Become a battlemage, build a city, and command your troops in this fantasy warfare simulator. Jump into the fray and use your might, magic, and wits to fight enemies in battles of up to a hundred units and fully destructible city siege combat. The fate of an empire is in your hands.
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Mar 31, 2021
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Empire of Ember is a multi-faceted game, combining city building, siege combat, a strategic campaign map, unit-level army combat, procedural dungeons, first person combat, destructible environments, and spells with widely varied effects.

A game with this level of detail and complexity provides a wealth of opportunities for us to work with the community to explore interesting design ideas on the way to creating something unique and fresh.

Thanks in advance for your support!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Our first priority is to make release day a worthwhile event, both for players and the future of the game. Early Access grants players access to the game as it unfolds, and provides us a valuable opportunity to continue working on the game, taking on all of the positive and negative feedback, ideas and feedback to bring us closer to having a great, fun experience that can be enjoyed for a long time to come. With this in mind, our goal is to release Empire of Ember within Q1 2022, though this is of course subject to balancing all of the above.”

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

“The current roadmap for the full version is a considerable restructuring and redress of the initial Early Access build. In these past months the performance of the game has improved dramatically -- frame rates have doubled, stability has increased greatly; the campaign map now has cities which provide siege combat in addition to their own missions, including getting married to a princess. Players have more control over their troops, including opening and closing formations, attacking specific targets and holding or guarding positions. Player combat, animation and sound effects have been reworked from the ground up, and continue to be a focal point. We continue to work hard on adding to the above as we approach the full release -- 1.0 -- version of the game, which we hope will provide a rich, rewarding experience for all of our players!”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Empire of Embers is fully playable and nearing completion. Right now we are tweaking and balancing every feature, to make sure the game presents a fair, consistent and engaging challenge. On top of that, we are working hard in improving its performance, tracking and fixing bugs, and other technical aspects. Obviously while the game will be at its best when released, there's a lot of fun and opportunity to leave a mark on its final shape right now.”

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

“We plan to increase the price for the final version of the game to reflect the quality and value at the time of launch, relative to other new releases at that time.”

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

“We plan to post regular updates to Steam and the Steam discussion groups. We also love to communicate with the community via Discord.”
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Empire of Ember is a first-person epic fantasy action-RPG with real-time strategy and management elements, set in the fantastical world of its spiritual predecessor Ember.

You'll play as a battlemage who inherits rulership of your city after your master was killed in an attack led by a mysterious cult. Now you will need to bring your town back to prosperity and avenge your mentor while investigating the strange events behind his murder.

Lead your troops in thrilling battles of up to a hundred units in fully destructible environments, explore a world of procedurally generated maps and dungeons, and build and customise your town with total freedom!

KEY FEATURES



FIGHT



  • Dual wield spells and weaponry in thrilling first-person battles. Duel enemies with melee weapons, blast them with magic staves, or headshot them at extreme distances with your bow.
  • Use the environment to crush, trip, impale or explode enemies.
  • Unlock new spells from 3 schools of Lightbringer magic to wreak havoc on your enemies: throw boulders with telekinesis, project chain lightning, raise up fallen enemies and command the undead to fight on your behalf…
  • Dodge, block or interrupt your enemies' attacks, but fight strategically, or you may find yourself overwhelmed!

COMMAND



  • Lead your army in first person, in battles of up to a hundred units.
  • Tactics matter. Enter tactical mode and order your men to hold the line with a shield wall while archers rain death from above. Teleport behind enemy lines to wreak havoc.
  • Fully destructible cities: use catapults to break down defenses from afar, or blast through the walls and lead your troops through the breach.

BUILD



  • Design, decorate, and defend your own fully destructible 3D city. Strategically place spawn points to rain fire from high towers while your garrison of melee units defends the gates.
  • Integrated sharing: download, siege and destroy, and rate other players' cities!
  • Build facilities to produce resources that will make your city grow and prosper.

RULE



  • Conscript and train troops to accompany you in your adventures or stay in the city as its garrison.
  • Research new kinds of units to make your army stronger.
  • Hold court and pass judgment on daily events in the lives of your subjects.
  • Make decisions that can change the story and lead to different game endings. Features a story written by Patrick Kevin Day, a former lead writer from Telltale Games.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Empire of Ember includes low-fidelity gore feedback from player attacks, such as blood decals, decapitation of enemies with melee weapons, gibbing enemies with your magic staff, or setting enemies on fire. The gore can be reduced in the options settings of the game.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: AMD Ryzen™ 5 3500
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
    • Storage: 30 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: AMD Ryzen™ 7 3700X
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
    • Storage: 30 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: SSD harddrive

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