Trine Games (2012)
Mind Over Matter Studios (2014)
Grimlore Games (2017–present)
|Publisher(s)||JoWooD Productions (2003–2007)|
THQ Nordic (2012–present) 
|First release||SpellForce: The Order of Dawn|
November 28, 2003
|Latest release||SpellForce 3 |
December 7, 2017
SpellForce is a real-time strategy and role-playing series created by Phenomic and currently owned by THQ Nordic. The first release was published by JoWooD Productions and Encore Software in 2003, and by THQ Nordic in 2017.
- 1 Setting and plot
- 2 Gameplay
- 3 Games
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Setting and plot
|2003||SpellForce: The Order of Dawn|
|2004||SpellForce: The Breath of Winter|
|SpellForce: Shadow of the Phoenix|
|2006||SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars|
|2007||SpellForce 2: Dragon Storm|
|2012||SpellForce 2: Faith in Destiny|
|2014||SpellForce 2: Demons of the Past|
The games take place on a planet called Eo, a high fantasy world ruled by near-immortal mages (collectively known as The Circle) and inhabited by various sapient races, such as humans, dwarves, (dark) elves, orcs and trolls. The mages used servants called rune warriors, summoned from magical monuments, to keep peace.
Several years before the start of the first game in the series, the mages discovered an ancient text describing the Convocation: a dangerous, but supposedly power-granting ritual. They started fighting amongst themselves, rune warriors being their main weapons of war. When the planets and stars aligned, enabling the start of the ritual, each of the 13 of the most powerful mages performed the ritual; however, unable to control the power, the world was shattered. Where once stood great continents of Fiara, Urgath and Xu, now only small pieces of land remain, centered around magical towers created by Aonir, the Star God.
The first game in the series begins with a reappearance of one of the Circle mages: Rohen. He summons a Rune warrior (the protagonist) to save the world.
The role-playing game aspects of SpellForce games parallel games such as Diablo, Diablo II, and Sacred in character development, skill trees, equipment customization, and top-down isometric viewing. However, the capacity to control multiple heroes often makes the gameplay comparable to that in the Baldur's Gate or Neverwinter Nights video games.
The real time strategy aspects of SpellForce games mirror the Warcraft fantasy real time strategy games. These include the ability to control several separate factions such as "The Realm" (humans, elves and dwarves), "The Pact" (dark elves, gargoyles and shadows), and "The Clans" (orcs, trolls and barbarians). Each faction has its own individual troop and building types.
SpellForce games have several game modes, including campaign mode (expositional), skirmish mode (real time strategy based), and free play (similar to campaign mode but without an overarching plot). SpellForce can also be played cooperatively or competitively in multiplayer mode.
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn is the first game of the franchise, developed by Phenomic. It was first published by JoWooD in Europe on November 28, 2003 and by Encore Software in North America on February 11, 2004.
SpellForce: The Breath of Winter
SpellForce: Shadow of the Phoenix
Shadow of the Phoenix was released on November 12, 2004. The expansion pack continues the storyline from The Breath of Winter and enables the player to continue playing with a previous game character by raising the character's level limit to 50. The pack also includes upgrades for the game's Titan units.
SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars
SpellForce 2: Dragon Storm
SpellForce 2: Faith in Destiny
SpellForce 2: Demons of the Past
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SpellForce - The Breath of Winter Official Add-On announced
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