Historical 4X game Old World arrives on Steam with free DLC

One of the best recent attempts to challenge Civilization's claim to the hexagon throne, 4X game Old World adds Crusader Kings-style storytelling to the mix

Greek soldiers stand on city hex tiles in Old World, a historical 4X game that has just arrived on Steam and GOG after a year of Epic Games Store exclusivity.

As the prophecy foretold, historical 4X game Old World has spread its influence to new lands. The strategy game by Civilization IV lead designer Soren Johnson is now available on Steam and GOG, and a new DLC campaign is available free for new players and existing owners alike.

Old World stays rooted in the ancient era, trading the centuries of advancement featured in games like Civilization and Humankind for a more family-centric focus, akin to Paradox’s dynastic grand strategy game series Crusader Kings. While you’re scouting the map looking for the juiciest resource tiles, you’ll also have to keep an eye on things at home: there are marriages to arrange and nobles to appease, and every decision you make matters.

Along with the launch on new storefronts, Old World receives its first expansion, dubbed Heroes of the Aegean. If you already own Old World on the Epic Games Store, you should find this in the game scenarios menu in-game. For new players picking it up in the next two weeks on Steam or GOG, the DLC is free.

Here’s a trailer for Heroes of the Aegean:

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As you might have guessed from the name, this expansion focuses on Ancient Greece, and includes six new historical scenarios that feature legendary leaders like Themistocles, Leonidas, Alexander, and Pausanias.

Check out our Old World review to find out more about this challenging strategy game.