The medieval era saw political turmoil across Europe, brutal combat between warring factions, and a laissez-faire approach to personal hygiene. Any hygiene, actually. Thankfully historical RTS Ancestors legacy focuses on the former elements. Featuring four playable nations, a strong focus on tactical play, and sumptuous visuals powered by Unreal Engine 4, it’s one for the history buffs and RTS enthusiasts alike.
This is a staunchly realistic medieval game, which means no spells, no dragons, and no other fantasy tropes that often creep into the era’s depiction in games. Spanning the years 793 AD - 1278 AD via a number of legendary battles, Ancestors Legacy shows these famous events from the perspectives of the Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, Holy Roman Empire, and the Slavs.
As Ulf Ironbeard and Rurik of the Vikings you’ll take on the English and invade Novogorod, while the Anglo-Saxon campaign sees Edward the Confessor navigate a tricky civil war scenario in England, then Harold II Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. While the Slavs defend against German attacks with Mieszko and Bolesław I the Brave repels Prussian emperor Henryk II and attempts to take Kiev.
This is a squad-based RTS with a 10-unit cap, which means the focus is on micromanagement, strategic positioning and timing. The resource management aspect centres on wood, food, iron, and housing, the latter determining how many units you have at your disposal at a given time. Taking control of neutral villages on the game map is also of vital importance, because capturing and maintaining them boosts your Faction’s resources.
Your squad’s also subject to many different status effects, and managing these is key. Effects may be positive - morale and health boosts, for example - negative, like movement or retreat blocked. Most can be either positive or negative, such as damage or range modifiers. All status effects come in three levels, with the highest having the most profound effect on your squad’s stats.
Here’s the bare minimum you’ll need in your rig to run the game:
...And the recommended specs:
The game released on 22 May 2018. Following launch, dedicated servers are now online and the game’s first official post-launch tournament took place on 18 July.