Tuesday, January 3, 2012

0 A.D. Alpha 8 Released

I have seen this game quite a few times over the last two years, mostly when they were releasing updates and news but I am ashamed to say that I never once tried it out or wrote anything about it. This game is a free open-source RTS based on six ancient western civilizations. 0 A.D. uses the Pyrogenesis engine, something that Wildfire Games developed themselves and the game is available for Linux, PC and Mac. The game presents a pretty typical RTS experience but it one with quite a lot of options and it is all made from scratch. This newest alpha version debuts the Persian Empire and with that a new multiplayer system, a new bartering system that should be familiar to any RTS veterans, improved A.I. and a bunch of other updates. Check out the most recent trailer that shows off the Persians.

They are currently taking a small amount of donations for the game, up to two thousand dollars, in order to have another month of full time development. They are already at 500, out of 2000, but they are also asking for help from anyone who wishes to contribute to programming, art, sound, web design or video editing. The benefits of joining their team would be having your work on 0 A.D. as part of your portfolio, but it is merely volunteer and non-paid work. The game has been in development for two years and it's quite interesting to test it out. Each faction has quite a few structures and units, plus there is quite a bit of historical information embedded into the game. The newest version is a fairly small file and is very easy to install, so give it a try. If you want to read about the game more or get involved then check out one of the many links below. Thanks for reading. 
To download and get more information on the most recent release head here
IndieDB Page: http://www.indiedb.com/games/0-ad
Main Website: http://www.wildfiregames.com/0ad/

Iberian Desert Colony

-Written by Sean Cargle


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