I know many would say an epic set of strategy games any where would be hell, but those people don’t know what they’re missing out on.
Solium Infernum was announced overnight and this is the next game of League of Geeks, the team behind is long and very good Armello. Its official description is:
Prepare yourself for Solium Infernum, the grand strategy game about politics, intrigue and betrayal, set in the final arena of Hell.
As a powerful fallen Archfiend, sinister lord of the Underworld, you are the rival of the Infernal Throne – the Great Dark Majesty has gone missing and the feverish Conclave demands a replacement to be declared. Command fearsome legions, enlist invincible praetorians, perform sinister rituals, and defeat your rivals to become the new Shadow Queen of Hell.
The “big strategy game” is something like Crusader Kingsa title in which players are asked to do all kinds of different jobs while at the top of a faction, from managing the economy, to move troops, to deal with political conspiracies. So imagine that, just here you are competing to be Great Dark Lord.
Now to the really fun part: this is not a brand new game! Instead, it’s an attempt to do justice to one of the most exciting, if also underrated strategy games of the past 15 years. Designer Vic Davis, aka Cryptic Comet, released Solium Infernum in 2009 (its website is still active and you can even download a demo for it), and it looks like this:
League of Geeks’ take, meanwhile, looks like this:
If you’re noticing similarities between the above screenshot and Armello, that’s no coincidence. League of Geeks boss Trent Kusters said GI.biz that “[Solium Infernum] is a great inspiration for Armello. So it’s a real honor. We already know Vic [Davis] for several years. And when we [thinking], ‘What are we going to do for the next game?‘, Ty Carey—my co-founder–like, ‘let’s do this, let’s talk to him‘.“
Davis—who apparently no longer designs games and now sells donuts, this sounds great—Allowed League of Geeks to “acquire” the IP and in doing so would “pass the torch” to the Australian studio, who would hope that Infernum’s core experience (leading up to this amazing series from Paper gun back in the day) could find a wider, more appreciative audience after it has been remade and given a fresh coat of paint.
The game will launch on Steam in 2023, and you can check out its cinematic trailer below: