|This gorgeous kingdom-builder is inspired by Tactics Ogre, so they|
Songs of Silence (opens in new tab) is a new strategy game being developed for PC by Chimera Entertainment that takes players to a beautiful fantasy realm of Light and Dark, each filled with warring factions, and both oblivious to the creeping invader that threatens to destroy them all.
Players in Songs of Silence will command one of multiple factions, each with a unique style of play, and use subterfuge, magic, and raw military might to conquer their rivals in a mix of turn-based strategy, real-time battles, and exploration. The game employs “card-based mechanics,” but it’s not a deck-builder: The cards you hold represent the heroes and locations you’ve discovered during gameplay. Songs of Silence will feature a story-driven singleplayer campaign and also support PvP multiplayer for up to six players at a time.
It all sounds very epic, but Chimera said gameplay in Songs of Silence is actually “fast paced, with short and intense real-time battles” that will enable players to complete a full map in a single session.
“[Songs of Silence] took inspiration from some of our all-time favorites, such as Ogre Battle, Kohan, and Warlords,” creative director Alexander Kehr said. “We want to focus on conquest and army management in a genuinely interesting fantasy world, with as much replayability as possible. A pure experience.”
What really caught my attention about Songs of Silence is its vibrant, colorful visual design. It has no bearing on gameplay, I know, but it makes a powerful first impression, and I will admit that I am a sucker for pretty games: I’m not really an RTS fan but I fell in love with Homeworld way back when largely because of how it looked and sounded.
Speaking of which, Songs of Silence also promises “compelling voiceover narration” and a soundtrack by Hitoshi Sakimoto, a composer known for his work on games including Valkryia Chronicles, Tactics Ogre, Final Fantasy Tactics, and Odin Sphere.
A release date for Songs of Silence hasn’t been announced, but it’s available for wishlisting on Steam (opens in new tab). In the meantime, you can keep up with what’s happening on Discord (opens in new tab), and have a look at some lovely screens below.
(Image credit: Chimera Entertainment)