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Defenders of Ardania announced

The tower defense game genre is getting a new entry later this year. Publisher Paradox Interactive has announced during its Paradox Convention press event its plans for Defenders of Ardania, a fantasy-themed game set in the same universe as the company's Majesty strategy-sim series. The game itself comes from developer Most Wanted Entertainment.

The game will let players defend their bases with a variety of different defense turrets but you can also play as the attackers with over 24 different units. Both offensive and defensive magic spells are part of the game and there will be multiplayer support for up to four players. The game, which will also be released for the iPad and the Playstation Network in addition to the PC, is due out in the second quarter of 2011.

[Via PR fact sheet]

Boot Disk: Majesty

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There's always somewhere new to go in any genre. This is not so much wistful thinking as it is hard fact, since you can combine genres and fiddle with them to create entirely new ones. When one mixes fantasy RPGs, real-time strategy, and world simulation, something beautiful happens, and its name is Majesty. While the second one was released recently, the first still deserve attention, thanks to some extra features not included in the sequel and the fact that it is just so good. After all, it's hard to pull off such a wild genre mix like this, but Majesty makes it look easy.

Note: All of the versions linked in this article are Majesty Gold, which includes the expansion pack as well as the original game.

Review: Majesty 2

The original Majesty was an excellent, if rather unknown, take on the tried-and-true real-time strategy genre. Instead of giving the player direct control over their forces, it instead gave all of the units separate AI and motivations, requiring the player to lead by incentive rather than by command. This was incredibly innovative at the time, and Majesty 2 picks up where the original left off. While its steep difficulty curve and lack of radical new features prevents it from truly surpassing its predecessor, it's a worthy addition to the series and manages to capture all the things that made Majesty great.

Download the Majesty 2 Demo (569 MB)

Gallery: Majesty II

Get original Majesty with pre-order for Majesty 2

The now shut down developer Cyberlore is still remembered by many for launching the Majesty series. With the upcoming release of Majesty 2 by developer 1C Company and publisher Paradox Interactive, fans will be able to get the original game for free (a $9.99 value) with their pre-order for the sequel.

The pre-order offer extends to all of the digital download services that will have Majesty 2 available (that includes Steam, Direct2Drive, Gamersgate, Impulse and others). The free game is actually the Majesty Gold collection which includes the original game and the expansion pack titled (what else) The Northern Expansion. The offer ends when Majesty 2 is released on September 18.

Gallery: Majesty II

New Majesty 2 screenshots come forth

Cyberlore's fantasy-sim game Majesty became a cult hit among PC gamers when it was released in 2000. The developer had plans for a full fledged sequel but the company was forced to lay off the majority of its staff in 2005 (it now makes so called "serious games" under the name Minerva Software). So many were happy to hear several months ago that Paradox Interactive had bought the game's rights and would publish Majesty 2.

For Games Convention this week, Paradox released some new screenshots of the game showing ome apparent action sequenes of men battling skeleton creatures. Developed by 1C:Ino-Co, Paradox states that the game should have the same kind of humor and charm the original game did. Majesty 2 is due for release in 2009.

Gallery: Majesty II

Majesty 2 trailer shows off fantasy fun

Although MMO trailers might be grabbing all the attention today, it's worth taking some time out to check out the trailer for Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim. Even though the trailer doesn't go into much detail about what makes it more of a fantasy kingdom sim than any other real-time strategy game, it's provides a nice and relaxing break from war and destruction.

Download the Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim HD Trailer (24 MB)

Majesty 2 announced, hires heroes for coins

Everyone knows those heroes are a greedy bunch. Always roaming the wilderness for a spare bit of XP or Gold. The original Majesty captured this view and turned you into the person to exploit their eager longing for enough gold pieces for some grog. However, it's been a long time since Majesty was released, and the IP has long switched hands.

Thankfully, it switched hands to the excellent developer Paradox, who have announced today a sequel to the original named, unsurprisingly, Majesty 2. According to them, the game is set to retain the original's sense of charm and dark humour while updating the gameplay for the new millennium. Color me interested. I love exploiting those heroes so I can sit around and do nothing all day in my fortress!

[Via IGN]

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