Here comes your (Renaissance) man: DaVinci’s Art of War

If you're invading Russia, I hope Leonardo invented you up some snow boots.

If you’re invading Russia, I hope Leonardo invented you up some snow boots.

Here’s an epoch we don’t usually see alternate histories for: Sixteenth-century Europe. DaVinci’s Art of War is a forthcoming iPad wargame being developed by (appropriately Italian) studio Mixel.

DaVinci’s Art of War is a conquest game where players are given the opportunity to augment their fighting forces by using their spoils to bid for Leonardo’s brilliant war machines: tanks, airborne infantry, and other designs. Mixel is collaborating on the project with board game designer Spartaco Albertarelli, who designed the printed version of the game for Fantasy Flight.

"Hello, Dragons. I have an exciting business idea.."

“Hello, Dragons. I have an exciting business idea..”

Art of War will support three to four players and will feature AIs for single-player as well as online and local wi-fi multiplayer. Mixel has told me that the game is coming “soon”, but haven’t been more specific than that. This isn’t a dev with a long strategy game track record, but it’s an exciting concept.

There’s a perfectly lovely but sadly gameplay-free teaser trailer below. I’ll be hounding Mixel for more details.

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