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Jon Shafer's At The Gates Finally Gets a Release Date! A Roman Dark Age 4X All About Exploiting Resources

Jon Shafer's At The Gates Finally Gets a Release Date! A Roman Dark Age 4X All About Exploiting Resources

Rome has fallen. The barbarians, the uncivilised horde are at the gates. It is now the dark age. That is the premise for Jon Shafer’s At The Gates. And it’s coming out on January 23rd, 2019.

Having been in development for 7 years, At The Gates is promising a unique 4X experience that asks you at growing a fledgling tribe, exploiting the resources and migrating when you need to. That means you’re always only with one settlement… yes one… there is no colonising with multiple cities.

For those not in the know, Jon Shafer was the lead designer for Sid Meier’s Civilization V. He is a very young and talented designer that push some pretty big changes to the classic 4X games (hexes being one).

Although there were many detractors of Civ V, it eventually got to a state that is very good. Jon is a pretty humble guy. This post on his blog he shares his trials and tribulations making the game.

I’ve been playtesting a fair bit the past few months, and while the game certainly has its rough edges it really is a new kind of 4X experience. It’s a tough game, and it can be a slow grind, but from day one I always wanted to build something that would take the basic genre formula and push it a bit more. The game won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.
— Jon Shafer, CEO of Conifer Games

At The Gates main premise is a world that react to the weather and resources ebb and flow as time progress. During winter certain food types are unusable and the map can actually flood near rivers and such.

Which reminds me so much of the new Sid Meier’s Civilization VI expansion, Gathering Storm which comes out in February 2019. Coincidence… surely. But at least At The Gates is focused on the Roman Dark Age period.

I’ve been waiting patiently for this one for a very long time and to finally have a release date… I’m ecstatic. You can wishlist it on Steam here.


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