We stated in 2021 that the ’90s are again, child, as a result of somebody was making an RTS primarily based on Stargate SG-1. At present they’re actually again, as a result of that game, formally generally known as Stargate: Timekeepers, is now stay—and for these of you who aren’t positive whether or not real-time Stargate technique goes to be your bag, a demo is accessible too.
Stargate: Timekeepers is in reality a “real-time ways game,” a minor however significant distinction. As a substitute of harvesting sources, constructing bases, churning out armies, and grinding your enemies to mud, you may lead a brand new group of SG-1 specialists behind enemy strains, where you may “use your characters’ distinctive expertise, craft the proper plan, and defeat the Goa’uld menace.”
Considerably unusually, Stargate: Timekeepers is launching in two elements: Season 1 half 1 is stay now, whereas half 2 is slated to observe later this yr. It’s going to characteristic a complete of 14 “narrative-rich missions” selecting up the story from the tip of season 7 of the tv show, starting with the battle of Antarctica after which moving into fights towards the Goa’uld oppressors alongside the Jaffa Resistance, a strike towards Moloc, and finally an alliance with the Unas. Yeah, they’re protecting quite a lot of bases right here.
Stealth options prominently within the game, and that is led to a blended response on Steam. Reviewers who dig stealth-based gameplay appear to love it, however some who have been hoping for a extra straight-up battle are disillusioned. “Do not come into this anticipating it to be a tactical game or a technique game such as you’d count on,” one unfavorable reviewer wrote. “Sure it does have some inkling of technique and ways. However the entire level of this game is stealth. You’re severely punished for attempting to battle your means by way of as you might be all the time at an enormous drawback and are punished for even making an attempt to really battle.”
I might say that is in tune with the SG-1 tv show, which to be clear I used to be a giant fan of again within the day: A small gang of free-wheeling troopers and scientists half-assing their means throughout the galaxy, attempting to keep away from being squashed by overwhelming enemy forces.
(Allow us to not overlook that it is also the show that supplied the breakthrough for God of Battle actor and Game Awards favourite Christopher Choose.)
Whether or not that is sufficient to hold the game to any diploma of success is one other matter totally. SG-1 ran for 10 seasons and spawned a few spinoffs that have been fairly good in their very own right, which isn’t any imply feat, however it’s not precisely essentially the most in-demand license ever. However that is likely to be one of many causes we have got a brand new Stargate game to play within the first place: It is accessible.
Developer Slitherine has gone a bit hog-wild with licenses like this in recent times: Alongside Stargate: Timekeepers, it is also acquired the real-time ways game Terminator: Darkish Destiny – Defiance coming in February, and it had a success with Starship Troopers: Terran Command, one other RTS that got here out in 2022. But it surely’s a technique that may repay: If there’s one Robocop: Rogue Metropolis proved, it is that there is nonetheless house for mid-tier licensed video games to seek out success amidst all of the Star Wars and Harry Potters on the market.
Stargate: Timekeepers is accessible now on Steam, GOG, and the Epic Video games Retailer. The demo, nevertheless, is at present solely up on Steam.