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Exclusive: Dawn of Steel coming to Windows Phone and Windows 10 in 2016

Clash of Clans-style games can be quite addictive, as evidenced by the massive success of not only Clash but similar titles like Cloud Raiders and Age of Empires: Castle Siege. Players just love building a base and then raiding other people's bases for resources. But one issue that limits the appeal of many of these games (other than Age of Empires) is that you don't get to control your own units in battle. You just summon them and watch as they attack the enemy base.

German studio Flaregames ( Royal Revolt 2 and Throne Wars) and LA-based indie developer Superweapon have created a raiding game that gives players full control of their units during battle. Dawn of Steel lets players assemble a squad of mech robots and fight for control in a sci-fi war for supremacy. And Windows Central is proud to exclusively announce that Dawn of War will be coming to Windows Phone and Windows 8 and 10 early next year!

Battle in the stars to save the Earth

Dawn of Steel takes place in a future vaguely similar to that of the terrible, I mean popular movie Avatar. Humanity has discovered a precious resource called Plasma on the distant planet Leviathan. Plasma is a new and highly efficient energy source, exactly what our world needs. But the space-faring corporations of the future can't agree on mining rights. And so these factions go to war with each other, with control of Plasma and the Earth's future in the balance.

Dawn of Steel

Like most all free to play raiding games, players will start out by building a base to stockpile resources and defend against other players. Building things takes time unless you spend premium currency to skip the wait. We've all played games like this, but the base-building isn't the most exciting part of Dawn of Steel. Combat is where it's at.

Whether you're engaged in story-based campaign battles or simply attacking other players to steal their Credits and Plasma, Dawn of Steel is a true real-time strategy experience. You control your squad of three mechs at all times, directing them either individually or as a team. You'll tell them where to move, fire, and dodge as they destroy enemy turrets, walls, and defensive units. It's a lot more like StarCraft than your average Clash clone.

Between battles, you'll even get to research and equip new weapons and armor for your mechs. You'll want to assemble a balanced team in which each unit complements one another.

Dawn of Steel

Coming soon to Windows devices near you

Dawn of Steel launched as a free-to-play game on iOS in September 2015. It will be coming to Windows Phone, Windows 10 (PC and mobile), Windows 8, and Android in early 2016. Windows Phones will need 1 GB of RAM at launch to play it, though the developers hope to optimize the game for low-end devices in the future.

All three ecosystems (Windows, Android, and iOS) will be fully cross-compatible with each other, so Windows gamers will have no shortage of opponents to battle. And for the first time in its Windows titles, Flaregames plans to implement a proper cloud save system. Players will be assigned a code that they can use to log-in on new devices. At least we'll get to hop back and forth between phone and PC, or simply recover the game after switching to a new phone.

We'll have more Dawn of Steel news closer to release in 2016.

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

59 Comments
  • see, ms strategies are finally in the right path...developers come!!!
  • Does any one know what happen to subway surfer?
  • Why asking? It's there on the store. Nothing has happened, i'm a bit confused if you would like to open up your comment a bit.
  • Subway surfers isn't available on windows 10 mobile. , that's what he means
  • If it becomes a universal app, it'd be really cool to play Subway Surfers with keyboard... Posted via the Windows Central App
  • i'd prefer gamepad.  I actually play minion rush on gamepad sometimes and it's so much better.
  • The strategy seems to be working to a certain extent. It works for apps that make sense in a desktop as well as mobile. Some apps however only make sense in mobile and so those will probably not be enticed by the universal app system.
  • But the developers can optimize them for a big screen say subway surfers can have a widescreen exclusive mode for big screens, just like asphalt overdrive.
  • Sure, but your examples are games.  Some apps still only make sense on mobile.  Like say for example an app to check when the next bus is coming to your stop.  If I developed such an app I wouldn't bother targeting desktop users because it would be nearly useless on a desktop.   Even banking apps.  If you're on a desktop, why would you use an app over the website?  On a phone it makes sense to use an app because it's optimized for a small screen, but on a desktop I would prefer to use a fully functional website.
  • Interesting viewpoint. You just may be right...
  • Native apps are cleaner and can be quicker. They're also more secure than a browser. A Universal banking app would be most welcome.
  • Yes, but there are advantages to delivering a website as opposed to an app.   First of all, updating a website is much easier because you don't have to recompile and prompt your users to download a new version.  Also a website is platform agnostic which means you code it once and everybody can use it regardless of the platform.
  • I don't get it either coke for example why have freestyle on tablet/desktop when their app is needed much more on a phone
  • Yeah you are right. But in Windows 10 desktop includes tablets. Which people carry around freely and use a lot. And as others suggested sandboxing of applications increases their security a lot.
  • Awesome bring it on ;-)
  • I love these sort of games! (and tower defence games too) xD
    Cross platform, cloud save, free, can't ask for anything more.
    Early 2016... which means January right? Right? Right?
  • Wish Machine Zone brings in Game Of War. That is the only game I have played two years straight without missing a day. And I don't see myself stopping yet. GoW on Windows 10/10M would be awesome. Come on Machine Zone, bring it over!
  • Title sounds like it should be super man related haha. But I will check this one out.
  • Bring it bring it... Love from windows community
  • You can control your troops (their move) in Age of Empire: Castle Seige instead of watching them.
  • +1 ​
  • Thanks; I corrected the wording to be more specific.
  • This game actually looks really cool, and I like mechs, so I'm absolutely gonna play this game.
  • Nice to see, ill more than likely be trying this.
  • Sounds pretty cool
  • Having control on troops makes these games easy.
    That's why Clash of Clans leads the strategy game.
  • Having control allows for more strategies, efficient 'spec ops' style attacks, and makes it harder to build perfect defenses. CoC only leads for the same reason android leads smartphone market share. And similarly, I don't find the appeal over AoE. Though personally, I'd much rather spend time playing my own ever evolving mod of c&c Yuri's Revenge than any of these.
  • Moreover, these aren't exactly strategy games. These are more like Tower defense games where a set of long range and tough units are always the best option. Strategy would when you actually have to use your head to think of a team specifically for every attack. When there are more long time goals than some victories. When even winning can be a bad move. I refer you to the cold war campaign in Rise of Nations for some really strategic game play.
  • Watching your units run around like lemmings is not even close to strategic.
  • Cool
  • Dawn of War plus Brotherhood of Steel equals this?
  • I remember when developers wouldn't publish to Android and it took having a large market for them to pay attention to it. The same is the case with Windows. Once MS has 200+M Windows 10 active users, it will be hard to ignore. Once they get to 500M, it will be virtually impossible to ignore, but that's probably at least a year away and will take businesses truly getting on board and buying Windows 10 with new machines as a standard OS for replacement for aging PCs in their refresh cycle.
  • Except they need to clear out the garbage on WS before that can truly happen
  • Well, both ios and android stores have garbage apps too. You can't have one or the either.
  • Not to forget that most apps in Windows Store have garbage one-line reviews as well. Compare those to iOS reviews and you will get the idea.
  • The graphics look great. Bring it on!
  • Always good to see new games coming to Windows Mobile.
  • Great News.
    I wish if titles like"The Walking Dead" will also make its debut.
  • More Crappy games but whatever helps the store is always good. if it will be on iOS and Android, I hope it will be on Windows Store.
  • awsome. go a step farther put it on xbox. I wouldn't mind playing a game that I can play on my pc and phone with the same save files.  I allways hate when you cant do it.
  • Oh yeah since Windows is running on Xbox too now there might just be a possibility.
  • I imagine it'll be a controlling nightmare.
  • There's already a similar style of game on Xbox One. Battle Islands
  • More love
  • Cool didn't know about this game, will wait for it. Loves playing cloud raiders
  • Uh, you CAN control your troops in Castle Siege...
  • Um you can control troops in age of empires...
  • I like Royal Revolt 2 thanks Flaregames for amazing move Down of steel will rock.
  • Could you guys cover this game when it comes out? Thanks Windows Central team!!
  • We'll do our best to keep up with it. :)
  • It's already thinking online cross platform play, so I imagine it won't be possible.
  • Thank you, Flaregames... I'll certainly recommend it.
  • Sweet, the lack of cloud saves is what is putting me off alot of games. Good to know this will at least have proper system in place.
  • Make it like old age of empires like startergy game. People are ready to buy by paying and playing. None of the mobile games have that awesome part
  • Looks good like Armored Core meets Age Of Empires
  • This looks awesome. I've been ready to move on from my main time-sink (Dragon Mania Legends) for some time now, but haven't had any other game pull me in. I'll give this a shot when this comes out for sure.
  • So its basically royal revolt with mechs.
  • Similar in the real-time controls, but this one is much closer to Age of Empires: Castle Siege and Cloud Raiders. Think reverse tower defense.
  • Yay! Hopefully there will be more Mech games coming out!