Remember Age of Empires 2? It’s only the game that first introduced me and countless others to the RTS genre and defined the first few years of my PC gaming life. Well it’s back and will be exclusively available on Steam in its updated HD format.
Complete with the Conquerors expansion pack, Age of Empires II HD will bring some other new features to the reboot aside from some lush new graphics. These include; multi-monitor enabled gameplay, Steam Workshop support and new multiplayer options. It will available to play from April 5th for anyone who pre-orders the game and from April 9th for everyone else. Currently pre-orders are discounted 10% at £13.49.
Personally I can’t wait for this release as my old copy (yes I still have the original stored in the attic) isn’t compatible with my current PC.
Arma 3 Won’t Use Steam Workshop – Will Have Better Mod Integration
While the popularity of the DayZ mod for Arma 2 (Nick thoroughly enjoyed it) seems to be increasing at an exponential rate, I regularly see comments from people who are new to the series that they are having difficulties in installing the mod and getting it to work. I wondered whether these difficulties would lead Bohemia to explore the possibilities to using Steam Workshop to support mods for Arma 3. I put my question to Arma 3 creative director Ivan Buchta, hit the jump to see what he had to say. …
Civilization V is going to be the next addition to the ever growing Steam Workshop when the Gods & Kings expansion drops later this month. Civilization V was released with an in-game mod database, but as detailed on this 2K Games blog they are going one step further with the use of the Workshop which will work with both the base game and the expansion. This announcement comes in the wake of Toki Tori 2 revealing it will use the Workshop, and of course the opening of the DOTA 2 Workshop.
Valve have clearly hit on an exciting market with the Workshop, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see many other titles make use of the service further down the line. ARMA 3 springs to mind as a game that would work perfectly with Valve’s latest toy. What games do you want to see make use of the Workshop?
Valve has recently confirmed what a fair few of us have been expecting – Dota 2 will be a free to play title. It will join Team Fortress 2 as one of Valve’s titles funded exclusively by in-game purchases, all integrated into the rather clever Steam Workshop. The big point in this particular story is Valve’s insistence that purchasable items are cosmetic only – they simply alter the look of your hero character. Unexpected, but very wise – the player-base of Dota has always been a bit tetchy about the intricate balance between the characters. If Valve started charging you to use The Lich, there would be a lot of angry newbies/feeders out there.
Two Tribes have announced, thanks to a post on their development blog, that they will be the first indie game company to allow players to share levels through the Steam Workshop. Toki Tori 2 will also be the first ever game of theirs to include a level editor and players will be able to edit and create new levels to share with the rest of the Steam community, much like Portal 2.…