Today’s first demo comes from Certain Affinity, who offers a playable peek at Age of Booty, their casual real-time strategy title. It’s a 103 MB download from AtomicGamer, ComputerGames.ro, FileFront, Gamer’s Hell and Strategy Informer.
The second demo is of Project Aftermath, which was recently updated to v1.16. The updated demo can be downloaded from AtomicGamer, FileFront, Gamer’s Hell, and Gamesonice, whereas the manual patch can be grabbed from FileFront and Gamer’s Hell.
Today’s last patch is of Grand Ages: Rome, which has been updated to v1.10. This version includes difficulty adjustments, UI improvements, multiplayer fixes and more. Grab it from AtomicGamer, FileFront, Gamer’s Hell, Gamesonice, Strategy Informer and The Patches Scrolls.
Kalypso Media sends word that it has launched an umbrella brand dubbed “Grand Ages” to launch its upcoming strategy games, including Grand Ages: Rome formerly known as Imperium Romanum II.
The company hopes that the brand name will act as a strong customer recognizable brand for its strategy games portfolio.
"The GRAND AGES brand gives us the opportunity, to create a distinctive brand for all our strategy games which will be universally recognized and unique in the world wide game markets. Grand Ages: Rome is only the beginning of a future series of great Kalypso Media strategy games,” said Kalypso’s Stefan Marcinek.
The game is due out February 2009.
Covering the time period from the first Punic War to the start of the true Empire, Rome will offer users thousands of gameplay choices ranging from country, culture, provincial and character options, just to name a few.
“A truly challenging strategy game portraying the Roman Era has yet to be released and we believe strategy gamers have been kept waiting for long enough, said Fredrik Wester, Executive Vice President for Paradox Interactive.”Our successful development team has the knowledge, skills and genre expertise to create a strong strategy game to accurately represent the Roman Era and we are more than excited to introduce this game to the strategy gaming community. ”
The game is scheduled for worldwide release during Q2 2008. Further details can be found on the publisher’s website.
Two games have been delayed: first up is Heart of Empire: Rome, Paradox Interactive‘s upcoming strategy title in development at Deep Red (Tycoon City: New York). The RTS title has been postponed until Q1 2007; it will let players build their own Roman empire once released.
In a press release crafted painfully in Hell, DreamCatcher sent word that development time on the Xbox port of Painkiller has been extended to allow them to fine tune the gameplay. Painkiller: Hell Wars currently has no release date.
Sega has announced Rome: Total War – Alexander, the latest expansion pack for the critically acclaimed strategy title from Creative Assembly.
Offering more than 30 hours of gameplay and a brand new campaign game map, spanning Alexander’s unification of Greece and his conquest of the Persian Empire, the Alexander add-on will be offered exclusively as a digital download. The pack will also include six new historical battles portraying Alexander’s triumphs; it will also feature online and LAN multiplayer modes.
For the first time in the series, the storytelling of these battles will be linked together with seven high-quality movies featuring the voice talent of Brian Blessed, providing in-depth historical backdrop to each of the battles.
The first of three announcements from 2K Games discloses the development of CivCity: Rome, a new city building strategy game inspired by Civilizations. In the works at Firefly Studios, the game aims to recreate the “glory of Rome by building a small settlement into a mighty imperial city.” Players will get access to gladiatorial schools, amphitheaters, weapons workshops, legionnaire forts and more.
The game is planned for release this Summer. Below are three screenshots from the project: