Endless Legend is a 4X turn-based fantasy strategy game by the creators of Endless Space and Dungeon of the Endless. Control every aspect of your civilization as you struggle to save your homeworld Auriga. Create your own Legend!
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Release Date: Sep 18, 2014

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October 17

[1.0.8] Release Notes

Hey guys,

We just released a quick patch.


[1.0.8] RELEASE NOTES

Important fixes
  • Fixed an issue where an IndexOutOfRangeException is displayed (AILayer_Encounter.UpdateSpellScoringGrid)
  • Fixed an issue where a KeyNotFoundException is displayed (AIBehaviorTreeNode_Decorator_SelectTarget.Execute)
  • Fixed an issue where the Roving Clans Setseke is unable to colonise a region
  • Fixed an issue where the AI empires have a malus on Slow and Endless speed

Have a nice weekend!

~Amplitude Studios

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October 16

[1.0.7] Release Notes

RELEASE NOTES [1.0.7]

CHANGES AND ADDITIONS
  • Added the Italian version of Endless Legend.
  • Reduced the arrival of roaming faction armies in Newbie and Easy difficulties.
  • Updated the strategic resources costs on city improvements.
  • Reduced Subterranean Gardens Food bonus in Winter from 15 to 10 (per exploitation tile).
  • Changed "Scientific Envoy" strategic cost from 20 Glassteel to 20 Titanium (since that improvement gives more science on trade routes and Science improvements require Titanium, not Glassteel like Dust improvements)
  • Changed "Army Manual" strategic cost from 5 Mithrite to 5 Hyperium (XP bonuses are linked to Hyperium)
  • Changed XP gains:
    • Doubled Hero XP gains for Search, Bribe, Conversion, Siege and when defending against a Siege.
    • Slightly increased Hero XP gain as governor when an element in the city construction queue is built/recruited.
    • Removed Hero XP gain when colonizing.
  • Rework the Broken Lord formula: now the cost increases way slower depending on the empire scale.
  • Lowered effect of regeneration: 5 /10 / 15 => 2 /4 / 6 per level
  • Removed additional +1 vision on city center gained in Roving Clans' "Tower defense" improvement
  • Tweaked the values and prerequisites of two Necrophages quest city improvements.
  • Tweaked prerequisite of side quests asking to reach 40 of science or industry during 10 turns.
  • Tweaked Conversion trait to make sure additional cities pay 5 times less than the main city per converted village within the empire.
  • Changed the whole formula for the military power AI evaluation: the AI makes a better evaluation before attacking an army.
  • Reduced the heuristic for weapon technologies: the more the AI has weapon/armor technologies, the less it wants more of them.
  • Allowed multiple attacks for AI empires.
  • Improved the opportunistic AI behavior when near a ruin.
  • Increased the diversity of units used by the AI empires.
  • Added a new influence trend rule: the influence points gained per turn from an alliance now increase in time.
  • Removed invalid term when a contract is counter proposed.

IMPORTANT FIXES
  • Added more information to the logs provided by the World Generator.
  • Changed the way the World Generator is compiled in order to fix issues with some configurations.
  • Fixed an issue where a NullReferenceException assert is displayed when teleport is used on sieged city with battle.
  • Fixed an issue where the Besieger tag on an army are not properly removed.
  • Fixed an issue where AI garrison does not keep more than one unit.
  • Fixed an issue where Auto battle takes place instead of Manual battle if there is an fleet nearby that could come as reinforcements.
  • Fixed an issue where Trade Routes cause a desync.

OTHER FIXES
  • Fixed an issue with the AI when the pacified village are too far.
  • Fixed an issue where AI conversion does not work when the village is pacified.
  • Fixed an issue where AI does not convert enemy villages.
  • Fixed an issue where AI does not complete quests.
  • Fixed an issue where a level up notification is displayed even if the unit has reached the max level.
  • Fixed an issue with side quests asking to build an "Only One Per Empire" city improvement in a specific city.
  • Fixed an issue with the prerequisite of the "Master of Luxury" quest.
  • Fixed an issue where the Ardent Mages Era 6 "Sacrificial amplifiers" technology is counted for Scientific Victory.
  • Fixed an issue with the Cultists Faction color.
  • Fixed an issue where building a settler for the Broken Lords cost 2 populations.
  • Fixed an issue where the "Food efficient" and "Agriculturally Challenged" traits can be added to the same custom faction.
  • Fixed an issue where Villages pacified by force do not grant vision when converted by the cultists major faction.
  • Fixed an issue where the bonus displayed for Necrophages "Roadside picnic" and "Iron constitution" skills was wrong.
  • Fixed an issue where a city is created without settler.
  • Fixed an issue where units cannot be transferred onto city tiles.
  • Fixed an issue where the army names are not properly displayed for some languages.
  • Fixed an issue where the retrofit cost does not take care of speed and empire bonuses.
  • Fixed an issue where shared vision treaties grant vision to allies from Privateer armies.
  • Fixed an issue where the Diplomatic relation state chaos now doesn't applied at the beginning of the game and at the first encounter.
  • Fixed an issue where it is not possible to change the technology selection state of a previously canceled technology after a save/load process.
  • Fixed an issue where the movement path changes color when drawn across hostile armies hidden in fog of war.
  • Fixed several localization issues with the Polish version.

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Reviews

“Plays out on one of the greatest, most beautiful maps in strategy gaming history. It combines style, substance, and setting into a marvelous overall experience for both empire management and tactical combat.”
8.3/10 – IGN

“Reinvents the 4X genre, mirroring what XCOM did for tactical turn-based games, and they have, as today Endless Legend brings the genre to new heights.”
9/10 – Hooked Gamers

“At every stage Endless Legend shines. Where it takes from the past, it puts its own spin on it. Where it innovates, it does so cautiously and mostly successfully. Amplitude Studios has created another astounding story-driven game, that really has taken the best bits of RTS, RPG and 4X. This is a game that wannabe developers should play and learn from.”
89% – PC Gamer

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About This Game

Create your own Legend
Another sunrise, another day of toil. Food must be grown, industries built, science and magic advanced, and wealth collected. Urgency drives these simple efforts, however, for your planet holds a history of unexplained apocalypse, and the winter you just survived was the worst on record. A fact that has also been true for the previous five.

As you discover the lost secrets of your world and the mysteries of the legends and ruins that exist as much in reality as in rumor, you will come to see that you are not alone. Other peoples also struggle to survive, to grow, and perhaps even to conquer.

You have a city, a loyal populace, and a few troops; your power and magic should be sufficient to keep them alive. But beyond that, nothing is certain… Where will you go, what will you find, and how will you react? Will your trail be one of roses, or of blood?

Explore fantastic lands.
  • Lead one of eight civilizations each with a unique gameplay style and storyline.
  • Survive through cold dark seasons that drive Auriga to its end. Will it also be yours?
  • Experience an endless replayability with randomly generated worlds and quests.
  • Set the size, shape, topography and more... to create your own world to discover.

Expand beyond the unknown.
  • Conquer, build and develop villages into feared fortresses or wonderful cities.
  • Assimilate powerful minor factions and use their special traits and units wisely.
  • Hire, equip and train your heroes to become army leaders or city governors.
  • Raise your civilization by finding mysterious artefacts and forgotten technologies.

Exploit every opportunity.
  • Evolve your civilization through the discovery of new advanced technologies.
  • Collect Dust, luxuries and strategic resources tradable on the marketplace.
  • Keep one step ahead of other civilizations through trade and subtle diplomacy.
  • Choose from different victory conditions and adapt your strategy on the fly.

Exterminate fools who defy you.
  • Experience an innovative dynamic simultaneous turn-based battle system.
  • Use unit equipement, abilities and the terrain to overcome your opponents.
  • Zoom out of a battle and rule the other aspects of your empire seamlessly.
  • Define your custom civilizations and confront those created by your friends.

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1
    • Processor: 2.5Ghz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB nVidia Geforce GT460 or equivalent, 500 MB ATI HD4850 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible Audio
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1
    • Processor: 3.5Ghz Intel Core i5 or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB nVidia Geforce GTX660 or equivalent, 1GB ATI HD7850 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible Audio
    Minimum:
    • OS: MAC OS X 10.8 or higher
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB AMD Radeon HD 4850, NVidia GeForce 640 or Intel HD 4000
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: MAC OS X 10.8 or higher
    • Processor: 2nd Generation Intel Core i5 (or greater)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1 GB NVidia 750 (or better)
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
238 of 259 people (92%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
This is the most surprizingly great game I've ever seen on Steam.
Surprizing because considering the small price, and considering I'm a fan of the Civilization saga since the first one, I was expecting a nice game inspired by Civilization but certainly not as good.
Well I was wrong. This game is at least as good as Civilization, and probably even better because :
- it has way better graphics (including a real 3D map with elevations : on the contrary to Civ you can 'climb' hills to reach a plateau for example to shoot arrows from above... and of course this gives you bonus) and a very cool and modern User interface
- it has RPG elements (quests but also a good heroes management in which you can customize the equipement and also chose specilizations like you do in any RPG)
- it has turn based battles (which I love... but you still can use automatic battle resolution if you prefer)
- it has seasons with real effects on the game
- it has an interesting units customization feature (in Civ the upgrade system is more basic here you can equip you units with new shield, armor, weapons but also items that give some extra points... it's very RPG inspired)
- it has a very usefull and well made training.
So, it is a good combo of TRPG and 4X games. Exactly what, personnaly, I was looking for for a long time !!!
Posted: September 19
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199 of 221 people (90%) found this review helpful
47.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Civ 5, Heroes of Might and Magic had a baby together and that baby grew up and had a baby with Endless Space and this baby has now grown up and it is glorious in every level.

Incredibly polished, incredibly neat, incredibly addictive and a game that stands out from the rest. If you like Empire-builders, this game is for you!

Ignore the "Early access". This game is ready to be sold. I have only experienced one single bug in this game and the MP works like a clockwork. It's highly optimised, full of features and pretty to look at. I wish more Devs would make their games this way, it warms my heart!
Posted: September 18
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110 of 121 people (91%) found this review helpful
83.0 hrs on record
Lets start with the bad one :
- Bad AI, if you are veteran in Civ games, then start your difficulty above normal, although this is your first campaign
- No need to fight in manual mode, just play in auto, save your time. Unless you fight another human player
- Need more polished animation

Now the good one :
- Fresh gameplay, not another typical Civ games. Although seem weird for the first time, but you will enjoy it later.
- Different faction, different strategy. And you have faction quest. Its awesome! Finish the quest to unravel the story.
- Unlimited replaybility.
- Great artwork, beatifull, love it. That season change is amazing!
- Good soundtrack, need more creepy music though.

This game has more potential, need more scenario, need more faction, need more magical wonder, or super badass monster who can wipe all faction alone. There will be DLC no doubt. So if you fans of Fall from Heaven Mod in Civ 4 like me. Then this game is for you. Cheers~

Rate 8/10
Posted: September 21
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53 of 54 people (98%) found this review helpful
32.4 hrs on record
I refrained from writing a review on this game until I had a better grasp of the mechanics and content available -- and there's a hell of a lot.

For those that are too lazy to read a somewhat cautious approach to review this game, tl;dr -

Sick graphics,
Great Design,
Mindblowingly good music (i'm talking supergiant quality)
A lot of hours holding on for the next turn.
Some boggy mechanics but nothing completely quality breaking.
Multiplayer is dun goof'd, save us amplitude.


Other reviews have already outlined the various 4x features that they like, there is a general consensus on the graphical aesthetics of the game being phenomenal and the outstanding music. These are well deseved and there is little I have to say about either.

As far as 4X games go, this is far from being ground breaking, a lot of its features are ubiquitous. However what the game does do well is polish these features combining complicated designs with simplified presentation. For example, the concept of citybuilding is simple at first glance, any player can create a relatively stable state by implimenting all the upgrades available, and for the most part this will work for beginners as the game is designed in such a way that the improvements benefit off and balance one another. However, at higher tiers of play, more experienced players are able to selectively design a city around a handful of upgrades and achieve very impressive specialisations and "minmaxing" as RPG players would describe it. Whilst minimal in its impact at first glance, this definitely sets apart players as I've witnessed in multiplayer games.

Multiplayer as of release has been relatively buggy, often desynchronising (a problem also inherant in the original launch of endless space). The developers have recognised this since their previous game and have implimented a resync feature which whilst not optimal is at least a fair attempt at multiplayer stability. I hope they bring further development into this specific problem as players are currently not residing in multiplayer as much as anticipated. It would certainly detract from the game's value if things remain this way.

Technical problems aside, Endless Legend is a game taking after Endless Space; the game is very lore rich, even moreso than Endless Space in my opinion. Each faction is unique and interesting, which whilst subjective to each person's perception of what constitutes "fresh" is at the very least very different from the tolkien lore archetypes. Don't get me wrong, there are still ogres or elves as one may be led to believe, but what is different is the way these factions and nations are portrayed and how their lore is intertwined with their playstyle within the game. This game is effective at combining lore and gameplay mechanics which reinforce the depth of the world and its immersion. For every generic "orc & elves" faction (which are at least less stereotypical in this game) there are factions such as the Cultists that convert villages to fight for their single fortress state and its queen, Dust Lords who do not consume food but instead will stop at nothing for dust, the energy and currency to expand or Vaulters who bear an uncanny resemblence to what would be medieval space muhreens and fight for glorious science - coincidence or not, this is cool. There are more, my favourite being necrophages will burst into poisonous clouds on death and spawn more crawling bug-things from the corpses of their enemies and more.

This leads onto the world itself, each randomly generated or generated by user seed input, it is always interesting. I found myself almost mechanical in my routine when playing Civ. The start of a game would always involve checking for the closest luxury or strategic resource and setting up camp. Endless Legend however, sets itself apart. The combination of interesting anomalies (of which I was more than happy to read its descriptions for further lore) and the implimentation of a height system in the terrain meant that locating a city now meant much more than a simple viewpoint of resources. The world appears vibrant always and the alternation between winter and summer seasons further draw a need for players to consider the environment in which they set up a city. Cities themselves are also unique. I found that many 4X games were often too promoting of brainless expansion, Civ and Endless Space were shocking exemplars in this regard. But with Legend, since cities can only exist lone in a single region, the need for strategic location, expansion and management are further incentivised.

This same depth however, is not applied to combat, where gameplay boils down to simply selecting units to either target or move. Advanced combat does improve things somewhat, restricting users to only being permitted selection every two turns but this doesn't remedy the lackluster depth here. I especially hope to see more emphasis on heroes and their role in combat.

However all of this is also stumped by the fact that the game is rather lacking in certain important areas of play. Custom faction creation appears to be quite a good idea at first glance, case in point Endless Space, which was phenomenal in the various options you could create a playstyle through your own faction. However, in Endless Legend, the very limiting restrictions of having to choose an archetype based upon the existing factions is doubled with the limiting number of options you have for the faction's traits. Compared to Endless Space, there are less categories, less negative traits and less traits overall. Furthermore, many of these traits are distinctly and very obviously geared towards the playstyles of the existing factions which further make the creation of one's own faction that much less free and satisfying.

Additionally, the customization of units and heroes within the game are frankly terrible. I can understand where Amplitude got the idea-- many games have the problem of overbearing numbers of units and technological trees. To counteract this norm, Endless Legend has been designed by nature to rely upon 3 units (and the settler, bar Cultists) for a single faction, each with a distinct playstyle. This was to be supplemented by the use of mercernaries and assimilated factions. Customization and variety would come in the form of unit design and customization within the game, choosing their armours based upon various strategic resources and accessories. This was an impressive idea in concept, however it was poorly executed. Units appearances do not change if you swap their armour (this includes heroes) and the variety of equipment mostly came down to very clear cut and distinct differences in statistics, one will have less attack than another or one will be better against ranged units than another. Yes, this does indeed promote playstyles, having a platoon of archer killers with a line of infantrymen in the front is often optimal. But it also sets players into a very rigid selection of play for combat, killing any innovative ideas one could have procured. I hope Amplitude expands this region further as this was certainly one of my biggest complaints regarding this release.

Endless Legend is certainly a fantastic game, well worth its retail price nevermind sales or discounts. We hope that amplitude does what amplitude does best and develops its released games further, I have seen few studios that have managed their community better, through the use of games2gether which is a lot more than a witty coorperate front. Players can vote on game content to be implimented and provide input that is often responded to by the developers granted enough momentum and correct timing. For what is there alone, regardless of future updates and patches, I would recommend to any fan of turn based strategy games.

Buy this game and exterminate the invalid species of Auriga.
Posted: September 25
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58 of 66 people (88%) found this review helpful
96.2 hrs on record
Amazing theme, Beautiful world, Lush graphics, Enthralling Lore, playing gives a sense of purpose in the world, Well emphasized factions, Enjoyable combat, Fun to play overall, Elegant UI, Pretty fast paced for a 4x game.

AAAAAHHHH <3 I'm in love with a game.

Enough content to get you hooked, not enough content to satisfy what you'll be craving for afterwards. YOU WILL WANT MORE.

I tried to be serious, but damn I'm as happy as a little girl finding out about her crush liking her back.

-I got mocked by lizard people 10/10
Posted: September 20
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831 of 913 people (91%) found this review helpful
122.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This is less of a review and more of a preview of what you can expect from this game. I know that steam says I barely played EL - that's because I've been playtesting this game for several months before release. As such, I'm also inherently biased so take that into account.

Why should you buy this game? The short answer is - if you have any doubts, don't buy it. Wait for the full release and then do your research and see if it's the kind of game that you will enjoy :)
Personally though, I think that EL stands strong among other 4X games. It feels fresh and unique in many areas where 4X were starting to get stale. There's a lot to talk about so I'll just go over some of the bigger features:

Firstly, the city management aspect. Like in most 4Xs once you make a city you can grow it, make improvements, train troops, gather food, industry, science, dust/gold and influence (FIDSI in short). But population works differently - you assign your workers (you population) to specific areas like food generation or influence generation. The amount of population working on that is multiplied by various bonuses (but it's at least *3) and then other various other bonuses are also added to the amount of FIDSI you can generate. This gives you a lot of control over what your city does (more so then in civ where you're much more dependent on the tiles around your city).

Secondly, empire management. Every 20 turns you (and all other players) choose your "empire plan" which will define how you play for the next 20 turns. You need influence to invest into your empire plan - the more influence you invest, the better. You also have more options in empire plan as you enter new eras.
Another use for influence is in diplomacy - all diplomatic actions (closing borders, declaring war, etc) require some influence. You can also spend influence to improve your influence with AIs. Right now however, this aspect of the game only has basic functionality because there's no multi (yet) and the AI is fairly dumb (for now).
Additionally, the tech is non-linear, meaning that you have free control over which tech you want to go for next. There are no prerequisites to anything. However, you have to choose what you research wisely as technology gets progressively more expensive. The only limitation are the eras. Basically, in order to unlock tech from next era, you need at least 10 tech from previous era.

Thirdly, army management. There are 5 main unit types in the game: infantry, ranged units, support units, cavalry and flying units. Each faction has access to 3 unit templates (+the settlers) which you can then customize to decent extend. For example, you can equip your infantry with weapons that will help you fight cavalry - which normally is a good counter to infantry.
Because each race can only use 3 basic templates (in as many versions as they want of course, I'm just talking about the infantry/support/etc kind of templates), you also have to rely on assimilating minor factions into your empire. Minor factions will grant you an empire bonus and give access to their unique unit templates. This allows you to make up for the fact that you don't natively have access to certain unit type. For example, the Wild Walkers faction has no access to flyers so they can assimilate Khazanji minor faction to gain access to Demons - a new flying unit template. There are of course limitations to how many races you can assimilate.

Fourthly, the battles. They're quite unique since they're played on world map (like in civ) but are little skirmishes by themselves (like in AoW3 but you have less control). Each battle starts with a deployment phase and planning phase (during which you give your units orders). Then, the battle kicks in and you watch how your units duke it out. After a while you get the opportunity to change your orders around if you so choose. You also have to remember that there's elevation in this game - attacking from high ground will give you a decisive advantage while using cliffs can lead to some Hot Gates scenarios. The battles still have ways to go, true, but they're quite enjoyable already, even in alpha state.

Lastly, the world. Auriga (the planet you play on) looks gorgeous and I wouldn't hesitate saying that it's one of the best looking 4X games (if not the best). Aside from great visuals, there are numerous things to discover on Auriga - there are many anomalies (special tiles that are usually very good), ruins to explore (they are persistent btw), minor faciton villages, and a huge amount of various biomes. Plus the standard - resource deposits and so on.
Also, let's not forget about quests. Each faction has a storyline expressed via a quest system. Every player is given a set of quests that they can complete for rewards (completing all of them will win you the game but that's not implemented yet). Aside from these main quests, you can also gain various side quests from minor factions, ruins and so on. The quests are quite interesting and make the game feel more alive, they also let you discover the lore of the game.

In general, I do recommend this game but encourage you to do some more research first. Especially if you plan buying it in its alpha state.
Also, this review is mostly a quote from a wall of text I wrote on the forums once. Just FYI ;)
Posted: April 24
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