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The Humble Store End of Summer Sale is currently underway and they've got some pretty solid deals on, like Batman: Arkham Asylum for a fiver, or The Wolf Among Us for ten. But what's of particular interest at the moment is Warlock: Master of the Arcane, which until 10 am PDT on September 9 you can pick up for the price of absolutely nothing.

That's right, it's free, and it's apparently not terrible, either, so I don't know why we're still talking about it. But if you need more reasons to click that link, here are a few: Psychonauts is a buck, Euro Truck Simulator 2 is $5, Amnesia: The Dark Descent is $5, Shadowgrounds Survivor is $1, Kerbal Space Program is $16, the Lego Movie Videogame is $8, and so it goes.

Good stuff, good prices. You know the deal. And Warlock: Master of the Arcane is free! The Humble Store End of Summer Sale runs until September 22.
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Paradox Interactive today announced that wrongly exiled magicians and sorcerers everywhere can begin their quests to retake Ardania in Warlock 2: The Exiled, the turn-based strategy-fantasy wargame from Ino-Co Plus. Available today via digital retailers worldwide, Warlock 2: The Exiled challenges players to conduct wizardly warfare with a selection of magical creatures, devastating spells, and cunning strategy as they face off against their fellow Great Mages.
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Journey back to the realm of Ardania, the land that cannot go an entire week without being conquered, and conquer it once again! Warlock 2 will challenge strategic sorcerers and megalomaniacal mages to conquer Ardania in an all-out war of cunning, combat, diplomacy, and excessively enormous fireballs. Single-player and multi-player gameplay will each challenge would-be warlocks to manage an entire realm full of deadly beasts, promising to make Warlock 2: The Exiled an exercise in constant war mongering and turn-based tragedy.

Watch the trailer here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDrTM0Hz26A&hd=1
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Warlock 2: the Exiled is Now Available for Pre-Purchase on Steam! Pre-Purchase now and receive access to the game now!

The worlds have been shattered, and you have been exiled to one of these shards. The time has come to return to Ardania and seek vengeance on those who cast you out. Battle through the fractured realms inhabited by other exiles, hostile Mages and terrifying creatures. Once back in Ardania you will face your greatest threat: The United One and his four Vicars. Conquer all who oppose you, reclaim your home and take your revenge.

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The danger for 4X strategies is that, inevitably, they'll be compared to Civilization. Although, to be fair, many games are openly inviting that comparison. Galactic Civilizations, which yesterday released its own set of screenshots, contains the word "Civilization" in its title, for instance. Then there's the fantasy 4X, Warlock 2: The Exiled, which has successfully differentiated itself by name, if not entirely by look. Judge for yourself, by browsing the game's first selection of screenshots.

First though, here's a sample of the game's feature list:


"Spelling Counts – Over 150 spells to add to your tome, allowing command over powerful enchantments, nasty hexes, and elemental forces
"A Crass Menagerie – Hundreds of different mythical and magical beasts to deploy on the battlefield with distinct tactical uses, from giant rats and dwarven prospectors to werewolves with hats on them
"Friendship is Magic – A multi-player experience as robust as the single-player experience, including PvP, Co-op PvE, and every combination in between
"Warlock 2: The Playstyles – Fight your way through the shards to reclaim Ardania in new ‘Exile’ mode or dispatch opponents the old-fashioned way in ‘Sandbox’ mode."


With that information seared into your eyeballs through arcane magicks, here be screenshots.









Okay, to be fair, Civ 5 doesn't have Polar Giants.

And, if the game's anything like the first Warlock, it'll be a much more combat focused 4X, with its fantasy trappings increasing the chances for violent conflict and destructive spells.

Warlock 2: The Exiled is due out Spring 2014. For an earlier look, check out the Paradox Twitch.tv channel, which will be livestreaming the game from 7pm tonight.
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"War. A wise man said it never changes," a gravely voice declares. "But he's dead. Eaten by a dragon in war." It's not easy to make a fun announcement trailer for a hexy turn-based strategy game, but publisher Paradox certainly has a fair crack at it with Warlock 2: The Exiled.
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