After a devastating war between ancient mages, a powerful spell is all that holds together the shattered planet of Driftland. Take on the role of a powerful mage capable of moving and connecting floating lands, develop a mighty empire, and restore Driftland to its former glory!
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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We are creating a game we always wanted to play.
Being both game developers and players, we know that strategy gamers are an active and dedicated but also very demanding community. The game we are working on is based on fresh ideas and unique game mechanics. We believe that making Driftland: The Magic Revival available at this stage of production will allow us to gather feedback from enthusiasts of the genre and achieve the expected quality. Players’ support and participation in the development process is an invaluable help, especially to a small studio like ours.

Join us to dive into the world of Driftland, test innovative game mechanics and help to create a truly unique strategy game!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We estimate the duration of Early Access for about a year. It is the time that we have planned to complete the game development, but as we want players and their feedback to have an important impact on the decision to move to the final version of the game, the time may be reasonably longer.

During the entire Early Access, we will keep you informed and provide you with regular updates, so you will always know at what stage of our development plan we currently are.”

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

“Two playable races and procedurally generated maps versus AI (including hostile Barbarians) will be available from the very launch of Early Access. (Edit: four races are already available)
For months to come, the game will undergo many changes. We are going to continue working on features that will be available from the beginning and add new ones. In addition to many minor features, the main elements to be added are:
  • grouping of warriors in the camps
  • multiplayer mode
  • four intertwining campaigns (one for each race)

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is currently a playable alpha version. Our Early Access players will have a choice of four races with their buildings and upgrades, procedurally generated single player maps to exlore, hostile barbarians, and wild beasts to fight and tame.
The current version of this mode is ready for playtesting, should be pleasant but challenging. Bugs should not be excessive nuisance, but of course can happen. Additional features, tweaks, bug fixes and game modes will follow soon.”

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

“Yes. One of the advantages of participating in Driftland’s Early Access is getting the game at a significantly lowered price.”

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

“It’s important for us to have as close contact with our players as possible. We will be at the players’ disposal on social media (like Facebook or Instagram) and want to regularly talk with our community on Reddit and Steam forums.”
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October 26

Update Notes: 0.7.21



Fellow Mages,
do you remeber the mysterious icon introduced in the last Update? We are sheding more light on the big feature behind it, at the same time introducing new awesome customization options and a whole list of visual improvements.

Before going into details, we are happy to share great news with our Russian-, French-, German- and Chinese-speaking Players: first three of the mentioned languages will be added to Driftland in less than 2 weeks and Chinese version 1-2 additional weeks after that! Our translators are already working on the Update, so let’s leave them to their work and focus on the great additions to the game that you can enjoy right away:

Avatars and Empire Names:
You are now able to choose avatars for both you and your enemies! That’s not all, as all the Empires will now have their names (that you can change to anything you want, too)!

Diplomacy Sneak Preview:
The mysterious icon in the upper-right corner of the screen will now take you to a preview of Diplomacy screen, one of the most important features we were working on for the past weeks!



Visual Improvements:
  • We reworked vegetation on swampy islands of the Dark Elves and igneous islands of the Dwarves
  • We added new idle animations for Human Heroes
  • Units will now fall from destroyed bridges
  • We greatly improved visual effects of Ritual of Avulsion and Mallevah’s Favor spells
  • We introduced new symbols of all the races
Bug Fixes:
Thanks to your support, we were able to find a list of bugs and fix them - making the game more stable and enjoyable!

We are greateful for your continuous help and looking forward to your feedback on new features, especially the Diplomacy window. It’s my pleasure to end the notes with great news: Driftland won the Best Indie Game Prize at PGA 2018! Thank you, we couldn’t have done it without you!



May your lands remain unshattered,
- Luke
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September 28

Update Notes: 0.7



Fellow Mages,
so came the dawn of new era and new sun of version 0.7 will (literally) illumiante the world of Driftland! We’re starting with new, dynamic skybox, improved graphics and victory (or defeat) screens that will give you all the cool details on the game you had just finished! We now plan to release frequent Updates with “7” in the middle, each of them bringing us closer to finishing all the skirmish mechanics and all the way to version 0.8 that will introduce highly anticipated first Campaign! Before that, however, there’s a ton of great new features to try out:

Victory / Defeat Screens:
You might have won a game, but how big your advantage was? How much gold did your enemies gathered or how many structures you had destroyed? You will find answers to these and other questions in the newly added victory / defeat screens… and they look awesome, too!



Dynamic Skybox:
What can be as relaxing as looking at your Empire bathed in the morning sun or razing enemy castles to the ground at sunset? All of that awaits you now in the game!



Updated Graphics:
  • Major improvements to Dark Elven architecture and biome!
  • Updated UI (for example, hovering over building icons on map will fade out all other structures except the type - you can easily find all the buildings you are looking for)!
  • Various revamped spell effects (Slow, for example)!
Other improvements:
  • New mysterious icon in the game’s HUD (a major feature, maybe?)
  • First stage of game optimisation
  • Revamped behaviour of Heroes assigned to Camps
  • List of in-game-defined shortcuts for each of the races in Controls settings
  • Bug fixes


At the same time, we are going through all the text in the game, working on proper localisation files for our translators and add mechanics required for the Campaign.

Let us know what you think about the newest version of Driftland - we’re always eager to hear your feedback!

May your lands remain unshattered,
- Luke
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About This Game



After a devastating war between ancient mages, a powerful spell is all that holds together the shattered planet of Driftland. Faced with the destruction of their entire civilization and life on the planet, the warring factions called a truce and tried to repair the damage – but it was already too late. By using all their remaining magic to cast a powerful spell, they managed to keep their world in relative balance.

Many dark ages passed, but when all seemed lost, a ray of hope emerged once more: new sources of magic appeared, and new mages were given birth to across the planet. Now, as the dormant conflicts once again surface, this rediscovered power will determine whether Driftland is restored to its former glory or wiped from the cosmos entirely.

You take on the role of a Mage Overlord with your own castle, tower, and a small realm on one of the landmasses. With your unique powers, you can explore a procedurally generated world and connect floating lands to expand your kingdom.



Gameplay focuses on setting general goals for all your units without the need to micromanage each of them. The warriors, archers, and mages under your command are able to tame and ride different kinds of flying beasts and create various aerial units.

  • Procedurally generated world
  • Resource- and magic-based economy
  • Move and terraform scattered landmasses with magic
  • Tame and ride dragons and other creatures
  • Explore and fight on the same map
  • Set goals instead of directly controlling units
  • Single player, campaign**, and multiplayer**

** Will be added during Early Access development

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 7
    • Processor: AMD Ryzen 3 or Intel Core i3 (3 Ghz)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon 7970 or NVIDIA GeForce 770 or or equivalent DirectX 11 card
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
    • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 or Intel Core i5 (3 Ghz)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 480 or NVIDIA GeForce 1060 or or equivalent DirectX 11 card
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 5 GB available space

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