I know a lot of people who would say that a great strategy game anywhere It would be hell, but those people don’t know what they’re missing.
solium hell was announced overnight, and it’s the next League of Geeks game, the team behind the long and very good Armello. The official description of him says:
Get ready for Solium Infernum, the grand strategy game of politics, intrigue and betrayal, set in the ultimate arena of Hell.
As a mighty fallen Archfiend, sinister lords of the Infernal Realm of Hell, you are a contender for the Infernal Throne: the Great Dark Majesty is missing and the feverish Conclave demands that a replacement be declared. Command fearsome legions, recruit champion praetors, cast sinister rituals, and outmaneuver your rivals to become the new Dark Majesty of Hell.
A “Great Strategy Game” is something like crusader kingsa title where the player is asked to do all sorts of different things leading a faction, from managing the economy to moving around armies to deal with political intrigue. So imagine that, alone here you’re competing to become the new Great Dark Majesty.
now for the really Fun part: this is not a brand new game! Instead, it’s an attempt to do justice to one of the most interesting, if also underappreciated, strategy games of the last 15 years. Designer Vic Davis aka Cryptic Comet Released solium hell in 2009 (your site is still live, and you can even download a demo for it), and it was like this:
Armello’s take, meanwhile, it looks like this:
If you notice similarities between the screenshot above and Armello, that is no coincidence. League of Geeks boss Trent Kusters saying GI.biz that “[Solium Infernum] was a great inspiration for Armello. So it’s a real honor. We have met Vic [Davis] during years. and when we were [thinking] ‘What are we going to do for our next game?’ Ty Carey, my co-founder, said, ‘Let’s do this, let’s talk to him.'”
davis—who apparently no longer designs games and now he sells donuts which sounds amazing—He ended up letting League of Geeks “acquire” the IP and in doing so “transmitted the torch” to the Australian studio, which hopes from hell core experience (that led to this brilliant series of stone paper shotgun back in my day) may find a wider and more appreciative audience after being reworked and given a fresh coat of paint.
The game is due out on Steam sometime in 2023, and you can check out its cinematic trailer below: