No, this isn’t a game where you play as Storm in X-Men: The Last Stand‘s final battle: this is Etherium, a futuristic real-time strategy game developed by Tindalos Interactive (the developers of 2011’s Stellar Impact) and published by Focus Home Interactive.
Etherium takes place on a distant planet and its moons, where a war between three empire is being waged for the mysterious substance called “etherium.” The game not only tasks you with leading one of the three factions for control over this element, but also to use each of the factions’ unique strengths, weaknesses, technologies and special skills to destroy opponents and upgrade troops.
The main component of Etherium is its use of a dynamic weather system, one that different factions use in different ways. One faction will be able to create localized weather conditions, such as sandstorms or snowstorms, that they can use to blanket their approach to an enemy base. Another empire can predict the future of upcoming weather conditions, and can devise strategies surrounding those future events to turn the tables on their foes. Factions will also have the use of a variety of units, including infantry, tanks of all kinds, naval units, and even gigantic colossi several meters high.
Etherium has been developed as a non-linear game, giving players the freedom to progress through the world however they like during the solo campaign. This means players are welcome to tackle any of the planet’s continent or moons for territory and resources, although different locations will have different levels of difficulty in being conquered, due to opposing forces that can include one of six secondary factions (like raiders, aliens, etc) and varied terrain (including desert sands, jungles, swamps, icy worlds and the like that can impede tanks). Etherium will also have an online multiplayer mode, where up to four players can compete simultaneously.
Etherium is set to release exclusively on PC next year, in June 2014. For more on Focus Home Interactive games, check out all of DualShockers’ FHI coverage.