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8 Bit Hordes is Coming!

By -Netput - 5th August 2016 - 10:06 AM

In the last few weeks Petroglyph made a interesting announcement. Instead of adding extra DLC to 8-Bit Armies, they decided to create a totally different game that adds extra factions and features. This new game will be called 8-Bit Hordes. No fear however, the games are able to communicate between each other, making it a sort of standalone expansion pack. Check out below for more information!


Hi everyone!

We originally released 8-bit Armies on April 22nd and thanks to your ongoing support we’ve been able to provide substantial gameplay and content updates over the past 16 weeks. It’s been a wild ride as we simultaneously juggled working on our next game in the 8-Bit series as well as short-term weekly patches. Some of the features and content we’ve made available since launch include…
  • A new military faction with new units and structures
  • More multiplayer maps
  • New Co-Op campaign missions
  • Performance upgrades for multiplayer
  • A new multiplayer gameplay mode and additional game setup options
  • Our development Terrain Editor map creation modding tool
  • Steam Trading Cards
  • More AI personalities and difficulty settings
  • Mod support for custom voice responses, music tracks, and text in the game
  • And finally, a BUNCH of smaller balance changes and improvement requests to UI and general gameplay that were requested by the players.

Everything we have done has been toward the goal of making the game better and growing the community. As an independent developer it’s been tough to get the word out so we appreciate all the help we’ve received from you guys, as well as sites like ClanWars and GameReplays that host leaderboards for 8-Bit Armies.

WHAT’S NEXT
As many of you recall we had a “Coming Soon?” link on our main menu that hinted at a bold fantasy and military faction mash-up. From that one image, we received many suggestions on what our next faction release should be. When we looked at the production schedule, we realized that we didn’t want to go completely dark while players waited for the planned fantasy content. So, some of the team took a slight detour and launched our free GUARDIANS faction while the rest continued working toward our original goal of creating a retro RTS mash-up that hasn’t been done before. We have achieved enough progress now that we are ready to talk about our next title!

In Mid-summer 2016 we will be launching the 8-Bit Armies successor - a retro-themed fantasy RTS called 8-BIT HORDES! It will be fully inter-operable with 8-Bit Armies so that the factions can both play with and against each other. Our plan is to launch 8-Bit Hordes with TWO factions, a 20+ mission single-player campaign, a new Frank Klepacki soundtrack, all-new maps, and a new co-op campaign. Pricing will be similar to 8-Bit Armies and a launch-day discount is also expected. Most importantly, for all of those of you that have supported us and already own the current game, we are working with Steam to make the game available at a substantial discount reserved exclusively for our current players.

As always, we couldn’t do it without your support, feedback, and enthusiasm! We check the forums daily and do our best to respond to everything that looks like it needs our attention – or we pass it along to our team if they haven’t already seen it. 8-Bit Armies development will continue as we work on further improvements that you have asked for. LAN support is just around the corner and other multiplayer features are in the queue.

And finally, here’s a link to the Steam page and official trailer for 8-Bit Hordes. We’ll announce Beta signups as soon as it’s possible to do so – stay tuned!

8-Bit Hordes Official Steam Page

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Source: 8-Bit Armies Steam page






FAQ



HOW MUCH WILL 8-BIT HORDES COST?
For our loyal players that have already purchased 8-Bit Armies, we will be releasing a coupon that drops the price to around $4.95. After Steam takes their standard cut, the remainder will go toward server and support costs.

For everyone else, we will be launching Hordes at $14.95 in August both as a standalone game and also at a discount if purchased as a bundle with 8-Bit Armies.

WHY NOT MAKE IT A DLC PACK?
8-Bit Hordes is an entirely separate game with new factions, maps, music, and solo/co-op campaign content. The number of DLC packs required to release all of the 8-Bit Hordes content would have been overwhelming to players and a lot of work to release separately on our side. Ultimately, we can package them together at a lower cost (and more quickly) than releasing them separately. In addition to all of this, the nature and sheer amount of game content really felt like it should exist as a separate and complete package.

THERE WAS TALK OF LETTING THE MODERN MILITARY FACTIONS PLAY AGAINST A FANTASY FACTION. WILL THAT BE POSSIBLE?
YES! We have made the two games interoperable which means that 8-Bit Armies players can choose to play with and against Hordes players, and vice-versa in multiplayer. Co-Op campaigns will only be joinable for the factions they were specifically designed for.

WHAT IF I OWN BOTH GAMES? CAN I PICK ANY FACTION FOR MULTIPLAYER?
Yes. Both 8-Bit Armies and 8-Bit Hordes will detect whether you own both products. If you do, then multiplayer, skirmish, and quickmatch will allow you to choose any of the 4 factions in those modes, regardless of which game you’re running. You will also have access to hosting games with any multiplayer map from either game.

WHAT IF I ONLY OWN ONE OF THE GAMES?
If you only own one of the games, you can still see and join any multiplayer game using the factions you have access to. This means that an Armies player can join a game hosted by a Hordes player, and vice versa. You won’t have the ability to choose the factions or the maps from the game you don’t own.

DOES THIS MEAN THAT SUPPORT FOR 8-BIT ARMIES IS GOING AWAY?
Not at all. It’s a huge benefit to 8-Bit Armies players that we are releasing 8-Bit Hordes because new features, balance changes and general improvements in Hordes will be automatically transferred over to Armies. For example, if we add a free map, or release another new multiplayer mode, both games will receive the update – not just the latest one we have released. We do this because the games need to be kept inter-operable, and also because we feel strongly about supporting our loyal players.

WHEN IS THE BETA?
No date has been set for the Closed Beta. We will hand select a number of active 8-Bit Armies players to help us balance the additional two factions at least a couple weeks before launch.

WHEN DOES 8-BIT HORDES COME OUT?
August 2016 – we can’t be more specific as we are waiting on localization and some additional testing before we go live. We plan to announce a launch date approximately one week before we go live, so everyone will have a heads-up when to expect the game before it actually arrives.
Source: 8-Bit Armies Steam page




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