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Sins of a Dark Age Announced

Following a countdown to the announcement, the Sins of a Dark Age Website is now online, revealing Ironclad's next project as a free-to-play "strategy hybrid focused on team-based 'Hero and Commander Strategy' gameplay" to launch this year. As the name implies, Sins of a Dark Age blends 4x with real-time strategy in the manner of Sins of a Solar Empire. The website offers a welcome message, a Dev of a Dark Age diary, and this announcement. Here's a bit:

MONTREAL – February 21, 2012 – Looming grey clouds crowd the endless sky. Bitter winds and the smell of damp earth do little to mask the pungent stench rising from the blanket of blood stretched across the lifeless valley. Armies of men and beast lay piled high, a twisted mass of spikes and flesh; steam from their bodies still climbing the sheer rocky cliffs. All that remains standing is a monstrous machine of war and four heroic silhouettes honoring their victorious commander. Today’s battle is over, but the war has just begun.

Ironclad Games presents a real-time fantasy strategy experience like no other: Sins of a Dark Age. From the studio that brought forth the genre-blending gem and 2008 PC Game of the Year, Sins of a Solar Empire, comes a new strategy hybrid focused on team-based “Hero and Commander Strategy” gameplay.

In Sins of a Dark Age, players join an online team consisting of one Commander and a small group of Heroes who work together to accomplish a specific scenario goal. Go head-to-head against an enemy team in a short, fast-paced multiplayer match or work cooperatively against the AI in custom scenarios. Earn rewards for yourself and your clan, climb in ranks, and watch and share your most glorious replays. Players can choose from an ever-growing pool of heroes, commanders and factions each of which supports unique capabilities.

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19. Re: Sins of a Dark Age Announced Feb 21, 2012, 22:40 Prez
 
I think a lot of people are down on F2P because they are just down on F2P, no matter how it is implemented. F2P conjures up images of paying-to-win, pushy microtransactions, and handing significant bonuses to veteran players. I'm not saying any of these are present in your game because I have no investigated it, but those are the reasons why some/many are instantly turned off by F2P.

That pretty much sums it up.

For me the biggest negatives of Free to Play are two-fold:

1) By it's very nature, a F2P game that is intended to be profitable needs to be designed from the ground up to consistently attempt to coerce players into spending money. It's hard to shake the feeling I'm constantly being pitched to or sold to while playing one, making it seem more of an interactive commercial and less of a game. In a normal game the "selling" process ends once you have installed the game. With F2P, it has only just begun.


2)Free-to-play games are inherently dependent on other players (there's not much use in paying for aesthetic upgrades if there's no one around to see them after all), making it far too multiplayer centric for my tastes. I've played Sins of a Solar Empire for hundreds of hours by now and yet out of that maybe a dozen hours were in multiplayer, and the enjoyment in MP is pretty paltry compared to that of the SP game, at least for me. Any Sins game that is going to require copious amounts of interaction with people with whom Id rather not be sharing my game space makes it a game I'm far, FAR less interested in.
 
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Goodbye my Monte boy. May you rest in the peace you never knew in life.
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