Publisher Iceberg Interactive and Estonian developer Luminous have announced their new real-time strategy game, Circle Empires, is ready for purchase on Steam as of today.

The Circle Empires universe is made of interconnected circles, each containing loot to plunder and foes to defeat. Players take the role of the god-like leader of a tiny kingdom, hungry for power. Using guile and strategic prowess, gamers hunt down increasingly powerful foes to expand their territory.

So why is everything a circle? Luminous was founded by developer Mihkel Trei, a veteran of the industry since 2002. The story goes that he heard from a famous graphic designer “Always start a design by drawing a circle,” and the idea for Circle Empires grew out of that advice.

There are three ways to play Circle Empires: Monster Hunt mode, Full Conquest mode, and Imperial Conflict mode. These modes can be played on six difficulty levels: Easy, Normal, Hard, Extreme, Nightmare, and Impossible.

  • Fast-paced real-time strategic gameplay with large-scale battles
  • Expand your empire, circle by circle
  • Units can gain XP and level up
  • Procedurally generated worlds containing unique flora and fauna
  • 150+ different creatures, buildings and resources
  • 18 Different faction leaders, a variety of bonuses
  • 12 enemy boss monsters

Fir the first week of its existence, Circle Empires will cost just $7.19 — a reduction of 10% from its normal price of $7.99. It’s not much of a difference, but if you’re looking to save a few literal cents, the option is there. Check it out on Steam today.