Key features:

Epic battles:
* Command large armies in gratuitous bloody conflict.
* Besiege mighty castles with siege engines.
* Take advantage of destructible buildings and walls.
* Every type of unit has strengths and weaknesses.
* Take heed of the current weather, geography and battle conditions

Sandbox:
* A massive sandbox style campaign map that includes more than 75 towns and villages ready to be conquered.
* Complete quests for other lords and village leaders for bounty and improving relations.
* Take your time to explore the world, or take your chances with random encounters.
* Hunt down the bandits who raided your village for resources and prisoners, or destroy their camps to prevent further intrusion.
* Just because you might die, doesn't mean your world dies too. Start again and your former kingdom still remains, however you are just another peasant in a land of corpses.

Three game modes:
* Prologue: Tutorial game... you will have some help along the way.
* Veil of Crows: The main game. You start with a hero and a small group of units. Keep your hero alive and put them on the throne, or die trying. Game-over will result after your hero dies, however if you choose, the world will remain as you left the world, but you must start as a new character with a new faction.
* Sandbox mode: A casual game mode, where you can choose your starting conditions...you can lose your hero but continue to take over the world with another!

Manage your faction:
* Six different resource types can be acquired in your villages. You can trade these resources, or use them to upgrade your castles and train stronger units.
* Forge alliances, or threaten and back-stab your way to power. Every action you take will change other factions opinions of you.
* Extort and bribe enemy armies in the hope they will leave you alone, desert, or join your forces.

Mighty Heroes:
* Train up mighty heroes and generals to lead your armies and grant bonuses to your towns when granted vassals.
* Visit the armoury and customise your heroes equipment, and watch them carve through your enemies.
* Put your leader on the throne! In the main game, you start by customising a main character. You must keep them alive, and put them on the throne to truly conquer the world. If they die, game over!

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Since we have released Veil of Crows, a number of things have changed to improve the game. This article will outline some of those changes, and highlight a few features just around the corner.

New UI

Welcome to the future!

The UI (User Interface) upgrade is finally here! I am still fixing up a few kinks, but the new UI is much prettier than what was released with early access. The UI is constantly evolving due to your feedback, as well as new icons to replace the current ones which you can look forward to seeing soon. Battle maps will also soon be getting the highly requested unit cards, but I will talk about them later in the article.

Armoury

Arm yourselves!

The selection of equipment that you can outfit your hero units with is growing rapidly. Every piece of armour, helmet, shield, and weaponry available to your regular units will soon be available to you hero units. The talented artists from Humble Sage Games are assisting with creating these new assets, so you can expect a rehaul in the fashion department.

New Bandit Camp

Time to conquer the world!

Not only is the AI becoming more reactive to your tactics, but it is also becoming more optimized as well as persistent and aggressive. Expect this to continue to improve in the future. The closer the game gets to being feature complete, the more we can improve upon the AI.

New terrain from ground level

Bug fixes!!

Due to user feedback, we have been able to narrow down and eliminate a lot of issues. From memory optimization problems, crashes and load/saving problems. You, the fantastic community, have been extremely helpful in dealing with these issues. I would like to thank each and every one of you for your continued support and patience as we continue to solve the issues as they arise.

New Crowspearch map

Change the tides of battle!

Since the initial early access launch, not only have the controls improved, but your tactical options have updated as well. With a tactical slowdown now available, you can take your time in planning your next move.

A new selection menu helps players to narrow down on not only their own units but enemy targets as well. Stances can help in battle, especially in defense. These tactical options will only continue to increase as we are able to concentrate more on them in the near future. The cavalry has also been given charging damage based on momentum and this has helped to shape and change battle tactics and improve their usefulness in combat.

Tier 4 units!

Since early access launch, not only have an entire tier of higher units been added but another unit class as well. Bludgeon units have an advantage against axemen, and they are now available on every tier. Tier 5 units are also close to being completed. These units are the heaviest unit class and will require players have a strong economy to support them.

Just around the corner

The following features are just around the corner and should be implemented within the coming weeks.

New terrain comparison

Battle maps!

Battle maps are getting an upgrade. The old system was slow, tedious, and did not result in the most exciting battle scenarios. This is about to change as I am now using a completely procedural system. This uses heightmap data from real-world landscapes. What does that mean? Not only are battle areas about to get much larger, they look a lot more natural. Textures are generated based on height and slope, and foliage is generated in clusters using a realistic foliage simulation. The best part on my end is terrains are now much quicker to build and give more realistic tactical options with troop placement.

New save/load system.

The new save/load system is in its final stages before it is ready for player testing. A special testing branch has been set up on steam especially for updates like this, because even though we are attempting to make it compatible with your current saved games. There is always a chance it may not work out too well initially. Our testing results are highly promising, with a speed increase of about 10 x the current saving/loading speed. I am sure this will make a lot of you happy.

New unit Cards


Unit cards

You requested it! We will deliver! The system for unit cards will focus more on weapon type, as opposed to individual unit types. This type of system is needed because VOC uses individual units, and will be much easier to keep track of your units from a tactical point of view. A weak Spearman is still relatively strong against Cavalry, and all Swordsmen are still vulnerable to axemen. This should help you keep track of your losses and advantage. We are also planning a system to customize unit grouping, as this is a highly requested feature.

What is to come?

Once these features have been implemented, tested, and improved, we will be ready to talk about the future progress of Veil of Crows. Development has been coming along steadily since early access release, and we intend to keep up the momentum. There are a couple more major features which we plan on implementing in the future, but I will be ready to talk about them once we are in the prototype stage of their development.

I wish to thank you for all of your amazing continued support, and I look forward to continuing development of Veil of Crows with all of you.

Cheers!

Kerry

Progress since greenlight

Progress since greenlight

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This feature outlines the most important feature upgrades since the Veil of Crows greenlight campaign.

New trailer and early access release date announcement.

New trailer and early access release date announcement.

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Early access release date, new steam store page, a publisher and a brand new trailer with updated graphics. It is all coming together for Veil of crows!

Veil of crows greenlight campaign now live

Veil of crows greenlight campaign now live

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Check out the new steam greenlight trailer for Veil of crows! If you like what you see... please support!

Lords, Heroes and Bastards!

Lords, Heroes and Bastards!

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A look at heroes, and how they can influence your chances in Veil of Crows.

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Guest

Hi, will there be Multiplayer Coop/MMO? Like allies, trading, faction within online aspect? Personally i think very few people will buy/playing the game COMPARED to if you were able to play with friends in a campaign style. I can vouch for 3 more sales in that case ;) Looks cool & good luck!

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MrScrumbles Creator
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Hey, no multiplayer planned for this iteration. It is something I would love to consider for a sequel.

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Hi was wondering if and when you will release for mac?

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MrScrumbles Creator
MrScrumbles

Probably closer to the end of early access. At least a few months away. But I have every intention.

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Blitz_Knight
Blitz_Knight

wow mount and blade and total war at the same time!
Keep working on it

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MrScrumbles Creator
MrScrumbles

I'll never stop friend! I would like to point out my aim is to take inspiration from those games, but also create something unique.

I hope you enjoy it upon early access release.

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rizzle103
rizzle103

can't wait to play this game been hearing lots about it, so you can become king also?

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MrScrumbles Creator
MrScrumbles

When you have a hero at level 15, you can declare them the king of your faction. Since all factions are fighting for the kingdom, you declare war on everyone else unless allied (And they don't have a king). A lord of a castle or a village chief can only influence their selected vassal, however, the king can influence all of your towns, villages and armies.

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rizzle103
rizzle103

Wow, I'll be buying three copy of this game one me and two for my son's lol, but keep up the good work man

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rizzle103
rizzle103

Wow, I'll be buying three copy of this game one for me and two for my son's lol, but keep up the good work man, you got my support bro

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