • Dynamic initiative-based turn-based combat 
  • Purchase, outfit, and control the unique pirate faction ships
  • Hire and assign crew members that gain experience and power along with your ships
  • Hire unique mercenaries and ships to add to your fleet
  • Experience over 50 random events
  • Customize your play style by unlocking technologies in an extensive Tech Tree 
  • Large, detailed maps to fight across space
  • Three different strategic resources to manage
  • Dozens of different weapon systems and abilities to control
  • Includes both free DLCs; Ancient Frontier - The Crew and Ancient Frontier - Quests and Events

As a standalone expansion, Steel Shadows gives players the opportunity to jump into the world of Ancient Frontier without having to own the original title. Including the “Random Event” and “Crew Free” DLCs from the original Ancient Frontier, Steel Shadows packs hours of content and dynamics into tactical combat giving both fans of RPGs and turn-based strategy titles something to enjoy.

Ancient Frontier: Steel Shadows will be coming to PC (Steam) on Dec. 11, 2018 for $14.99 USD.


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