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Terminator: Dark Fate - Defiance

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: Slitherine
Developer: Cats Who Play
Release Date: Winter 2023

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'Terminator: Dark Fate - Defiance' Scheduled For This Winter, Beta Coming In A Few Months, Shows Off Gameplay - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 30, 2023 @ 3:04 p.m. PDT

Terminator: Dark Fate - Defiance is real-time strategy game that follows the war between humanity and Legion's synthetic intelligent machine network.

Terminator: Dark Fate - Defiance is set to be a cornerstone of Terminator: Dark Fate lore. Leading a small group of human survivors, players will be challenged to try and avoid extermination and change humanity’s fate. The game features a meaningful and immersive narrative filled with memorable characters as well as constant strategic gameplay decisions that have wide-reaching story repercussions.

In the single-player campaign, you take the role of a commander in the Founders faction and guide your army in an attempt to foil Legion's plan to exterminate the last remnants of humanity. In skirmish and multiplayer modes, play as three very diverse factions: Founders, Legion and Resistance.

Players control a core army that they will carry over from mission to mission on a strategic map. In keeping with the post-apocalyptic setting and to avoid gameplay repetitiveness while increasing replayability, the game is centered around making unit tactical decisions and engaging in real-time combat instead of focusing on base building and resource management. Hone your skills and military expertise by replaying and achieving the best possible outcomes.

Throughout the game, players will have freedom of choice and will make decisions that will have an effect on subsequent missions and resonate throughout the game as players progress. These decisions can result in various outcomes including gaining intel, weaponry or allies in future conflicts.

A ragged force of Founders, hotly pursued by Legion machines, have encountered various other bands of human survivors. While the player has a choice to ally or not, joining forces with certain groups will reap specific benefits. In the mission highlighted, a steady stream of Legion convoys provides a juicy target for the resistance fighters to destroy. In addition, successfully retrieving a downed pilot in the area gives critical air support in later missions, while the appearance of a new human group - the Integrators - means either additional soldiers to be folded into the Founders ranks or another foe to be battled. What's more, with the mission's success lies the possibility to re-establish radio contact with Founders’ command center - a newfound connection that might be less fortunate than the player thinks.

A beta for Terminator: Dark Fate – Defiance will be available in the coming months. Players interested in participating should sign up through Slitherine’s official site.

Key Features

  • Start humanity’s resistance against the machines by surviving engagements with Legion and rallying others to your cause. In the post-Judgement Day world, the greatest threats may not come from the machines but rather from other human survivors.
  • Traverse various dangerous locals, find additional allies and supplies and navigate the brutal differences between competing human factions.
  • Engage in complex, realistic battles where your tactical decisions are vital to your survival and ultimate victory. Use a variety of military equipment, vehicles and ammunition types in your battles against the enemy. Recruit and train new units, assign new skills and acquire new weapons and equipment to continue the resistance.
  • Your battlefield tactics and choices have deep consequences. Your resources are limited and you must protect your army. Weapons of war receive damage through a modular component damage system where armour characteristics, component malfunctions and hull structure all affect if your troops survive.
  • Recruit others to your cause and grow your army. Mix and match the composition of your troops to fit your preferred battle tactics. Use infantry units, heavy armoured military vehicles, plasma cannon technology, drones and other flying units and even human skirmishers to achieve victory.
  • Use the battlefield to your advantage! Physics-based building demolition lets you generate a realistic set of tactical consequences, especially in urban areas.
  • Test your skills in online multiplayer matches. Fight against real-life human opponents in 1v1, 2v1, and 2v2 battles.

Terminator: Dark Fate - Defiance is coming to PC (Steam) in Winter 2023.

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