The release of the video game “Jon Shafer's At the Gates” cannot be described as particularly “punctual”. Around five years later than originally announced in the Kickstarter campaign at the time, the Civilization 5 developer's strategy title is now available for PC Steam at a price of around 30 euros.


At the gates of the empire

“At the Gates” is set at the time of the collapsing Roman Empire. As the leader of a barbarian tribe, it is the player's task to expand their virtual sphere of influence in this historically significant era. On randomly generated maps - on which the different seasons can also play decisive roles - leaders send their troops against the Roman Empire and other hostile tribes.

Hard to believe: Jon Shafer's At the Gates is officially available. Image: Conifer Games
Seasons also have a tactical effect on “At the Gates”. Image: Conifer Games

The strategic use of the landscape (rivers can freeze over in winter) and the procurement of resources as a kind of rogue-like element play a special role.

It is aimed at lovers of strategy games for whom a visually impressive presentation is far less important than a colorful palette of tactical possibilities; Games like Civilization 5, for which Jon Shafer was largely responsible.

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The release of the video game “Jon Shafer's At the Gates” became over time a test of patience for all those supporters who invested money in the project in 2013. The strategy game was originally supposed to appear in 2014, but this date could not be kept. Now - only around five years later - the “Civ-like-Game” is officially available; via the Steam gaming platform at a price of 29,99 euros.


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