Game studio Petroglyph Games has demonstrated their expertise in the real-time strategy (RTS) genre over the years, with them fronting Star Wars: Galaxies at War and 8-Bit Armies, and contributing to the development of the Command & Conquer (C&C) series.
The team’s newest title in the making, Conan Unconquered, is thus most certainly up their alley. First announced at the Kinda Funny Games Showcase, it revisits the RTS market once again, and will be set in the Hyborian Age as per Robert E Howard’s Black Colossus short story.
A brief summary of the game reads:
Conan Unconquered is a high-paced strategy game where players face wave after wave of enemies in ever-increasing numbers and difficulty. To withstand the savage hordes players must build an unconquerable stronghold and put up walls and other defensive measures to avoid utter destruction. While the game can be played entirely in single-player, two players can also play together online to build a shared stronghold while fending off the enemy hordes allowing for a unique, cooperative multiplayer experience.
From the cinematic trailer above, it seems Conan Unconquered is looking to retain the brutality and violence so often associated with the barbarian warrior. Apart from summoning colossal units to crush enemies, the world also appears to house relentless hordes of ferocious foes – namely giant scorpions and necromancers. Throw in the splash of blood on Conan’s sword and his fierce, battle-ready demeanour, and fans should have a bloodbath on their hands.
Gameplay will boast a pause option, which can be used to issue demands and better manage the destructive mess left behind by attacking troops, such as an increased dead body count, raging fires, and widespread diseases. While light foot soldiers are the only help available in the early stages, calvary and armour-clad avatars will be encountered later on. But perhaps the greatest catch for Conan enthusiasts is this: famous characters of the series – including the muscular hero himself – can be unlocked along the way, each armed with special abilities that may turn the tide of a battle.
The return of Conan is set for PC sometime between April and June 2019, which comes as great news for the community, especially since the demand for Conan games seems to still be going strong. Conan Exiles rose to become Funcom’s fastest-selling title when it was first released, so expectations are definitely high for this. Meanwhile, a single-player Conan project is also being developed concurrently, though details have yet to be revealed.
2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year for RTS fans: apart from Conan Unconquered, C&C has been primed for a remaster by the same team as well – it’s too early for the genre to die out.