Niche Spotlight – Loria: A Promising 2D RTS Inspired by Classic Warcraft

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Indie developer Erik Vinclav is working on a new real-time strategy game that is sure to tickle the fancy of many old grognards such as myself. Titled simply Loria, the new RTS is built in the vein of the classics we saw during the heyday of the genre, in 2D with glorious sprites.

Inspired by the likes of Warcraft, Starcraft, Dune, and even Red Alert, the goal with Loria is to bring the best concepts from RTS classics and build them within a modern user-experience. This includes smooth controls, challenging AI, nice but reminiscent visuals, and lots of replayability.

Featured above, you can view a new trailer for the game. Loria will also reportedly bring with it RPG elements, like having quest driven missions, hero units, veteran units, and a focus on decision making that will change up how the story unfolds.

Here are the game’s planned features thus far:

  • 2 Playable races (Humans, Chaos), each with a single-player campaign
  • Strong story-telling
  • Multiple environments (Summer, Winter, Dungeon, Chaos)
  • Hero leveling system
  • Quest oriented missions
  • Improved AI
  • Enhanced user controls

Loria has already been greenlit on Steam, and is currently seeking funds on Indiegogo to complete its development.

Right now there’s also a pretty meaty playable demo, which you can download here. Vinclav is planning on releasing the game for PC, Mac, and Linux sometime in January of next year.

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  • totenglocke

    Look great. I can’t believe that Blizzard refused to consider remakes of the Warcraft games and insists that they’re “no longer fun”.

  • wavemotioncannon

    Wait what!? What kind of asshole says that about their own games?
    They could at least admit It wouldnt be very profitable or something.

  • Yeah I reported on that too. It was really saddening.

    He basically said from a gameplay and technical standpoint they’re just not fun anymore. IDK what to really make of it beyond that

  • Madbrainbox

    We’ll see if there’s a demand for it.Most RTS games aren’t doing very well these days.And that’s a damn shame.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    About freaking time, this genre is pretty much dead, and this is the breath of life it needs.

    I’ll be looking out for this.

  • AnarKreig

    You think you do.

  • Madbrainbox

    But you don’t.:)

  • Lord Vector

    This looks pretty cool. I’ll be keeping an eye on this one for sure.

  • RichardGristle

    Now here, enjoy your pink-haired tranny shooter. It’s what you want but don’t think you want.

  • RandomDev

    I’d buy this if I can get a DRM free copy. Also 2D is the way to go with RTS games.

  • RandomDev

    Going 3D was never a good idea for RTS games.

  • wavemotioncannon

    Man, thats basically shitting on their own coworkers. These guys are dicks.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    Age Of Empires 3 and Warcraft 3 was good, the problem was that a lot of old RTS development companies were either bought out or just moved on to other stuff

  • RandomDev

    No 3D is the problem, 3D is way more expensive to do and the market for RTS games was never as large as other genres. While some genres 3D is worth going as it expands the audience RTS always will be more niche cause it’s more about thinking than say COD or Overwatch.

  • Janok7227

    A bit too inspired by Warcraft 2 if you ask me. The mechanics being essentially a copy doesn’t really bother me, but you’d think that they would have a bit more originality in their art style.

  • InfectedAI

    Not typically into RTS games, but if it has a heavy emphasis on story I’m definitely interested.

  • Loria Game

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  • Loria Game

    Art has .. similiar style. Not same though. Though i agree it might look like one, when you are not professional artist :) However game-mechanics do have some unique ideas – did you try to play our demo ?

  • Loria Game

    Well I hope it will inspire few more people to make RTS games : ) Try out northgard, it looks very promising ( i didnt try myself – lack of time )

  • iswear12