The Vikings are Coming: Cultural Settlements Expand Forge of Empires

The strategy game Forge of Empires has been expanded to include Cultural Settlements. These settlements add to the capital which the players lead through the epochs of human history and make other cultures playable. To begin the series, players will lead a Viking settlement to fame and prosperity. Other cultures are being planned. As a reward for completing the Cultural Settlements, players will receive unique rewards for their capital city. Game designers Thi, Kurt and Marcel explain the latest expansion for Forge of Empires in a video:

"With the Cultural Settlements, Forge of Empires is opening up entirely new possibilities for entertaining game content. As early as 2018, we focused on history’s famous personalities in historical quest series and offered a variety of events throughout the year. With the updates for the Oceanic Future era and the completely new Virtual Future, we also released new content on a large scale. In 2019, we will be able to introduce elements from all eras into the game and will once again provide our players with countless hours of fun," says Armin Busen, Chief Product Officer at InnoGames.

Product Owner Stefan Walter adds: "The Cultural Settlements are completely optional to the main game. It’s not about building a second city long-term, but about completing special quest lines. We have introduced new mechanisms for developing a city and, for the first time, diplomacy as a new resource. We are looking forward to the player feedback, especially which cultures they would like to see in further settlements.”

The Cultural Settlements are unlocked in Forge of Empires as soon as "plowing" has been explored in the tech tree in the Iron Age epoch. From then on, there is a boat that takes players to the Viking village. The head of the Viking settlement Ragnar Lodbrok then introduces the new mechanics. For the first time, the development of a city is supplemented by a puzzle element. Each time you start a Cultural Settlement there are randomly placed obstacles on the map. This always requires new strategies to build cities. The objective is to build up the Viking settlement and get the economy going. Completing the appropriate quest line unlocks rewards for the capital. The world tree Yggdrasil produces a variety of resources and yields an attack boost. By completing the Cultural Settlement several times, you can unlock various Viking emissaries, who add a bonus to daily production in the capital’s city hall. In addition, a timer starts with each new settlement. When players complete the quest line within the specified time, they unlock fragments for the Greater Runestone, which grants coins, medals, supplies, Forge points, and an additional attack boost.

From now on, Cultural Settlements can be played at in a browser and in the Forge of Empires mobile apps for iOS and Android.


About Forge of Empires

Since its release in 2012, Forge of Empires ( has been one of the world's most successful strategy games, with several million active players in over 20 markets. In Forge of Empires, players guide a village through the different epochs of human history - from the Stone Age to the distant future. Through skillful planning and tactics on the battlefield, they can expand their sphere of influence and create an impressive empire. Continuous content updates ensure several years of fun. You can switch between browser, iOS and Android devices at any time while playing.

About InnoGames

With a revenue of more than 160 million EUR and 400 employees from 30 nations, InnoGames is Germany’s leading developer and provider of mobile and online games. The company is best known for Forge of Empires, Elvenar and Tribal Wars. InnoGames’ complete portfolio encompasses six live games and several mobile titles in production. After ten years of consecutive growth, InnoGames’ revenue increased by 24 percent in 2017 and is set to further soar with the mobile versions of Elvenar and titles such as Warlords of Aternum.

Dennis Schoubye

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