Foursaken Media has announced their next major game, Noblemen: 1896. This is a hybrid strategy and third-person shooter, which sounds interesting enough, but the theme has some intrigue to it as well. It's in an alternate-reality 19th century with a bit of steampunk to it. The game itself will have a strategic overworld where you build up your armies, capturing territory and fending off opponents. When you go into battle, you control the hero character, also giving commands to individual units. Though, if you're more into just the strategy aspect, you can turn on auto-battling โ€“ or even control your hero from a top-down view.

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Foursaken Media's bigger games often have some great ideas to them, and Noblemen: 1896 seems like an intriguing expansion of concepts they've explored in games like War Tortoise [Free] and Heroes and Castles 2 [$1.99]. Plus, they've upgraded their engine for even better visuals and performance. The forum thread for the game will be a must-follow as development continues.

  • http://www.wavelightgames.com/ WaveLightGames

    The guy with the gun looks a little funny .... huge shoulderpads and it looks like he's carrying a big book on his back?

    • http://www.foursakenmedia.com/ Foursaken Media

      On his back is a huge shield that expands once "deployed". And yep, his armor is very pronounced on purpose ๐Ÿ™‚ The Noblemen are the few with wealth, so are the ones who can afford better equipment. In this alternate world, armor is generally just as much a show of power and wealth as it is actual protection.

      • http://www.wavelightgames.com/ WaveLightGames

        That's a cool concept. Thanks for explaining.

  • Anonomation

    Forsaken Media is a developer I know I can trust. I have good vibes for this.

  • Jakeopp

    Is this basically heroes and castles with a different skin? Or am I way off with that assumption?

    • http://www.foursakenmedia.com/ Foursaken Media

      Pretty far off I'd say :p

      For one, most of the strategy in Noblemen will take place in a larger overworld, where you control troop movement, unit production, and larger strategic planning on a hex type map. The playable battles are actually set based on whatever the scenario was from the overworld... so you can very easily find yourself fighting against overwhelming odds, or vice versa, depending on how things play out. There are also battle cards which play a huge role in shaping the fight (things like weather, ailments, special units, equipment, etc).

      In battles its pretty varied, and really depends on what type of player you are. If you're not into twitch action on mobile, you can engage auto battle on your hero and focus on managing orders for your troops (which is more tactical, like positioning, flanking, choosing targets, etc - whereas in H&C it was more strategic planning in terms of which units to build - again, in Noblemen you don't build units in battle). You can even pop in and control your hero for short bits... for ex you could let the AI auto-battle with your hero until it finds a good cover spot, switch to manual control to do a bit of static shooting, then engage auto battle again.

      For those players who can handle 3rd person shooters, they'll find plenty of depth with things like bullet drop from gravity, precision based aiming (headshots, hitting armor bits, helmets, etc matters), full 3d movement, taking cover, etc. You can even shoot through the slits of a steam tank to damage the crew ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Probably too long an answer to a short question, but hope that helps :p

      • Jakeopp

        Definitely clears things up for me, thanks for the detailed answer!

      • Illuminati Potato

        Bullet drop, shooting through slits. The shooting sounds amazing! ๐Ÿ˜

      • Rain1dog

        Yeah... it's so tough having to deal with such troubling concepts as physic's. I'm sure we can build a "safezone" where bullets fly forget from a 2 gram explosive charge.

      • Lochheart

        Please, don't make it an Freemium.
        I love to pay for good dev like you, I hate inapp purshase.

        Do it like Nintendo, Free but pay if you want everything !

  • Alexythimia23

    Its obviously going to be a great game, forsaken don't forsake their fans with half assed games aimed at rinsing their cash. They will deliver a great gaming experience as few company's are as legit as these guys.

  • libtroll

    Can't wait. Added to watch list

  • 7lilwhitewolf7

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  • Illuminati Potato

    F2P or premium? (Please please please say premium)

  • Scott

    Is the game going to be multiplayer? the games that you guys make that i can with with my friends are great it makes the game a lot better and keeps me playing

  • Armand Jobanni Zulueta

    I entitle "King of Mashup Genre" & "Best Developer" to Foursaken media. Thumbs up if agree