Warlords to invade DS

PC turn-based strategy series joins Jagged Alliance 2 and Disciples II in publisher's lineup for Nintendo's portable.

The Warlords franchise is set to conquer new territory. Strategy First today announced that it will be bringing the classic series of PC turn-based strategy games (not to be confused with the arcade game of the same name) to the Nintendo DS.

Strategy First has entrusted developer Glyphic Entertainment with the task of bringing the franchise to the portable intact, and the current features list suggests the studio will retain some of the series' most familiar components. Warlords DS will support turn-based hotseat or Wi-Fi play for up to eight players, with 20 premade scenarios to play through and randomized maps to keep things fresh.

Gamers will be able to produce 28 different types of armies, as well as access statistics for each battle that show the balance of power and military strength as it tips with each passing turn. And while there are economic and diplomatic aspects of the gameplay, the game's main focus is on combat. Strategy First is also promising artificial intelligence that will be able to challenge veteran gaming generals, as well as a tutorial system with a military advisor that can ease newer strategy fans into the action.

Warlords is the third offering in Strategy First's catalog of upcoming releases, joining the previously announced Jagged Alliance 2 and Disciples II.

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69 comments
Habast
Habast

This was announced in January 2007, I hope they're still making it...

morrison44
morrison44

This is gonna be awesome! I have played the Series since it was a shareware back in the 80's. Can't wait to see it revived again on my DS! Now if they could get Warlords Battlecry back also that would be truly awesome!

faridmon
faridmon

the DS is the Ace, i can't have enough of that handheld, don't understamate the ppower of an handheld.

CheddarLimbo
CheddarLimbo

I'm playing Age of Empires for the DS right now. PC games like this are a perfect fit for the DS, so I'm excited to see this trend gaining some popularity.

ObiKKa
ObiKKa

Whoo! Yes! Please also bring the Age of Wonders franchise to the DS, even though I haven't even played one of these games on the PC. "Strategy First is also promising artificial intelligence that will be able to challenge veteran gaming generals..." Oh, yes! Plus Strategy First also embrace a range of little known to better known but deep or good strategy games for the PC, so that's pretty typical of them. Yes, the Warlords series is turn-based strategy, while the Warlords Battlecry series is real-time strategy based. Both are of the same universe.

acamike
acamike

I am going to buy all theur TBS games :)

DangerousWhelp
DangerousWhelp

Warlords is NOT an RTS, it's a turn-based strategy game.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

sweet... i've been waiting for a good RTS for ds..... stronghold would be good too!!!

Dreski83
Dreski83

I'm still trippin off of advanced wars, so please, feel free to add more goodies to my wish list ^_^ I just really hope they try something clever that utilizes the touch screen deal... that could be the part that makes or breaks the game for most of the DS titles to come

curty_flurty
curty_flurty

DS is getting heaps of awsome games!! this game looks cool.. wish they made it more 3D.

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

ds is getting tons of support, I need one

iluvchris
iluvchris

hmm.. cool. ive never played warlords before... i hope its cool.I also hope they have some store deal like in castlevania where u can raise funds ans what not for your armies.

Gmacrusher
Gmacrusher

Wow i didn't see this happening!

TryMe01
TryMe01

quite literally, the DS offers the best portable experience for low amounts of dough. one card multiplayer local wireless - how can you beat that!? Sale figures also prove this point

trollfan
trollfan

"Despite the limitations of the DS in terms of raw horsepower, I'm sure there are still a lot of titles that could increase their total sales by appearing on the DS." exactly! DS processing power is what it is, but thats not the major problem. I think they will need bigger game cartridges (more capacity, duh) to support bigger games, hehe

theKSMM
theKSMM

It'll be interesting to see whether more publishers start trying to port games to the DS (rather than remake them with the same title). Despite the limitations of the DS in terms of raw horsepower, I'm sure there are still a lot of titles that could increase their total sales by appearing on the DS.

meimnobody
meimnobody

"have several DS games that are 8 or 10 players... You just haven't been paying attention " Quite of them don't require the other DS users to have the game cart. Unlike most of the psp multiplayer games.

reg102
reg102

WOW!! Warlords II and Jagged Alliance II were some of my favourite PC strategy games. Now all we need is Civilisation and X-Com and I can relive the glory days of turn based strategy!

EmptySki
EmptySki

Sounds awesome..imagine if they had like a Elder Scroll type game or WoW game on the DS, i know graphically it would not be good but gameplay wise, man that would be awesome.

JFreezy02
JFreezy02

Will it be anything like Advance Wars? Those games were pretty fun!

lzorro
lzorro

Sounds good love strategy games

sonofashrub
sonofashrub

disciples 2. woot, i have that game in my room. kind of monotonous, and long, but fun if you're in the mood. Basically the total opposite of wario ware type games. dunno about warlords. i'd like to see warlords battlecry on the DS though. that would be sweet.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

i dotn really like those strategy games on handhelds. but having 28 armies is impressive

Cult_of_Cthulhu
Cult_of_Cthulhu

I am playing the original now( actually playing the third in the series), it was good in it's day but it's probably too old school without a majour upgrade and I think if they upgrade it it will probably loose most of it's charm. Still I'll buy it when it comes out Love my turn based/fantasy/war games like AoW, warlords, civ, etc

LoWpS
LoWpS

sounds good, tho i never played warlords. ima check a review for this later on

CreepyNerd90
CreepyNerd90

Not played the original(s)...but I'm interested now >.> Gettng to pwn 7 people on Wifi has to be twice as fun as pwning 3 :D

trollfan
trollfan

If you haven't played any Warlords-games yet, then you are a noob ;) Why? because this series is OLD. Though, im not impressed with 28 unit-types, as presented here. Warlords 3 had 90 different units, and Warlords 4 had 60 (or so). 28 just seems far too few to deliver a epic game worthy of the name Warlords.

sjboisvert
sjboisvert

Awww... I was kinda hoping for a remake of the old Atari game. :D

LinconSixEcho
LinconSixEcho

I was talking about online play. I haven't seen any that are more than four players for online. Don't get me wrong, I love my DS but when it comes to online and voice chat for a handheld I enjoy the PSP as well. Medal of Honor has 32 players at once. Yeah, yeah, I know this is the part where some fanboys jump in here and attempt to flame me. Ask me if I care what a faceless person behind a screen has to say. It's a forum and these are opinions that we are all entitled to. For someone to belittle another person is...well, just sad.

Shinji0187
Shinji0187

"LinconSixEcho Wow, finally a game for the DS that has more than four players. I was starting to favor my PSP in that catergory." I have several DS games that are 8 or 10 players... You just haven't been paying attention :P

lucky326
lucky326

I thought it meant Civ 4 But this sounds just as good. YEY.

LinconSixEcho
LinconSixEcho

Wow, finally a game for the DS that has more than four players. I was starting to favor my PSP in that catergory.

MoodyFlame
MoodyFlame

i've never heard of warlords either, if its any good then meh...why not

Kurtisadei
Kurtisadei

wifi, 8 players? PSP, go to hell now before you get burned.

DS_fan_atic
DS_fan_atic

never heard of warlords, but I'd love some more strategy on my ds

ZombieDucky
ZombieDucky

Sounds great. Haven't heard about Warlords before though....

xBlitzerx
xBlitzerx

Finally a decent TBS on DS. The Prince of Persia game doesn't count, although it was decent. If this gets good reviews, I'll be picking it up.