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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December 6

Patch 1.5 Preview 3: Survival Mechanics


Darkest greetings Underlord,

Patch 1.5 draws ever closer but there’s still more to share before it goes
live. Come take your metaphorical seat and let us regale you with a deeper look into the mechanics of Mendechaus’ vicious Crucible.

But first, if you missed last week’s pair of updates be sure to read up on the fundamentals of the Crucible mode, as well as the insight we gave into the new community translation tools which are on their way.


Throwing you a Lifeline

Looking at all the horrors that are set to beset you in the Crucible you might think that we’re throwing you in with nothing but a prayer. Well that’s certainly true, but at least we’re throwing you in with a prayer that can be answered – three in fact!



Apocalypse will obliterate enemies that come within a hair’s breadth of your Dungeon Core!


Lifelines are a new mechanic that we developed especially for Crucible mode. Each of these three incredibly powerful spells will no doubt be pivotal in saving your bacon from that other, angry bacon that will soon be rampaging through your dungeon. You see, each Lifeline has the power to destroy or delay your enemy, giving you more breathing room.



Goldstones taking a pummelling? Safeguard will make them immortal for a short while.


However, powerful as these spells may be we can’t just let you use them without a care in the world. Each time you unleash one of these devastating abilities you’ll find the gold cost to unleash it again has increased. Use one without forethought and you’ll find yourself paying through the nose to unleash it again.



It’s difficult to capture the fact that Respite delays the next wave, so here’s a picture of our art director, Pat, and a clock instead.


Lifelines ultimately won’t save you from a fate worse than death, but at least they’ll delay the inevitable long enough for you to get a new high score! Speaking of which…


The Leading of the Boards

Ever since the original Survival Prototype made its way into the game we’ve seen regular requests for a leaderboard to be added so that the most competitive Underlords can compare their scores.

Well at long last we’re pleased to announce that the Crucible will include fully-functional leaderboards in the Steam version of the game!



There’s some serious board leading occurring here.


What else is there to say on the topic of leaderboards that you don’t already know we wonder. Well at the very least we can say that each map and challenge combination has its own leaderboard, so if you’re not so savvy in one combination then perhaps another will see you rising through the ranks.


A Challenge for All

But what are these challenges we mentioned? Well to put it simply they are collections of changes and mutators that adjust your experience in Crucible mode. This could be anything from making gold incredibly scarce, to making it so that every enemy you see is a Chunder!

Although we’ll only be launching Crucible mode with two challenges – the standard mode and a “master” mode – you can rest assured that there are plenty more in the works.



So you think yourself a master? Mendechaus would like to put that theory to the test.


Crucible Unit Preview: Hearts of Gold

What do we have here? Some of Kasita’s pet treasures gone wandering? I suppose nobody told them that gold isn’t the strongest metal in Kairos, and rather unfit for combat.



Golden soldiers – be bewitched at your peril.


That about wraps us up for this preview, but we’ve still got one more on the way this Friday. Mendechaus is almost ready to put you through his Crucible. Are you ready for your impending trial?

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December 4

Patch 1.5 Preview 2: Community Translation


Darkest greetings Underlord,

Back once more for another insight into the upcoming Patch 1.5? Well you’re right on time! Our dedicated engineers are just putting the finishing touches on a somewhat small but no less significant undertaking, if we do say so ourselves. So today we’re going to take a brief look at the upcoming community translation features in Patch 1.5.


What is Community Translation?

Community translation is where fans put their collective heads together and bring a product from its native language into their own, so that others who are not so savvy in the complexities of other languages can also enjoy the experience.

In short it will allow dedicated multilingual fans to share their experience of WFTO with others by translating the game. Though this has been done before with WFTO (looking in particular at the incredible Japanese translation!) it has previously been achieved through ad hoc methods which could cause issues in the long run.


So What’s Changing?

Instead of forcing players to go the roundabout route of directly translating and modifying our game files, we’re now implementing a more robust system:

  • We will be providing templates for translators to fill out. These will be similar to our existing translation files, so existing translations should not be majorly affected.
  • These templates can then be dropped into the game files and uploaded to the Steam Workshop.
    • This means that translation files can be downloaded in a one-click process via the Workshop.
    • They will then be added to the Options menu’s Language list, where they will become a selectable language.
  • We will be providing concise updates for translators to use whenever we make changes to the game text. So you’ll always be ahead of the curve when new content releases!
  • To centralise all this information we’ll be updating our forums and Knowledge Base to contain all the tools you’ll need to create and keep translation files up to date.
  • To further support unofficial translations we may consider asking dedicated teams to provide translations for our Steam store pages, which would direct players of a particular language to download the community translation from the Workshop.


Why is This an Important Feature?

One of the problems of being a relatively small indie developer working on your very first title - especially when that title is as narrative, text and speech heavy as WFTO - is that you have to make very strict choices on where you invest your resources.

Unfortunately translation of games is extremely expensive and in many cases it becomes difficult for us to justify the investment, especially so far after launch when the greatest portion of sales are behind us. This presents a double whammy as we’re very keen on updating the game with new features and content (just like this patch!), but this new content may not be translated into as many languages as we’d like.


Now our dedicated Aussie fans can bring you the authentic fair dinkum Australian Edition!

As a developer we want to see the game reach as many potential fans as possible, and it’s much to our regret that we can’t finance the official translation into all the languages we would like. As you may know we also had to drop several languages from our official translations after launch, as these were originally funded by our physical distribution partner, and their budget did not support post-release content.

Supporting community translations helps both us and our fans by giving the community the tools to better address these issues.


Get in Touch!

If you’re a dedicated fan, or a member of an interested translation team, please get in touch via our forums! We’d love to work with you to bring WFTO to your language.


Crucible Unit Preview: Mysteries of the Arcane

There are those that might say this update was a little too text heavy, but fear not we have more of the game-changing features of Patch 1.5 coming to you next Monday, with a further look into Crucible mode!

In the meantime we’ll leave you with this cheerful lot - our new arcane brethren! Though it seems one of them has slipped in unnoticed...



Someone’s been gorging on spellbooks.

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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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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
I'd just like to say - this game has exceeded expectations I had. I loved Dungeon Keeper 1 and 2 and this game does not disappoint. It's not simply a clone of those games but actually creates many new fantastic elements such as the beasts and the beast den. I love the amount of detail and effort that was obviously put into creating a convincing and thriving dungeon. It was so enjoyable to use the prison->torture chamber for conversions and use those converted minions against the enemy. It has been a while since I fully finished a Steam game's campaign but this is one I stuck around for!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Wow there's so many negative reviews, what's up with that ?


I'll grant that the game has some negative aspects, not the least of which are :
- minions sitting idle like ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ instead of training
- minions watching arena instead of training
- minions stockpiling defense parts instead of training (please introduce a toggle in that room)
- minions not going to defend automatically during enemy invades, and instead requiring a rally flag


With that being said, the game is very mature and I have no regrets buying it back in the day whatsoever :
- map editor with steam workshop or local support
- scenarios
- OKish campaign with voiceover

The humor isn't DK2-level but there's still some and it fits nicely.
I was quite surprised when the voice (who the hell is it anyway ?) told me "2 of your minions say they want to go mid... or they'll... feed ? feed what, each other ?"


My only regret is that vampires are such a pain in the ♥♥♥ to keep fed -.-

Well, that, and the lack of support units.
I'd rather have no potions and instead have healing/buffing units in lieu of a stupid melee.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
I backed this on kickstarter and love it, brings me back to the DK2 days and plays almost like I remember DK2 being, which brings the nostalgia factor right up there.

It looks amazing, plays great and the announcer is wonderfully voiced with the right ammount of sarcasm to be mildly amusing when playing.

Performance wise it's decent, but can become a little laggy if you're dessemating the enemy and leave behind corpses and gold.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
It is a remake of Dungeon Keeper. If you loved Dungeon Keeper you will fall in love with this one.

I only miss the old characters as well. But i guess they could come out as a expansion, or if copyright problems you could release it unofficial :p

Pro:
+ everything

Keep the good work. Have been watching the game for a long time, and it is worth.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
AAA production value on a shoestring budget, atmoshpere in the style of the classic Dungeon Keeper series anda worthy improvement over its gameplay.

The bugs that plagued the game at release have been squashed. The only thing not to like is that half the challenges are about completing levels fast.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
This is the next best thing after Dungeon Keeper. You really feel like you're playing a third installment in the series AND that's pretty much what's needed for a dungeon keeper fan. Good riddance EA.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Very happy with Dungeon Keeper Complete Edition aka 'War for the Overworld'. The original games had some clunky feeling to them that is all smoothed out in WftO. Voice acting sounds the same, units seem more responsive and there's more to do. With a couple patches and an expansion still coming out, this game is a full Early Access game success with backer promises being fulfilled and surpassed.

If you ever wanted to play Dungeon Keeper again, or if you ever missed out on the DK series (and I'm not including anything Electronic Arts poo'd out) then this is the game we've been given to replace that need.

Thanks Brightrock / Subterranean Games!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
I feel like Molag Bal whilst playing this :3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
Dungeon Keeper 3 :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 4
Pros:
- It's ♥♥♥♥ing Dungeon Keeper!
- It looks great
- ♥♥♥♥ load of minions
- It's funny
- Good campaign

Cons:
- Performance Issues when it gets crowded on screen - finished the last mission with like 2 frames per second. Sometimes it just crashs. I guess if your PC is more powerful than mine this shouldn't be a problem.
- Not enough different rooms for my taste (but that's what DLC is for)

All in all I recommend the game, especially for DK fans.
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Brad [Vancouver]
26.4 hrs
Posted: December 4
I'm torn on this one. The game very much evokes the memories of Dungeon Keeper, but at its core it's an RTS that hasn't kept up to date with modern RTS innovations. I don't care about rotating the camera or, in honestly, zooming in and out. What I really want is a way to select and group minions by dragging over them. As it stands, the interface gets in the way of what could be an otherwise fun game.

The primary voice actor is fantastic. The graphics are sufficiently pretty. It's just too cumbersome to be _fun_.
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paradigm87
10.2 hrs
Posted: December 4
This game reminds me very much of Dungeon Keeper 2 and does exceed its legacy. It really brings back old memories and new challenges. Unfortunately the only thing I seem to be missing is a difficulty setting :)
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apokryfos
130.0 hrs
Posted: December 2
This is a worthy sucessor to DK 2. It's by no means perfect, but it's hours and hours of fun and at the end of the day that's all I ever asked for.
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Aum
110.3 hrs
Posted: December 1
Garbage.
-not optimized at all.(multiplayer is dead because of it)
-campaign is boring
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THEfonz
39.4 hrs
Posted: November 29
This game really soothed my want for a new Dungeon Keeper Type game, I fully recommend it to anyone who was a DK fan.
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Trigrab | KIZ
41.7 hrs
Posted: November 29
As a teenager I loved playing Dungeon Keeper. Later on I wanted to play with friends and found DK II. Unfortunately, there was no good running version for modern OS. As I saw, that War for the Overworld was developed, I just knew I had to buy it. I never regreted buying this wonderful remake which developed the idea of DK to a whole new level.
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EnIgMaTiC
55.2 hrs
Posted: November 29
It was a fine game. Something to kind of help with the DK feaver. But if I did not know dungeon keeper in my youth I would say this game was missing a lot of work. Units not always fighting even though they are being hit( and outleveling and being a higher tier unit). Workers really having a difficult time doing what I need them to do. But even though all that is happening in the game, it still feels somewhat satisfying.

Except for the campaign ending. After that I felt like uninstalling and never looking at this game again.

Except for that last mission in the campaign , I must say this was a really fun game to play , through all those tiny annoyances. Worth buying if on a steam sale.
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Demoshi
5.9 hrs
Posted: November 28
Dungeon Keeper 2.5 . It needs to add some units/ rooms/ enemies before its more than a remastered DK2.
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