When The Settlers - Kingdoms of Anteria was announced back June very little was revealed about the game itself, outside of the idea that it would be "innovative" anyway. Developer Ubisoft Studio Blue Byte has now disclosed actual gameplay details for the upcoming addition to the long running The Settlers franchise, which has been around since 1993. Blue Byte is still very keen on pushing the idea of innovation in a game that will apparently offer players the chance, "to create a bustling kingdom while leading their champions through dangerous and challenging adventures."
The city building aspect of Kingdoms of Anteria will be familiar to not only fans of The Settlers series but also to most strategy game enthusiasts. Settlers tasks players with building up and enhancing their economy in an effort to acquire new unlocks for buildings and new sectors. The ultimate aim being for players to expand their kingdom under the promise of kingdoms growing larger than ever before in a The Settlers game.
But The Settlers - Kingdoms of Anteria is not a typical strategy game, as it also offers "fierce enemies and frightening bosses" to face off against in what Blue Byte are calling "tactical battles." In these battles players earn rewards such as resources, special loot and the opportunity to level up. Bosses and loot are strange concepts for a city building real-time strategy game, but Kingdoms of Anteria would appear to be something of a hybrid. It offers players a mix of forging kingdoms while also roaming around said kingdom with their Champion. These champions wil lhave options of different class and skill selections, apparntly allowing for thousands of different combinations.
The Settlers - Kingdoms of Anteria does not have to be tackled alone either, as players are able to bring up to three friends on their loot hunting adventures to take on bosses throughout the land. The benefits of teaming up don’t end with adventuring together mind, as players can also work to establish supply chains to trade resources with friends and boost economic growth.
According to Blue Byte players will be able to focus gameplay on their favorite feature which is good news for those uncomfortable with the idea of adventuring around with a champion and taking on bosses to earn loot. Personally, I find it reminiscent of controlling heroes during battles in Age of Wonders III so it’s something I’ll be interested to check out for sure.
Although there is emphasis on players being able to concentrate on what they prefer in the game it’s still unknown to what extent each element of gameplay will be required and whether or not it is possible to ignore parts of it. Hopefully that's something which will be clarified soon as The Settlers - Kingdoms of Anteria is due to appear at Gamescom in Germany from August 13 through to August 17 with a closed beta also due soon.