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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November 28

Patch 1.5 Preview 1: Basic Survival



Darkest greetings Underlord,

Fresh from last week’s State of the Game post we’re hitting the ground running in our very first preview of the upcoming Patch 1.5!

Rather than keep you salivating over the prospects of the major feature of Patch 1.5 we’re instead going to spend our first preview focussing on just that - the new Survival mode, which we’ve renamed to Crucible!


Step into the Crucible

Come Underlord, Mendechaus invites you into his bloody arena that is known only as the Crucible, an unending challenge which will push even the greatest amongst your kind to their breaking point and beyond.

You may remember the previous Survival Prototype. Though some of the principles we explored there still exist, you’ll find this to be an entirely new beast to contend with. Let’s take a closer look at some of the new mechanics!


Endless Waves of Foes

As before you’ll find enemies dispatched by the dozen, all with the singular purpose of destroying your Dungeon Core.


          Foes emerge in waves from the Aether.

Every five waves in the Crucible is a single set which has been constructed around a specific theme. Each set you face will gradually increase in strength as the game goes on: you’ll witness everything gaining more resistance and damage, abnormally huge units, and bosses old and new come bounding towards you.

Not all is lost though as each set has a longer reprieve between them than what is normally available between waves, giving you some time to mend your broken defences. Although if you’re feeling courageous you could always start the next wave early for a tidy golden bonus.


Lanes of Fun

Each Crucible map (yes there are multiple!) will see you facing off against your enemies down three lanes. Place your defences wisely as you may find each lane differs significantly from the others!


          Lava is as much a tool as it is an obstacle.

They all lead to a singular destination however, and after only a few waves you’ll find yourself beset on all sides by monsters and men all craving your destruction.


Goldstones Galore

Think back Underlord, to the early days of Survival and the Aporkalypse: you may remember an additional objective known as the Pighibitor. While this mystical device was intact it would prevent the monstrous Porkzilla from spawning.

Fortunately Porkzilla is not an ever-looming threat in the Crucible. So instead of Pighibitors you’ll find up to three Goldstones in each of your lanes. These mega golden megaliths imbue your vaults with gold every second they remain active.


          The part where it's marked vital might be of importance.

Unfortunately your enemies are going to make no small effort in destroying these as they make their way to your Dungeon Core. Protecting them will be a challenge but one that will ultimately make your task easier in the long run.


Bosses of all Shapes and Sizes

With the notable absence of Porkzilla you might be questioning just how we’re planning to turn up the heat throughout your Crucible experience! Well we’re glad you asked Underlord.

Every fifth and final wave of a set is accompanied by a single boss. This could be anything from a mighty Behemoth, the ever insipid Lord O’Theland, or even the mighty king of Chunders, Baron von Pukemuch! Who knows what other monstrosities Mendechaus has prepared for you?


          They come in all shapes and sizes. But mostly terrifying and gigantic.


Survival Unit Preview: All Fired Up!

We’re almost done for this preview, but there’s something very special we want to share with you. See, both we and Mendechaus realised that the regular cast of units on their own just wouldn’t quite cut it for the Crucible. So we decided to expand their ranks with new unit variations, and a few new faces here and there.

In each of our previews for Patch 1.5 we’ll be sharing with you a bunch of these new units. Map-makers can also rejoice as many of these units will also be available in the Map Editor!



          Is it just me, or is it getting hot in here?

First up we have the blazing quintet of the Molten Skarg, Magma Weaver, Babymoth, Ember Lord, and Chilli Chunder! Each of these spicy delights will appear in your Crucible mode waves with their own unique twists on the known abilities for these units.



That wraps up this preview of Patch 1.5. Check back on 1 December for our next instalment!


Cheers!

– Brightrock Games Team


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November 22

The Future of WFTO - State of the Game



Darkest greetings Underlord,

It has been over a year since we last ran a State of the Game post, in which we look where War for the Overworld is currently and where we plan to take it in the many months to come. With the game creeping up to its two year anniversary we feel it’s about time that we layout our plans for the endgame - what you can expect and what’s to come after for us.

We’ve got quite a lot of detail to share with you, so sit back, relax and grab some refreshments because it’s going to be a long post.

The Future of WFTO
One of the questions we’re often asked regarding WFTO is what our plans are for the future and whether we’ll be releasing any further DLC. It’s a question that we’ve not officially answered until now.

https://youtu.be/K7oosduOcrU
Unfortunately Bard Bowl is not a thing.

Getting right to the point we’re now preparing to roll out the last few updates that WFTO will receive, and these will come in the form of three major content sets: Patch 1.5, Patch 1.6, and a second DLC. Once this content is out WFTO will be considered content complete.

What this means is that we will no longer be actively developing WFTO once Patch 1.6 and DLC2 are released. Naturally this doesn’t mean we’re abandoning it completely, in fact we’ll still roll out patches to fix issues as and when they’re needed so we’ll still be taking an active role there.
However what it does mean is that we will be moving the majority of our development resources onto our upcoming second project.

We understand that this news will no doubt leave some of you saddened as it does us. In a way this will be the end of an era but it has been a great run and not many games can claim to have seen so many new features as WFTO has during its post-release cycle. But all good things must come to an end and it’s important that we share with you some perspective on when that is likely to be.

Roadmap to Final Release
As mentioned above there are two more free major patches that we will be releasing for WFTO, and an additional paid DLC. Now to give you an idea of what to expect we’re going to do something uncommon for us and that’s release something of a roadmap. But please note the dates here are working dates and are not considered final - they’re purposefully vague for that reason.


  • Patch 1.5 - Survival Mode, Mutators & More - Q4 2016
  • Patch 1.6 - Q1-Q2 2017
  • Expansion 2 - Alongside Patch 1.6

After Expansion 2 releases next year WFTO will be officially feature complete. At that point we'll transition into long-term maintenance to support the game with bug fixes or small improvements as needed.

Patch 1.5 - Survival Mode & More

Patch 1.5 is the next major update in our pipeline and it’s one that has been promised for quite some time. Kickstarter backers should recall that we promised a flex goal as part of our Kickstarter campaign, and through a vote that was held on our backer site it was decided that Survival mode would be getting an overhaul.

The focus of Patch 1.5 is to deliver on that promise to our backers, and as a result the Survival mode will receive a complete pass to take it from the prototype concept stage to a fully-fledged game mode.


You may remember this image from our Halloween post! Yeah it’s relevant.

Here’s some of the things you can expect from the Survival mode overhaul:

  • New maps
  • Entirely new waves with new units
  • New gameplay mechanics
  • New VO
  • Leaderboards
  • More to be revealed

In addition we’ll be adding a few long-requested features to the game including mutators and community translation support!

Best of all it’s our aim to deliver this to you before the end of the year. Of course given our history with deadlines it may well slip in the name of quality! But things are looking promising right now, so look forward to more news next week!

Patch 1.6 & Expansion 2

Patch 1.6 & Expansion 2 will release alongside one another with complementary goals. We’ve often wondered how we would end our development of WFTO, after all for the past four years we’ve done very little but develop it!

We’ve decided that we want to leave it in the strongest state possible, and we’re eager to do what we can to make sure that WFTO continues far beyond the end of our support.

Sadly we can’t share too many details at this point but we’re confident that what we’ve got planned will please a great number of people. There are a few things we can share though, so at the very least you can expect:

  • Completely overhauled Skirmish AI
  • New maps
  • Lots of VO for various characters (including some fan favourites)
  • And more!

We’re confident that after Patch 1.6 we’ll see WFTO reaching untold depths!

Brightrock Games - Looking Beyond WFTO
Back when we announced the formation of Brightrock Games we mentioned we were looking to the future and that we very much had a new project in the works. That project is currently in a design phase and some of the team are already spending a bit of time on it, while the rest of us focus on polishing off WFTO.

The inevitable question of course is: “What is this secret new project you’re working on?” And unfortunately at this time we cannot answer that question in so many words. We want what we’re developing next to be very solid before we start showing it in the public space, but we’re sure there’ll be announcements sometime next year and we’ll no doubt be putting out a few teasers as well.

At the very least we can tell you what it isn’t: It’s not War for the Overworld 2.

While we love WFTO we feel that we’ve gone as far as we can with it for now. After what is quickly becoming half a decade of work we’d like to take a break. A second game in the WFTO universe is something we might do in the future - it’s certainly something we talk about from time to time in the office.

With that said we’re sure what we have planned will be an enjoyable romp and it’s something that we’re looking forward to sharing with our fans when the time is right. We hope that you will choose to join us on our next adventure, and if you’re eager to hear more sign up to our newsletter to be sure you won’t miss it!

Finally, as the lights dim on WFTO we promise that we won’t be leaving it without the appropriate aftercare. We know that many of you love the game and we hope you will continue to love it just as much as we do.

Thank you all for making our dreams come true and thank you for believing in us throughout both good times and hard times. You make everything we do worthwhile.

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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 1.4 & More



Heart of Gold will release alongside patch 1.4, which will introduce a huge range of changes and improvements to the base game including:

  • Dynamic tutorial system
  • Revamped Titan system
  • Revamped combat
  • New unit voices, VFX, animations and behaviours
  • Significant performance improvements
  • New systems such as the peace warband to keep specific units out of combat
  • Improved AI which makes use of Titans and Artefacts properly
  • Improved UI including a new payday overlay
  • Many balance improvements including a revamp of the unit leveling system, making high level units more valuable
  • New localisation into French and German

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 @ 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT400 series with 512MB RAM or better, ATI 4870HD with 512MB RAM or better
    • Hard Drive: 7 GB available space (may increase in the future)
    • Sound: Speakers or headphones
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 (64-bit), Windows 8 (64-bit), Windows 10 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Quad Core CPU @ 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT500 series with 1GB RAM or better, ATI 5870HD with 1GB RAM or better
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space (may increase in the future)
    • Sound: Speakers or headphones
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6 and higher (64-bit)
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU @ 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT400 series with 512MB RAM or better, ATI 4870HD with 512MB RAM or better
    • Hard Drive: 7 GB available space (may increase in the future)
    • Sound: Speakers or headphones
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.6 and higher (64-bit)
    • Processor: Quad Core CPU @ 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT500 series with 1GB RAM or better, ATI 5870HD with 1GB RAM or better
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space (may increase in the future)
    • Sound: Speakers or headphones
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or higher (64-bit)
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU @ 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT400 series with 512MB RAM or better, ATI 4870HD with 512MB RAM or better
    • Hard Drive: 7 GB available space (may increase in the future)
    • Sound: Speakers or headphones
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or higher (64-bit)
    • Processor: Quad Core CPU @ 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT500 series with 1GB RAM or better, ATI 5870HD with 1GB RAM or better
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space (may increase in the future)
    • Sound: Speakers or headphones
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