From GameSpot's early look at Elemental, it's clear that the game draws inspiration from several sources revered throughout both the fantasy and strategy universes: The Lord of the Rings, Master of Magic, Sid Meier's Civilization, and the Total War franchise. As a leader of a civilization, or a channeler, you'll grow your kingdom, establish new cities, recruit heroes to your banner, and do battle against evil.
Unless you prefer to be evil, in which case you can smack the forces of good in the mouth. The game has more than a year remaining in development, but GameSpot sat down with Brad Wardell, lead designer of Elemental and president and CEO of Stardock Entertainment, to get the latest. Here's what he had to say.