Terminator: Dark Fate – Defiance is a gritty real-time strategy game set in a war-torn future where surviving humans fight for their existence against the all-powerful synthetic intelligent machine network Legion, but the greatest threat may not come from the ravaging machines but from bands of other human survivors.
Players will take control of armies as they fight complex tactical battles using near-future and machine-tech weaponry as part of one of three factions available at launch: Founders, Legion or Resistance. Prospective commanders will be able to play across a riveting single-player campaign with massive strategic maps or take part in multiplayer modes.
Throughout the game, players will have freedom of choice and will make decisions that will have an effect on subsequent missions and resonate throughout the game as players progress. These decisions can result in various outcomes including gaining intel, weaponry or allies in future conflicts.
A first look at new gameplay was showcased as part of today’s live. A ragged force of Founders, hotly pursued by Legion machines, have encountered various other bands of human survivors. While the player has a choice to ally or not, joining forces with certain groups will reap specific benefits. In the mission highlighted, a steady stream of Legion convoys provides a juicy target for the resistance fighters to destroy. In addition, successfully retrieving a downed pilot in the area gives critical air support in later missions, while the appearance of a new human group – the Integrators – means either additional soldiers to be folded into the Founders ranks or another foe to be battled. What’s more, with the mission’s success lies the possibility to re-establish radio contact with Founders’ command center – a newfound connection that might be less fortunate than the player thinks.
In addition, the team shared teaser trailers for the game, which can be viewed on Slitherine’s YouTube channel (links below).
A beta for Terminator: Dark Fate – Defiance will be available in the coming months. Players interested in participating should sign up through Slitherine’s official site.