Approach Vector - April Edition01 Apr 2016 0
No fools here on April 1st, friends. Only those with an eye on the prize. Approach Vector brings you a rundown of released and inbound pocketbook emaciators. If you've anything to add to the list, providing it fits the beige box/strategy criteria, sound off in the comments and we'll add to this embarrassment of riches.
Order of Battle: US Marines
Combat Air Patrol 2: Battle of Hormuz
UPDATE: In a move to ensure greater feedback, the developers have canned the Early Access release in favour of a closed beta."After much analysis, and having discussed the best road forward for the title, lead developer Bob Smith and Publisher Iceberg Interactive have chosen to opt for a controlled closed beta program for Oriental Empires, instead of the initially planned Steam Early Access process.
The closed beta program will enable a fixed-sized and fully controllable environment, where feedback is more manageable and easier to digest for the relatively small indie team. The beta program will consist of several different phases/waves, introducing a fixed number of new players to the beta program at different development points. Once the closed beta program for Oriental Empires is complete, the title will be launched as a solid and finished product, created together with the ever-growing 4x community."
Ashes of the Singularity
Having just graduated from the Supreme Commander College of Unit Count Overachievement, Stardock's DirectX 12-powered RTS is in the wilderness, showering us all in its impressive scale. Ashes of the Singularity seems to have been fondly received, half-nelsoning the doubting Thomases who decried the genre moribund and beating them with its quad-core-driven gameplay. Out now.
Democracy 3: Africa
Cliffski is taking Democracy to the African continent, a place ripe for political examination and simulation. The post-colonial climate should prove as interesting as challenging for armchair democrats and despots alike. Ten countries with unique positives and problems to utilise and solve, Positech's expandalone goes to the proverbial polls on April 13.
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada
We've certainly enjoyed soaking up the ongoing beta for Tindalos' take on starship combat in the 41st Millennium. If you missed both our chat with the developer or a field report from the beta itself, make amends, lest you be drummed out of the admiralty. Originally, this dark ship-to-ship RTS was set for release in March, but developers and publisher Focus Home Interactive did the right thing in letting the balance and bug-busting servitors clamber over the hull a little further. Battlefleet Gothic: Armada rolls down the slipways on April 22.
Endless Legend: Shifters
Endless Legend is all sorts of good, this much we know. It has received some great updates since its release in 2014, and another is set to drop in a week. Shifters adds interesting new mechanics to the frozen months, including a new resource to spend in a variety of ways - including the ability to freeze rivers for a quick winter shuftie into enemy territory. Beyond adding this Raymond Briggs-esque delight to the snowier season, Amplitude have unveiled a new race will come parcelled with the DLC, which is awfully nice. The best gets better on April 7.
So there you have it. Enough to make a wallet, a simple article of leather and stitching, weep human tears. A great month stretches before us. The consumer watchdog Approach Vector will be back next month to help you through another trying release window of beautiful strategy and wargames.