Paradox Interactive has announced the next instalment in the Age of Wonders series, with Planetfall adopting a full-blown science-fiction when it hits PC and consoles in 2019.
Age of Wonders: Planetfall keeps the series' winning formula of strategic empire building and tactical combat, but eschews the familiar fantasy-inspired magic malarky in favour of having you emerge from the dark age of a galactic empire.
You'll explore a vast, sci-fi world ripe with hidden technologies and NPC factions, featuring random maps as you 'fight, build, negotiate and technologically advance the way to utopia' as you try to forge a better future for your people.
Turn-based battles meanwhile offer a tactical edge and feature multiple races, customisable weapons, and fully destructible environments, while empire building will see you cobbling together your own House and establishing prosperous colonies.
Age of Wonders: Planetfall has been in the works for around three years now, and runs on an updated Creator Engine.
'We’re thrilled to finally announce our latest endeavor alongside Paradox,' said Triumph Studios boss, Lennart Sas. 'Age of Wonders: Planetfall is roughly three years into development, running on a new generation of our multi-platform Creator Engine. While the setting is new, we’re confident that Age of Wonders fans will feel right at home exploring the remnants of the Star Union. Our aim is to make a game that greatly expands upon its predecessors, and still employs the core principles that made Age of Wonders such a success.'
Age of Wonders: Planetfall has yet to attract a release date, but we'll keep you posted.