I’ve got a date for your diary, Dear Reader, as Against the Storm is finally leaving behind the confines of Early Access on December 8.

If you’re unfamiliar with this particular game, then please allow me to free you from ignorance. Against the Storm is a characterful blend of real-time strategy, Warcraft-inspired fantasy vibes, and end-times drama, all wrapped up in lovely roguelite gameplay.

This deep and involving city builder tasks the player with leading a selection of unusual fantasy races including foxes and beavers. Together, you must reclaim the wilderness and rebuild civilisation in the wake of the Blightstorm. It’s intense stuff, where instead of a single city focus, you’re stretched across a growing network.

What’s coming in Against the Storm 1.0?

As per tradition, the release of version 1.0 means that we’re going to get a significant addition to the game. In this instance, we’re getting a new expert mode called Queen’s Hand.

The Queen’s Hand may be of interest to some of you as it features permadeath. In this challenging mode, which is intended for those who’ve already poured hours in the game, players only have one cycle to reforge the Adamantine Seal. Good luck with that.

This popular and highly-rated city builder has been moving through Early Access on Steam, GOG and Epic, where it costs $29.99 / £24.99 / €29.99 / ¥3,980. Having confirmed that, if you’ve got Game Pass on PC, version 1.0 will be launching on the service on December 8.

Against the Storm is the work of Polish studio, Eremite Games, with publisher Hooded Horse providing support. The pair put out a launch trailer to mark this announcement, and you can watch it below!

Update: Against the Storm just got its last content update before the big one on December 8. Here are the highlights via Steam:

  • New conversations with Lori
  • Rebalanced Ancient Seal objectives
  • Mouse buttons rebinding
  • Option to disable all ingredients and/or recipes by default
  • 9 New Achievements (for already existing Deeds)
  • And more!


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