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    War of the Vikings - 10

    Paradox Interactive has announced War of the Vikings, a beardy 9th-and-10th-Century follow-up to medieval hack-’em-up War of the Roses.

    War of the Vikings – headed up by ex-Battlefield producer Gordon Van Dyke – has players take the role of either a marauding Viking or a defending Saxon, battling it out across 64-player multiplayer battles. It’s got “historically inspired” levels, environments, weapons, helmets, shields, and heraldry, and a focus on skill-based combat in both melee (where you’ll need to dodge and block to stay alive) and at a distance.

    What else? There’s full customisation, both in terms of custom squad perks and in terms of getting your facial hair just right, as you can pick your own weapons/armour/taunts/beards. And if the 64-player combat sounds a bit much, there’s also a 32-player “Pitched Arena” mode that boasts no respawns. Let’s face it, though: it’s all about the beard customisation. I’m hoping to have extensive decisions on the length, shape, and colour of my beard.

    No word on whether this one will feature notable beard-grower and professional shouter Brian Blessed, but we can hope.

    Very boring announcement video and a smattering of beard-related screens below, and if you’re into beards (or, I guess, early Medieval combat) then you can sign up for the alpha here.

    Tim McDonald
    Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he's willing to admit. He's written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion - in all its various incarnations - for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He's also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man's only professional games journalist.

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