Ubisoft The settlers the renewal is finally here … or almost. The company has revealed that its reboot of the classic RTS game will be available on March 17 for Windows PCs through the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Connect. The developers are also whetting the appetite with a five-day program, registration only Closed beta starting January 20 which will include two of the game’s three factions as well as two multiplayer Skirmish modes (one and two player teams).
The reconstructed game is “mainly” derived from The settlers III and Settlers IV, and looks decidedly better than many RTS titles thanks to the use of the same Snowdrop engine you find in games like The division series and the next Avatar Release. While it doesn’t compete with the latest first-person shooter in terms of looks, it could be more visually appealing than its competition. There’s a story-driven single-player campaign, but Ubisoft is clearly relying on eight-lane multiplayer to help with longevity.
No matter how good the game is, Ubisoft’s main challenge is simply to revitalize the franchise. There hasn’t been a brand new game in the series since The settlers in line in 2010, and the decade that followed only led to a canceled game (Ancient Kingdoms) and four years of development for the imminent restart. While there will certainly still be fans, it’s unclear how many of them were willing to wait a decade for a follow-up.
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