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Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire Launches August 31


Canberra based developers Whale Hammer Games has announced that Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire is set to release on PC, Mac and Linux on August 31st.



Set on a world fallen into a medieval dark age after the collapse of a spacefaring civilization, players guide Tahira, the 20-year-old princess of Avestan, on the most challenging night of her life as she fights to save her people from the genocidal Astral empire. Most players will complete the game in about 10 hours, providing a near real-time experience.


Players will control up to 20 characters at a time in large-scale battles, but guerilla warfare tactics are essential for survival, as the Astral Empire has a far greater number of soldiers than Tahira's forces. Characters must utilize the environment to level the battlefield by stealthily approaching enemies, taking cover and knocking foes off cliffs and rooftops.


Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire features vibrant visuals, with an aesthetic that mixes the style of American comic books from the 90s with the work of Studio Ghibli. The environments and music were inspired by the team's travels in central Asia. Many of the instruments used in the musical score were purchased during the time they spent in the region.
 
"With tense strategic battles, gorgeous environments, a musical score unlike any in gaming and complex characters, Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire will take the player on a captivating cinematic adventure", said Peter Castle, Lead Writer, Whale Hammer Games. "If you love tactical turn-based combat or engaging story-telling, Tahira was made for you."
I had the chance to check it out at PAX Australia last year and came away impressed, so be sure to look for it, if you are keen on a new take on the Turn-based RPG.