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 23

Possession Updates Coming Soon



Darkest greetings Underlord,

Imagine you could dive into the mind of anyone you know – what would you see through their eyes? Would the world be different? Could you walk a mile in their shoes? Now you can answer these questions and more via the vastly-improved Possession spell! Assume the identity of one of your minions and see the world in a whole new way. Literally.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfwWOG2DQ9k

Possession Update

Possession is a really cool feature very much unique to this genre, and one that we’ve always wanted to do much more with. The scope for the feature is incredible, and there are many ways we could explore the mechanics behind it.

Sadly for the longest time this feature has gone neglected, barely seeing changes since release except some minor improvements all the way back in Patch 1.1. But in Patch 1.6 we’re revisiting it, and breathing some new immersive life into this unique first-person view.

            Angry Augres see the world in red.

Unfortunately we’re not going to be able to take it all the way into a huge game changer, but we’re definitely making some significant improvements.

Unbelievable Sights, Indescribable Feelings

One of the Possession features most heavily requested by our valued community is a much more immersive experience – they want to truly feel like they’re seeing the world through the eyes of their minions, and what unique twists that would put on their perceptions.

Well we’re not one to duck away from a challenge! We’ve spent weeks meticulously reviewing and redesigning each creature’s vision – you can see the results for yourself:

      Crackpot vision is quite the experience – comparable only to ingesting Whaleshrooms

This has been a really fun experience for us. We love the way these new effects breathe much more personality into the creatures; whether that be the frosted-over vision of the Frost Weaver, the insectoid perceptions of the Skarg, the scent-enhanced Bafu, or just the helmeted Juggernaut, these simple tricks have really brought Possession to life! (And you thought VR was nauseating.)


        Insect-o-vision courtesy of your friendly neighbourhood Skarg

Beyond the Eyes – User Experience Improvements
There’s more than just fancy new vision though – we’ve also made improvements to the Possession experience, mostly focussed on providing better feedback in response to your actions.

For example, upon making an attack you’ll see additional feedback on the action, as well as witnessing a satisfying flash upon landing a blow on your adversary. Similarly, performing a heal on an ally will also deliver a flash to show that your spell has hit home.

            Flashing has never been so much fun

We’ve also overhauled the balance of the spell itself, so if you’ve ever wanted to be the general leading from the front then look no further! Possession now provides a buff to the creature you’re controlling, increasing damage dealt and reducing damage taken, whilst also granting bonus experience.

Choose your Door

We’re also giving the much overlooked Possession Door a quick makeover with some swanky new textures as well as a couple of new features.


    You shall not pass! Unless you’re an ethereal consciousness possessing a lesser being

For those of you who don’t know the Possession Door is a special door placeable in the Map Editor which only allows possessed units to pass. This lets the map creator develop special Possession-only areas.

In addition to that function the Possession Door can now lock a player into Possession until they die or pass through another Possession Door, further enhancing the door’s use as a special gameplay modifier.

Even more exciting is the ability for these doors to now denote an area that cannot be seen from RTS Mode, meaning the only way to see what lies beyond is to jump down the rabbit hole yourself. We’re going to be using these new features to great effect in My Pet Dungeon and we expect map makers to find some creative uses for them as well.


          What’ve they got in there, the Chunder King?

That about covers our second preview, but there’s still more to come! Drop by on Tuesday to get your next whiff of appetising content, coming as part of Patch 1.6 and the My Pet Dungeon DLC!

Cheers!
– Brightrock Games Team


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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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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

    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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