Age of Wonders 4 will let you make custom fantasy races when it’s comes out this May

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Paradox interactive and Triumph Studios have announced Age of Wonders 4, the latest entry in the 4X turn-based strategy series, which will be coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC on 2nd May 2023.

Triumph is returning to the fantasy setting for Age of Wonders 4, as powerful wizard kings have returned to try to reign as gods among mortals, and you rise up to challenge them using Tomes of Magic to build up armies and challenge them. As with previous entries, it blends together strategy, role playing and turn-based combat, with the 4X world map giving way to turn-based battles, but for the first time in the series, you’ll be able to create a custom faction along the way – combine bodily forms, societal traits and powers to create clans of cannibal halflings or moon elves.

A new event system will also look to build on the storytelling possible in a 4X game, as your decisions make the world react to you, whether you go for a domination victory, seek alliances or push for more knowledge. With replayability in mind, you might even see previous creations appear as factions in subsequent campaigns.

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Triumph Studios co-founder Lennart Sas said, “For 25 years now, Triumph has been exploring new places to take our original fantasy strategy series, and the fans who have taken the journey with us have made it a rewarding endeavour. Even after all this time, we’re still adding amazing new ideas to Age of Wonders, and whether you’ve been playing since the beginning or ready to visit our worlds for the first time, you’re about to experience something special.”

While it’s been nine years since Age of Wonders 3, that wasn’t the last game in the series. Age of Wonders: Planetfall leapt from fantasy to science fiction, with a galaxy-spanning narrative and a nice blend of ideas for the races you face, following it up with a trio of expansions through 2019 and 2020.

I wrote in our Age of Wonders: Planetfall review, “The science fiction setting puts a compelling new spin on Age of Wonders: Planetfall, with a lengthy single player campaign and half a dozen contrasting factions to see rise from the ashes of the Star Union. There’s some niggles I have on console, but this is easy to recommend if you’re hankering for a new 4X strategy game.”

Source: press release, YouTube

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