"Blessed are the strategy gamers, for 2016 is their bounty." - Jesus of Nazareth.
These are the actual words that appear in the original Aramaic verse, but the words were cast aside at Nicaea as the priests didn’t quite understand what Jesus was trying to say.
Seriously. XCom2, Stellaris, MoO 2016, Endless Space 2, Deserts of Kharack, Battlefield Gothic Armada, Darkest Dungeon, Ashes of a Singularity, Frozen Synapse 2, and Totla War: Warhammer - it’s an orgasmic feast of strategy games, and it looks like this will continue into 2017 too.
Now I’ve been back and forth on this particular title. I have zero investment in the Warhammer universe, and know next to nothing bout it (though I did enjoy some of the RTS games based on 40K), but Total War is probably one of my most played strategy series, I’m a big fan. Some of the early news and CA’s choices concerning DLC put me off the title a bit, but man, seeing some of the latest preview videos, the game just looks amazing and sounds like a significant and interesting departure form standard Total War fare.
Here’s a cool battle showing off how the spell system works, and talking a bit about the quest system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_AD4gHVrWU
And here’s the newly released in-game trailer (looks AMAZING) revealing the vampire faction in the game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj605sogy3I
They’ve also announced that the engine will be 64 bit, for the first time in the series, AND it will support DX12. Not sure to what extent the renderer will be taking advantage of DX12 - I can certainly see huge improvements over DX11 given the nature of the game (lots of draw calls here), but we’ll have to wait and see - and on that note, they’ve delayed the game by a month, which I hope means they are really making damn sure this won’t be a ROME2 debacle.