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End Of Nations Devs Reveal Throwback RTS Grey Goo

By Nathan Grayson on March 14th, 2014.

Strategy, presumably unfolding in real time.

When I first heard about Grey Goo, I assumed it was some kind of World-of-Goo-style puzzler, except all gritty and probably about a goo blob with No Family, No Loyalties, And Nothing Left To Lose. I was woefully, hideously incorrect, but can you blame me? Grey Goo isn’t really what I would’ve titled an RTS that attempts to hearken back to the genre’s golden age, but former End of Nations developer Petroglyph is sticking with it, so here we are. In the wake of Victory’s sobering defeat, the recently beleaguered studio is going back to what it knows best. Base building, three unique factions, and a handful of profoundly important decisions instead of 100 inconsequential ones. Debut trailer below.

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Defeat: Petroglyph Cancels Victory Kickstarter

By Nathan Grayson on March 19th, 2013.

This is the only way to destroy a Kickstarter prematurely. Well, short of throwing it into Mt Doom, which isn't actually a real place.

Victory!

Is not a word I plan to use to name anything ever – except perhaps my arch-nemesis if I’m given the opportunity to travel back in time, be present at their birth, and choose their name. Reason being, cosmic irony is a looming, universe engulfing bastard, and it will paint a target on your back for so audaciously daring to believe you might succeed. Such is the sad yet somewhat inevitable tale of Petroglyph, who hasn’t exactly had the best string of luck after Trion yanked End of Nations in-house. The developer’s admitted defeat in its effort to raise $700,000 for WWII arena RTS Victory, pulling the plug on a Kickstarter that was off to a languidly tank-like trundle. So then, where to from here?

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End Of End Of Nations: Petroglyph Returns With Victory

By Nathan Grayson on March 7th, 2013.

Other reasons this Kickstarter might have trouble gaining traction: it is very brown.

OK, admittedly, End of Nations hasn’t met its untimely end just yet. Trion has, however, wrested control of its development away from Petroglyph, and last time we checked, things weren’t looking so good. But that’s an increasingly convoluted tale for another day. The question of the moment: where exactly does all of this leave Petroglyph? Not entirely surprisingly, the answer is the gaming industry’s current nearly choral refrain: Kiiiiiiiiiiiickstarter. Simply (and perhaps optimistically) titled Victory, the new project is quite a change of scenery from End of Nations, trading its cotton-candy-colored lasers and lumbering mechs for good old-fashioned World War II tanks. But this is far from a heavily armed assault on Company of Heroes 2′s frigid niche. Reposition your eyeball-shaped army of two after the break to find out why.

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Petroglyph Layoffs Not The End Of End Of Nations

By Nathan Grayson on December 7th, 2012.

Target destroyed, sir. Second cotton candy missile salvo ready to fire at will.

Dodging the incredibly strange trend in which games with portentous names become self-fulfilling prophecies (Hello, Duke Nukem Forever), End of Nations has not, in fact, met its untimely end. You could be forgiven for thinking that it’s in pretty big trouble, though. Indefinite postponements and worrisomely far-reaching developer layoffs tend to have that effect. Regardless of how things ultimately shake out, however, change is afoot. The most earth-shaking bit? Petroglyph’s no longer on development duty, with Trion Worlds now leading the charge on the lumbering, stumbling MMORTS.

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Tough Times: Petroglyph And NCSoft Layoff Staff

By Craig Pearson on December 5th, 2012.


Bleak news. Eurogamer is reporting that End of Nations developers Petroglyph are letting around 30 employees go. Their reported rumour was confirmed on Twitter, when writer and game designer Adam Stevens confirmed he’s one of those who’ll be losing a job over the holidays, posting: “Well, it appears this winter break will be extended indefinitely.” And is response to an inquiry he confirmed: “Lay-offs at Petroglyph. Looking like I’ll be Leaving Las Vegas.”

Meanwhile PC Gamer are reporting that NCSoft Seattle are losing an undisclosed number of staff in a ‘realignment’.
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Big Delays Hit LOTRO: Rohan And End Of Nations

By Nathan Grayson on November 28th, 2012.

Time. The gaming industry – like everything else in the past, present, and future – exists inside of it, but often, it seems to observe time less as an incontrovertibly defining law of the universe and more as a set of loose guidelines. So delays happen right and left, and everyone cries while conveniently forgetting that their backlog can be seen from space. That in mind, I can’t really complain when developers decide to do things right instead of cutting corners en route to a quickly forgotten whimper of a release. And I especially can’t complain when said developers are super graceful about it, as both Turbine and Trion have been with Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan and End of Nations, respectively.

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Cursors w/o Borders: End Of Nations’ Liberation Front

By John Walker on April 25th, 2012.

PEWkake

Are you playing the End Of Nations beta? I DEMAND to know. So I can label you accordingly. “END OF NATIONS PLAYER” I’ll write on you, with pen. Eventually I plan to do it for all games, but I’m starting with this one. Um, er, crap, why am I posting about a strategy game again? I’ll tell you why – Adam’s too busy bashing all his teeth to bits, leaving me to try to fill up enough space before I tell you there’s a new trailer out for the Liberation Front class and you can watch it below phew I made it.

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Starting Spring: End Of Nations Beta

By Adam Smith on March 22nd, 2012.

From Command and Conquer veterans Petroglyph, End of Nations is a multiplayer RTS that I managed to enjoy and, more importantly, in which I actually won a match. Admittedly, I was on a team partly made up of the people who designed the maps, units, balance and pathfinding, but the important thing is that a little box appeared on my screen informing me that I was a winner. I played my part. Ego dictates that I am now keen to take my skills into the beta to see how they hold up. A new trailer briefly explains the game’s features and provides some detail of the release schedule.

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Interview: Talkin’ ‘Bout The End Of Nations

By Adam Smith on March 3rd, 2012.

The future does not look pleasant
I’m rubbish at multiplayer RTS games, my fingers are unable to keep up with my brain and eventually I shut down entirely, wondering how it’s possible for my opponent to have so many
units. To my surprise, I wasn’t entirely rubbish at End of Nations when I sat down to play it recently. During the session, I found time to talk with producer Chris Lena and, among other things, asked how Petroglyph’s MMORTS will encourage different styles of play, and how the team are hoping to balance character progression, strategy and teamwork.

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Hands On: End Of Nations

By Adam Smith on February 29th, 2012.

"Imagine there's no countries, it isn't hard to do, nothing to kill or die for..." WRONG

A persistent world map with conflicts across the globe taking place between up to 56 players, nuking each other into metal morsels as they attempt to tip the overall balance of war in their faction’s favour. End of Nations is an MMRTS, alright, but how does something like that work and, digging past the garbled mess of consonants, what kind of conflict is this and can just anybody make a difference?

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End Of Nations Beta, “Wacky” Weekly Video

By Jim Rossignol on December 2nd, 2011.


MMORTS! MMORTS! Try saying it as a single word. Sounds ominous. Anyway, that’s a collection of letters that refers to but a few games, and End Of Nations is one of those. The forthcoming MMORTS from Petroglyph (Universe At War) and Trion Worlds (Rift) has opened beta sign ups. I thought they did that weeks ago, but not according to a new video bulletin which implores you to support the game in every possible way, which you can see below. That’s going to be weekly, apparently. Mm.
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