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Age Of Wonders 4

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X
Genre: RPG/Strategy
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Developer: Triumph Studios
Release Date: May 2, 2023

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'Age Of Wonders 4' Eldritch Realms Content Expansion And Free Update Coming In June - Trailer

by Rainier on May 30, 2024 @ 11:48 a.m. PDT

Age Of Wonders 4 invites players to build their own fantasy realms through deep Ruler and Empire customization; reactive worlds; and a mix of strategy, role-playing, and turn-based combat.

Age Of Wonders 4 is the first sequel in nine years for the Age of Wonders fantasy strategy game series, bringing new levels of customization and replayability to the games’ iconic empire-building, role-playing, and best-in-class tactical combat.

Rule a fantasy realm of your own design in Age of Wonders 4! Explore new magical realms in Age of Wonders’ signature blend of 4X strategy and turn-based tactical combat. Control a faction that grows and changes as you expand your empire with each turn.

Triumph Studios’ award-winning strategy series has emerged into a new age, evolving the game’s iconic empire building, role-playing, and warfare to the next level. A new storytelling event system and hugely customizable empires provide an endlessly replayable experience, where each game adds a new chapter to your ever-growing saga.

Powerful Wizard Kings have returned to the realms to reign as gods among mortals, and players will rise to challenge their rule using Tomes of Magic to unleash arcane destruction and evolve their armies, gaining new abilities and forms. For the first time in the series, players can create their own custom factions, and leave their mark on countless worlds through each choice they make.

Eldritch Realms will add an entirely new layer to the in-game world, a new playable ruler type, new tomes of magic, new physical forms, mounts, events, and much more. 

Players will discover what lurks in the spaces between spaces in Age of Wonders 4: Eldritch Realms, which opens up the Umbral Abyss, a new layer of the map where corruption runs rampant and horrors beyond comprehension wait to consume all that is good in the world. Even venturing into this realm is harmful to mortals and Godir alike, but through transformative magic, the truly brave can unlock the powerful secrets lying within. Along with a new Eldritch Sovereign ruler type and new magic to wield - or drive back - the darkness, the worlds of Age of Wonders 4 are growing ever larger and more challenging for players everywhere.

Age of Wonders 4: Eldritch Realms Key Features:

  • New Map Layer - The Umbral Abyss: New tactical combat maps, unique locations to explore, and new independent factions of Umbral dwellers wait for players who can withstand the hazardous environs!
  • New Ruler Type: Ancient beings of terrible power, the Eldritch Sovereigns have been corrupted by the Umbral Abyss and possess a unique Thrall spell casting mechanic. Choose your path as an Eldritch Sovereign ruler and decide between Dominating your foes, Manipulating the flesh or Wild, chaotic magic.
  • 3 New Tomes: Tighten your grasp with the Tome of the Tentacle, turn your enemies’ strength to weakness with the Tome of Corruption, or drive back the darkness using the Tome of Cleansing Flame.
  • New Event System: Mini-crises threaten all rulers at once in the Cosmic Happenings, a series of events with unique tactical maps, units, and mechanics - and powerful rewards!
  • 2 New Forms: Swarm into battle as a faction of Insects, or lead the return of the Syrons from Age of Wonders’ past!
  • 2 New Story Realms: Return to Athla and come to its defense in epic clashes that will determine the fate of the world.
  • So Much More: 2 new mounts, 3 new Realm traits, 2 new Realm templates, 5 new premade rulers, 6 new music tracks, and a gloomy, unsettling new interface skin all await you in the Eldritch Realms!

Eldritch Realms will launch on June 18, 2024 on PC, PS, and Xbox Series X|S at $19.99/£16.99/€19.99.

Players who purchased the Premium Edition of Age of Wonders 4 or the Expansion Pass will receive Eldritch Realms as part of their purchase when the expansion launches, completing the content in the title’s first Expansion Pass.

Alongside Eldritch Realms, all Age of Wonders 4 players will receive a free content update on June 18. The Mystic Update will include new features such as randomized realms with hidden traits, new pantheon content, and an expanded rework of the Mystic Culture. Full details on these free additions will be shared in the game’s patch notes shortly before launch.

Key Features:

  • Create the Empire of Your Wildest Fantasies: Craft your followers by combining bodily forms, societal traits and arcane powers. Build anything from a clan of cannibal halflings to mystic moon elves, or recreate your favorite fantasy tropes. Seek powerful tomes of magic to enchant your armies and see your people physically change as they morph into angelic beings or scions of chaos to face their enemies.
  • Strategy Meets Role-Playing Like Never Before: Every choice opens up new possibilities and tactical advantages; deep, multilayered strategy allows you to try new tactics or explore new powers at every turn. Tactical turn-based battles bring your armies to life, from skirmishes with roaming monsters to vast sieges with many units on each side!
  • Write Your Own Legend: A new event system provides unexpected levels of storytelling for 4X games. See your decisions shape the world around you as you seek glory through brutal domination, cunning alliances, or ultimate arcane knowledge. Your own creations may even appear as potential rivals or allies in subsequent games, as you experience the next chapter in your own story!
  • Make Your Mark on a Vast, Reactive World: Explore a new realm in each session - or create your own! Challenge new variations and combinations of locations and features, from frozen wastelands ruled by ice queens to desolated ruins where dragons roam. With a tremendous variety of empires, units, and environments to keep the game endlessly replayable, Age of Wonders is more open-ended - and mod-friendly - than ever before in the series’ history.

Age Of Wonders 4 is available for PS5, Xbox Series |XS and PC (Steam).

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