Shafer says new game will focus on the decline of an empire, not the rise
Jon Shafer, formerly of strategy developers Firaxis and Stardock has formed his own company Conifer Games. The studio’s first title is being launched via Kickstarter and is titled At The Gates.
At The Gates takes players past the rise of the Roman Empire, and has them play through its collapse. As the leader of a band of barbarians, you must ensure the survival of your people by forging alliances with other tribes, or crushing them for their resources. While the Romans begin as a powerful and decadent foe, their influence and authority slowly wanes over time.
There’s more than just other tribes and Romans to worry about in At The Gates too. The strategy game will have players battling an ever-changing landscape that goes through seasons, and resource depletion. Rivers will dry up or flood, dry fields will light up and roar with fire, and coastal regions will freeze, making temporary bridges while making resources harder to gather.
Players can choose to move their settlements to more fertile fields, or they can choose to deal with neighboring inhabitants. Trade agreements can get you allies, but warfare might get you more of what you need sooner. Dealing with the advanced Romans may also net you some powerful technology, at the cost of lengthening their status as a dangerous opponent.
Shafer said in a post on his blog, “Our team has been working on At the Gates for a while now, and we feel it’s finally time to start showing it off. We already have a fully-playable prototype completed, but the game still has a long way to go.”
At The Gates’ Kickstarter goal is set at $40, 000 and the project is scheduled to hit alpha stage on PC around July 2013, with access given to backers at certain tiers.
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