There is a dearth of RTS titles for all handheld devices running either iOS, Android or Windows. Substantial Games, a Beijing based startup developer wants to close this gap with their new title Ember Conflict.
Scheduled to release this fall on the iOS, Ember Conflict is a competitive multiplayer RTS with short matches on tablets.
In the Ember Conflict, players take on the role of company commanders and customize their armies using a system inspired by tabletop war games such as Warhammer. Each unit has a point cost to use and armies can only include so many points’ worth of units. This system allows players to easily customize armies to match their own play style, spending big points on a few heavy-hitters, buying a lot of weak units with which to zerg the enemy, or striking a balance somewhere in between. According to developer Pin Wang, players “start off with a few basic units, and can recruit more as they play”. Once players have armies they are satisfied with, they’ll be able to queue up for a 1v1 or 2v2 match using the game’s matchmaking system.
Wang also adds that 1v1 matches last for about a minute while 2v2 last anywhere between 2 to 5 minutes. Right now, winning is based either capturing Control Points or Eliminating enemy units.
For the first time, Wang also shares the introduction to the game,
“Ten thousand years ago a tragedy shook the planet, forgotten because nobody was left to remember. But life, slowly yet inevitably, has nursed itself back to health. Open plains, lush forests and roaring rivers are once again filled with the diversity and beauty of life.
“Human civilization steps, for a second time, towards its renaissance. Warfare is supercharging technological advancement, and the shores of a great, new continent have just been rediscovered. As bloodshed breaks out over virgin territory, will the unlearned lessons of the past stay buried, or rise to the surface once again?