You might have already seen Age of Wonders III available for pre-order on Steam or GoG, something we’re very excited about since we are digitally self-publishing the game world wide. Additionally the game is distributed in retail with the help of a number of co-publishing partners across a large part of Europe, which is also very cool since nothing beats seeing your box neatly stacked on the shelves in a retail store. Below you’ll find an overview of everything you wanted to know about our partners, the Special Editions and retail versions.
EuroVideo: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein
In addition the regular edition with flap box, we have prepared a great special edition with EuroVideo featuring a figuring of Elven Court hero Sundren riding a Wyvern as well as a Physical double CD Soundtrack + the Digital deluxe Content. This edition is set to sell out quickly!
The German Limited Edition, notice the cool 15cm high figurine with heroine Sundren!
Namco Bandai Games: France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden
The team is super excited that AoW boxed is coming to these countries: there is nothing like the magic when you see your own game on the shelves. The Regular Edition also includes a cool Flapbox. You can buy it from bol.com
Techland: Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary.
Regular Edition and a Special Edition with Audio CD posters, guide and stickers.
The Polish Special Edition, double CD OST, posters, stickers and guide.
Buka: Russia and CIS countries
Regular + Special Edition. We’re still awaiting exact details of the contents, but there will be a regular special edition that includes the soundtrack and Dragon’s Throne scenario.
Retail FAQ: Here are some often asked question regarding retail copies:
Q: So why isn’t the game available in retail shops in more countries?
We focused on countries where (strategy) PC games retail is prevalent and healthy, which pretty much is continental Europe. In the US and UK, it’s a challenge to get new full price PC titles in shops these days. We also had to limit the amount of co-publishing deals, due to internal overhead.
Q: Can I buy a physical copy from another country?
Retail copies from Northwestern Europe are not region locked and include English in-game text and voice. If you’re looking for a Limited Edition, the German one sold on Amazon.de could be an option. Careful! Lower priced copies from Russia and Poland are region locked for activation. (unless you want them just for the physical goodies!)
Q: Why did you include an in-game manual, not a physical one?
We live in 2014, with games being supported and updated after release. A printed manual would be outdated the moment it is sent to the printer. The digital manual, called the “Tome of Wonders”, displays actual game variables for things like units and spells, to ensure all data is up to date. Most importantly, it is super convenient to browse using hyperlinks and search functions from within the game.
Q: Why did you Steam-wrap the retail copies?
The Steam platform has many cool features, including features that make our lives a lot easier in regards to distribution. Did you know this decision allowed us to spend a month of additional development on the game? The game is subject to a day one patch upon activation. Doing retail without Steam would mean we’d have to lock the build a month earlier for manufacturing!