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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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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January 13

Patch 1.5.1 Available Now!



Darkest greetings Underlord,

As we step out of the darkest times that will forever be remembered as the year 2016 we look forward to the bright future that is 2017. We’re already hard at work on our new year’s resolutions to bring you even more quality content for War for the Overworld and hopefully to make great strides on our next title.

We’re pleased to say that the release of Patch 1.5 and the Crucible DLC has gone down incredibly well and we’re looking forward to what your response will be to the exciting new content we have planned! We can’t share any details yet but as soon as we can we’ll be posting up a storm, so keep your eyes peeled.

DRM-Free Build Update coming soon and GOG

What we can share however is that we have just unleashed Patch 1.5.1, and with it we’re finally updating the DRM-Free build to include all the wonderful content that we’ve added since Heart of Gold (with the same usual restrictions). You'll be able to get your grubby mitts on it next week!

Even the Crucible is stopping by, so if you can’t stand those pesky DRM services at the very least you’ll be getting some mass slaughter in Mendechaus’ terrifying Crucible challenge.

We also have some cautiously good news for those interested in a GOG release. We’ve been talking with the chaps over at GOG.com and we’re hoping to potentially release a “complete” edition after all upcoming features are done. More on that as it develops.


Patch 1.5.1 Release Notes

Anyway, we’re sure you’re eager to hear what’s changed in Patch 1.5.1. Feature-wise we’re a little light on the ground but that’s because we’re hard at work on much bigger things for WFTO. We’re sure you’ll certainly appreciate all the fixes and minor changes we’ve made though!

Gameplay Changes

Units
    Workers
    • Can now collect items from unclaimed ground

Environment
    Artefact of Sin
    • Now grants the user 1 Sin (down from 3)
    Artefact of Greater Sin (New)
    • Grants the user 3 Sins

Community Translation
  • Added a number of missing translation keys including map names and descriptions for Skirmish and Sandbox modes

Map Editor
  • Disabled “quadrant pivot” mirror tools on non-square maps as they do not work

Crucible
  • Gateways are now numbered in a more intuitive manner

Mutators
  • Mutator mode in the lobby is now coloured based on its state:
    • Mode Default - White
    • Map Default - Yellow
    • Custom - Orange

    Veins of Evil
    • Unavailable Aspects now grant access to the next tier of Aspects as if they had been researched, to prevent players becoming trapped in the Veins

UI
  • Increased text size in some areas of the UI such as the debrief screen and Achievements menu
  • Added a message when changing maps with custom mutators, warning that they won’t carry over to the new map unless saved as a preset

Bug Fixes

Crashes
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when loading a custom map
  • Fixed a number of exceptions that could lead to very rare crashes

Units
  • Dwarven Arcanists no longer punch books to learn their secrets (but Arcane Chunders still learn via cranial impact)
  • Fixed an issue where the Kasita and Silver Kasita Workers had incorrect Possession camera positions
  • The Democorn now has fancy ability icons as intended
  • Extremely powerful units such as Titans will no longer live even after their owner has died

Defences
  • Blueprints for Midas Doors will correctly take damage rather than draining your gold reserves
  • Blueprints for Glacial Doors will no longer create Permafrost blocks upon receiving their first construction part
  • It is no longer possible to attack blueprints with no parts by rallying units on top of them

Rooms
  • Fixed a collision issue in the Slaughterpen that would cause Workers to get stuck

Environment
  • Workers will no longer bring an infinite number of Artefacts to Research Shrines under certain conditions
  • Improved the selection box for loose gold and gold stored in the Vault

Crucible
  • Fixed an issue where the “Goldstone under attack” alert could play before the first wave starts
  • Large versions of units will now be tortured at the correct height on the Torture Rack
  • Fixed an issue where the wave’s survived on the final scoreboard would not match the in-game value (this did not affect the leaderboard)
  • Achievements will now show as earned immediately on the debrief screen if they have recently been earned

Map Editor
  • Corrected an issue where importing a map and increasing the number of factions would cause all faction-owned objects to be deleted
  • Claimed tiles of the same faction can now once again replace room tiles
  • Fixed an issue where changing the owner of a Titan in the Map Editor context menu would cause the original owner’s Titans to be locked in the
  • Veins of Evil upon game start
  • Fixed an issue where holding the Escape key on the Public menu would cause the menu to exit and the game to appear frozen
  • Baby Democorns will no longer die over time in the Map Editor

Levels
  • Fixed an issue on Level 5 of the WFTO Campaign where saving and loading before converting Rhaskos’ Core would cause the Sanctuary reveal cutscene to trigger without revealing the Sanctuary
  • Fixed an issue in Level 3 of Heart of Gold whereby continuously clicking the forge at 1,000,000 gold before you are told to would cause an infinite number of Colossi to spawn, rendering the level incompletable
  • WFTO Level 7 should now complete under all circumstances
    Fixed an issue where the Dungeon Core was damaged from the start of some Campaign levels
  • Several improvements to Underlord voice lines in Level 12
  • Fixed the Artefacts of Sin in Campaign mode to ensure they grant only one Sin
  • Fixed an issue in the Home Realm where gold piles would spontaneously appear at the Empire gateway
  • Fixed the “This is my time” voice line from Rhaskos in Level 7 being played at the wrong time. Get it right Rhaskos!

UI
  • Fixed an issue where loading a game could cause the creature UI to disappear at certain UI scaling options
  • The “My Score” tab on the Crucible leaderboard can now correctly display rankings higher than the player’s
  • The “Replay” button on the narration window on the summary screen now reads as “Repeat Narration” for the sake of clarity
  • Objectives are now correctly visible in non-campaign modes
  • Fixed a number of areas where text would overlap in certain languages
  • Fixed an issue where selection would not complete if the cursor moved over the UI
  • Fixed an issue with the debrief screen scrollbars which would appear in some languages

Visual
  • Fixed a bug where the placement colour for rooms could remain on the floor after releasing the mouse when the player does not have enough gold
  • Fixed an issue where highlighting Blood tiles would cause them to permanently change colour
  • Silver Kasita Theme now uses the correct ceiling
  • Fixed a small visual fault with the Spirit Chamber podium
  • Parts of the Perception Shrine should no longer be visible through the Fog of War
  • Corrected the ceiling height for Lava Chasms
  • Research VFX should correctly play on pre-placed Archive lecterns
  • Fixed some visual artefacts which would occur when Mandalf was on screen
  • Fixed a number of issues where tiles would appear incorrectly rotated in some pre-placed rooms

Multiplayer
  • Fixed an issue where units could spontaneously start “dancing” at a player’s Core
  • Made some improvements to try and ensure the client always receives a map debrief screen when the host leaves
  • Improvements to downloading maps on the client

Audio
  • Corrected some errant voice-over in Crucible

Mutators
  • Mutator changes should now always be correctly applied when changing tabs on the mutator menu

Miscellaneous
  • Restarting a Skirmish level will now once again maintain your settings such as player colour, theme, etc.
  • Fixed a number of unit names so they display properly
  • Corrected a number of translation keys on code side

That’s all for now Underlord, but keep your baleful eyes peeled because there’s more news coming soon!


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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