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SpellForce III

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: RPG/Strategy
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Developer: Grimlore Games
Release Date: Dec. 7, 2017

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'SpellForce III' Versus Lets You Ranked Multiplayer Matches For Free - Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 30, 2020 @ 12:20 p.m. PDT

SpellForce III blends the best of real-time strategy and role-playing game genres with a rich, deep backstory.

The action takes place prior to the events in “SpellForce: The Order of Dawn”, and this “prequel” immerses players in the lush and luxuriant fantasy world of Eo.

Similar to its successful predecessors, players create their hero from scratch and can then develop the hero’s skills during the campaign, complete quests, explore the game world and join forces with up to three characters to form a group of heroes.

The map in SpellForce III is divided into different sectors. The player’s base won’t grow arbitrarily, but always organically. Concretely, this means that the player can only conquer sectors, which are connected to the base or other, already conquered, sectors. This is important, because there is no “Global Economy”, but the distribution of resources will happen mechanically (resources are being transported via carts). The player can decide which raw materials he wants to collect, distribute and export in each sector and must therefore carefully plan where to build the sectors.

If, for example, the player defeats all the enemies in a particular sector and the bandit camp is captured, he can establish an outpost in this area. The player can then construct buildings in the sectors, exploit raw materials (wood, stone, food, etc.), transport goods and produce resources to then recruit new fighting units. Each outpost has a set number of workers who can be hired, so a core element of the game is to balance the sector economy and manage the sector to ensure the most efficient deployment of the available workers.

We don’t want to ignore the RPG component and want players to have the best gaming experience possible with SpellForce III, so the micro management is not as hectic and fast-paced as in many other RTS games. Players can therefore enjoy both gameplay genres (RTS and RPG) in equal measure.

The SpellForce-Franchise gets two new additions on November 3rd.

Not only will the second expansion, Fallen God, launch on that day, but also the all new SpellForce 3: Versus. SpellForce 3: Versus is a a Free-to-play version of SpellForce 3, allowing players to participate in the newly introduced ranked multiplayer as well as play in a skirmish against AI opponents.

In SpellForce 3: Versus, you will be able to play either Humans, Orcs and Elves - and your faction will be randomly chosen for you when you start the game for the first - once an Orc, always an Orc! While fighting against other users of SpellForce 3: Versus, you can also face players from the expansions Fallen God and Soul Harvest - there will be just one big SpellForce 3 player base.

SpellForce 3: Versus will have NO microtransactions, NO advertisement or any other common Free-to-play mechanic. You can play Versus absolutely free of charge, only if you want to have access to the singleplayer campaigns from SpellForce 3, SpellForce 3: Soul Harvest or SpellForce 3: Fallen God, you'll have to buy them.

Additionally, there is a Multiplayer-Upgrade pack available, allowing you to choose from each of the six different SpellForce-factions: Humans, Orcs, Dwarves, Dark Elves, Trolls and Elves. This package is available for $ 14.99/ € 14.99 € / £ 12.99.

Skirmish or 1-on-1 Multiplayer

You can choose whether you want to take on AI enemies in a Skirmish battle, or go head-to-head with other human players of SpellForce 3 in both Ranked and Unranked PVP matches. On top of it all you can also check out the single-player scenario ‘Old Haalâyash’ to get a glimpse of what the lavishly created single-player campaigns of SpellForce 3 and its stand-alone expansions have to offer.

Multiplayer Races: Orcs, Humans and Elves

You will be randomly assigned a faction, giving you a chance to try out either playing as Orcs, Humans or Elves. Each faction has its own strengths and traits, so you’ll need to develop your strategy to make the most of your warriors and workers. And because the faction is randomly assigned every time you play, you’ll have to think fast in order to secure victory.

Upgrade to unlock more excitement

This is just a taste of the challenge and fun that SpellForce 3’s RTS matches have to offer. When you are hungry for more, the full versions of SpellForce 3 and its stand-alone expansions Soul Harvest and Fallen God will get you access to the complete PvP experience with all factions and the full story campaign.

If you love the PvP aspect of the game, we also offer the “SpellForce 3: Versus Edition - Full PvP Upgrade” DLC which contains the complete PvP experience with access to all 6 factions (Orcs, Humans, Elves, Dark Elves, Dwarves, Trolls).

Key Features

  • Free PvP multiplayer
  • Go for glory with Ranked and Unranked PVP matches
  • Choose Skirmish mode to play against challenging AI opponents
  • Battle against other human players of SpellForce 3, SpellForce 3: Soul Harvest, and SpellForce 3: Fallen God
  • Play the single-player ‘Old Haalâyash’ scenario map

SpellForce 3: Versus Edition - Full PvP Upgrade

The “SpellForce 3: Versus Edition - Full PvP Upgrade” DLC contains the complete PvP experience with access to all 6 factions of the SpellForce 3 universe: Orcs, Humans, Elves, Dark Elves, Dwarves, Trolls.

Please note that the full Single Player and story campaign experience is only unlocked by acquiring SpellForce 3 and its stand-alone expansions Soul Harvest and Fallen God.

Key Features

  • Play all of the three base SpellForce 3 factions: Humans, Elves and Orcs
  • Play the two Soul Harvest factions: Dwarves and Dark Elves
  • Play the Troll faction from the Fallen God expansion
  • Enjoy the full PvP multiplayer experience in Ranked, Unranked and AI matches
  • Climb the leaderboard and the faction specific leaderboards to the top
  • Challenge players from all other SpellForce 3 games: SpellForce 3, SpellForce 3: Soul Harvest and SpellForce 3: Fallen God

Key Features

  • RTS/RPG Mix: Unique gameplay combining RTS and Top-Down RPG genres
    • RTS: the RTS part focuses on macromanagement (overall strategy, building a base/economy, conquering of zones, managing large groups of units)
    • RPG: the RPG part puts emphasis on micromanaging the party of heroes (skills of ALL heroes of the party have assigned keyboard bindings) in battles
  • Create & Customize: Assemble your party of heroes and choose between numerous combinations of different skill builds
  • Strengthen and Command Your Army: Prepare your troops and fight the mother of all battles. Moreover, players can utilize a wide array of strategic choices (like e.g. terrain, troop formations, visibility, scouting etc.) that would make Sun Tzu proud
  • Epic Storyline: Unravel a deep and sophisticated story, eventually leading up to the events that cause the world-changing convocation ritual
  • Rich Universe & Lore: Explore the world Eo and discover intrigues, secrets and a lot of loot for your hero
  • Extensive Single-Player Campaign: 30+ hours, even more when you manage to discover all the things Grimlore put in the world
  • Multiplayer: Strong multiplayer component with various modes - Play cooperatively or in versus battles

SpellForce III is currently available as digital download on PC (Steam).

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