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Platform(s): PC
Genre: Strategy
Developer: Pathos Interactive
Release Date: Feb. 21, 2019

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'Bannermen' Kicks Off Free Beta This Weekend

by Rainier on Feb. 8, 2019 @ 5:49 p.m. PST

Bannermen is a classic real-time strategy game where you take on the role of a fallen lord on his journey back to become one of the mightiest in the realm.

The game combines classic RTS elements such as base-building and resource management, with unique new environmental magic. These special spells allow players to summon lightning strikes, tornadoes, volcano outbursts, and more deadly nature-based effects which not only turn the tide of battle, but can change the face of the game world itself. Bannermen features four game modes and an expansive game world for the taking!

Bannermen takes place in the realm of Valtoria, a low-fantasy medieval world ravaged by decades of war, starvation, and natural disasters. Players take on the role of Lord Berrian trying to recapture his kingdom’s former glory, finding and rallying bannermen to battle against a host of tribes and the dark Lord Karthor. By utilizing nature powers — a core feature of Bannermen — players can leverage natural phenomena such as lightning strikes to electrocute armies, take advantage of dust storms that limit vision to sneak past enemies, and much more.  With a fully story-driven campaign, each mission contains varied gameplay and challenges designed to push the narrative forward.

With innovative gameplay and dynamic environments, Pathos Interactive aims to refresh the real-time strategy genre. Bannermen will contain a singleplayer campaign and several multiplayer modes with matchmaking and ladders, where the main tasks consist of base building, resource management and battling enemy armies. The maps and missions vary in both length and shape and include features never before seen in RTS games. Players will be able to interact with the environment, creating interesting combats and greater strategic depth.

The goal of the game is to lead your bannermen to victory and defeat the evil, once and for all.

It's go time! From now on and until Monday afternoon (UTC time) the Bannermen Beta is free to download and play on Steam. You do not need any keys, simply click to install!

The beta contains singleplayer (tutorial, campaign sneak peek and AI skirmish) and multiplayer (match-making with ranks, as well as custom games).

Key Features:

  • A complete single-player story-driven campaign, along with an AI Skirmish Mode, Ranked and Unranked Multiplayer Modes, and a Custom Mode for up to eight players
  • “Nature powers” that allows players to summon lightning strikes, blizzards, and much more, all of which not only deal devastating damage, but also modify the terrain of the game map - provoke volcano outbursts to demolish lands, raise a tornado to trap your enemies, and more
  • Heroes which can be levelled up during the game, to become stronger and unlock more powerful spells
  • Online multiplayer games on hosted dedicated servers, with matchmaking and ladders (ranking system) for both 1v1 and 2v2 setups
  • A classic RTS game, with all the beloved features like base building, resource management, recruiting soldiers and battling for map control

Bannermen will be available for PC (Steam) on February 21, 2019.

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