Age of Wonders III Getting Its First Major Expansion on September 18, Entitled Golden Realms
Turn-based strategy game Age of Wonders III has been available for roughly five months now, and having received mostly favorable reviews, it's now time for developer Triumph Studios to expand upon it. The Dutch studio has revealed the first major expansion pack, Golden Realms, will be arriving as DLC on September 18; and it's certainly more akin to the expansion packs us older gamers grew up on, adding a slew of new content and features.
While Golden Realms doesn't add a new class, it does add a new race: The Halfling Race. Alongside the Halflings is additional content in the form of: a three-scenario Golden Realms campaign; new exotic map locations, such as the Naga Dwelling and Lost City; over twenty new units, including Dread Monkeys, Mermaids, and Glutton; 50 new magical artifacts to be used by your heroes, including the Crystal Skull and Witch Doctor's Headdress; a new Wild Magic specialization, which allows you to cause mutations, warp equipment, or simply cause pandemonium; a new Partisan Specialization to help you engage in guerrilla warfare, allowing you to create concealed hide-outs and develop ambushing skills; and two hand-crafed, standalone scenarios that can be played solo or in multiplayer.
Along with the aforementioned new content, Golden Realms also adds four major new features: Mystical City Upgrades, which allow you to unlock new unique city upgrades by discovering arcane treasure sites; Empire Quests, which allows you to indirectly compete with other players to become the first to unlock unique rewards for your realm; Seals of Power, which is "a new King of the Hill style victory condition where players must capture and hold the dangerous Seals of Power structures in order to achieve victory;" and Defensive City Upgrades, wherein each race now has a new unique city defense to build, such as the Draconian's Firestorm Pillar and the Human's Bell Tower.
Age of Wonders III: Golden Realms will arrive via digital distribution channels on September 18, and all the aforementioned new content and features will be integrated into the updated Random Map Generator. Pricing has not been determined yet, but those that don't feel like dropping some coin will still get some benefits in the form of a new patch releasing that same time. The free patch will add "updated AI, balance, a new Spell Disjunction System, Steam Workshop and Cloud Saves for Steam Users." Along with the Gameplay Trailer above, ten new screenshots have been released, which can be viewed below.
Source: Press Release and Official Site