The Economy Wins the War
In a new press release, Dawn of Fantasy publisher 505 Games outlined the game's innovative approach to economic management with a batch of new screenshots showing the different gathering styles of each race. Read all about economies, and stay tuned for the next press release outlining Dawn of Fantasy's single-player 'Kingdom Wars' mode!
Milton Keynes, London – 06 May 2011 - The words ‘fantasy’ and ‘economy’ might at first appear to make strange bedfellows, but strategy gamers know that being in full command of your economy will win you a war; even when losing the battles. In the massively multiplayer strategy game Dawn of Fantasy understanding the in-game economy is key to winning the game; but the economy differs in significant ways between the three races.
There are five resources to collect in Dawn of Fantasy - food, wood, gold, stone and influence. Each is gathered at a player’s cities and then used, in varying amounts, for the production of buildings and/or units; with the exception of influence. Influence is only featured in the Online Kingdom mode and is gained through successful quests and PvP warfare – or alternatively through purchase through the online store. It's a hugely-powerful resource, able to boost construction, give powerful upgrades, or unlock new content from the online store, including new quests, mini-campaigns, exotic units, and perhaps even entire races and game modes.
Each of the three races gains its resources in different ways. Most traditional are the humans, who mine gold and stone, chop wood, and gain food through hunting, livestock and summer farms. The Orcs’ economy is similar, though more primitive; though they still mine and chop trees, they are hunter-gatherers, able to survive just on warg meat and foraging, making them a hardier race in prolonged, aggressive campaigns. Finally, the Elves still mine and gather, but get their wood and food from a symbiotic relationship with their surroundings year round, meaning they find defending much easier.
Players’ starting resources aren’t just affected by their race, but where they choose to start; different regions give bonuses to different resources; for example a mountainous region may be good for mining and highly defensible, but poor for hunting and farming. Moreover, players can trade resources within their guild or sell them in the persistent global market. Not all regions have access to all resources, meaning trading with, or conquering, other regions is not only an attractive prospect, but all the more necessary to survive.
To the winner go the spoils; Dawn of Fantasy will allow gamers to indulge their darker side by looting the corpses of their fallen foes from the gory battlefields, as well as pillage the hapless NPC town encountered during sieges to replenish invading forces. During quest instances, players can choose to employ a more tactical approach to gain an edge in battle by cutting down part of their military power in return for additional farmers and horse carts, to gain the access to precious resource nodes.
Released exclusively for PC, Dawn of Fantasy will be published by 505 Games on 17th June, 2011.
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About 505 Games
505 Games is a global publisher of video games, publishing games for all ages across multiple platforms including, Microsoft Xbox 360®, Sony PlayStation® 3, Nintendo Wii™ and DS, PC download, Facebook, iPhone®, Xbox LIVE®, and PlayStation®Network.
505 Games has offices in key territories around the world to publish and distribute its library of successful titles which include ArmA II, IL2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey, the Cooking Mama World series, Naughty Bear, Backbreaker and Zumba Fitness.
505 Games is headquartered in Milton Keynes – UK, with international offices in Lyon (France), Munich (Germany), Milan (Italy), Madrid (Spain) and Los Angeles (U.S.A). A further network of key distribution partners based in Nordic territories and Australia enable global distribution of 505’s titles.
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