Developer Shiro Games has announced that its Viking strategy game Northgard is set to release on PC via Steam Early Access on February 22, 2017.
The version of the game that is set to release via early access is what developer Shiro Games considers “to be the core of the game.” You will have the free play mode against the AI, with several victory conditions, the impact of winter, three different clans and all the Norese mythological creatures that you may fight against or befriend.
The developer writes the following on the game’s Steam Community Update page:
“We’re happy with the balance of the game that we’ll be showing you but we’re counting on your help to take it from good to ‘oh my’.”
Once the game launches in February, Shiro will then begin to add features over the next few months, including (but not limited to) the following:
A story based campaign mode.
Two new clans and the buildings and features that come with them.
Changes to the diplomacy system.
More victory conditions.
More neutral factions (creatures you can convince to join your cause).
Tweaks and upgrades to the combat system (if you think we need them).
Extra language support (much later in the EA).
Extra platform support (Mac/Linux) again, closer to leaving EA.
Shiro continues in the same post:
“This is what we consider to be the minimum of features that we’ll add to the game. We’ve already made solid progress on a lot of these, but we’d prefer to get your feedback on the core game before we throw more energy at features that all rely on having a solid experience right from the start.”
The above mentioned content, and more, will be dished out over the following few months after launch, with a full release planned for sometime by mid-year.
Shiro concludes the post by stating its plan to communicate regularly through the remainder of development via Twitter and on Steam, with things such as patch logs, updates, and any new information.
For more information about Northgard, be sure to check out its Steam page.