Meridian: New World is a sci-fi RTS ripped from one guy's brain

Meridian: New World is a new real-time strategy game from independent studios Headup Games and Elder Games, due to launch in Q2 2014 for the PC. It's the brainchild of Hungarian indie Ede Tarsoly, who's spent the last two years building the game.

With a strong focus on a single-player narrative campaign, Meridian: New World will employ customizable loadouts for units – rocket launchers, plasma cannons and mining drills are a few weapon types. A full suite of level editing tools will also ship with the game and players can grab custom maps through a built-in downloader.

The decision to omit multiplayer came down to resources. "I simply don't have the resources required to polish both a single and a multiplayer mode so I had to make a decision between single and multiplayer," Tarsoly told Joystiq. "I already had part of the story written back when development started, so I decided to develop the single player mode."
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Meridian: New World - Website Launch & Trailer release

Düren, 31st July – Last week we announced our latest RTS game in development, Meridian: New World.

Today we are happy to launch the official website to be found at

The website will offer a single point of contact for any gamer as well as direct contact to the brain behind the game, Ede Tarsoly from Elder Games, who will be maintaining the site in a joint venture with Headup Games.

To celebrate the public kick off, we are also releasing the first official trailer to the game. It can be found either on the website above, or by this direct link:

Meridian: New World is a single player sci-fi real-time strategy game, with the huge focus on storytelling.

Play as Daniel Hanson, commander of the first expedition to planet Meridian and uncover the dark secrets it holds! Shape the world around you with every decision you make and through every dialogue with your crew. Meridian: New World offers countless options to devise your own strategy, including various equipment options for your units and special abilities for you to rely upon. Use your abilities anywhere on the battlefield and turn the tide of battle by weakening the enemy troops. Alternatively take the covert approach and sabotage the enemy power supply to shut down their production. You can rely entirely on researching superior weapons or special abilities. Or you can risk building a large economy, constructing a massive army from your enormous resources. The strategy you use and how many troops you sacrifice to reach your goal will influence the attitude of your crew towards you.

Features of Meridian:
· Traditional RTS gameplay with a focus on strategy - the forceful approach rarely works
· Experience a world of choices where every decision has an impact on the world around you
· Use the right tool to get the job done: equip your units with 15 different weapons
· Gain XP during battle and upgrade your commander profile with special combat abilities
· Get to know the people on board your ship: by talking to them, you influence the crew's behavior
· Including a full level editor and scripting tool used to build the campaign maps will be available
· Never run out of maps with the in-game custom map downloader and official levels released frequently after release
Title: Meridian: New World
Platform: PC
Release: Q2 2014
Developer: Elder Games
Publisher: Headup Games

About Headup Games
We are an independent games publisher located near Cologne in Germany and have recently been awarded as Best German Publisher in 2012 by the German Developers Association. Together with our partners, we focus on the contentment of our customers and the best gameplay experience delivered at the fairest price-quality ratio. Since our foundation, we published over 70 SKU's, including many projects from highly talented developers that are known for their potential and creativity. Our portfolio features high-quality games such as Super Meat Boy, The Inner World, The Binding of Isaac, Terraria, Limbo, The Basement Collection, Grotesque Tactics, Q.U.B.E., Frozen Synapse and many more as well as the million sellers #1 iOS Hits Bridge Constructor and Bridge Constructor Playground.

Furthermore, we offer internationally growing companies the possibility to enter the German or European market with an honest and experienced partner on location. Fair and transparent relationships with our business partners are the basis of our company's mission statement.
More information can be found at

About Elder Games
Founded in 2007, Elder Games is an independent game developer with a rather unique way of developing games. Lead developer Ede Tarsoly is collaborating with external freelancers on a project-by-project basis. These external team members usually have 10+ years of experience in their field and have worked on other game titles before. After a few smaller projects, the first major title of Elder Games is announced in 2013, a full-scale single player RTS named Meridian: New World.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.