Last year, we covered Warside, a turn-based tactics game which sees you command a cute little pixelated army, which is due to come to Switch in 2023. It gave us major Advance Wars vibes. And today, developer Lavabird Games is finally launching the game's Kickstarter today!
Looking to capture the spirit of the classic turn-based tactics genre so popular with Intelligent Systems' series and "evolve" it further. Tactics fans have really been spoilt for choice over the last 12 months, from strategy RPGs to even the return of Advance Wars coming in April. But that hasn't deterred Lavabird. If anything, it's spurred them on, as per the press release:
"I think Warside has a strong offering. We're cross-platform and can reach a wide audience. We've got fresh content rather than a campaign that people have played before. We've also gone for a retro pixel art style that we know fans of the genre love."
In terms of changes, Lavabird Games is developing a game with "a deliberate bias towards action" in a system it's calling "action TBT" — fast-paced tactical combat. SRPGS and tactics games often have a tendency to be a little slower pace, so Lavabird Games wants to change that up.
Every faction will have what's called an "anti-stalemate unit", which can disrupt formations in multiple different ways. There's a Rhino combat bulldozer and a Rocket Bike, but there will be many other ways to exploit the frontlines.
Air units, while able to avoid any blocks, will have their own defence mechanics that differ from ground units, and you won't be able to spend all funds every single turn — you'll need to prioritise the correct counter-units more.
There's a wide variety of infantry units available, and they have their own "dedicated production facility" in the Barracks. And while multiple play styles will need to be employed with different Commanders, there will also be faction-specific units that complement each Commander.
So it's jam-packed full of stuff, but here's a run-down of all of the key features of the game:
- Intuitive turn-based gameplay with a familiar feel for fans of the classics.
- 12 playable Commanders, each with unique passive skills and Battle Powers.
- Control 20+ unit types. Simultaneously battle over land, air, and sea with ground forces, aircraft, and naval units.
- Faction-unique units with mechanics specific to each faction.
- Single-player campaign with over 30 missions.
- Forest, desert and snow biomes, plus indoor close-quarters missions.
- Challenge friends and foes with multiplayer battles. Local and internet play are supported.
- Design your own maps with the built-in mission editor for both single and multiplayer.
If you're interested in Warside, head on over to the game's Kickstarter page to get a good look and the work and the inspirations behind it.
Let us know your thoughts on Warside in the comments below.
Advance wars uninspired?, it looks like a direct copy
In the absence of official releases these games fill a gap. Lavabird games must be pretty gutted that Advance Wars is coming back right around the time they launched their kickstarter.
I hope there is enough of a market desire for something new in the vein of Advance Wars for this to garner enough support. Something tells me the timing might just be bad this time around.
Honestly I really hate it when companies just make a 1-1 copy from a game's style.
I'll be playing the Real Advance Wars next month.
I don't get how NL are being so nice about what looks like a complete rip off of AW.
The Advance Wars games on the DS introduced me to tactical SRPGs. Although I loved Dual Strike, I haven’t really gotten into the genre (perhaps with the exception of Into the Breach). When I read the description for Warside, it just sounds like Advance Wars with unnecessary additions. Maybe the differences mean enough for fans of the genre, but it seems like Lavabird is fighting an uphill battle to justify how their game is not a clone.
To highlight the “retro pixel art style that we know fans of the genre love” particularly feels ironic. “We’re totally better than the Advance Wars which is coming out because we have the old Advance Wars art.”
On the point of this being a 'copy'. Indie game developers have to start somewhere, so being derivative of something you love is often a great point to start at: it places you in a community of people with a similar love of the game you're building on and gives people an immediate reference point.
Mozart was derivative of Bach, yet he is no less celebrated.
Lavabird will be hoping PS and XB owners want to play advance Wars too and will buy into the alternative they are offering.
Wow, this is just a blatant ripoff. I could understand taking inspiration from Advance Wars, but this almost looks identical. There's no excuse for not adding your own look to a game, and just copying something else.
I wonder how far they'll come before "someone" shuts em down...
@sanderev the point is: Nintendo didn't make a new Advance Wars in ages, and now after all these years they only make a remake, so being able to play a "new game in the series that is not necessarily a new game in the series" to me sounds good.
Day 1 backer for me. ♡♡♡. I can't wait. Between this and AW. Im a happy man!
@Solomon_Rambling I love Advance Wars, but I was upset that the new release is just Advance Wars 1+2, instead of 3 or 4, or just a new one. The reason is the first two only have the boring units and mechanics. I love Dual Strike and Days Of Ruins, because they have the more specialized units and more interesting mechanics like units getting more experienced as they gain kills. The unnecessary additions look fun to me. They have less obvious units here, and I appreciate that immensely. What I see here looks more interesting than Advance Wars 1+2 Bootcamp. They didn't need a remake, they needed a new entry.
Woah! This looks just like Wargroove, but in a modern setting! Timing seems unfortunate considering Wargroove 2 was just announced...
Looks too similar to the Advance Wars. A simple change of visuals would do wonders for title such as this. As is, it will be always compared to Advance Wars, unlike Wargroove, whith similar gameplay but very different visual flare.
Isn't that the New Grounds Logo? lol
I will wait on Advance Wars. Wargroove and Tiny Metal at least tried to do their own thing.
I agree that this is just a carbon ripoff of AW but let's face it Nintendo doesn't want us to play the real Advance Wars anyways. Why else would they hold it til April when the games are already complete and ready for play? It's looks like Nintendo is just looking for a way to not give us the games again, expect an unexpected delay if they change their minds.
This is Advanced Wars with a slightly (and I mean SLIGHTLY) different pain job applied.
Sold. Day One purchase!
I appreciate your view on this! Having not played the GBA titles, I had assumed most people would be fine with a remake, even if there wasn’t a new entry. I’ll withhold my judgement on Warside until I see how it actually compares once it’s out.
Yeah um.... this looks a bit too much like advance wars on the gba to me. I'm surprised they're not getting sued for copyright infringement?
I know wargroove was similar but at least they mixed it up with a more medieval setting and different unit types, this just seems derivative of AW to me.
It's quite shocking that a dev would not only decide to make a carbon copy of another game's art style, but that they'd be allowed to get away with it.
They should be ashamed of themselves for having such a lack of creativity.
Had to debate the standard physical or CE physical version. I went with the CE for now hopefully because it has a box. I wouldn't be surprised if they get pulled for the similarity of the game. But considering the delays on-going with the same game alot including me have preorder for should give them a wakeup call and finish the game.
Chinese bootleg Advance Wars, lol.
Even considering it's a shameless copy of that IP, I'd have still supported this if it had launched a year or two ago.
Now, though? A month before the real deal releases? No way.
Seeing how a new Advanced Wars hasn't been released since 2008 and the Remastered has been delayed twice since announcement, I'll take anything new in this genre. Not sure why ppl would be upset that this is similar.
I've been burned too many times with Kickstarter so while I love this genre, I won't be supporting it. Hope it does get made and released for the Switch but yeah I just won't ever partake in Kickstarter or BackerKit ever again. Also I'm gonna support the new Advance Wars reboot because I really want Nintendo to make a new game in the series (also Fire Emblem really needs a break....Engage has been fun and all but the series is showing that it can't really do those big emotional scenes with such stilted and stiff animation....the series needs a break so they can work on something that's truly fleshed out and fully realized with the cutscenes to convey the emotion and pathos they're attempting - and a perfect way to give Fire Emblem time to breathe is for the developer to focus on a new campy Advance Wars game)!
@Cptncha It's a purely subjective thing, but in these type of cases, it can feel a bit TOO redundant.
In a world without Wargroove existing (with a sequel on the way) and the AW Re-boot Camp a little more than a month away, something like this would make way more sense in the same way indie devs are trying to keep F-Zero alive since Nintendo isn't doing it themselves. But now, it feels kinda cheap in a "saturating the market" kind of way because it's not showing enough to stand out from its contemporaries.
Of course, no amount of criticism of the optics matters if there's an audience ready to throw their money at this game. And they're well within their rights to do so.
I would like to back this, but I feel that this game is very likely to get a takedown order from Nintendo. I thought the main picture for the article was Advance Wars, the art style is way too close here, and the house of Mario has gone C&D happy for far less.
...This isn't inspired...
Let's be real, Nintendo sidelined Advance Wars to make more waifu sim - sorry I mean Fire Emblem games. The demand for AW has always been there. This actually looks pretty good. And it wouldn't take much to be better than Tiny Metal which I just couldn't get into at all.
If it were a 1-1 copy the commanders would look like they had any personality at all. I can't understand all these indie games with very competent pixel art but absolutely dead-eyed generic character designs. Just look at good character designs, reference them, you're already referencing everything else.
Is this a shameless lift from Advance Wars to the point I had to look very closely at the video and screen shots to see it wasn't in fact just Advance Wars? Yes. Am I outraged? No, Nintendo has had plenty of time to do something with this IP and chose to leave it far behind. No the Advance Wars 1+2 doesn't count since it is a remake not a new game. I will be buying both and as excited as I can be. I will also get Wargroove 2. It's a banner year for TBS strategy!
“ LavaBird is a video game developer headquartered in London, England. It is known for Warside.”
I can see it satisfying if the remaster wasn't coming out, but...... yeah
Looks cool, many interesting ideas...I'll keep an eye for it.
Well if Nintendo isn't building on Advance Wars with new units, campaigns,... I'm glad someone else does. I'll watch this, see where it goes.
@WanzerAce Three Houses was the only decent Fire Emblem. TinyMetal was a major disappointment. No navel or air units, weird fog of war mechanic, the loading times... no thanks. I'll take a cheap ripoff of Advance Wars if it's ripped off properly. This looks like it might be it.
This is like if ChatGPT made advance wars.
@RunninBlue I wasn't saying the developer was Chinese. I was likening the game to a Chinese bootleg product.
Slightly tragic they couldn't get this out in the year delay of Advance Wars.
@Darknilious Yeah that's exactly how I feel. Considering the way Nintendo couldn't even give us the 1+2 remake for over a year, because politics or something stupid like that, all my hopes in them properly supporting the series has been lost.
I don't need to spend $60 on Advance Wars 1+2.
I just buy this game for $9
Looks like much like Tiny Metal they went the route of increasing the number of Infantry types as well as adding some of their own new units. Imagine what Sami could do with mortar teams or snipers! And IFVs too? I'm suddenly less excited about Re-Boot Camp.
And then it actually has unique faction units. I'm feeling dangerously hyped.
EDIT. All of you people saying "rip off" seemingly don't realize how game genres are made. I'm old enough to remember when all FPS games were called "DOOM clones". This games seems to improve on the AW base by adding new units and thus new strategies.
I wonder how y'all would feel if the Battle Isle series was ported to Switch or rebooted.
I'll echo others here: 'inspired'?!
It's a blatant ripoff.
And if you are going to report on this, you have a duty to point that out. But wax lyrically how great it looks. This is plain IP threat.
So many people bemoaning the Reboot camp delay…did people forget about Ukraine already? Are attention spans that short?
Have some respect. They delayed their game that makes a light-hearted romp out of a war that’s started when a parody of Russia randomly decides to invade a neighbouring country, when Russia randomly decided to invade a neighbouring country. People lost everything, people died. It would have been immensely poor taste to release it then. And it’s all still happening, the media has just moved on.
And before that? Well the series started dwindling in sales. Honestly I’m fairly sure it’s because of it going all gritty and grey, that certainly churned me out of the series. It’s kind of a miracle it got a revival at all! There are so many dead IP from all game developers out there that don’t get this and never will.
Idk chief I wouldn't back a game is so close to be dcma'd by Nintendo, I mean, it's a ripoff from any point of view, they are gonna have to answer a cease and desist soon.
@Placidcasual lol, I can't wait to see a version of Andy or Max that has hands coming out of each finger because they let the AI handle that too.
But yeah... Agree with others here, it's one thing to take inspiration in the game type but the interfaces even for buying units is identical to advance wars one.
This looks just way too similar to advance wars like If you showed some pictures from both I think people wouldn't be able to say which is which.
I'd suspect nintendos lawyers may shut it down.
Like you can make a competing cola drink but you can't put it in a red can with a while swirl and call it koke
The more Advance Wars the better, so much so that I decided to support them on Kickstarter, but I'm obviously more excited about Re-Boot Camp now that it's finally coming out (hope it will do well enough for potential other remakes and/or even a new game) than this... although to be fair by the time this comes out I'll probably be starving for more Advance Wars so it might actually be perfect!
That is absolutely not "Inspired". The maps, art work, models, even the animation is exactly the same. Its looks like a colour swap ROM.
@johnvboy Im with you here. They couldnt even be bothered to change the colours, animation or models. Its like they just directly ripped the original and made some slight alterations.
Its not inspired, its a mod to an existing game haha
This looks near lawsuit level similar to Advance Wars.
It's pretty much copy and paste.
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