I know many people who would say that a great strategy game everywhere would be hell, but these people don’t know what they’re missing.
solium infernum was announced overnight, and this is the next League of Geeks game, the team behind the long and very good Armello. Its official description reads as follows:
Get ready for Solium Infernum, the grand strategy game of politics, intrigue and betrayal, set in the ultimate arena of Hell.
As a mighty fallen archfiend, sinister lords of the infernal realm of hell, you are a claimant to the infernal throne – the great dark majesty is gone and the feverish conclave demands a declared replacement. Command fearsome legions, enlist praetor champions, cast sinister rituals, and outwit your rivals to become the new Dark Majesty of Hell.
A “Grand Strategy Game” is something like Crusader Kingsa title where the player is asked to do all sorts of different things as the head of a faction, from managing the economy to moving around armed to deal with political intrigues. So imagine that, only here you’re in the running to be the new one Great Dark Majesty.
now for real fun part: it’s not a brand new game! Rather, it’s an attempt to do justice to one of the most interesting, if underrated, strategy games of the last 15 years. Designer Vic Davis, aka Cryptic Comet, releases solium infernum in 2009 (his site is still online, and you can even download a demo), and it looked like this:
of Armello take, meanwhile, looks like this:
If you notice any similarities between the screenshot above and Armello, It is not a coincidence. League of Geeks boss Trent Kusters Told GI.biz this “[Solium Infernum] was a great source of inspiration for Armello. So it’s a real honor. We knew Vic [Davis] for years. And when we were [thinking] “What are we going to do for our next game,” Ty Carey – my co-founder – was just like, “Let’s do this, let’s talk to him.”
Davis—who apparently no longer designs games and now sells donuts which sounds amazing— ended up leaving League of Geeks “acquire” the intellectual property and, in doing so, “transmitted the torch” to the Australian studio, which hopes that Infernum’s basic experience (which led to this brilliant series of Rock Paper Shotgun at the time) may find a wider and more grateful audience after being reworked and given a fresh coat of paint.
The game is due out on Steam in 2023, and you can see its cinematic trailer below:
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