Substantial Games has just released the first footage of The Ember Conflict. The real-time multiplayer strategy game is currently in development by the studio, and is set to be released on iPad this Autumn.
The Ember Conflict will focus on the multiplayer side of the RTS genre, with players battling it out in one-on-one or two-on-two matches. Each player will take control of a small squad of characters which they must guide around the tight, single screen arenas.
As the video below shows, you perform a series of taps and sweeps to move units. This use of the touchscreen will be familiar to anyone who has played Autumn Dynasty or Autumn Dynasty Warlords, both of which used the system to great effect in their single player campaigns. We are interested to see how this control scheme will translate to a competitive multiplayer experience, however.
Reassuringly, the game certainly seems to offer the same level of strategy as its PC brethren. There are a range of distinct races to choose from, each with their own abilities. Arenas will also offer a host of strategic options based on their environment and layout.
The Ember Conflict will be coming to iPad this Autumn, expect more news soon.