Tired of invading dungeons? It's time you build 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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September 24

Hotfix Patch 1.4.2f9 Now Live


Darkest greetings Underlord,

We’ve just launched a quick hotfix for a number of serious gameplay bugs that appeared in a recent patch. You might not have witnessed these issues if your games did not run over a certain time span but they could prove derailing if you did.

Please read below for the full patch notes. If you encounter any further issues please log bug reports to us directly via user echo. All the issues fixed today are a result of public reports, so please don’t underestimate the value of your report! :)

V1.4.2f9 Release Notes

Bug Fixes
  • Corrected a few typos in various tooltips
  • Some corrections to pathfinding AI particularly for units becoming unable to find their way back to locations in a players dungeon. Leading to an AI loop where they proceed to ignore any further needs.
  • Fixed an issue on Level 6 where units rescued from prisons would not “wake up” and behave normally
  • Slaughterpen Pigs should no longer become uneatable over the course of a long game session, causing mass hunger through your dungeon
  • Energy injectors have been fitted to unit beds, preventing them from falling asleep forever in certain conditions
  • Fixed the tavern tooltip occasionally displaying 101% filled

We’re now progressing full speed into upcoming WFTO content, so keep your eyes peeled for more news, or better yet, sign up to our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss it!


Cheers!

– Brightrock Games Team


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September 9

The Dungeoneer's Guide - Now Available!



Darkest greetings Underlord,

Years of waiting have finally paid off Underlord, and a long promised treasure has just been delivered to your steam folders!

Yes indeed The Dungeoneers Guide to the Underworld is finally complete and those amongst you who own the Underlord Edition of the game will find this exquisitely crafted tome dropping into your game folder as we speak!



“But what is the Dungeoneer’s Guide” we hear you ask. We’ll forgive you for not knowing, after all for many years it has been unclear just what we’d deliver, all because we wanted to bring you something truly special.

To sum it up the Dungeoneer’s Guide is a lovingly assembled 48-page PDF, filled to the brim with knowledge and art on the denizens of Kairos, you’ll find details on all the original WFTO units as well as the forces of the Empire. You’ll even find some as yet unexplored backstory on the history of the world!



The Dungeoneer’s Guide is our love letter to the bygone days of physical game manuals, which those of us old enough to remember will have a fond place in our hearts for. These ancient relics contained knowledge on the world and the creatures within it that could not be found in game, they provided insight and made a great read while you laid in bed dreaming of your next gaming conquest.

We’ve also thrown in our three part short story series “All that is Gold” which tells the tale of one particularly heroic dwarf and his adventures through Phaestus during the events of “Heart of Gold”

So grab your copies of the Guide, give them a read and enjoy all the love we’ve put into them, we hope they were worth the wait.

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 1.4 & 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 build 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
A fitting if slightly less quirky homage to the original Dungeon Keeper franchise. This deliciously sinister game grabs you by the ankle and drags you down into a vividly beautiful world of monsters and demons, where you have all the tools at your disposal to build the ultimate evil army.
Is it captivating? Oh yes. Will you lose hours of your life if you buy it? Oooooooh yes.
Happy gaming, Underlord.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
This game is simply amazing its a fantastic spirtual sucessor to dungeon keeper.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
80.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Darkest Greetings, Underlords! OMG! Time to finally get my nose out of this game long enough to give this beauty a review it so richly deserves. This has to be...No kidding...Grab a freaking snack and Lock the frickin' front door...BEST game out there! Everything that makes up 'War For The Overworld', the graphics, the music, the voices with their funny dialogs and the sound effects and noises. All of these aspects create a gloriously mythical, magical blend of delightfully fiendish evilness that I'm sure you will love! Immersive?! You bet this game is! You will forget all time and space. Remember to get comfortable, grab a snack and say 'Hi!' to the family, (or at least wavy at them) before going in-game...'Cause, you'll be in-game for a VERY LONG time!
You will have love/hate relationships with every last one of these amazingly funny characters...To The Mentor, right down to the very last, lowly Minion! WFTO will soon become the crowning glory of your game collection!
To everyone involved in the making of 'War For The Overworld', Many thanks for your talents! With all your combined talents, this has to be the most impressive work I've ever seen in a game!
Now, back to the game. My Minions are wreaking havoc in my Dungeon as we speak!...Oh those wonderful little buggers!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
GIT GOOD WITH THIS GAME. Totally worth your money.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
The Dungeon Keeper has come....er, I mean the Underlord!

Back in the day, I was a HUGGGEE fan of Dungeon Keeper, that game was my jam! When Dungeon Keeper 2 came out, I of course got it, played it, beat it (many times) and then after enjoying the end cinematic, I patiently yet excitedly waited for DK3!

Well, long story short and of which I'm sure a few of you can relate, DK3 never came and turns out Bullfrog closed up shop and with each passing year, DK 3 became a pipe dream, but one I longed for.

Many years later, I was on Steam and I saw War for the Overworld pop up and I did some reading about it. It was meant to be a spiritual successor to Dungeon Keeper and even received endorsement from Peter Molyneux himself and they had even secured the original narrator from the DK series!

Now, I had also played the game Dungeons by Kalypso, which was also created and meant to be a spritual successor to DK, but honestly that game sucked and I was massively let down, so when I saw this I was excited, but cautiously skeptical! I ended up purchasing it during early-access and at the time, I liked it a bit, but it wasn't so great, yet I could acknowlege that I knew it was only Early-Access and just to wait until release to render final judgment. I waited. I waited a very long time and it was starting to get to the point that I thought the devs had abandoned the game or something happened, I dunno, ya know those things happen with some early-access games and I was scared it was happening to this one.

Anyways, I ended up ignoring it for some time, even after it officially released, but once I finally started playing it.......these developers.....they brought joy to the child in my soul, they did it, they nailed this on the head! THIS is what Dungeon Keeper is, they successfully harnessed the look, the feel, gameplay of Dungeon Keeper but at the same time, making the game feel unique enough to be something else entirely!

I could not be any more satisfied and happy with this game, I waited many, many years for Dungeon Keeper 3 and while this game has a different title, it's more than good enough for me!

10 out of 10, easily!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
A reboot of Dungeon Keeper complete with demonic sarcastic commentator. Loses a few of the more balooney and fun ideas of the original (all evil minions dancing "Disco Inferno" when someone hits the jackpot in the casino was an epic) but introduces new features. New rooms with new functionality to discover, and some great new ways to control the behavior of your minions to avoid some of the worst shortcomings of DK 1 & 2.
I loved both the originals, and highly recommend this one too.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
To reduce War for the Overworld as a simple intellectual property reskin or modernised rehash of dungeon keeper 2 would completely undermine just how much further this game goes. The core mechanics, style and thematic approach undoubtedly are outright DK (imitation is flattery after all) even going to go so far as to use the same narrator, but a new gamut of bestiary, rooms, traps and mechanics are not only well thought out, but offer an invaluable greater range of depth to strategic gameplay and variety in playstyle. Most importantly though this game is just downright fun to play, whether you are playing casually, or meticulously masterminding your next misdeed the game just exudes a character that positively rubs off on you.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
I bought this game hoping that it would be as advertised, a spiritual successor to Dungeon Keeper. What I got, however, was a twitchy fascimile that prevents me from enjoying the game. I think they did great by bringing in the VA who narrated DK 1 and 2. Humor was there, sorta... The gameplay devolves into a frantic rally and heal spam all through the game, and that's where it gets ♥♥♥♥♥♥. The best part of a game like this is building up your dungeon while defending it, steathily scouting for the most opportune spot to strike. No where is this less likely than level eleven, where four underlords attack you, (I know it's three, but ♥♥♥♥ the devs for trying to make two dungeonhearts a single opponent.) It's all spam rally, spam heals, over and over. I was on the last dungeonheart before I just turned the game off in disgust. Apparently I also own the expansion, it was money wasted, in my opinion. I'm going over to GoG and getting Dungeon Keeper from a dev who did it right.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
it's a fun game, and a really good follow-up for dungeon keeper 2 (which is one of my childhood games), but it's still a bit glitchy. normally, i don't mind a small glitch or two, as long i can play the game. but i encountered 2 glitches that made me impossible to play the story or even the game.

glitch 1: when i started a mission in the story (it was the 2nd mission of the HoG dlc). i loaded the game, but the loading screen stayed if front of the game, i could pick walls and smack minions (damn those minions), but i was not able to see anything due to this glitch (also, the cinematic at the start of the mission didn't play when it happened). fine by me, i can still play skirmish

glitch 2: when i started the game, i got the same problem from glitch 1, but instead it happened by loading the game itself, which made it impossible to play the game.

also, even though it's a great game, i don't think it's worth 27,99
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
ever wanted to slap your slaves in the face? ever wanted to make a rat into a toasted rat via lightning? this games for you. im not giving you one of those crap pros/cons lists. just buy the game. play it. if you have launch troubles, wait a bit, or google it.
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Rellik
17.3 hrs
Posted: September 27
I love this game! The depth of play and strategy is great. It's addictive, so plan your time accordingly! I'm just starting to learn about combination benefits of different units.

Converting enemy units in the torture chamber is endless fun :)

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Exostenza
3.6 hrs
Posted: September 27
Now that this game is all patched up it is the true Dungeon Keeper successsor. As a huge fan of Dungeon Keeper 2 I am very pleased with this game.
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Zorrox
53.1 hrs
Posted: September 27
Wow, this game came a long way. It is now very enjoyable and will make any Dungeon Keep fan happy!
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Val_Thir13en
19.6 hrs
Posted: September 26
Fee;s like old school dungeon keeper but poorly optimized. Game lags when dungeon gets too big
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adzthewise
10.0 hrs
Posted: September 25
Has quickly become one of my top 5 games!! This game is Just like Dungeon Keeper 2 but with more features, new creatures and new challenges. Been waiting for Dungeon Keeper 3 for a loooong time, I think this game fits the bill perfectly! (@Abzolution)
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mastikator87
18.4 hrs
Posted: September 25
Very similar to Dungeon Keeper 2, a spiritual successor that updates and modernizes it.
However there are some key differences, this one has more better features.
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vidwhal
42.1 hrs
Posted: September 24
I love this game. Being a past Dungeon Keeper lover (ignore the freemium crap one on mobile!), I was always looking to see if anything would come of a third sequel. I ended coming across WFTO in its early days of development. Love to say that I feel that it perfectly captures the enjoyment I had with the spiritual predecessors.
Great job devs!!
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香菇頭
54.4 hrs
Posted: September 24
Hello!
I am a player from Taiwan!
Can provide traditional Taiwan interface with subtitles?
Or I really do not understand what I'm playing!
My English is very poor!
War for the Overworld is actually a great game!
I just want to interface with subtitles like!
No Taiwan voice does not matter!
As long as the interface with the subtitles is Taiwan like!
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