While the expansion had already been released in Japan and Asia in January, it will be heading to the west. The expansion adds new geographical advantages in each province, trade with Eurasia (a first for the series), and foreign cities appearing on the map that can be befriended or conquered.
The expansion also adds a new campaign; War Chronicles Mode, based on famous events in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms with limited forces and map size. Players will be scored and able to see how many turns the scenarios took to clear.
There are also new characteristics and special tactics for officers, new buildings for specific topography, and more. You can find more details on the expansion here.
You can find the announcement trailer below.
The Diplomacy and Strategy Expansion Pack is coming soon.
As mentioned in the above trailer, the game will also be heading to Nintendo Switch. The news coincides with the announcement that the game has sold over 300,000 units worldwide.
You can find the full rundown on the base game (via Steam) below.
The vast land of China is represented a single realistic map, with the characteristics of the land replicated beautifully in CG. The vast map is comprised of 46 cities and approximately 340 regions. The regions are collections of detailed territories, and the struggle for land is intuitively expressed through a color scheme. Players can conquer territories to unite the land and fly their colors more elaborately and more freely.
When troops are on the march, and the march origin city is connected to land controlled by the players’ forces, the supply lines will be maintained and troops can battle with ample supplies provided to them. However, if the connection with the march origin city is cut, the troops will lose their supply lines and will be weakened and fall into a disorderly state. Securing the supply lines is an integral part in maintaining the battle front.
Players can organize the administration, the center of power, as an element that expands the player’s strategy. Administration is shown in an organization chart, and as retained officers are added to the organization, various commands and effects are obtained. It is important to make administration that suits your own strategy.
More than 1,000 unique officers, which is the largest in the series, are in the game, and each officer is given a “character” (trait). There are more than 150 characters, with some being useful in battle, some in administration and so on. Some officers possess a powerful and unique character, and arranging the right officer in the right place will help in shortening the path to conquering territories.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV is available on Windows PC (via Steam), PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch Winter 2020.
Image: Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV official website