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Empyre: Dukes of the Far Frontier is an unlikely sequel set in a robot-run sky city, coming June 3rd

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Empyre: Dukes of the Far Frontier is an unlikely sequel set in a robot-run sky city, coming June 3rd

Game News - posted by Infinitron on Wed 27 April 2022, 20:00:00

Tags: Coin Operated Games; Empyre: Dukes of the Far Frontier

You'd be forgiven for not remembering Empyre: Lords of the Sea Gates, Coin Operated Games' steampunk ("Neo-Victorian") isometric RPG set in alternate history flooded New York City. Empyre seemed vaguely promising when it was announced in 2017, but it soon became apparent that it was just an unusually well-publicized piece of shovelware. Somehow, the developer didn't appear to care or even notice when the game completely flopped after launching later that year. In fact, he immediately began talking about making a sequel. Well, that sequel was revealed this week with the title of Empyre: Dukes of the Far Frontier. This time the game is set in the Arizona desert circa 1925, in a mysterious city in the sky built by steam-powered automatons. Here's its announcement trailer and the accompanying press release:

Auburn, New Hampshire – April 27, 2022 – Coin Operated Games announces today that its upcoming Neo-Victorian RPG Empyre: Dukes of the Far Frontier, will be coming to PC via Steam on June 3, 2022.

Developed by a team of veterans from companies like Crytek, Creative Assembly, Codemasters and Digital Reality, Empyre: Dukes of the Far Frontieris a top-down isometric RPG that takes place in an alternate history Wild West circa 1925.

Empyre: Dukes of the Far Frontier is set in a Neo-Victorian version of the wild west where you've got a first-class ticket to explore a seemingly utopian city run by steam-powered robots that society has become increasingly reliant on. In this mecca of machines and social revolution, a carefree life awaits, or so you've been led to believe. Discover the secrets of the robotic working class, and claw your way to the truth in this isometric alternate history RPG adventure!

Empyre: Dukes of the Far Frontier features a city designed in consultation with firm Architects of Invention. Architects of Invention (AI) is an international partnership practicing contemporary architecture, urbanism, and design. Since its establishment in 2010 AI has completed 10 buildings in 10 years and produced more than 100 projects and collaborations. It has contributed to projects in Chile, Switzerland, Germany, Canary Islands, Seychelles, India, Russia, China, Czech Republic, France, UK and Georgia. AI has received numerous international awards, has contributed to publications online and in-print, organised workshops and exhibitions. AI thrives to establish itself as a design led, contemporary experimental practice to test many new technologies and engage with new cultures and geographies.

"After working on many real life projects, it was a joy to delve into the realm of pure imagination to help Coin Operated Games realize their vision of a perfect futuristic city," said Niko Japaridze of AI. "Videogames are a fascinating space to work in. The space is unbridled and unlimited allowing us to explore and experiment with architectural themes in completely new dimensions."

“We are very honored that Architects of Inventions is working with us on our city design for Empyre: Dukes of the Far Frontier,” said John Randall, Creative Director of Empyre. “They are a world class outfit, and have been invaluable to us with helping to shape the nature of our city.”

Currently in development by Coin Operated Games, Empyre: Dukes of the Far Frontier will be available via Steam on June 3, 2022.​

Okay then! As mentioned above and on the game's Steam page, Dukes of the Far Frontier is scheduled for release on June 3rd. So it won't be too long before we find out if it's an improvement over its predecessor in any way or if this is just a bizarre money laundering operation.

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