Epic warfare is being crushed down to a tiny scale next year as Signal Studios and Ubisoft unleash Toy Soldiers: War Chest upon the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. PlayStation’s Sid Shuman recently got some hands-on time with the game, reporting back with some interesting new details and video coverage.

Diorama warfare isn’t exactly a new idea, but Signal Studios appears to be doing everything in their power to put a few unique twists on the genre, turning Toy Soldiers: War Chest into a highly detailed battle that mixes classic tower defense strategy with some third-person combat action.

PlayStation Social Media Senior Manager Sid Shuman recently got to go toe to toe with the PS4 version of War Chest and, according to his recent post on the PlayStation Blog, the game is shaping up quite nicely. And look! A video, too!

I’ve always been a fan of the idea of diorama war games, but I’ve never actually had the opportunity to play them. It seems like the things were simply never available on consoles I had at the time, meaning I always had to look at those videos and screenshots with envy, feeling destined to never actually get to test my skills with those tiny combatants.

Toy Soldiers: War Chest will be available on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC in 2015, though, so it looks like I’ll finally have an opportunity to see what all of the fuss is about. Shuman was actually in a similar situation, only he had never played these types of games because, as he puts it, he wasn’t sure if they were up his alley.

“So imagine my surprise when I went hands-on with Toy Soldiers: War Chest on PS4 and discovered not just a clever fusion of tower defense and third-person action, but a fiendishly addictive vortex that quickly reduced me to shrieking ‘kablammo! Kablammo! Boooosh!’ while I bombarded hordes of rainbow ponies with mortars,” Sid Shuman explained.

The final build of the game will actually sport four playable factions, including the standard military units and the fantasy-based horde seen in today’s video. The team at Signal promises all for units will play very differently, offering unique weaponry and strategy along the way. And given the way the games market works these days, maybe we can look forward to even more options via DLC.

When you’re not out gathering resources or mowing down enemies with your own weaponry, the player can actually jump into any of their defenses and control it manually, rewarded with a damage and gold boost. Being able to destroy parts of the environment also means you’ll get to control the flow of battle, further enhancing your strategic edge.

Look for Toy Soldiers: War Chest to bring the tiny, tiny pain sometime next year. Consider it a nice way to take a break from Destiny from time to time.

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