We're currently around two years after the original launch of Endless Legend and Amplitude's 4X strategy game is still showing no signs of stopping. If anything, it seems to be picking up its pace given that the previous Shifters expansion released back in April, and already we have a brand new one in the form of Tempest.
So what does Tempest bring with it? To put it simply: naval warfare, Morgawr - a brand new race of demonic beasts that come from the abyssal depths, and as you can probably guess from its name alone, a comprehensive weather system. While there is no gameplay trailer to showcase all of these new mechanics, Amplitude did recently post a rather intriguing lore orientated video. Have a look:
As far as the exact features coming in with Tempest are concerned, here's the brief rundown that came with the announcement:
New Major Faction – The Morgawr: Locked in the depths of Auriga by the Endless due to their uncontrollable power, the demonic Morgawr are finally free… This new faction will focus on controlling the seas and spreading chaos on the lands thanks to mind control powers and the “Black Spot” curse cast on their enemies.
Naval Warfare: Players will finally be able to battle on the seas. All seaborne units can instigate and reinforce sea battles. Exotic mechanics and tile effects spice up this new type of battle.
Ocean Control with Weather System: Arcane structures have emerged from beneath the waves: these Endless relics provide strategic and luxury resources as well as other bonuses to the empire able to control them. To do so, their mysterious guardians must be parlayed with or defeated in battle. The same guardians will patrol “wild” ocean regions, making them a lot less safe to cross without convoy. Expect clouds, rain and storms to appear on your map.
Sea Fortresses and New Minor Faction - Fomorians: Newly generated ocean regions, including a Sea Fortress, offer strategic locations in the water for players to battle it out. Anywhere from zero to three fortresses are located in each ocean region, so expect more in oceans that are more strategically pivotal, between islands or continents.
And now for the big question, "Is Endless Legend: Tempest any good?". I haven't played it myself, so take the following with a few grains of salt, but from what I've seen over at the Steam forums the community seems to be pretty damn happy with it. Then again, after two years I'd imagine the community is currently only made out of people that really enjoy Endless Legend, but even so, there doesn't appear to be anything obviously problematic with Tempest. Long story short, if you're looking to get even more playtime out of Endless Legend, Tempest is probably a safe bet. Have fun!