Age Of Darkness: Final Stand

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: Team17
Developer: PlaySide Studios
Release Date: 2023

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'Age Of Darkness: Final Stand' Early Access Update Will Add Chapters, Hero, Survival Mode And More Later This Month - Trailer

by Rainier on April 4, 2023 @ 9:03 a.m. PDT

Age Of Darkness: Final Stand presents a modern, darker spin on the survival RTS genre that will challenge new players, and strategy experts alike.

The darkness is an entity of evil. Some say it is the manifestation of human fear and nightmares, others say it is a wandering mass of damned souls haunting us. The origin of the darkness itself is unknown, but one thing for certain is that we can keep it at bay through the power of light and fire.

Age Of Darkness: Final Stand is a dark fantasy survival RTS where you must illuminate, build and defend humanity’s last bastion against hordes of Nightmares.

Set in a dark fantasy world with the last vestiges of humanity fighting for survival, Age of Darkness: Final Stand features proprietary SwarmTech technology to render over 70,000 enemies – the Nightmares – that attack humanity’s last known stronghold.

Surrounded by The Veil, a deadly procedurally generated fog of war that conceals Nightmares and drains the very lifeforce from anyone brave enough to venture through it, the final enclaves of humanity must survive a series of five Death Nights, waves of attacks with an exponential number of Nightmares to overcome, so hope can endure.

Strategic construction, careful resource management, and rapid recruitment are the keys to surviving unrelenting swarms of Nightmares. Robust defenses to build, battle worn heroes to enlist, and the tug of war between light and dark all complemented with an original soundtrack by Path of Exile composer Kamil Orman-Janowski. Each Death Night brings with it ‘malices’, random gameplay modifiers such as reduced range of defence towers or even trained units leaving training halls as Nightmares, which test humanity’s strategies for survival. Meanwhile, mighty Heroes bring with them unique abilities that can help strongholds hold back the Nightmares during the night.

Set in the remnants of a kingdom consumed by a deadly fog, you decide. Will you hide in the light? Or take back your world.

A long shadow is being cast over the harsh and unforgiving world of Erodar. On 19th April, ancient threats, old grudges, and new allies are set to emerge across the continent. Protectors of the Light, it’s almost time to take your Final Stand…

Team17 and PlaySide Studios have announced Flames of Retribution, the biggest update ever for  Age of Darkness: Final Stand.

Since launching into Steam Early Access in October 2021 with a formidable Survival Mode, Age of Darkness: Final Stand has continued to receive new heroes and updates. Flames of Retribution represents the next evolution of the title and will include the first seven of 10 fully voiced campaign chapters, a new hero, Merek, who joins the fray in Survival Mode, and a range of new updates when it launches.  

Merek Longhold, also known as “The Bolstering Might”, will be the latest Hero to join the illustrious ranks of The Order in Survival Mode. Wielding a massive halberd and with an ego to match, this hard-hitting, close-combat bruiser is an imposing figure on and off the battlefield. Despite presenting himself as a paragon of law and order, Merek has been known to demonstrate some moral flexibility when it benefits his desires and coin purse. 

Age of Darkness: Final Stand is a challenging survival real-time strategy game set in a dark fantasy world, where remnants of humanity make a last attempt at holding back against the unrelenting hordes of Nightmares, monstrous creatures that lurk in the fog of war known as ‘The Veil’. Featuring proprietary SwarmTech technology, which enables the game to render up to 70,000 models on screen at once – three times more than its genre competitors – and procedurally generated maps and randomised rewards, no final stand ever the same.

Flames of Retribution follows two previously released content updates during Early Access, each bringing new production units and heroes to the battlefield: Queen’s Fury in November 2021, and Rebellion’s Rise in December 2022. The remaining chapters in the campaign will follow later in 2023.

Key Features:

  • Fog of War: Evolved: Light up a rich, complex, procedurally generated map to claim territory back from ‘The Veil’. A dynamic living death fog that conceals enemies, drains life from your troops, and hinders exploration efforts. Holding the line against this terror is not for the faint of heart. Any units unfortunate enough to be too close to ‘The Veil’ become ‘horrified’, sending them into fits of fear and lowering their fighting effectiveness. Only light cures the darkness, so fight in the light or pay the price.
  • Death Nights: Brace yourself against huge tidal waves of Nightmares. Leveraging an internally developed technology called ‘SwarmTech’ Age of Darkness: Final Stand is able to  render over 70,000 enemy units on the screen at one time. These enemy legions claw their way up through seething fissures in the earth to reinforce ‘The Veil’. When the Death Night begins, you’ll be weakened by a Malice - a random affliction capable of undermining the best laid plans. If you are fortunate enough to survive until dawn you will be rewarded with a choice of Blessings. Live or die, Death Nights will test your strategic skills to breaking point.
  • Heroes Vs Horrors: Lead the charge against the horrors of the night with powerful and unique Heroes. Using special abilities gained from levelling them up, these Heroes can be key to turning the tide of a desperate battle. But beware, the Nightmares have elite roaming champions of their own that drop precious resources when killed, posing an extreme and ever-present threat to your expansion. Are you the hunter, or the hunted?
  • An Army Needs Training: Train and configure your army via a multi-faceted Army Skill Tree system where you decide upon multiple routes of progression for Melee, Ranged, and Siege units. Grant your Archers invisibility to scout hard-to-reach places. Imbue your Sentinels with rage so they may restore their health with each blow and install speed boosters on your Ballista’s to hurry them to new defensive locations. Each session, the choice becomes yours, though be warned, the most powerful abilities may cost more than just your gold.
  • Day & Night transitions, expand by day, hunt by night
  • Living Death Fog system that grows and recoils from the light
  • Horror and Embolden based status effects which may curse or aid your troops
  • Special Nightmare units, Spitters, Crushers, and Wraiths that test your combat skills

Age Of Darkness: Final Stand is coming to PC (Steam) in 2022/2023.

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