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Frost Giant Studios' upcoming game is a free-to-play RTS title called Stormgate

By Kenneth Ang - on 10 Jun 2022, 10:03am

Frost Giant Studios' upcoming game is a free-to-play RTS title called Stormgate

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At this year's Summer Game Fest, which was streamed earlier today, indie developer Frost Giant Studios unveiled its first major title - a futuristic, free-to-play RTS game called Stormgate. Set hundreds of years in Earth's future, the game will have players take control of human and demonic forces as they take the field against both computer and player-controlled opponents.

Among other objectives, Frost Giant's RTS aims to make it easy for even the greenest of newbies to get in and enjoy all that the genre has to offer. As they write in the release, Stormgate "makes RTS more approachable by eliminating unnecessary complexity, emphasising social and cooperative play, and providing an improved onboarding experience bolstered by comprehensive learning and spectating tools.".

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Founded in 2020 by a team of former Blizzard employees, Frost Giant is currently led by Tim Morten and Tim Campbell. The former was the production director of StarCraft 2 and Command and Conquer: Generals 2, while the latter was the lead campaign designer for Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne and the former game director of Wasteland 3

As for the game itself, Frost Giant has specified that the base game will only offer the aforementioned human and demonic factions at the start, with more to follow down the road. Utilising Unreal Engine 5 as the base, which allows for HD visuals in 4K, Stormgate will also make use of SnowPlay, a custom-made simulation technology that promises more intelligent pathfinding and precise unit control. It will also feature a wide variety of gameplay modes, including a 3-player co-op PvE mode where a team of three players will face off against an equal number of increasingly intelligent A.I. opponents.

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Last but not least, Stormgate will feature an in-game Editor that will allow modders and UGC creators to experiment with the same tools that the Frost Giant team has, providing a firm foundation for a "creator-friendly ecosystem where creativity and effort will be rewarded.".

As for a release date, we don't really have one yet. Stormgate is scheduled to start its beta testing phase sometime in 2023, and the final product will only be available for PC via Steam. 

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