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Stormgate

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Strategy
Developer: Frost Giant Studios

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'Stormgate' Closed Beta Kicks Off Next Week, Coincides With Kickstarter Launch

by Rainier on Nov. 29, 2023 @ 5:12 p.m. PST

Stormgate is a free-to-play real-time strategy game set amidst a war between humanity and an onslaught of alien invaders.

Take on the campaign alone or cooperatively, play casual and competitive PvP and co-op modes online, or get creative in the editor.

Welcome to the future of RTS!

Stormgate takes place in an all-new post-apocalyptic game setting where science fiction and fantasy collide. The story begins hundreds of years in Earth’s future, following the near-extinction of humanity. The great calamity was caused by the Infernals—a playable alien race of demonic invaders hellbent on claiming this planet for their own. These otherworldly demons emerged from Stormgates—seemingly dormant portals that began pouring out demons during powerful solar storms. As the Infernals return to threaten humanity once again, humans must gather their courage—and climb into their 20-foot tall mechs—to save the world.

Explore an ever-evolving story through thrilling campaign missions where science fiction and fantasy collide—solo or cooperatively. Battle opponents around the world on our competitive 1v1 ladder. Team up with your friends to challenge the AI in cooperative modes. Get your hands dirty in the editor to build the game of your dreams.

Built in Unreal Engine 5, Stormgate will support high-resolution HD visuals in 4K and hundreds of unit models in epic, large-scale wars across a variety of maps and tilesets. The user interface is also being designed to make RTS more approachable by eliminating unnecessary inputs, automatically assigning units to control groups, and streamlining gameplay.

Frost Giant Studios has dedicated its initial engineering efforts to Stormgate’s core mechanics and gameplay fundamentals—the building blocks of any great RTS. Its custom-developed SnowPlay simulation technology enables crisp, responsive gameplay with smart pathfinding.

Stormgates powerful in-game editor arms creators with the same tools that Frost Giant is using to build the game, in a creator-friendly ecosystem where creativity and effort will be rewarded.

It's time for Stormgate to make the leap from closed alpha to closed beta

Many of you have already received your invites as we've doubled the number of playtesters again this round after doubling them in our previous closed alpha phase. If you didn't get an invite, don't worry!

We will have other opportunities for you to get into Stormgate coming up, including but not limited to guaranteed beta access as a bonus reward for supporting our Kickstarter campaign. More on that below!

Closed beta marks the first-ever external playtest of our 3P co-op versus AI mode (aka 3vE). Playtesters will get their hands on our first co-op hero, code-named "Blockade"--he's a badass sci-fi Paladin wielding a powerful hammer. 

Blockade's diverse toolkit allows him to leap into combat, perform a devastating spin-to-win attack, heal nearby allies, and even teleport wherever he's needed to save the day.  Play him as damage-dealer, frontline tank, or clutch healer--it's up to you.

Our first co-op map "Wreck Havoc"  is a mission to stop convoys before reaching the enemy base. Fail in your mission and those convoys will power up the bad guys' cannon--the Ion Bolt. Terrible, terrible damage will ensue.

Closed beta also includes a new ladder map, as well as a competitive ranking system and replay tool to keep games organized. 

We've overhauled our Sentry Turret and turned it into the Sentry Post. It transforms into five different modes, each with a unique function based on the unit manning it from within! 

STORMGATE KICKSTARTER COMING SOON

On December 5, we're launching a Kickstarter campaign!

"But Frost Giant... why are you doing a Kickstarter? Aren't you fully funded?"

That's right, we already have the funding we need to release Stormgate. This Kickstarter campaign will enable us to offer our players some highly-requested “extras” that we want to turn into reality. 

  1. Supporters can receive digital Founder’s Packs that include campaign content, playable Heroes, and exclusive rewards such as beta access in 2024 and a limited-edition Frost Giant Yeti in-game pet modeled after the studio mascot designed by Carbot Animations.
  2. You can also score a limited-edition physical Stormgate Collector’s Edition that includes a gorgeous Vanguard Vulcan mech statue

While we are exploring other opportunities for players to check out Stormgate for free ahead of our launch, Kickstarter is a great way to support our team while also guaranteeing that you'll get in. We have a limited number of beta keys for backers, so don't miss out: sign up to be notified as soon as the Stormgate Kickstarter campaign launches by clicking here

TUNE IN TO THE GAME AWARDS ON DECEMBER 7

This may be our biggest moment since announcing Stormgate at Summer Game Fest last year.  . . we're excited to share that a new Stormgate trailer will be presented on stage at The Game Awards on December 7. 

We have no way of knowing where we'll be in the show (immediately following Grand Theft Auto VI, maybe?), but what we do know is that we'll be sharing some of the first footage of our 3P co-op mode as well as some new 100% in-engine cinematics.

Key Features:

  • Epic story missions: Earth didn’t stand a chance. Our story begins hundreds of years in the future, after alien invaders hellbent on claiming this planet as their own poured out of the Stormgates and brought an end to the world as we knew it. Yet humanity survived. As the fully-playable demonic Infernals return to unleash havoc once again, Earth’s defenders must gather their courage—and climb into their 20-foot tall mechs—to save the world. It’s up to you to pick a side, harvest resources, build your base, and command mighty armies to decide the outcome.
  • The first truly social RTS: Whatever your favorite game mode, you can play Stormgate with friends. Campaign missions can be played cooperatively, Stormgate’s open-ended co-op mode supports 3 players, and even 1v1 competitive players can make social connections through the built-in tournament system.
  • The next generation of RTS competition: Stormgate carries forward the storied legacy of world-class esports. Enjoy advanced matchmaking for players of all skill levels, featuring a competitive 1v1 ladder where your abilities will be put to the test against similarly-skilled opponents around the world. When it comes to competition, we've got you covered: set up your own tournaments, participate in grassroots events, or qualify for professional esports matches, all from directly within the game.
  • Free to play – Never pay to win: Stormgate is free-to-play so that everyone can enjoy the fun of RTS. Support the development of additional optional content that you enjoy, without ever paying to remove nuisances or gain an advantage.
  • Unleash your creativity in the editor: Craft your own custom missions and mini-games in our powerful and user-friendly editor. Draw terrain, create scripts, modify units, and publish your map for the community to play. Gather data about your content to take your creations to the next level. Make something fun, share it with the world, and be rewarded for your effort and creativity.
  • Spectating matches and leveling up IRL with enhanced learning tools

Stormgate is in development for PC (Steam).


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