Tired of invading dungeons? It's time you built your own! War for the Overworld is a Dungeon Management Game that employs your favourite aspects of the RTS and God Game genres. Carve out your Dungeon and conquer the Overworld!
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Release Date: Apr 2, 2015

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August 4

New Maps, Discounted Expansion Bundle, and the Future



Darkest greetings Underlord,

The work on War for the Overworld marches on, and we’re really starting to make headway on the huge changes that will be due as part of our final major updates. But in the meantime, we have a small content update to unleash, and some improvements to our expansion and DLC offerings on the Steam Store.

We’ve also been working on our next project, which is really exciting for us, and marks the next step in our company’s journey! This has allowed us to reflect on where we’re going with WFTO’s final expansion, so we’ll also be talking a bit about that as well.

New Maps and Patch 1.6.3 Now Available

Patch 1.6.3 is now bounding its way to you through the bowels of the Underworld. Within you’ll find a bunch of new maps for Skirmish and Multiplayer, kindly donated by our volunteer QA team, to help fill out the default map roster. There are also additional multiplayer stability improvements, as well as a number of bug fixes.

You can read about the maps and the full patch notes here.

New Expansion Bundle and Steam Store Updates

We’ve made some changes to how the content on our Steam Store page is laid out and presented, offering easier ways to get multiple pieces of content. This won’t affect most of our existing customers, but we thought it prudent to inform you just in case!


We’ve packaged the game’s content expansions into a single discount bundle, offering a small bargain if you’re yet to pick up Heart of Gold and My Pet Dungeon. Frankly, there’s never been a better time to complete your WFTO experience!

Naturally, when we release the final expansion, we’ll be adding that as well.



        All the content, easier to manage!


To make it easier to distinguish purely cosmetic content from gameplay expansions, we’ve decided to group the cosmetics into a bundle as well. This means that both the Underlord Edition content and Worker skins can now be found in a single purchase and at a small discount.


We’ve decided to group the seasonal Worker skins together into a single DLC, aptly titled “Seasonal Worker Skins”. This is to help simplify the DLC list by compressing them down into a single item.



        The gang, together at last!

If you already own all the Worker skins there’s no need to worry, as you certainly won’t have to repurchase - your current purchases will continue to work. If you don’t yet own them all but have picked up any Worker skin and want to complete your collection, then you’ll find this package 50% off for the next six weeks. For those of you yet to take the plunge, you’ll find the skins slightly cheaper than they were before.

Looking to the Future: Expansion 4

We always endeavour to make sure that all our fans remain informed of where WFTO’s development is headed, and today we’re going to do just that. From our previous posts on the subject, the situation is largely unchanged; so for anyone who has read those, you can feel safe knowing that there’s still something in the works!



        A thing in the works!

Over the past year, we’ve made no secret of the fact that WFTO’s development cycle is coming to an end, and that we have one more big content drop in the works, which we refer to collectively as Patch 2.0 and Expansion 4. The release date of this content is as yet unconfirmed, but it’s still our aim to have it out between Q4 2017 and Q2 2018.

Why such a large window? We’ve learned from the past that we don’t want to promise a release date too quickly, but we at least want to give you an idea of what we’re aiming towards.

In addition, as we look towards the future, we’ve had to dial down WFTO’s development temporarily, while we focus on prototyping our next title. This has given us an opportunity to refine our processes as a developer, and we’re looking forward to bringing the fruits of this experience to WFTO, when we come to place the final touches upon our much loved firstborn.

For us, this is a thrilling experience of being able to look forward not in terms of weeks and months, but years, something that we’ve never had the opportunity to do before now. As always we have to thank our fans for their patience and support over the years, and reaffirm our promise to ensure that WFTO’s final major update will be the most definitive yet. To that end, here is some idea of what you can expect:

  • New single-player campaign with a focus on Underlords and replayability
  • New Underlord AI
  • New Aspects in the Veins of Evil
  • New Dungeon Themes
  • And much more

And there we have it. So until next time, Underlord: Keep it evil.

Cheers,

– Brightrock Games Team


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August 3

Patch 1.6.3 Release Notes



Darkest greetings Underlord,

We’ve just unleashed another patch for War for the Overworld upon the unsuspecting citizens of Kairos. Within you’ll find a bundle of new maps for Skirmish and Multiplayer, constructed by our incredible volunteer QA team, as well as a number of stability improvements for Multiplayer and a few bug fixes.

We’ve also prepping a short statement on our future plans, and an explanation of some changes to our Steam Store, which we'll be uploading if not tonight then tomorrow!

Patch 1.6.3

Seven New Skirmish Maps!

Loose Ground - 1v1 - by Biervampir



Keeping your footing here is the least of your worries - what with artefacts just waiting to be seized.


Eutharia’s Realm - 1v1 - by Fireeye



Underlord Eutharia dwelt here in eons gone by. Would you and your opponent care to poke through her carcass?


Sub-Zero - 1v1 - by nutter666



Within the freezing depths of this tundra, you'll find all you need to dig in and build a well-fortified dungeon. But your rival is not the only thing that stirs beneath the ice.


Blood Hazard - 1v1v1 - by Biervampir



A particularly potent Underlord met their end here. Will it be you, or your enemies, that donate to the pool of blood?


Borehole - 3P FFA - by Biervampir



A newly-discovered realm which is unfortunately short on gold. It stands poised for an epic showdown of Underlord frugality.


Populace - FFA or 2v2 - by Green.Sliche



Peopled by you and your fellow Underlords, this realm is a pressure cooker of gold and ambition. But only one can rule. Prepare for a battle of biblical proportions.


Stardust - FFA or 2v2 - by Green.Sliche



Deep in the Aether, where gold twinkles like stars and chasms gape like black holes, four Underlords try to avoid oblivion.

Gameplay Changes

Rituals

  • Assembly ritual now completes all defences in one cast, with the exception of the Sentinel and Stone Knight, which only take 5 Defence Parts per cast

AI Improvements

  • Improvements to targeting checks mean that units should now respond to attacks more reliable

Performance Improvements

  • Drastically improved main menu performance
  • Improved the FPS in pre-rendered cutscenes

Multiplayer

  • General improvements to multiplayer stability

Visual Improvements

  • Removed gap in Hero and Hero Crypt Chasm border

Miscellaneous Changes

  • Cian Noonan, our QA Analyst, is finally credited in the game’s credits! Yay for him
  • War for the Overworld Level 5 speedrun achievement is now set to 23 minutes

Bug Fixes

  • The Possession camera should no longer become locked and broken if a Spirit Worker expires while being possessed
  • Doors will now correctly display their locked state in Multiplayer


Compiled 1.6.3 Hotfixes

Crashes

  • Playing the game with the official Russian translation will no longer crash the Crucible

Units

  • The Eternal now correctly absorbs 90% of damage done to the owner's Dungeon Core
  • The Eternal now correctly resists 50% damage, down from an unintended 75%

Multiplayer

  • Fixed a few broken elements from when we made under-the-hood changes to Multiplayer - fixes Blood Money, and potentially the torture workflow
  • Clients in Multiplayer should once again be able to toggle defence states

Levels

  • War for the Overworld Level 5’s Shifting Bond ritual now goes slower over time, rather than being suspended for a fixed period and then going at a fast pace (attempt #5894 to fix this rare issue)
  • Fixed incorrect rotation on the Siege Doors in War for the Overworld Level 13
  • Increased the height of the Emperor's throne in War for the Overworld Level 13; now he can sit up straight and see the throne room once more
  • Fixed an issue where the Emperor's throne would disappear after loading a save of War for the Overworld Level 13
  • Fixed a critical issue where the Drawbridge on War for the Overworld Level 13 would become impassable following a save and load in which it was lowered

Visuals

  • Prevented duplicate VFX on Research Shrine
  • Prevented the Empire Arcane Core from having a brown Underlordy base
  • Fixed a material on the Bafu projectile that became corrupt in a build
  • Fixed a broken defuse on the Behemoth, which would cause him to pop out of existence instead of fading upon death
  • Fixed a missing material in the Chasm on War for the Overworld Level 3
  • Evil Arcane theme Possession Door is now correctly team coloured

Audio

  • Improved sound disable on prop death to be more robust

Mutators

  • The Disable Payday mutator will now correctly disable Payday when checked

Performance

  • Additional minor performance improvements which can yield up to 15% increased FPS in extremely late games, and minor improvements throughout earlier stages

Miscellaneous

  • Fixed "corpses" typo on Crypt info panel
  • Corrected an issue that could cause offline saves on GOG versions to become unloadable
  • Fixed My Pet Dungeon level name ordering for IT, ES, PL, and RU languages
  • Improvements to the GOG Leaderboards for Crucible; should now display more consistently
  • Small typo correction in the overwrite message for save games
  • Fixed an issue where Skirmish achievements would not be awarded if the name of the opponent AI was translated
  • Fixed missing non-English versions of a narrator line on War for the Overworld Level 6
  • Fixed an issue that would prevent the Steven Fright achievement from being awarded
  • The achievement for defeating Kasita on Master difficulty has been correctly renamed in-game to "Yanis Varoufakis", to match the achievement list
  • Fixed a typo in the Wither ability description for the Cultist
  • Removed a broken miscellaneous line from Mendechaus
  • Fixed a typo in certain abilities on the Firebreather and Behemoth

Cheers,

– Brightrock Games Team


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Reviews

“...a deeply strategic and absorbing experience with a pitch-perfect sense of dark humour.”
Wired UK

“It’s evident this game was made with nothing but love for the series it’s so shamelessly inspired by. Subterranean knows exactly what was so thrilling about playing the part of a malicious tyrant.”
7.5/10 – The Jimquisition

“Brightrock Games haven't stopped supporting the game ... In fact, they rolled up their sleeves, listened to feedback, and polished those old dungeons to a shine”
Indiegames

Celebrating Two Years of WFTO!

Underlord Edition



Purchase the Underlord Edition to receive these additional features:

Sovereign Dungeon Theme


In War for the Overworld, each and every Underlord is their own unique being. A dungeon is a direct reflection of an Underlord’s presence and individuality.

By purchasing the Underlord Edition you can don the Sovereign Dungeon Theme in all non-Campaign game modes, to demonstrate your dedication to evil!

The Sovereign Theme contains unique models and textures for:

  • Dungeon Core including unique VFX and SFX
  • Walls and Tiles
  • Tile and Door Toppers
  • Workers

Soundtrack Download

We’ve assembled the complete collection of all 16 music tracks used in the game, all of which can be yours to listen to in the comfort of your own Underground Lair or Torture Chamber.

The Dungeoneer’s Guide to the Underworld (English Only)

A 48-page PDF that serves as a love letter to the old-style manuals that you used to get with games. Filled to the brim with awesome art and lore about the world of Kairos and its denizens, there's no better way to discover the world you're going to conquer!

All That Is Gold - Short Story Compilation (English Only)

A PDF collection of three short stories that follow the adventures of a heroic dwarf during the events of the Heart of Gold expansion.

About This Game

Tired of invading dungeons? It's time you built your own!

Do you feel you are in a slump? Monotonously disembowelling evil guys in endless quests for gold and a slightly better pair of boots? You are starting to wonder... are heroics really your calling? Welcome to the War for the Overworld!

War for the Overworld is a Dungeon Management Game that employs your favourite aspects of the RTS and God Game genres. You play an all-powerful, malevolent Underlord, long banished to the Aether. With unrivalled dark power and an insatiable desire for bloody conquest, you will arise once more, and reclaim your realm!

In your absence, the Underworld lost its way. It became feeble and afraid of the Empire of the Overworld, which grew strong and boldly comfortable in its quiet retirement from evil-slaying. Carve out your dungeon from the soil and stones of the Underworld, and build dozens of unique rooms to attract a myriad of creatures to your halls to work and fight for you.

In addition to your faithful followers, you have destructive spells and powerful rituals to cast upon any unsuspecting goodly Hero (or rival Underlord) who dares to breach your unhallowed halls. With your unmatched dark powers and mighty army of bloodthirsty minions, you are ready for your War for the Overworld!

Key Features

  • Build Your Dungeon - Excavate and build your dungeon beneath the earth of the Overworld. Design its layout as you see fit, creating an underground fortress filled with a wide variety of rooms, each with a unique use and purpose.

  • Evil Is Back - Play as an Underlord who has awakened from a deep slumber after countless years drifting in the Aether. This realm hosts a variety of enemies — both Heroes and Underlords will stand in your path as you fight for dominance of the Overworld.

  • Veins of Evil - Choose from over 60 rooms, spells, potions, rituals, defences and constructs in the Veins of Evil as you progress through the game. There are a plethora of possible Vein combinations you can use to conquer the Overworld. Create your own unique flavour of evil!

  • Fortify Your Domain - Build a wide variety of defences within your walls to defend against — and destroy — those who seek to invade your domain.

  • Cast Wicked Spells - Call down unholy magic to strengthen your dungeon, rout enemy forces, flood corridors with Micropiglets, or simply turn a meddlesome Hero into a geyser of giblets.

  • Unleash Devastating Rituals - Punish your foes or empower your own forces with game-changing Rituals that can do anything from raising an undead army, to instantly fortifying your entire dungeon.

  • Command Powerful Minions - Over 20 minions await your call, and will gladly work and fight under your banner... if you provide them with all the creature comforts they demand.

  • Conquer the Overworld - Play through a feature-length campaign, facing off against the Emperor of the Overworld as you fight for complete supremacy in the Realm of Kairos.

  • Destroy Your Rivals - Take the fight to your rival Underlords in Skirmish or Multiplayer matches with up to four players.

  • Challenge Ruthless AI - Team up with a friend or fly solo and challenge devastatingly sophisticated AI Opponents in Skirmish or Multiplayer!

  • Shape the Underworld - Create entirely new levels in the Map Editor and share them with other Underlords via the Steam Workshop!

  • Test Your Mettle - Run the gauntlet of the Crucible mode and see if you can top the high score against waves of enemies!

  • Gameplay Mutators - Tweak every possible setting to create and save custom game types.

  • Community Translation Support - So you can bring War for the Overworld to other Underlords across the Underworld.

  • Richard Ridings - The entire game is supported by narration, tutorials and status updates from the original and best dungeon mentor, Richard Ridings!

  • Massively Improved - Tons of improvements, rebalancing, bug fixes and polish since the original launch!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 , Windows 8 , Windows 10
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU @ 2.5GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT450 series with 512MB RAM or better, ATI 4870HD with 512MB RAM or better
    • G3D Mark: 1500
    • Hard Drive: 7 GB available space (may increase in the future)
    • Sound: Speakers or headphones

    Full Knowledgebase Article
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 (64-bit), Windows 8 (64-bit), Windows 10 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Quad Core CPU @ 2.5GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 560 series with 1GB RAM or better, ATI 5870HD with 1GB RAM or better
    • G3D Mark: 3000
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space (may increase in the future)
    • Sound: Speakers or headphones

    Full Knowledgebase Article
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6 and higher (64-bit)
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU @ 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT450 series with 512MB RAM or better, ATI 4870HD with 512MB RAM or better
    • G3D Mark: 1500
    • Hard Drive: 7 GB available space (may increase in the future)
    • Sound: Speakers or headphones

    Full Knowledgebase Article
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 (64-bit), Windows 8 (64-bit), Windows 10 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Quad Core CPU @ 2.5GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 560 series with 1GB RAM or better, ATI 5870HD with 1GB RAM or better
    • G3D Mark: 3000
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space (may increase in the future)
    • Sound: Speakers or headphones

    Full Knowledgebase Article
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6 and higher (64-bit)
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU @ 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT450 series with 512MB RAM or better, ATI 4870HD with 512MB RAM or better
    • G3D Mark: 1500
    • Hard Drive: 7 GB available space (may increase in the future)
    • Sound: Speakers or headphones

    Full Knowledgebase Article
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 (64-bit), Windows 8 (64-bit), Windows 10 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Quad Core CPU @ 2.5GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 560 series with 1GB RAM or better, ATI 5870HD with 1GB RAM or better
    • G3D Mark: 3000
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space (may increase in the future)
    • Sound: Speakers or headphones

    Full Knowledgebase Article

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