A dark fantasy city builder where you must rebuild civilization in the face of apocalyptic rains. As the Queen’s Viceroy, lead humans, beavers, lizards, foxes, and harpies to reclaim the wilderness and secure a future for civilization's last survivors.
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Release Date:
Nov 1, 2022

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Against the Storm is a complex city builder with influences from many other genres, and the development team has a long history of working together with players to consider and incorporate feedback. We think our game can become better and more content-rich through a long period of support and expansion, and Early Access provides a great way of involving players in this process.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Against the Storm will be in Early Access for at least half a year, but maybe longer depending on how ideas develop with player feedback.”

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

“We plan for the full version of Against the Storm to have additional features guided by community input. Our current plans include adding a fifth playable species, as well as new events, perks, buildings, modifiers, and orders. You can find more detail on these plans at our Early Access Roadmap.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Against the Storm is a fully playable game with all the content described on the Steam page. The player can construct cities, gather resources, lead a wide variety of fantasy races, encounter monsters, and otherwise experience the full range of gameplay. We just have a lot more we want to add!”

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

“The base price is not intended to increase further.”

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

“We love involving the community in development! We are very active on our Discord and the Steam forums, we have public feature request and bug report boards, and we hold community votes and brainstorms to help guide our development decisions. You can find more information and links to all of these channels on our Early Access Roadmap. We’re excited to hear your thoughts on our game!”
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“I’ll say it right up top: Against The Storm is one of this year’s best.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“Echoing the stylistic air of Warcraft 3 while remaining as deep and complex as Shiro Games’ Northgard, it’s a highly engaging, delectably rewarding, and suitably frustrating game with pacing so perfect you’ll be battling against not only the game’s odds but your own overwhelming desire to build one more town before bed.”



About This Game

You are the Viceroy – a leader charged by the Scorched Queen to reclaim the wilderness and discover lost riches for the Smoldering City, civilization's last bastion against the Blightstorm that destroyed the old world. Unlike most survival city builders where your focus is on a single city, in Against the Storm you must build a vast, prosperous network of settlements populated by diverse fantasy races, each with their own specializations and needs.

The wilderness holds many hidden dangers, and never-ending storms will batter your population into submission. If your settlements should fall, then the expedition may end – but not the game. Against the Storm is a roguelite city builder, meaning you will carry forward the resources, upgrades, and experience of your past expeditions each time you set off for a new journey into the wild.

Foxes, Beavers, and lizards stand alongside humans and harpies in the struggle to survive. Utilize each group's strengths as you balance their varying needs, from housing and culinary preferences to taste in luxuries and recreation. Will you manufacture raincoats, brew ale, and bake pies to boost morale in the face of the oppressive hostility of the forest, or will you prioritize the needs of one species over another to operate more swiftly for the Scorched Queen?

Experience core city builder gameplay enhanced by roguelite replayability. Build and manage multiple settlements spread out across a large world map, all while collecting valuable meta-progression resources to upgrade the Smoldering City. Feel the pressure of an expectant monarch as the Scorched Queen demands constant progress while recurring Blightstorms pose an inevitable threat to your settlements. Manage your reputation to secure your success at any one settlement before moving on to establish another, constantly seeking new opportunities for growth, taking on unique challenges across multiple biomes, and bracing for the inevitable destruction of everything but the Smoldering City itself. How will you maximize each cycle to not just ensure the best fate for the Smoldering City, but for your career as Viceroy as well?

With hundreds of gameplay modifiers and 6 distinct biomes, every city location presents unique challenges for even the most resourceful Viceroy. Adjust your strategy to changing weather conditions and experiment with rosters of building blueprints and perks that can help your society thrive or bring it to ruin. Will you take on and complete additional objectives and delve deeper into the dangerous forest for potential boons, or will you approach with caution to ensure you operate within your capabilities? All the while, you never know what wares the Trader will bring next year, and the forest holds treasures and resources, but also ancient threats.

Laying the foundations for a new city is one of the most exciting moments in a city-building game. In Against the Storm, you'll have the opportunity to repeatedly experience this by creating new settlements, while still interacting with your network of previously established cities in a growing world.

System Requirements

    • OS *: Windows® 7 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i3-4160 (dual-core) / AMD® FX-4350 (quad-core)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 650 (1 GB) or AMD® Radeon™ HD 7750 (1 GB)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • OS: Windows® 10 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-3570 (quad-core) or AMD® FX-9590 (octa-core)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 970 (4 GB) or AMD® Radeon™ R9 390X (8 GB)
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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