Sins of a Dark Age dawning in 2012

Ironclad Games' follow-up to Sins of a Solar Empire tackles free-to-play action RTS genre beginning with closed beta next month.

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Four years on from its critically acclaimed Sins of a Solar Empire, Ironclad Games is lifting the curtain on its next project. Today, the independent developer announced Sins of a Dark Age, a new action real-time strategy property headed to the PC in 2012.

In SODA, gamers can assume the role of a four-armed behemoth or a creepy set of eyes.

Ironclad is taking its cues from the increasingly popular multiplayer online battle arena genre, whose primary players include League of Legends and DOTA. As in those games, a small contingent of players face off against one another or an artificial intelligence enemy in a fantasy setting, aided by waves of helper minions.

Sins of a Dark Age will be riffing on this formula by introducing a "hero-and-commander" element. Players who choose to play as a hero will mix it up on the field of battle as in other MOBA-style games. Those who play as a commander will operate in a general's role, constructing bases, erecting defenses, and directing helper minions.

Ironclad will be following a free-to-play business model with Sins of a Dark Age. The game's base experience is free, and players can augment their game by purchasing various post-release content, including new heroes and commanders. Post-release content also includes new factions, units, maps, and character skins.

Those interested in beta testing Sins of a Dark Age can sign up through the game's website. Ironclad expects to open up the game's closed beta in March.

Discussion

16 comments
MrOnage
MrOnage

@SirNormanislost what's it called?

baal46
baal46

Was kinda hoping for a SoaSE sequel, but I guess Rebellion has that covered. Regardless, Ironclad never fails to disappoint. Will be watching this.

Halloll
Halloll

dark is an overused adj, if they went with pale instead they would've scored some free publicity.

pi77a
pi77a

Sounds awesome! I've lost many hours to SOASE and they supported the game for years. They've earned my respect. Sign me up!

RiichGamebuddy
RiichGamebuddy

The "hero-and-commander" element sounds very similar to Yahtzee's idea (in one of his Extra Punctuation articles) of mixing the RTS genre with the MMO or RPG or Action-Adventure genre or something like that. His idea was that different armies would be controlled in an RTS format while other players play as mercenaries and take on contracts and fought in an RPG format. Now, Sins of a Dark Age's system is likely different, but it is interesting to see the similar ideas.

Neosword
Neosword

I've always wanted to check out Sins but have just never gotten around to it. This announcement might finally get me to play it.

XIntoTheBlue
XIntoTheBlue

SirNormanislost, Ironclad Games have only produced Sins of a Solar Empire and its expansions. You're thinking of Stardock, the publisher.

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

wait..wouldnt this be the second of this type of game theyve made? have they given up on demigod?

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

@MrOnage well sins of a solar empire is getting a nice new expansion pack soon adding lots of new goodies so there is something for you to play :)

MrOnage
MrOnage

i was actually hoping for a new space strategy game, but it seems they don't make em anymore. :(

Evenios
Evenios

meh based on DOTA and league of legends? those are kinda simplistic games i was hoping for a more epic scale game like in sins a solar empire.. if its not really like that game it should be called something else "meh" not really interested now....

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

Yay! This and rebellion are upcoming must haves. Already got rebellion preordered. Love SoaSE!!

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

I'll definitely keep an eye on this one. SoaSE is still one of my favorite RTS's -- I have faith they'll make this good. Of course, like most, I'm a bit apprehensive about F2P, but I'm sure they could make it work.

Mariner32
Mariner32

Color me intrigued. I loved Sins of a Solar Empire (even if I was horrible at it) so I'll definitely keep an eye on this one.