Ubisoft’s ‘The Settlers’ Reboot Finally Arrives March 17

from Ubisoft the settlers revival is finally here… almost. The company has revealed that its reboot of the classic real-time strategy game will be available on March 17th for Windows PCs via the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Connect. Developers are also whetting their appetites with a five-day program, registration only closed beta starting January 20th that will include two of the game’s three factions, as well as two multiplayer Skirmish modes (one- and two-player teams).

The reconstructed game is “mainly” derived from The colonists III and The colonists IV, and it looks decidedly better than many RTS titles thanks to its use of the same Snowdrop Engine you find in games like The division series and the next avatar launch. While it doesn’t rival the latest first-person shooter in appearance, it may be more visually appealing than its competitors. There’s a story-driven single-player campaign, but Ubisoft is clearly betting on eight-way multiplayer to help with longevity.

As well as the game plays, Ubisoft’s main challenge is simply to revitalize the franchise. There hasn’t been an entirely new game in the series since the settlers online in 2010, and the decade since has only led to one canceled game (Kingdoms of Anteria) and four years of development for the imminent reboot. While there are certainly still fans, it’s unclear how many of them were willing to wait a decade for a follow-up.

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