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Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Gameplay)

Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Gameplay)

This lengthy gameplay video of the upcoming Nintendo Switch tactical RPG Fire Emblem: Three Houses showcases some of the game’s numerous activities and characters. It also demonstrates a few of the new combat mechanics and features. The game drops 7/26/19.

Islanders

Islanders

Islanders is a minimalist city-building game for Windows that puts a significant twist on the genre. Instead of micromanaging resources and needs, the game revolves entirely around positioning buildings, which depend on nearby objects and other buildings.

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Tactical Breach Wizards

Tactical Breach Wizards

From Gunpoint creator Tom Francis comes a turn-based tactical RPG set in a world where cops have magical powers. Tactical Breach Wizards will feature six distinct classes, a rewind mechanic and cosmetic rewards for skilled players.

Warcraft III: Reforged (Trailer)

Warcraft III: Reforged (Trailer)

Experience Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and The Frozen Throne in 4K in Warcraft III: Reforged. The remaster features 4K graphics and updated animations. The world editor and custom maps return, as well as multiplayer. Drops 2019.

Civilization VI on iPhone

Civilization VI on iPhone

Civilization VI works great on the iPad. Now you can experience it on the iPhone as well. The critically acclaimed strategy game now works with the iPhone 7 and above. The first 60 turns are free; you can then pay to unlock the full game. It also has DLC.

Two Point Hospital

Two Point Hospital

The spiritual successor to the funny and challenging Theme Hospital. Like its inspiration, Two Point Hospital has you managing a medical facility where patients go in for silly conditions, such as Turtlehead, Jest infection and Cubism. Available for Windows and MacOS.

Bad North

Bad North

Bad North is a real-time strategy game that focuses on the basics: ordering units and upgrading them. It has roguelite elements in that your units’ commanders can die and be gone for good. It’s out for the Nintendo Switch and is heading to consoles, PC, and mobile.

Poly Universe

Poly Universe

PouchMouse’s Poly Universe is a space strategy game for Windows and Mac where you colonize randomly generated planets. Each planet has very limited resources, so you have to expand to other worlds and specialize your colonies.

Fire Emblem Three Houses (Trailer)

Fire Emblem Three Houses (Trailer)

Nintendo is bringing the beloved turn-based tactical RPG Fire Emblem to the Switch. Fire Emblem Three Houses adds troops and formations to its addictive rock-paper-scissors format. There will also be 3D overworld environments. Coming Spring 2019.

Frostpunk

Frostpunk

From the makers of This War of Mine comes another narrative survival game, but this time it’s a city builder. Frostpunk has you managing the last city in a freezing 19th century Earth. Will you rule with dignity or cut corners for the needs of the many? Also on Steam.

Iron Harvest

Iron Harvest

King Art Games’ mechs-meets-1920s real-time strategy game is on Kickstarter. Iron Harvest promises gameplay that’s more tactics than twitch, engaging single player campaigns, and of course badass mechs and weapon systems. It’s coming to Windows, PS4 and Xbox One.

Tiny Metal

Tiny Metal

Tiny Metal is an upcoming 3D turn-based tactical strategy game. In short, it’s a new Advance Wars except in name. Aside from its neat visual style, it also has hero units that level up throughout the story mode. Drops Q3 2017 for the Switch, PS4, Windows and MacOS.

Iron Harvest (Teaser)

Iron Harvest (Teaser)

Iron Harvest is an upcoming real-time strategy game set in the same alternate early 20th century world as the excellent board game Scythe. Imagined by artist Jakub Rozalski, 1920+ is a timeline where three European factions wage war using primitive mechs.

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They Are Billions

They Are Billions

World War Z meets steampunk in this upcoming strategy game. In They Are Billions, you raise a colony while trying to fend off a buttload of zombies. Up to 20,000 units can be onscreen at once. Fortunately, you can pause the game at any time to issue commands.

Phoenix Point

Phoenix Point

From Julian Gollop, creator of the original X-Com games comes, well, more X-Com. Phoenix Point is a turn-based strategy RPG set in a postapocalyptic world. Use technology from various human factions to fight constantly evolving aliens. Drops 2018.

StarCraft: Now Free

StarCraft: Now Free

Blizzard has made the Windows and Mac versions of the original StarCraft and its expansion Brood War available for exactly zero dollars. The gesture is undoubtedly a teaser for the game’s upcoming remastered version, but hey, free is free.

StarCraft: Remastered

StarCraft: Remastered

Blizzard is bringing back its original sci-fi RTS. StarCraft: Remastered comes with updated 4K graphics (with the option to switch to the classic view), remastered audio and dialogue, cloud saving and improved multiplayer and social features. Drops Summer 2017.

Wargroove (Trailer)

Wargroove (Trailer)

Wargroove swears that it’s more than just Advance Wars in a fantasy world. Not that that’s a bad thing. The turn-based strategy game has great pixel art, single-player campaigns, and local and online multiplayer. Coming to Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC.

Into the Breach (Trailer)

Into the Breach (Trailer)

A brief look at the new game from Subset Games, the guys behind the immensely popular and addictive FTL. Into the Breach is a turn-based strategy game in which players must save the world from destruction through an endless variety of randomly-generated levels.

Halo Wars 2

Halo Wars 2

“The whole damn Covenant couldn’t contain him at the height of their power.” The Spirit of Fire and her crew return to fight a band of rogue Covenant. Halo Wars 2 has a variety of real-time strategy modes, including campaign, deathmatch and the card-based Blitz mode.

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Battlezone (Gameplay)

Battlezone (Gameplay)

An in-depth look at one of the PlayStation VR’s launch titles. Battlezone takes inspiration from Atari’s classic 1980 arcade tank combat game, but in a dramatically more colorful and complex environment, with many more weapon choices and strategic elements.

Civilization VI

Civilization VI

The long-running 4X game bows to the times and cribs a handful of features from competitors such as Endless Legend. In Civ 6, cities sprawl, workers are easier to use, and there’s a (divisive) new look that aims to make everything easily identifiable. Drops 10/21/16.

XCOM 2 on Consoles

XCOM 2 on Consoles

2K’s intense and addictive turn-based tactical strategy game is finally coming to Xbox One and PS4. XCOM 2 turns both the series’ story and gameplay upside down and has new classes, aliens and more. Drops 9/6/16.

Warbits

Warbits

Advance Wars for iOS. Warbits scratches your tactical turn-based strategy itch with 20 campaign missions and local or online multiplayer, all wrapped in a colorful and lighthearted aesthetic. You can play with up to three other players and customize matches.

Tharsis

Tharsis

If you like FTL or dice-rolling games, check out Tharsis. It’s a digital board game where you’ll manage a crew of astronauts trying to reach Mars. Assign dice to complete tasks and activate your astronaut’s and ship’s abilities. Coming to Windows, Mac and PS4.

Valkyria Chronicles Remaster for PS4

Valkyria Chronicles Remaster for PS4

The Windows port of the underrated tactical turn-based game is coming to the PS4 in 2016. If you’ve never played this game and you have a PS4, buy it. If you have played it, consider buying it again so Sega will consider porting the sequels as well.

Chaos Reborn

Chaos Reborn

A tactical turn-based RPG from the creator of X-COM. Like its predecessor, Chaos Reborn adds bluffing to combat: you can try to summon a creature or merely conjure its illusion. Mana lets you increase the chances of summoning, making illusions believable. Demo here.

XCOM 2 (Trailer 2)

XCOM 2 (Trailer 2)

The latest trailer for XCOM 2 shows off the game’s new weapons, classes, enemies and the mobile command center. For a second there we thought we were watching an Honest XCOM Trailer. Check out Eurogamer’s hour-long gameplay demo for more.

Planetbase

Planetbase

Planetbase is a resource management sim about colonizing planets. Start with a handful of settlers, then gather resources, build facilities and robots and survive the occasional solar flare and meteor strikes to grow your community.

Star Citizen (Gameplay 2)

Star Citizen (Gameplay 2)

An extended look at the hardcore space sim Star Citizen sees three players in two different ships take on a couple of missions, seeking and engaging with enemies in dogfights and on foot. We hope you can turn off the voice of the ships’ virtual assistant.

Renowned Explorers

Renowned Explorers

Renowned Explorers is a humorous strategy game about adventurers seeking fame and fortune. Aside from the usual combat, science and thieving skills, you can also defeat enemies using emotional attacks, e.g. making them sad, angry or infatuated.

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