Tactical Troops: Anthracite Shift

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: Slitherine
Developer: QED Games

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'Tactical Troops: Anthracite Shift' Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on April 16, 2020 @ 9:11 a.m. PDT

Tactical Troops: Anthracite Shift is a top-down turn-based tactical sci-fi wargame where players take control of a fire team to battle against alien and human hostiles.

2120 AD: the Sedvan Spheres, advanced teleportation devices, have suddenly reactivated after years of silence. Now Anthracite, the beautiful yet hostile planet light-years away from Earth, is once again accessible. Anthracite hides an invaluable treasure: Galvaon, the rare, natural mineral that fuels the Sedvan Spheres. Whoever wins the battle for Anthracite can conquer the universe.

When team-based tactical games meet physics and portals.

Inspired by classics like Laser Squad or UFO: Enemy Unknown, Tactical Troops introduces its own flavor: a turn-based wargame with no hex grid that conforms to laws of physics, meaning that if the player shoots at a barrel, it’ll recoil from their hits. 

Players engage in a single player campaign, including over 30 missions with specific objectives, and a over-arching narrative story. As true team leaders, they’ll make use of cover and overwatch to lay ambushes for the enemy and save their men. 

Tactical Troops also has a strong multiplayer component: players meet in fast, 10-minute  skirmishes, commanding the field from the first salvoes to the last man, in hotseat mode or online.

Key Features:

  • SINGLE-PLAYER CAMPAIGN: Explore the beauty and the danger of Anthracite by leading your troops through 40 missions of a story-rich single-player campaign. Study the briefing, choose your equipment and outsmart your enemies.
  • GRIDLESS MOVEMENT: Every single movement takes place in a gridless tactical environment. Players can plan their strategy and move their troops with freedom: take cover behind rocks and trees or ambush the enemy from inside buildings and bunkers.
  • TELEPORTATION TECHNOLOGY: Players can not only teleport their units, but also their bullets! Plan ambushes from the other side of the map or use the Sedvan Spheres to disperse incoming fire.
  • OVERWATCH TECHNIQUE: Thanks to the troops’ overwatch, players can automatically attack enemies as soon as they enter their field of view.  Just set the direction and soldiers will wait patiently for the unlucky opponents who try to get in their way.
  • PHYSICS-BASED WORLD: The combat system and the world of Anthracite follow the rules of physics: weapons require manual aiming, bullets and grenades can bounce off obstacles, and troops can push objects to use them to their advantage.
  • MULTIPLAYER MODE: Compete with your friends or against the AI in the multiplayer skirmishes, either online or from the same device through the Hotseat mode.

Tactical Troops: Anthracite Shift will be out on PC (Steam) later this year.

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