Even though the advertising material said “Settlers” and the preview clip was labelled “Settlers”, I didn’t recognise the Blue Byte game until the golden title “The Settlers: Kingdoms of Anteria” was splashed on the screen, 55 seconds into a 1:04 second video. I think I can believe Christopher Schmitz, Director of Product Development, when he says it will be “… the most innovative Settlers’ game we have ever created.”
The art style on display has a bright, bold, cartoony look not too dissimilar to past instalments. It’s a little reminiscent of Clash of Clans, but far more detailed. The world depicted in this (pre-rendered) trailer showed beefy, square-jawed men, and a buxom woman, fighting a hulking ogre or giant, along with a savage wolf so I think fans will have some decent combat to sink their collective teeth into.
After their battle, the adventurers walk into a town, and their coin appears to have an immediate effect with buildings developing and appearing before their eyes.
This does appear to be Settlers, but not as we’ve come to know it. Put your inner town planner on standby and keep checking back for news.