Platform(s): PC
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: Merge Games
Developer: Pineleaf Studio
Release Date: Summer 2021

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'DwarfHeim' Gets Free-to-Share FriendPass Update

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2020 @ 7:00 a.m. PST

DwarfHeim is a cooperative and competitive real-time strategy and city builder game.

DwarfHeim is a Strategy game where 1-3 players, manage and defend a Dwarven city against the constant threats of feral trolls and rivaling dwarven clans (another team of 1-4 players) in a search for the ancient throne of DwarfHeim. The game is the first RTS to feature a multiplayer co-op where you and your team must work together using your different classes and abilities to gather resources, grow and defend your dwarven city.

Survive the dangers of Agartha, mine its resources and expand your mighty city into the wilderness. By creating and enhancing different tactics and adapting to your opponents’ strategies in DwarfHeim, you must develop your settlement from a single building to a thriving stronghold. Vanquish your enemies, train your army, gather resources, increase your population and keep your dwarves healthy and strong by brewing potent ales so that they will continue to fight the good fight.

DwarfHeim's online co-op is best when played with friends, which is why, if you own the game, we want you to be able to invite your friends to try it out with you. This way you can experience the multiplayer as it's meant to be played.

Merge Games, and Norway based developers Pineleaf Studio, are proud to introduce a new way for DwarfHeim fans to bring companions into this co-op RTS experience.

The FriendPass allows owners of the game to share some cheer this Holiday season and beyond by inviting players into a limited version of DwarfHeim completely for free! 

“We at Pineleaf Studio work to create the best games for our community,” says Hans Kleven, Game Director of DwarfHeim. “We know the pain of convincing friends to try new multiplayer games, which is why we created the FriendPass, a perfect way to introduce your friends to the co-op game and let them try it before they buy it.” 

For content creators showcasing DwarfHeim gameplay on their platforms, Twitch Drops are extra incentives for them and their communities. Viewers who are taking a break from their own experience or still on the fence about jumping into Early Access can watch streams of DwarfHeim and receive free in-game items!

FriendPass is a major addition to DwarfHeim that the development team is incredibly proud of. It shines a light on the co-operative gameplay, a key pillar for Pineleaf, and gives supporters an easy way to share the fun around. It’s not the only addition, either. Ranked matches, Leaderboards, and tons of UX improvements have already landed in Early Access, and here are the additional features going live alongside FriendPass:

  • Custom Games - Enables the players to play 1v1, 2v2, and 3v3, in non-matchmade environments. 
  • New Basic Tutorial - New tutorial that acts as a smoother introduction, as well as a prequel to our story mode campaign coming later in our EA road map  
  • Improved Keybindings - In addition to a new slider for edge movement, players can choose between Traditional and Modern keybindings for the modern and classic RTS players 
  • Unit Type Effects - A big game balance that takes unit types into account, requiring more strategizing from our players. IE - An Arbalist will now deal increased damage to a Berserker, which is a fast unit, while the Berserker will deal more damage towards a Shieldbearer which is an armored unit and so on.
  • Among these awesome additions the devs put a little extra under the tree with the following:
    • Global chat
    • AI Improvements
    • Pathfinding improvements
    • New build menu
    • Updated minimaps
    • Xmas decorations
  • There’s plenty more that will release throughout Early Access. Stay tuned for updates on the DwarfHeim roadmap.

Publisher Merge Games and developer Pineleaf Studio announced that DwarfHeim is now available through Steam Early Access for £19.99, €/$24.99.

Key Features:

  • Competitive & Co-op Multiplayer – Team up with 2 other players in Conquest, a competitive multiplayer game mode. Tear through the enemy team’s defenses and destroy their Town Hall!
  • 4 Unique Classes – Choose from Builder, Miner, Warrior, and Diplomat!
  • Build, Mine, Defend and Manage - Choose your own strategies, units, buildings and technology that best suits you and your team.
  • Single-Player and Online Co-op
    • Survival — A grueling and fast-paced challenge mode. All classes, buildings, units and abilities are immediately unlocked. Test your strategies and strength with the various difficulty settings. Challenge yourself and try to outlive the onslaught of troll waves that come your way in the Survival mode.
    • Sandbox — A more relaxed game mode for the player who likes to take their time. Expand your settlement across the map in this single-player mode. All units and buildings are immediately unlocked, build your own experience, and create your perfect settlement in the Sandbox mode.
  • Ranked Matchmaking – Rank up by winning competitive matches and face players that match your skill level.
  • Friend-Pass - Invite your friends along to play on a free downloadable client of DwarfHeim, even if they haven’t purchased the game!

DwarfHeim is in development for PC (Steam), scheduled for summer 2021.

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