SkyBox Labs, developers of Age of Empires II: The Forgotten and Age of Mythology Extended Edition, announces a new simultaneous turn-based tactics game on Steam Early Access.

Inspired in equal doses by a love of Strategy Games and Action Movies, Armed Tactics is an online multiplayer, turn-based tactics game in which player turns are resolved simultaneously. Take control of a squad of armed units, each with their own specialized weapons and strategic advantages.

“Simultaneous Turn-based games is a long time passion for a lot of our team, withArmed Tactics, our focus is on building a competitive multiplayer community. Launching into Early Access allows us to get the feedback we want from new and expert strategy players during development.” said Steve Silvester, Co-Founder of Skybox Labs, Inc.

Matches play out on visually stunning maps that are custom designed for tense showdowns, surprise attacks and quick getaways.  Learn the different character types and special abilities to formulate traps and coordinated attacks – use The Shotgunner to breach walls to launch a sneak attack, or choose the The Gunman’s Scout ability to track opponents behind walls to avoid an ambush.

The thrills and excitement come from trying to outwit your opponent and anticipate what moves will be played and to counter them with deadly efficiency.

Armed Tactics will be available for PC on Steam Early Access beginning May 20.

To encourage Early Access buyers, Armed Tactics will be discounted for the first two weeks. Additionally, Early Access purchases of the game will also include an extra digital Steam copy at no extra charge so players can gift one to their Steam friends and get right to playing competitive matches.

Main Features (Early Access)

Create a squad of combat experts

  • 4 distinct character classes work as a team in squads of up to 6 units

  • The Gunman – Quick on the trigger and master of the mid-field.  Scouting abilities make it hard for opponents to launch a surprise attack.

  • The Bomber – Launch devastating grenades to flush opponents from fortified positions and deny key positions.

  • The Sniper – Strategically lock-down open lanes from key line of sight positions.

  • The Shotgunner – A master at close-quarter combat in closed off areas.  A good choice for front line assault tactics.

Choose Special Abilities to match your strategy

  • Each match is an opportunity to alter your strategy by choosing Special Abilities for each unit.

  • Create coordinated attacks by pairing units with complementary skills and abilities.

  • Special Abilities such as Breach allows you to break through walls to open paths for your teammates or to attack from unexpected locations.

Unique, Custom Designed Tactical Maps

  • Rich, detailed locations that highlight the dramatic cat-and-mouse armed encounters

  • Destructible environmental objects – Destroy doors and cover objects to change the balance of the match.

  • Learn the maps to formulate strategies to find ideal sniper locations, quick getaways and lanes to lead your opponent into an ambush.

Competitive Online Multiplayer Play

  • Jump into a match or create a custom game

  • Play Head to Head matches asynchronously – submit your turns at your own pace.

Skirmish Mode

  • Play full matches versus AI

  • Practice your tactics and test out unit combinations

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