Cantata is the genre-defining Grand Tactics game that tasks you with fighting epic turn-based battles across hand-crafted story missions set on a mysterious planet steeped in mystical sci-fi lore. Make and share custom maps and units with deep modding support to ensure the battle is never over!
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Very Positive (62) - 83% of the 62 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
May 12, 2022

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“With Early Access, we're hoping to refine the fundamentals of Cantata to make it the best it can be, while also improving on our sandbox mode with the community in order to make it into a compelling strategic toybox. We've got other features planned as well to introduce over the course of our Early Access period, and are excited to hear the community's feedback on things like passive abilites, ammo, and more.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We currently don't have a set date for the release of 1.0 - but we're not expecting the game to remain in Early Access for longer than a year.”

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

“The full version of Cantata will include all Campaign Chapters (Chapter 1-9), a fully fleshed out skirmish mode as influenced by community feedback, Online multiplayer, UGC units and maps, a wealth of polish and quality of life changes as well as expanded modding support. And more!”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The Early Access release contains Act 1 of the campaign, compromised of the first 3 chapters, and map modding, allowing you to create your own Cantata maps and scenarios to play on.”

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

“Yes, the 1.0 release will represent a substantial leap forward in terms of content and quality, to reflect that, and to reward players who support us in Early Access, you can expect the price to increase slightly once Cantata releases fully.”

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

“We are at the exciting point in Cantata's development where we're ready to have players engage and give feedback on the balance of our game. We'll be improving Cantata and gradually rolling out updates over the months to come. This is a great time to hop into our discord, say hi and tell us what you think. We'll be hosting regular feedback sessions and Twitch streams as a studio. We'd love to see you there!”
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“The mixture of bold character and map art—which are distinct but equally evocative—and the subtle world-building achieved by conversations that are somehow both terse and characterful creates a singular concoction that I confess I am utterly enamoured with.”
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“Cantata is bringing strategy to the stars, layering gorgeous, suitably otherworldly art over crunchy, immensely satisfying tactical gameplay.”
4/5 – WePC

“[Cantata's early access] suggests that there's going to be another top tier indie launch coming very soon.”
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About This Game

Across the surface of Shoal, ten thousand guns sound at once. The keen of laser beams build, punctuated by the staccato thrum of orbital landings. A choir of voices rises as the armies of the galaxy’s oldest and newest civilizations meet in battle. From the vast reaches of space, the chaos is almost musical—a symphony, drifting into the void.

Cantata casts you in the role of a Commanding Officer of one of three factions - The 111th Reign of Harmony & Prosper, The Unified Spirit, and The People of Sun & Shadow - with the goal of assembling a formidable force and expanding their hold on the mysterious planet Shoal. With a strong focus on logistics, supply lines, and region-based area control, Cantata forces players to think critically about every move they take on this treacherous planet.


Combining elements from Grand Strategy titles with the small-scale skirmishes of classic Tactics games, in Cantata you’ll start with a small base of operations and crucial few units, and then bring your grand strategic vision to life by building new structures, managing your regions, and expanding your army. As your presence on the planet Shoal grows you’ll be keeping a close eye on not only the empire you’ve built but also growing threats across the map.


Cantata comes with a fully authored narrative campaign complete with a weird sci-fi story, gorgeous character art, and intricately detailed environments and terrains to explore. A far cry from standard strategy mission design, each Campaign map plays like a fully self-contained sci-fi story, offering you glimpses of the deep lore and history behind the game’s three factions. Additionally, the maps are largely non-linear, with every map holding secrets to seek out and find and help you over the course of the campaign. You'll need to do proper recon to determine the best route across the landscape to your opponent, however; the planet of Shoal isn't one to let you idly move across its surface. Just like any other faction, the planet itself takes a turn every round, giving it the ability to fight back against the war on its surface with weather, fauna, and other mysteries.


With both local and online multiplayer you can challenge friends and strangers across scenarios. Bring your fully strategic mind to bear as you strategise to claim regions, out-manoeuvre your enemies, and surprise them with your unexpected ambushes. Cut off their supply lines, or meet them head-on at the front of battle. The choice is yours.


We’ve gone out of our way to make Cantata incredibly mod-friendly, to the point that we create every single campaign map in the exact same tool you’ll have access to in game. You have the full suite of options in your hands to make amazing tactical strategy maps. And if you get bored of our units, you can import your own custom units and terrains and make your own fully custom maps to share with everyone else in Steam Workshop. From small-sided skirmishes to epic, planet-sized conflicts, what kind of story do you want to create?

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: 5th Generation Core i3 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4600
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: 5th Generation Core i5 or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4600
    • Storage: 2 GB available space

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