In the early 2000’s there were a bunch of mid-tier real-time strategy titles that crowded each other out of the market. Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns, Dark Reign, Empire Earth, and Battle Realms to name a few. These were good games that developed a following, but never got out from under the shadows cast by games with better production values like Age of Empires and StarCraft. Some had just enough sales to get a sequel, but Battle Realms was one of the games that never did. Ed Del Castillo, the president of Liquid Entertainment, has talked about making a Battle Realms 2: Lair of the Lotus, but the funding just didn’t happen.
In this age of crowd-funding, there’s no need to wait for a publishing deal. Liquid Entertainment is still around and now they finally want to make a follow-up to Battle Realms. Sort of. The proposed Battle Realms Legends is a free-to-play, collectible card game, real-time strategy fusion. The game is set shortly after the events of the single player campaign in the original game, but players will be doing all the normal F2P stuff like collecting, crafting, gathering resources, and purchasing items with real money. If Liquid gets to the $100,000 Kickstarter goal, they’ll make this F2P game, but there’s no word on the fate of the Lair of the Lotus.