Frost Giant, a studio made up of ex-Blizzard staff, has announced Stormgate, a new real-time strategy 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 that shows an archeologist piecing together an ancient shield. Her discovery is quickly interrupted by demonic forces, although thankfully a mech-clad ally with rockets and miniguns is able to save our hero from a grisly fate.
Alongside the trailer, Frost Giant has 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 across the entire game. Campaign missions can be played with a friend, while a 3vE mode allows three players to team up against AI enemies. While classic 1v1 ranked matches form the backbone of competitive multiplayer, 3v3 team battles allow co-op elements to be found in the PvP side of Stormgate.
Stormgate will also feature an in-game editor to allow custom games to be made by players and shared among the community. Other features include a fully-integrated tournament system for in-client esports, and the ability to spectate matches and use learning tools to enhance your own skills.
The game’s lore begins hundreds of years into the future, when humanity’s homeworld has been near-destroyed by the Infernals, a race of alien demons that emerged from portal-like Stormgates. The Infernals are set to return and threaten the remnants of humanity, and so should mankind wish to succeed in rebuilding its home, it’s going to need a whole lot of mechs.
“The Stormgate universe’s combination of science fiction and fantasy, along with our focus on character driven narratives, will provide years of storytelling opportunities for our players to enjoy,” said Tim Campbell, president and game director at Frost Giant Studios. “Our team is building a best-in-class real-time strategy game that will continue the RTS tradition of high-skill competitive play while innovating in areas such as user interface and co-op to make the genre more approachable than ever before.”
Campbell is just one of Frost Giant’s staff who previously worked at Blizzard. Campbell worked on Warcraft 3 back in the day, while CEO Tim Morten was previously production director on StarCraft 2. The pair are joined at Frost Giant by a group of Blizzard RTS veterans.
Beta testing is set to start in 2023. Gameplay has yet to be shown, but more will be revealed at the PC Gaming Show on June 12. For more information on the month’s events, check out our Summer of Gaming 2022 schedule. And for all the reveals today, check out everything announced at Simmer Game Fest Showcase 2022.
Matt Purslow is IGN's UK News and Features Editor.