Frost Giant, a studio made up of ex-Blizzard employees, has announced Stormgate, a new real-time strategy game set in a post-apocalyptic future.
Revealed as part of the Summer Game Fest Showcase, our first look at Stormgate is via a cinematic trailer showing an archaeologist assembling an ancient shield. Their discovery is quickly interrupted by demonic forces, although luckily a mech-clad ally with missiles and miniguns is able to save our hero from a grisly fate.
Alongside the trailer, Frost Giant revealed that Stormgate is a PC real-time strategy that will be free to play. It will have both a story-driven campaign and multiplayer modes, with co-op play integrated throughout the game. Campaign missions can be played with a friend, while a 3vE mode allows three players to team up against AI opponents. While classic 1v1 ranked matches form the backbone of competitive multiplayer, 3v3 team battles allow for co-op elements on Stormgate’s PvP side.
Stormgate will also include an in-game editor that will allow players to create custom games and share them in the community. Other features include a fully integrated tournament system for in-client eSports and the ability to view matches and use learning tools to hone your own skills.
The game’s story begins hundreds of years in the future when humanity’s homeworld was nearly destroyed by the Infernals, a race of alien demons that emerged from portal-like Stormgates. The Infernals will return and threaten what remains of humanity, and if humanity is to successfully rebuild their homeland, they will need a whole lot of mechs.
Screenshots of Stormgate – Movie Trailer
“The combination of sci-fi and fantasy in the Stormgate universe, along with our focus on character-driven narratives, will provide our players with years of storytelling opportunities,” said Tim Campbell, President and Game Director at Frost Giant Studios. “Our team is developing a premium real-time strategy game that continues the RTS tradition of high-skill competitive gaming while innovating in areas like the UI and co-op to make the genre more accessible than ever. ”
Campbell is just one of Frost Giants employees who previously worked at Blizzard. Campbell was working on Warcraft 3 at the time, while CEO Tim Morten was previously the production manager on StarCraft 2. The two are joined at Frost Giant by a group of Blizzard RTS veterans.
Beta testing is scheduled to begin in 2023. Gameplay has yet to be revealed, but more will be revealed at the PC Gaming Show on June 12th. For more on the month’s events, check out our Summer of Gaming 2022 schedule. And for all of today’s reveals, be sure to check out everything announced at the 2022 Simmer Game Fest Showcase.
Matt Purslow is UK News and Features Editor for IGN.