Build a Kingdom One Piece at a Time in Geometric Block-Dropping Strategy Hybrid Game Drop Duchy, Launching on PC in Fall 2024 – Debut Demo Coming This Summer

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    Build a Kingdom One Piece at a Time in Geometric Block-Dropping Strategy Hybrid Game Drop Duchy, Launching on PC in Fall 2024 – Debut Demo Coming This Summer

    A Twist on Stacking Cascading Blocks Adds Warring Armies, Real-Time Strategy, Resource Gathering for a Unique Challenge

    PARIS July 08, 2024 – Even tacticians with lifelong block-stacking skills will need to rethink their playstyle in the refreshing strategy roguelite hybrid Drop Duchy. Drop Duchy will release later this year on PC via Steam from publisher The Arcade Crew (The Last Spell, Infernax) and developer Sleepy Mill Studio, following its playable debut demo set to arrive on Steam in the coming weeks.

    Drop Duchy’s announcing trailer debuts its inventive take on the classic cascading block gameplay we all know and love, changing the traditional goal from tidily filling lines to thoughtfully building a kingdom from different types and shapes of pieces:


    Choosing which structures are placed next to blocks of lush forests, streams or grassy plains dictates whether the land’s resources can be optimally utilized while growing a bustling realm. But extra goods aren’t the only thing at stake; mercenary camps will also benefit when placed beside certain terrain, calling for a challenging balance of earning perks while denying foes critical advantages before a climactic clash of forces.

    The intuitive, puzzle-esque nature of placing pieces makes Drop Duchy’s rewarding complexity welcoming to all. Well-played rounds lead a kingdom’s forces to branching, decision-packed routes in a grand march to storm an enemy fortress. Unlock upgrades and modifiers in the form of cards, gaining new bonus-granting structures, boosts to soldier recruitment & resource gathering, and other perks through deep deck customization. Should forces fall before claiming the fortress as their own, jumping into a new round to experiment with an altered strategy takes a matter of seconds.

    New factions and modifiers await the most formidable leaders, keeping Drop Duchy’s gameplay loop of block stacking, deck customization, and decision making fresh in challenge and opportunity. A delightful maquette-inspired aesthetic adds charm to Drop Duchy’s moment-to-moment action, upholding a cheery sense of adventure. Regardless of the battles and scenarios at hand, Drop Duchy’s challenge constantly feels exciting and packed with possibility.

    To stack up the latest updates on Drop Duchy, follow @TheArcadeCrew, wishlist the game on Steam.

    About The Arcade Crew
    With a gameplay-first approach and high-quality focus, The Arcade Crew produces and publishes awesome indie and innovative games from creative teams from around the world. 
    The Crew’s iconic projects include Blazing Chrome and Vengeful Guardian Moonrider from JoyMasher, Infernax from Berzerk Studios, The Last Spell from Ishtar Games, and Young Souls from 1P2P. The Crew is working on several new games for 2023 and beyond.
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    About Sleepy Mill Studio
    Founded in Paris by a former lead game designer at Ubisoft Paris, Sleepy Mill Studio is passionate about creating original games that balance a depth in play with approachable mechanics and a manageable scope. Sleepy Mill Studio is currently developing its debut title Drop Duchy, which blends familiar block stacking gameplay with elements of strategy, looping roguelite play and resource management.


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