Indie developer Gameparic recently premiered the announcement trailer for its upcoming strategy game, Raga. Set during the Crusades in the Slavic region, Raga combines elements of both real-time strategy and city-builders. The game digs into Slavic history, as well as various fictional elements of Slavic culture, including various myths and monsters.
Equal Parts RTS & City Builder
One of the biggest and most unique aspects of Raga is its fusion of game genres. It combines RTS gameplay, similar to franchises like Age of Empires and Total War, and city-builder sims like the Tropico and SimCity games. And while many RTS games already feature some lite city-builder mechanics, Raga seems to have much more fleshed-out mechanics. We’re interested to see just how in-depth the mechanics will be, but according to the developers, the game will lean into them quite heavily.
Featuring “innovative city-building mechanics,” players will start with a small and basic village and will need to expand it with new buildings, properly managing everything from the workforce to the food rations while meeting particular religious needs of citizens. Players will also have the ability to farm, trade resources with other neighboring villages and cities, and use agriculture to further advance their economy.
Combat is Crucial in Raga
Of course, building one’s city is only half of Raga’s gameplay. Once players have built up their civilization, they will need to defend it from outsiders and various Slavic monsters. Players have to train their warriors and fight for survival against creatures pulled from classic lore. There are many different types of warriors to select from, each sporting different weaknesses and strengths. You’ll also have to carefully monitor soldiers’ morale levels, as low morale will result in worsened combat ability.
Raga’s Impressive Presentation
Not only does Raga feature a unique setting and gameplay, but it also boasts some very impressive visuals. Considering the game’s indie budget and the fact that it’s the first game from the studio, Raga’s visuals are impressive. The opening cinematic featured in the game’s trailer looks particularly great, and not far from something that you’d see from a AAA title. Frankly, Raga impresses on nearly all fronts, and we’re excited to see more.
About Gameparic and Games Incubator
Raga is developed by Gameparic, a brand new indie game studio without any releases to their name yet. The game’s publisher, Games Incubator, on the other hand has released one full game and several demos of upcoming titles. Some of these games include a rather visually impressive top-down shooter entitled Destropolis, Ship Graveyard Simulator, and Monuments Flipper, which appears to be a unique take on the new sub-genre started by House Flipper. Raga certainly looks like a promising game, and will be the first RTS and city-builder game to be published by Games Incubator.
Though Gameparic revealed a decent amount of details about Raga, we still don’t have a ton of details about the game including a release date. The game is something listed on Steam as “coming soon,” which may mean that it’s still a ways away. Despite lacking details, Raga looks promising and is one that Slavic history fans may want to keep a close eye on.
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