First of all, it offers much of the same intense gameplay as the publisher's other, larger titles. Grepolis is sort of the spiritual successor to Tribal Wars and features water-based gameplay that makes ships and deities an integral part of play. Grepolis also offers a more wide-ranging playerbase, thanks to television advertising that helped to pull in more casual players.
Tribal Wars is much more hardcore, and Tribal Wars 2 will be no different. It will look a heck of a lot prettier than its earlier sibling, though! I sat down with Fabio Lo Zito of Innogames to talk about the changes.
The recent success of the company's move into mobile with a mobile version of Grepolis and the original Tribal Wars means that this second version will have its own mobile client. A small percentage of players access Tribal Wars through the mobile client right now, but those numbers will likely rise with this new attempt. The team is even dividing itself into three separate parts to take proper care of each of the markets: iOS, Android, and browser. This way it can plan on having them all release around quarter one or two, at the same time. As I watched the browser version being played by Fabio, I couldn't help but notice how polished it already is. If the success of Grepolis' mobile version is any indication, there will be many reasons to switch to mobile -- or at least, to use it more.
Another interesting feature being added to Tribal Wars 2 is the ability to share one account across three different people. That means that if you play the way I do and skip a week here or there, you can ask a friend to babysit your city, to keep it going and staying alive while you're gone. Innogames noticed that a lot of players did not want to come back to the game only to find that they had to start over after they were completely destroyed by someone else. This new system does not allow one player to have multiple accounts but does allow players to work together more closely than they have before.
You can sign up for the beta on the official site, and be sure to keep an eye out for more information on the game right here. I've been enjoying the mobile version of Grepolis, so I can't wait to get my hands on a new version of Tribal Wars. The original is a bit hard to take in because of its mountains of text, but Fabio showed me a version that should appeal to the hardcore players while drawing in players like yours truly. Every game eventually needs a bit of an update. Tribal Wars is no different.
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