After almost a decade, The Settlers has announced a triumphant return during Gamescon 2019. The newest entry from the civilization-building real-time strategy franchise, developed by Ubisoft Düsseldorf, will release on PC sometime in 2020. Preorder options are now available via the Ubisoft Store and the Epic Games Store.
The Settlers Promises a Return to Form
Series creator, Volker Wertich, joins the Ubisoft team to bring a new gameplay experience that promises to merge the best features of previous titles with new gameplay elements. The latest entry will include the familiar Campaign, Skirmish, and Multiplayer modes for both PVE or PVP. Powered by Ubisoft’s Snowdrop engine, The Settlers will feature procedurally generated worlds and questing options. Pre-alpha footage from early 2019 suggests a lean toward a minimalist user interface.
The Settlers Presents New Paths to Victory
Another interesting thing about the latest entry into the franchise is the new paths to victory.
The Combat strategy allows players to recruit armies of settlers and use these knights to defend their lands or invade faraway kingdoms.
The Glory strategy allows you to call out an enemy hero for one-on-one combat in the gladiatorial arena. Fans gather to cheer on their village hero, but only one can walk away victorious. The losing party leaves humiliated, which can lead to dissatisfaction and even revolt in their homeland.
Finally, a mysterious faith-based strategy will presumably encourage players to leverage religion to conquer their enemies or turn them to your side.
Special Editions and Collectibles for The Settlers
In traditional fashion, Ubisoft has announced three special editions of the game to go alongside the standard version.
The Settlers: Gold Edition allows players to get in the game three days early. It also features the first expansion, “Monuments and Merchants,” and two decorative items, the Wishing Well and the Gazebo of Tranquility.
The Settlers: Entdecker Edition is a physical edition exclusive to Germany, Austria, Poland, and Switzerland. This version includes the Gazebo of Tranquility, three lithographs, and a copy of the OST.
The Settlers: Collector’s Edition includes the traditional range of collectible items but is only available in Europe. This version includes all the perks of the Gold Edition as well as a numbered collector’s box, an artbook, three lithographs, a letter from creator Volker Wertich, flower seeds, and the OST.
The Settlers will launch sometime in 2020, though the exact date is unknown. The game is now available for preorder on PC via the Epic Games Store and the Ubisoft Store. Additionally, anyone who preorders the game will receive Statue of the First Settlers, an exclusive decorative item.
As The Settlers edges closer to release, further updates will be available via The Settlers Alliance website.