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Age of Wonders: Planetfall brings empire building and turn-based combat to Xbox One, PS4 and PC

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As a turn-based strategy experience, Age of Wonders has wowed the crowds for two decades. Now though it’s time for the series to really hit home to the more modern gamer, as Age of Wonders: Planetfall releases on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Available to purchase and download right this very instant, Age of Wonders: Planetfall is the fifth game in the Age of Wonders series, following on from the original game that released in 1999, and the three sequels that followed – Age of Wonders II: The Wizard’s Throne, Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic and Age of Wonders III.

With Age of Wonders III having released back in 2014, it could well be said that Planetfall is 5 years in the making, and with the original developers of Triumph Studios behind it, and Paradox Interactive (they behind Stellaris: Console Edition on Xbox One) and Koch Media running the publishing and physical distribution rights, the launch of this latest Age of Wonders title is a highly anticipated one.

Age of Wonders: Planetfall will see you emerging from the wreck of a galactic empire with the express intention of building a brand new future. How you go about this is easy – take charge of one of six factions and use all your might, wits, and skills to succeed. Okay, maybe it’s not easy, but you get the drift. Fighting, building, negotiating and advancing along the technological paths to utopia in a deep single player campaign, across random skirmish maps, and against friends in multiplayer, really is the order of the day, and in Planetfall you’ll get the opportunity to do all of this and a ton more.

But what exactly do you get? Well, veterans of the series will know all about the turn based strategy that has helped power the series along, and that is the central focus of Planetfall too, as you go about creating the perfect strategic calls whilst partaking in super-intense turn based combat.

Taking control of a range of races, Planetfall will see you attempting to reach a variety of end goals however you see fit. Should you wish to run the political and diplomatic route then you can do so, however the inclusion of doomsday technology and a swathe of offensive units will more than cater for those paths too.

Some of the most key of Planetfall features include:

  • Key Features Tactical Turn-Based Sci-Fi Combat – Perfect your combat strategy in intense turn-based battles that offer tactical challenges, a large cast of races, units with customizable weapons, and destructible environments.
  • Discover a Rich Science Fiction World – Uncover the history of the fallen galactic empire as you explore lush landscapes, and experience the emergent story. Encounter NPC factions and rival houses, and discover hidden technologies that can strengthen your society and give you advantage over enemies.
  • Planetary Empire Building – Create your own unique House, and build prosperous colonies through economic specializations of planetary sectors and governing doctrines.
  • Multiple Paths to Victory – Achieve your end goals through conquest, diplomacy or doomsday technologies. Engrossing options with NPC factions and rival Houses won’t make the decisions easy!

The options whilst in-game with Age of Wonders: Planetfall are huge, and the variety of editions on offer from the Xbox Store are nearly as large. See, not content with just dropping a Standard Edition of Planetfall to gamers for £41.74, but a £44.99 pre-order option of the Deluxe Edition also includes an exclusive Jack Gelder Avatar Costume, the Bravado Bundle Cosmetic Pack, a Spacerpunk Cosmetic Pack, and the Infested Worlds Scenario Planet. Further still though and fans of the series will no doubt be hugely interested in the pre-orderable Premium Edition for £59.99. See, it is that which brings everything mentioned in the Deluxe Edition, but also drops the Season Pass in for good measure, allowing for access to three upcoming expansions and an instant reward. That Season Pass will usually cost £31.99, whilst the Deluxe Upgrade pack will set you back £10.74. Those on PS4 and PC will no doubt find the same options available from their relevant store.

Tempted by what Age of Wonders: Planetfall brings? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and make sure you keep an eye out for our upcoming review of the game on Xbox One.

Game Description:

Age of Wonders: Planetfall is the new strategy game from Triumph Studios, creators of the critically acclaimed Age of Wonders and Overlord series, bringing all the exciting tactical-turn based combat and in-depth 4X empire building of its predecessors to space in an all-new sci-fi setting. Emerge from the cosmic dark age of a fallen galactic empire to craft a new future for your people. Explore the planetary ruins and encounter other surviving factions that have each evolved in their own way, as you unravel the history of a shattered civilization. Fight, build, negotiate and technologically advance your way to utopia, in a deep single player campaign, on random maps and against friends in multiplayer.

Neil Watton
Neil Wattonhttps://www.thexboxhub.com/
An Xbox gamer since 2002, I bought the big black box just to play Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee. I have since loved every second of the 360's life and am now just as obsessed with the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S - mostly with the brilliant indie scene that has come to the fore. Gamertag is neil363, feel free to add me to your list.
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