Preview : SuperTrucks OffRoad

Back when I first started gaming on an Atari 2600 (yeah, I’m getting on), thinking of someone in NZ creating and publishing a game was never on my mind. As far as I was concerned, all the games came from America and Japan.

Until I got my Amiga.

Now, when the Amiga 500 was released, game developers jumped on board from all over the world, with many of the best Amiga games coming from the UK. But NZ was still quiet on the gaming development scene, until approx 1990 when Acid / Vision software appeared on the scene. They had a couple of popular public domain releases and eventually branched out into the world of commercial development in 1993 with Skidmarks.

Skidmarks was an absolute hoot of a game, especially when playing with friends, it combined aspects of Micro Machines, Supercars II and most of all in my opinion, Super Off Road.

Since then, no top down/isometric racing game has really impressed me, with most either looking amazing but no playability, or too repetitive for their own good.

But hopefully, SuperTrucks OffRoad will change that – and being NZ made, be a boost for the local gaming development community, as there has not really been any NZ games mentioned much these days except for Path of Exile (an excellent MMORPG).

SuperTrucks OffRoad takes the Super Off Road concept and brings it to the modern age.

The developer, Meltdown Interactive, has been working on this title for the past eight years and in their own words,

after 8 years of blood, sweat and toil, and a lot of money and time, here are the fruits of my labour

There will be crates available in the game which offer upgrades, but are not necessary to enjoy the game.

There will be a premium version on Steam and a free to play version with microtransactions available on mobile devices.

Release date is the 13th January 2018 globally.

Meltdown Interactive Media is a game development company based in Auckland, New Zealand.

We aim to make addictive adrenaline-fueled games while developing a loyal fan base.

FORGED BATTALION IS PREPARING FOR WAR

New RTS From Petroglyph and Team17 Arriving on Steam Early Access January 16th

18th December 2017, UK – Award-winning international games label Team17 today announced that Forged Battalion, the innovative and dynamic new take on the real-time strategy genre from Command & Conquer veterans Petroglyph will be available via Steam early access on 16th January 2018.

In Forged Battalion players build and customise their own unique faction as they fight in a variety of skirmish, solo and multiplayer battles. They will create, customise, and develop the blueprints of their emerging faction to create ever-evolving factories and units. Using resources gained from each battle, they will unlock new options through the tech tree allowing them to choose the archetype, and an array of armours, locomotors, weapons, and special abilities such as stealth and regeneration that will make each player’s faction one of a kind.

“The early access release of Forged Battalion is a vital part of developing the game.” Chuck Kroegel CEO of Petroglyph said. “We want fans to truly help forge what the game becomes so it’s important to get them into the game as soon as possible and start giving us their feedback. We can’t wait to see the unique factions that the community will create. We’ll see you on the battlefield!”

Early Access Launch Content available on January 16th will be as follows:

· Campaign missions comprising the first act of a multi-act storyline
· Skirmish maps supporting up to eight players
· Multiple Skirmish game modes including HQ Destruction and Annihilation
· Dedicated servers to support multiplayer
· Five customisable archetypes of vehicles (infantry, light vehicle, heavy vehicle, air and turrets)
· Resource management of tech tree points earned in tactical battles

The Early Access period for Forged Battalion is planned to run for several months, during which there will be regular content drops which will be outlined via a roadmap on the Steam forum.

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About Team17 Digital Ltd
Founded in 1990, Team17 Digital Limited is a leading international games label that hosts The EscapistsGenesis Alpha OneOvercookedYoku’s Island ExpressYooka-Laylee, the Worms franchise, Aven Colony and many more from developers around the world. Visit www.team17.com  for more info.

About Petroglyph 
Founded by Westwood Studios veterans, and based in Las Vegas, Petroglyph has been responsible for a range of tactical and strategic PC games including Star Wars: Empire at WarGrey Goo and the recent ‘8-Bit’ RTS series.

About Forged Battalion
Forged Battalion. Developed by Petroglyph. © 2017. Forged Battalion and Petroglyph are trademarks or registered trademarks of Petroglyph. Published by Team17. © 2017. Team17 is a registered trademark of Team17 Digital Limited. All other trademarks, copyrights and logos are property of their respective owners.

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