Witching Hour Studios' Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion [$9.99 / Free] seemed made for asynchronous multiplayer from the start. The versus-play expectation of most TBS gamers, the ease of asynchronous play on iOS devices, Ravenmark's tabletop miniature-gaming feel, and its simultaneously-resolved or "we-go" turns all seemed to make it inevitable.

A multiplayer update was rumored, and then it was going to be a separate app, and then... nothing. Until now.

Witching Hour announced Ravenmark Mercenaries with a trailer and a promo page full of promised features. There's a lot on offer here, including more story (spoiler warning: Mercenaries is set after the events of Scourge of Estellion), versus play, mercenary contracts (which sound like single-player missions), customizable standard-bearers, and a promise that there will be "no pay to win shenanigans."

It sounds like, for balance's sake, you will be forming your mercenary squad for each battle by picking two pre-defined brigades (containing a mix of units), then adding a commander and a standard bearer, but both the commander and the standard bearer will be customizable. So you won't be able to field an army composed exclusively of Armored Hallow Frogs (a rookie strategy in any case), but you should still have plenty of flexibility.

Ravenmark: Mercenaries is slated for a summer release, so we expect to hear more details as the time draws near.

  • famousringo

    The best strategy on iOS, now with asynch multiplayer. Awwwww, yeah.

    • http://www.facebook.com/crumston Khairul Sufiyan

      Aw stop it you. Hahaha. Jokes aside, thank you for the support! Cheers!

  • Monetarydread

    I wonder if this version is going to be $10 like the last one? Not that I oppose paying a fair price for games and all, but that could be a large barrier to entry for multiplayer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/crumston Khairul Sufiyan

    Hi! Khai here from Witching Hour Studios! To answer your question, Ravenmark: Mercenaries will be a freemium game with in-app purchases. Not to worry though, the IAPs will not affect be affecting the battle experience but are geared more towards convenience. Most of everything else is accessible by spending enough time on the game =) Cheers!