When I originally reached out to the developers of Empires Apart, a new real-time strategy game inspired by classic RTS games like Age of Empires and Empire Earth, I was told the game would be a multiplayer-only experience. With the launch of Multiplayer Focus, I recently reached out to the developers of the game again to speak with them about the game and learned some exciting new details while I was at it.
DESTINYbit recently acquired a publisher for Empires Apart, Slitherine, whose responsible for publishing quite a few RTS games. With a publisher now on board, the development team at DESTINYbit will now be shipping the game with a full single player campaign, however, they aren’t quite ready to talk about it just yet. Since the game was originally intended as a multiplayer only title, development of the single player campaign in Empires Apart will begin at a later date.
If you’re interested in the game and want to know more about it and how it’s modernizing the classic-RTS formula, my interview with DESTINYbit will be published on Multiplayer Focus soon.
Creative Director on the project, Gian Paolo Vernocchi, told me “the campaign in Empires Apart has a meta-map kinda like Total War but with a very boardgame-y feel to it.” Unfortunately, that’s all I could get out of him at the moment regarding the campaign. Vernocchi did provide me with a few more details regarding extra single player content in Empires Apart, however.
“There are plenty of single player modes planned”, said Vernocchi in our interview. “Skirmish mode is obviously gonna be there as well as a Survival Mode where you pick a civilization and try to survive waves of increasingly strong opponents. We’re going to have a Challenge mode that will have the dual function of teaching you how to handle particular situations in the game as well as teaching you some advanced mechanics of some of the Civilizations. And lastly we’re gonna have a very unique Single Player campaign which is gonna be a procedural and repeatable experience that takes hints from board games to create something really unique and never seen before.”
We’re certainly going to follow-up with DESTINYbit when they’re ready to talk about the single player campaign in Empires Apart so be sure to stay tuned to OnlySP on Facebook and Twitter for future updates regarding the game.
Empires Apart is currently scheduled for a Q4 2017 release on the PC with a potential Early Access launch in early 2017.