It wouldn't be an understatement to say that last year's Elemental: War of Magic was a disappointing game. The all-new fantasy-themed strategy game was intended to pay tribute to the cult-classic Master of Magic, but it shipped with numerous technical issues (among other things). To set the ship aright, Stardock acquired new talent, including Derek Paxton, the creative mind behind the popular Civilization IV modification Fall From Heaven II, as well as Jon Shafer, the lead designer of Civilization V.
The now-slightly-larger team is hard at work on Fallen Enchantress, an expansion to Elemental that will add tons of new content, presumably with at least some of the dark-fantasy trappings that Paxton's Fall From Heaven II is known for.
Stardock has shared a new developer diary video with GameSpot, above, covering the new game's new beasts, and has also shared a great many new images of the new critters, such as the "naja" giant snakes, the speedy and poisonous "plaguecats," the evil "haunter" priests, the demon-summoning "ritualist," the murderous "butcherman," the lumbering "scrap golem," the minor fire elementals known as "ignys," along with the new elemental lord "Abeix, Who Dwells Beneath," a powerful new entity whose massive size and thick armor make it a formidable foe.
Fallen Enchantress will be released later this year.