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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March 21

Announcing My Pet Dungeon, New Game Mode!



Darkest greetings Underlord,

The drums of war are beating in the distance, something stirs in the darkness and the realm of Kairos knows not what approaches from the swirling mass of the Aether. But before the grandest of schemes can be realised there is time for reflection, for a brief escape from the machinations of the mad god.

In this moment of calm there is no better time to engage in an Underlord’s most favoured activities - building dungeons and toying with mortals, friend and foe alike! To that end we’d like to introduce My Pet Dungeon!

https://youtu.be/8CtGFQQ5LU4


New Game Mode DLC: My Pet Dungeon

Alongside Patch 1.6 we’ll be releasing a new paid DLC by the name of My Pet Dungeon, something diehard Dungeon Management fans will no doubt recognise and one of the things that has long been requested by our community.

Like the Crucible this DLC will include an all-new game mode, but this time focussed on building and exploring in an enhanced sandbox format. Think something similar to the Home Realm but on steroids and with a whole new batch of toys to play with!


        We know you’ve always wanted your own petting zoo

We’re designing an all-new 8-mission sandbox campaign where each level encourages you to build and explore to your Core’s content, at a more relaxed pace than seen in other modes. Your goal will be to simply score a number of points through building and managing your dungeon, slaying enemies and completing various bonus objectives, to progress to the next level.

Here’s a nearly-complete rundown of all the features. We’ve excluded one or two though - we have to keep something for the coming weeks!

  • New My Pet Dungeon Campaign - 8 Levels geared towards exploration, construction and discovery

    • Unique Scoring System - Build your dungeon and earn points to progress to the next level
    • Bonus Objectives - Each level features bonus objectives which award extra points in return for completing tasks, such as levelling up your units
    • Room Unlock System - Rooms in these levels unlock sequentially, freeing your research up for other Aspects and pacing your exploration and expansion
    • Toybox - A special room that appears only in My Pet Dungeon levels and allows you to pick up and drop enemy units directly into your dungeon
    • Wave Spawning - Spawn waves of enemy units at a combat Level of your choosing via new controls, to test out your creations
    • Three Unlockable Themes - Three classic Empire Dungeon Themes finally unlockable
    • Two Unannounced Features - Check back Next Tuesday & Friday for more!


Most importantly: although this is paid DLC we’re aiming for a very competitive price point the same as the Heart of Gold expansion (£5.59, $7.99, €7.99). What’s more, we’ll be giving away the first two levels entirely for free so you can try before you buy, as a continuing thank you to all our fans.

Now that the big announcement is out of the way we’d like to take a moment to discuss our direction with this next major update to WFTO.

The Philosophy of My Pet Dungeon & Patch 1.6

When we announced changes to our original plans for Patch 1.6 we were expecting some backlash, since the second expansion and the Skirmish AI update were now coming later in 2017 or even early 2018. We were pleasantly surprised and emboldened by your response with many of you saying you’re happy to see even more going into the game than originally planned.

The success of Patch 1.5 and Crucible has given us an opportunity to work on some things that both we and many of our fans have always wanted to see in the game, but that we didn’t have the time to develop before.

My Pet Dungeon is a mode that has been requested by the community since the earliest days of WFTO’s development, being a much loved feature in one of our biggest inspirations: Dungeon Keeper 2. We felt that with the extra time available to us we now had the perfect opportunity to slot this in. We’re intending it to be a mode where the player can kick back and relax - after all Crucible was quite intense, and with the AI update we expect Expansion 2 will also be pretty hectic. Think of this as the calm before the storm.



With that said My Pet Dungeon is certainly not being developed in isolation. There’s a veritable horde of extra features, optimisations and improvements that permeate the foundations of Patch 1.6, which again we would have otherwise never had the opportunity to do.

Moreover all the work we’re putting in will help ensure that the final update and expansion, now known as Patch 2.0, will be the most complete experience of WFTO possible.

New Terrain: Obsidian

Obsidian is a new kind of terrain coming in Patch 1.6, which looks strikingly like Impenetrable Rock. In truth it is extremely hard volcanic rock which can only be destroyed by detonating nearby Brimstone. This means we can use it to create one-way passages, since the player can only approach the Obsidian from the Brimstone side - we’ll be making full use of this in My Pet Dungeon.

Obsidian will also be placeable via the Map Editor, so you can enrich your own creations!


        More obstinate than Brimstone? That’s Obsidian!

We look forward to sharing more on Patch 1.6 with you over the next two weeks before its release on the 3rd of April! And we can’t wait to start sharing the really exciting things that are coming after that. But too much of a good thing, Underlord!

Check back on Thursday for the next preview!



Cheers!
– Brightrock Games Team


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February 2

Patch 1.5.2 Available Now!


Darkest greetings Underlord,

The eternal work continues unabated within the foundries at Brightrock Games! The hammering of steel and the sound of arcane machines can be heard beyond the doors as our Augres and Cultists mould the shape of things to come.

Speaking of which, in addition to unleashing Patch 1.5.2 on you today we’re also announcing a change to our previously revealed plans for War for the Overworld. So pull up a pew and let’s delve into the changes both present and future!

The Future of WFTO

In November, slightly before the release of Patch 1.5, we announced our plans for the endgame of WFTO. We also gave you a timeline for our final expansion, as well as the next and final major patch.

As we’ve often said in the past the nature of videogame development is fluid - circumstances change and so inevitably plans change. We’re happy to say that, thanks in part to the success of Patch 1.5 and the Crucible, we’re looking to develop more content over 2017 than originally intended.

This changes our original timeline in the following ways:

  • New content will be introduced throughout the year, including an all-new oft-requested game mode in the first half of the year
  • The next expansion is no longer releasing in Q1-Q2 but much later in the year, or even early next year - overall quality will be higher
  • The Skirmish AI update will now release before the next expansion

Much more content overall will be produced for WFTO than originally intended; we’re working on a few features we always wanted to do but couldn’t fit in before. Unfortunately we’re not quite ready to share all the details with you yet - as always we want to ensure we’re confident in all the new features before we start building hopes. But we will certainly be sharing more news with you in the coming months.

Upcoming Crucible Leaderboard Reset

Since the Crucible launched we’ve seen a number of you asking if we plan to reset the leaderboards in the event that exploits are discovered, or clear cheating is occurring on the board. This is an issue we’ve been considering for some time and not one with an easy answer.

For the most part we’re happy with a number of strategies that are seeing use in Crucible mode and we’re pleased to witness some neglected Aspects supporting these strategies. In a few cases we’ve seen some clever use of game mechanics that even we did not expect and we’re usually happy to let these continue.

However in some cases there are times where an Aspect can be used to completely break the mode, such as the “Prison and Arena” exploit fixed in this patch. These are issues we want to address as soon as possible to help maintain the balance and intended play of the Crucible.

We have decided not to reset the leaderboard for this patch as we don’t wish to have legitimate scores removed due to a small number of exploitative scores. However we are planning a leaderboard reset in the future, namely with Patch 1.6. This patch is likely to see some major balance changes that will ultimately change how the game is played and how effective some strategies are. To maintain a fair playing field on the leaderboard we plan to reset it at this time due to the scope of the incoming changes. We may also reset the leaderboard to coincide with other major patches with balance changes.


Patch 1.5.2 Release Notes

Gameplay Changes

Potions

Quick Freeze
  • Now creates a patch of frost when it expires, preventing further Quick Freeze potions from being used in that area for a short time

Level Changes

War for the Overworld

Level 3

  • Improved the robustness of several scripts in this level to prevent players from becoming stuck at certain objectives, specifically placing the first Blade Lotus

Heart of Gold

Level 4

  • Small improvements to the ending sequence, making it easier to trigger the final cutscene

UI Changes

  • Players will now be informed if their Steam Cloud storage is full when attempting to save games or maps - in the event that Steam Cloud storage is full the process will complete locally

Map Editor Changes

  • Added an edit button to the Finished maps menu which will open the selected map in the editor

Crucible Changes

  • Improvements to the Earthquake feature’s detection of path blocking via Prison and Arena tiles, which should address a serious exploit

AI Improvements

  • Fixed a rare case where units would endlessly run into a closed enemy door without attacking it
  • Made a number of improvements to Worker AI to prevent them looping in and out of combat if they have no specific tasks to perform
  • Cultists are now able to attack doors
  • Threat map now immediately updates when a defence is built and takes into account the DPS of a defence

Visual Improvements

  • Performed a pass on and added new VFX for a number of Survival units

Miscellaneous Changes

  • Improvements to corrupt save handling so that the loading process fails more gracefully, preventing an issue where it would be impossible to load other levels after attempting to load a corrupted save file

Bug Fixes

Units

  • The Duke and Sir Roussimoff should now correctly receive their wages
  • Necromancers will no longer try to raise Ghouls from destroyed Empire gateways, preventing an endless loop of abject failure
  • Possessed Matriarchs can now move as intended after using their Crusade ability

Map Editor

  • Crucible maps can no longer be imported as they are not supported by the Map Editor
  • Fixed an issue where importing a map and reducing the number of factions on it would cause issues at publishing
  • Fixed an issue where the Artefact of Sin was not placeable in the Map Editor

Levels

  • Fixed an issue where pre-placed props on Level 12 were rotated 90 degrees into the ground
  • The vault door in Heart of Gold Level 4 can no longer be destroyed by normal units
  • Fixed an issue in Level 10 where revealing the Inhibitor on the west side of the map could cause all units on the west side to engage your forces immediately
  • Fixed a long-standing issue in Level 5 where some units could be assigned an Empire patrol path which would appear on their tooltips as “activity: other”

UI

  • Fixed a localisation error where the Spanish and Polish translations for community translation advice were switched
  • Minor text corrections for some Possession ability tooltips
  • Changing the visibility state of unit shields via the hotkey will now correctly reflect the state change in the menu
  • Increased the height of the unit shields for Wooden Doors and Portcullises for increased visibility

Visual

  • Fixed a long-standing visual issue where some tile tops would have visible seams between tiles
  • Artefacts will no longer show a box highlighted beneath them when hovered with the Hand of Evil
  • Fixed an issue with the walk animation of the Duke
  • Fixed the highlighting issues with the Kasita theme Dungeon Core
  • Fixed an issue where the Fog of War could become incorrectly revealed on specific maps
  • Fixed an issue with the torture corruption VFX that caused it too look incredibly garish
  • Small corrections to the Arcane Chunder Nova ability animation and VFX

Multiplayer

  • Map names will correctly update for clients searching for a game in the lobby if the map is changed by the host after the client started searching for a game
  • Fixed an issue where clients could not load a multiplayer game immediately after playing a Crucible match
  • Multiplayer lobbies will once again correctly close if the host disconnects
    Closing a slot that contains a hard AI will now correctly be reflected on clients’ screens


That’s all for now Underlord - keep your eyes peeled for more announcements in the coming months!

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

“Subterranean look like they’re onto something. This is really a game made by fans for fans, and that passion and knowledge runs throughout.”
The Sixth Axis

Patch 1.5, Crucible & More



Patch 1.5 and the Crucible game mode DLC are now available and completely free to all players! This new content includes:

  • The all-new Crucible survival mode, which pits the Underlord against unyielding waves of foes, all in the pursuit of the global leaderboards! Crucible features:
    • Six brand new levels designed exclusively for this mode, which will push your skills to the brink
    • Two unique challenges, varying from the scalding to the incinerating
    • Leaderboards for each map and challenge combination, so you can see who of all the Underlords is the most long-lived
    • Dozens of new unit variants, including the horrendously friendly Democorn
    • Three prestigious new Worker skins to unlock for surviving long enough
    • Delicious new lines from the exceptional Richard Ridings as Mendechaus, your enigmatic mentor and bloodthirsty invigilator
  • Gameplay Mutators for Skirmish, Sandbox, and Multiplayer modes, which redefine the rules of engagement by letting you tweak core gameplay mechanics
  • Community translation tools so you can bring War for the Overworld to other Underlords across the Underworld

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 Multiplayer and Skirmish 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

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 it's Denizens, there's no better way to discover the world you're going to conquer!

All that is Gold - Short Story Compilation

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, route 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 Skirmish, Scenario, Sandbox and Multiplayer levels in the Map Editor and share them with other Underlords via Steam Workshop!

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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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