At last year’s Gamescom, Ubisoft announced that the classic strategy video game The Settlers would return, with original creator Volker Wertich at the helm. Yesterday, at this year’s Gamescom, we finally got more details about the upcoming installment, which will launch for PC next year.
This new version features three play modes: campaign, skirmish, and multiplayer. There are also alternative methods of victory, including:
- The Combat strategy: Players control full armies of different units, taking on and defeating enemy armies to take over or defend their territory. Special units, such as army leaders, can have a positive effect on their troops;
- The Glory strategy: Players select a hero character who will fight in the arena against an enemy. Once a player initiates a battle, spectators representing both sides will gather at the arena to watch the battle. Winning a fight can lead to revolts among the defeated party, which allows players to take over enemy territory; and
- The Faith strategy: Players can inspire faith among Settlers in this strategy. Additional details will be released at a later date.
There will also be multiple editions of the game, two of which are available in the U.S. The Settlers Standard Edition includes the base game, while The Settlers Gold Edition gives players access to the game three days early and includes the expansion “Monuments & Merchants” and two decorative items.