Slipgate Ironworks has taken on no small task: will the studio be able to create a real-time strategy game that is modern yet classic enough for veterans to try?
Here’s another announcement from THQ Nordic Digital Showcase 2022. The publisher says, “Classic real-time strategy action meets modern production and performance in Tempest Rising. Inspired by real-time strategy greats of the 90s and 2000s, Tempest Rising is a classic, base-building real-time strategy game set in a modern-day alternative history war scenario.
It features three unique factions, each with its approach to combat and economy and offering a variety of strategies for players of all stripes, maps with neutral structures to contest and neutral populations to contend with, and deep and rewarding gameplay that keeps a focus on strategy while rewarding skill, and built-in customization options that allow players to approach the game their way in both single player and multiplayer game modes.
Classic real-time strategy gameplay with multiple twists and base building provides reminiscence to the Command & Conquer franchise but improves and rethinks some aspects. Three asymmetrical playable factions; each feature a distinct playstyle. Two single-player campaigns. Skirmish and Multiplayer game modes with ranked matchmaking and ELO.”
The studio may also be familiar to Duke Nukem fans, as it released an isometric shooter for PC in 2016 called Bombshell, which is not a coincidence that it was called non-Duke, as Interceptor Entertainment (the name of the team at the time) was initially meant to develop the game with Duke’s IP, calling the game Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction. However, Gearbox Software, the IP’s owners, did not like the name. (Now Gearbox is part of the Embracer Group, as is THQ Nordic… so in hindsight, it’s all meaningless.)
Tempest Rising is coming to PC in 2023 (Steam).