Today, 20 August 2020, the Frostpunk On The Edge DLC launches on PC, PS4 and XBO. With ‘Last Autumn’ serving as a prequel, this expansion follows the base game storyline. Developed and published by 11 Bit Studios, it’s officially available on Steam. Welcome to our Frostpunk On The Edge DLC review.
We originally did a Frostpunk review in 2019, and a few days ago we shared the Frostpunk: On The Edge Exciting Developer Video. I must say that I personally found this strategy game incredibly challenging, which is exactly why I love it.
Is the Frostpunk On The Edge DLC worth playing? What features are there, and what is the gameplay like? Read more in our detailed Frostpunk On The Edge DLC review below.
Frostpunk On The Edge DLC Review: The New Story
Welcome to Frostland. After the main game, you become the leader of the new Outpost. Despite your new role, New London is keeping close tabs on you. You’re located near the Army Warehouse, so anything you find, the hierarchy will transport to the main headquarters.
The law is strict and there is very little food. What makes matters worse for you as the strategy gamer is that every decision you make has a consequence. It influences how your workers react as well as the drive to survival.
What we enjoyed during our Frostpunk On The Edge DLC review is that there are 16 new Frostland areas to explore. There are also new structures and technology at your disposal. However, don’t be fooled that this makes your gaming life easier; this strategy game is still as hard AF!
In the end, the story becomes truly satisfying. You start finding new resources that could save your Outpost, which is when you decide to break away from the superiors and make it on your own. Of course, you’ll need to rely on new trade relationships. We felt that the new story developing brings new depth in our, which is why we’re giving it a great rating in our Frostpunk On The Edge DLC review.
Frostpunk On The Edge DLC Review: New Gameplay Mechanics
A new expansion isn’t much to be excited about if there aren’t new ways to play the game. Since our Frostpunk On The Edge DLC review found that the strategy game expansion is all about expansion, the first element we’re mentioning is the new construction team unit. They are responsible for establishing safe routes and new trade routes. Their main goal is to help you expand your small empire.
There are also new relations mechanics, which we loved for our Frostpunk On The Edge DLC review. The more you develop your network, the more you need to watch those diplomatic relationships. The four that are available are Trading, Improvements, Diplomacy and Favours.
A grand total of seven technologies and three structures are new in the strategy game. It also features some minor game fixes, which improved our gameplay during our Frostpunk On The Edge DLC review.
Of course, none of these makes the game easier to play. It’s one of the most challenging strategy games we’ve played, which is what makes it so enjoyable. Yes, it’s also intensely frustrating. Yet, we don’t believe that’s cause for lowering our Frostpunk On The Edge DLC review rating.
Frostpunk On The Edge DLC Review : Graphics
We always felt that the strategy game has amazing graphics. It’s no different for our Frostpunk On The Edge DLC Review. As a matter of fact, with the latest additions to the game and the new areas to explore, 11 Bit Studios only adds to the fantastic beauty of the game.
It doesn’t matter if you zoom in or out. There is so much detail in the game, it’s hard not to praise the graphic designers. It’s undeniable that they’ve put so much work into every single element, whether its the core structures, the stunning vistas or the weather effects. A truly amazing job.
Frostpunk On The Edge DLC Review : Sound
Now, you’d think that they’d simply rework some of the original game songs or sounds. However, 11 Bit Studios went the extra mile. The strategy game has over 25 minutes of new music, with a total of six new songs. Piotr Musiał is the mastermind behind the new soundtrack, who also produced music for the following games:
- This War of Mine
- The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine
- Deadfall Adventures
- Anomaly Defenders
Of course, there are new sounds to accompany the new tech, units and areas. We also loved that they added new voice-overs for the added text and storyline.
Frostpunk On The Edge DLC Review : Final Verdict
In our Frostpunk On The Edge DLC Review, we found that the graphic and sound were exceptional and worth praising above any of the other elements. The story elements comes in at a close second, which drives us to want to play to the end. There is also a new scenario as an extra Endless Mode: Variant, which encourages you to play further. This strategy game may be challenging, but we don’t mind getting kicked out of the Outpost several times until we get it right.