Paradox Interactive have had a busy weekend with PDXCon and one of the highlights is the announcement of the next entry in Age of Wonders series, dubbed Planetfall. This time, the players will get to experience mech and futuristic soldiers.
Triumph Studios will be the developers behind Age of Wonders: Planetfall, the same developers who worked on the previous entries in the series. Release date, or more like release window, is set for 2019. The game will continue the turn based empire building strategy pattern, with a dash of mechs shooting and punching any enemies in sight, as opposed to the previous fantasy setting.
The story is set at some point in future, where players will "emerge from the dark age of a fallen galactic empire" and will be tasked with "building a new future for their people". Somehow it sounds like Frostpunk in a futuristic setting as well, albeit without the brutal decision making. That said, there will be no lack of challenge in the game according to Paradox Interactive.
Players will need to fight, build, negotiate and advance their technology in order to reach the utopia for their people. Age of Wonders: Planetfall apparently has a large cast of races, units with customisable weapons and destructive environments. Paradox have also confirmed the game will have more multiple victory paths, with diplomacy, conquest and doomsday devices being quoted so far.
Lore appears to be deep for Age of Wonders: Planetfall, and Paradox have mentioned that players will be able to explore planetary ruins in order to learn more about past events. Some of the lore will also be uncovered by meeting rival factions. The trailer above also starts with the words "prepare for planetfall" which fans might connect to the famous quote from the Titanfall series, but easter eggs and crossovers haven't been confirmed yet.
More info on Age of Wonders: Planetfall can found on its Steam page, but it still seems to be scarce for the moment. Nevertheless, it's worth checking the store page from time to time as it's bound to be updated sooner rather than later.