Embers of War is a fusion of role-playing, real-time strategy, visceral action, strategic tower defense, and addictive hero management set in an original science fiction universe and packed with all of your favorite flavors including charismatic heroes, ruthless betrayal, and an ancient malevolent evil.
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Oct 31, 2017

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“First off, we cannot express how thankful we are that you've taken interest in our game! Thank you!!!

Early Access gives YOU the ability to support the development of Embers of War. You will get immediate access to roughly 4 hours of early gameplay in campaign mode, as well as an endlessly re-playable instant action mode.

Over the course of Early Access, our development team will be focusing on crushing bugs, polishing the game, tweaking performance, and adding new features and improvements regularly, all while constantly acknowledging your feedback.

If you're looking for a fully polished experience, we would recommend that you wait until release. However, if you're interested in supporting the development of the game with your feedback or absolutely cannot resist getting a taste of things to come, we'd love to hear what you have to say on our Community Discord! discord.gg/TN6d2UA”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We expect Early Access to last approximately 12 months, but this may change based on community feedback we receive during the course of implementing new heroes, enemies, and features listed in the future features roadmap.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version of Embers of War is much more than a Campaign and an Instant Action Mode, it's an escape into a brand new sci-fantasy universe sprawling with a millennia of lore pitting epic heroes and villains against each other in a fully cinematic experience.

Immediately following launch, we will be working on getting a basic co-operative multiplayer mode to play with friends. Smash and annihilate the enemy together!

Over the course of Early Access, we plan on implementing two additional playable races, the fearsome Tribal horde, and the incredibly dangerous Robot collective. Each new race will have two fully playable heroes, complete with their own ability kits, an exclusive set of selectable towers, and a unique playstyle that differs from the other races.

Once all three races are implemented into the game, we have a PvP mode that we're super excited to get into your hands. Get ready to battle your friends for bragging rights!

We also plan on adding Localization Support for several languages including French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese.

As we update the game through the course of Early Access, it's important to remember that savegames may need to get wiped in order to deliver you the best possible experience.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“When we launch in Early Access, players will have access to the core components of the game in an early but playable state. The campaign / world map, first human hero, towers, and cores will be functional and available to play.

As we continue to develop the game, we will be constantly finding and tracking bugs, as well as collecting feedback about the feel of the game.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price will change upon release, but all Early Access versions will be automatically converted to the Deluxe Edition of the game for no additional cost.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Maintaining constant contact with our community is something we've strived to achieve since we revealed Embers of War at PAX 2016. We've created and participate directly on our community Discord and on all of the major social networks.

Since 2015, Embers of War was the first game to partner with Lenovo in GameState, where we have been able to actively engage with the community and implement ideas and content from our most devoted fans.

Join our Verified Community Discord! discordapp.com/invite/embersofwar”
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November 10

Game Development Timeline

Before Christmas
  • Additional playable hero - Gavin
  • Cooperative mode

Spring/Summer 2018
  • Additional playable heroes - Kira, Caleb, Xym, and Kro

Mid 2018/Summer 2018
  • Achievements, Steam Cards, and Wallpapers
  • Hero Talents
  • Tower Talents

Summer 2018
  • Full controller support

Fall 2018
  • Full Story Mode/Campaign
  • Localization - French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese

Winter/End of 2018
  • PVP
  • Linux Port
  • Xbox Port
  • Playstation Port
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November 7

Incoming Hotfix

We're rolling out a hotfix that will address reported problems and add a few small features.

  • The Intro Sequences now display a Loading Message
  • Intro Cinematic is now skip-able by pressing "Escape"
  • The Instant Action Menu has been Tweaked in preparation for a larger, incoming update

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed problem with some incomplete maps showing up as playable in Instant Action
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About This Game

Embers of War is different from other top-down isometric, tower defense games because it turns your towers into RPG characters while letting you swap between Hero action and tower defense. You'll invest time and resources into your tower’s development, making them more destructive, and at the same time use your Hero’s abilities to give you a tactical advantage.

While Embers of War is primarily a tower defense game, you will see Role-Playing, Real-Time Strategy, Visceral Action and Turn-Based Tactic elements mixed throughout. The goal of the game is to conquer and keep territories while unlocking Turrets and Cores that will allow you to progress further in the game.

Customizable Playstyle

You get to create your own playstyle within Embers of War. You can take a more action based approach, relying on Gwen to hack and slash your way to victory or a more tactical approach, carefully selecting ideal positions for your towers and blasting enemies from afar with Gavin.

  • Find and slot Cores that allow you to attack your enemy's offense instead of defense
  • Use the Hero that suits your playstyle
  • Will you pick Gwen for her damage, attitude, and jet pack?
  • Will you pick Gavin to support you on the battlefield with his energy blasts and fantastic beard?
  • Use Turret and Core combinations that let you control the battlefield

You can find some tricks for each tower in our #TowerThursday posts found on our social media and developer blog.

World Map Gameplay

Your World Map will be an essential tool in Embers of War!

Use the world map to move your Hero, while using the information on the map to decide if the Hero should try to conquer a new territory. You will need to keep track of what is happening around the world and make strategic choices on what to conquer or defend next!

  • Upgrade Defenses
  • Acquire NEW Territories
  • Defeat Kro

Unique Enemies

You'll encounter a wide range of enemies in Embers of War. They won't just stand there and be pummeled by your towers, instead they all have unique abilities you'll need to watch out for!

  • Some enemies may attack towers
  • Some enemies may attack your Hero
  • Enemies may explode or take a sneakier approach to get what they want

You can find some tips for each minion in our #MinionMonday posts found on our social media and developer blog.

Controller Support

When we approached adding support for controllers we treated it like it was its own game making sure that it felt natural to use a controller and not just tacked on and clunky. We want players who are used to a controller to be able to pick one up and instinctively dive right into Embers of War.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel i5-2500 / AMD FX-6300
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 / AMD Radeon R7 260X
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i7-4790 / AMD FX-8350 X8
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 390
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
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