Widelands 1.2 has already been released and these are its new features

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Widelands: a real-time building strategy game

The Widelands development team announced, through a blog post, the release of the stable version of Widelands 1.2, which arrives after a year and a half since the previous release (Widelands 1.1) and this release presents the introduction of add-ons, improvements in the scenarios, maps, among other things.

Widelands is a strategy game where you start by ruling a small tribe with its main castle-like building storing all your resources. During the game, your goal is to expand the tribe and each member contributes to the production of resources such as wood, food, iron, gold, among others (a mechanic quite similar to Age of Empires or 0 AD).

widelands stands out for offering a gaming experience with various campaigns that tell stories uniqueness of different tribes and their challenges in this world. Additionally, the user can enjoy the game in multiplayer mode, adding an extra layer of competition when interacting with other players.

What's new in Widelands 1.2?

In this new version of Widelands 1.2 that is presented, one of its main new features is the introduction of UI plugins, which allow you to add additional functions to the user interface, thus expanding the customization possibilities and functions to the user interface.

Another new feature of Widelands 1.2 is the initial support for naval battles «Naval Warfare Preview», which allows fleets to be used to carry out invasions on the coasts of other territories using warships. This feature is offered as a preview and can be enabled explicitly in the game settings screen, adding a new strategic dimension to the gameplay.

In addition, The ability to assign garrisons of soldiers to ports and barracks has been implemented Overall, this new feature adds an extra layer of strategy and defense to the gameplay. Balanced changes have also been made to the Amazonian economy and a fifth scenario has been added to the Frisian campaign, providing players with more challenges and content to enjoy.

Version 1.2 too brings improvements in user interface accessibility, including high-resolution images for many more units and more settings on the game settings screen, such as configurable durations for timed win conditions.

On the other hand, in Widelands 1.2 translations have been improved and this release is fully translated into Catalan, German, Hungarian, German, Spanish and with complete translations for 8 other languages ​​in more than two thirds.

Of the other changes that stand out from this new version:

  • Now, computer players can handle diplomacy more effectively.
  • The option to place pinned notes in map fields to mark important points has been introduced.
  • Hyperlinks allow for faster and easier navigation within the encyclopedia and online help.
  • Within the editor, publishing maps has been made easier.
  • Fixed issue with removing unnecessary animation frames from buildings.
  • The editor splash image has been improved for a more pleasant experience.
  • Adjusted the position of the empty sign in Atlantean Mines so that it is visible when status tags are displayed.
  • The Amazon borders and flags have been redesigned with more visible player colors.
  • Updated the campaign portrait for the Frisians.

If you are interested in knowing more about it, you can consult the Details in the following link.

How to install Widelands on Ubuntu and derivatives?

For those who are interested in installing this game on their disto, they can do so by following the instructions we share with you below.

The first thing we are going to do is add the game repository (PPA) to our system. To do this we will have to open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and in it we execute the following:

 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:widelands-dev/widelands -y
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install widelands

Another of the methods to be able to install this game on Ubuntu It's with Flatpak and for this you must have support enabled on your system. To install, just open a terminal and type the following:

flatpak install flathub org.widelands.Widelands

The last of the methods To be able to install Widelands, it is through your AppImage file which we can obtain by typing in a terminal:

wget https://github.com/widelands/widelands/releases/download/v1.2/Widelands-1.2-x86_64.AppImage

We give you execution permissions with:

sudo chmod +x Widelands-1.2-x86_64.AppImage

And we can execute it by double clicking on the file or from the same terminal positioned in the folder where the file is, with the following command:

./Widelands-1.2-x86_64.AppImage

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