Posts Tagged ‘Uber Entertainment’

Planetary Annihilation Beta This Month, Out December

Launch that game, Uber. Launch that game until EVERYONE IS DEAD.

In other months-old news, EARLY ACCESS TO PLANETARY ANNIHILATION COSTS $70. That’s $20 down from the original asking price, but still: yikes. Here’s hoping the beta asteroid surfs into reasonable territory – away from the alpha’s orbital space base in Ludicrous Land. If nothing else, it’ll be bringing some pretty immense new features to bear when it goes live later this month. For instance, interplanetary war, which is kind of what the whole game is about. More details below.

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Walletary Annihilation: Planetary Annihilation Early Access

Ultra-handsome Kickstarted Total Annihilation spiritual successor Planetary Annihilation is now available on Steam Early Access, and bwuuuuh it weighs in at a soul-collapsing £67.99. This is the price because it is equivalent to this Kickstarter tier: “June through August: $90 for early alpha access, during the time where we’re still locking down features and making tweaks to the flow of the game. This access is permanent access – you will be able to play through alpha, beta and on through retail.”

Hmm! I’ve posted the most recent videos below to see if that coaxes $90 out of your wallet.
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Like From Orbit: More Planetary Annihilation Looksies

I didn’t back Planetary Annihilation, because my RTS win-loss record is me 1, everyone else infinity wins. But I’ve been enjoying the developer diaries immensely. I love how developers Uber are making a game with the doors wide open. I suppose it helps that it’s an RTS, but it’s rare to see the ground-up meat that goes into game sausage. Planetary Annihilation isn’t even at the cooking stage: right now I’d say it’s a pile of mince that’s being lightly spiced with hints of dynamic lighting and just a pinch of pathfinding. Excitingly, the video below also tells you when you’ll be able to cram this meaty mouthful into your tummy hole, and it’s sooner than you probably realised.
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Saturnalian: The First Planetary Annihilation Footage

It perhaps goes without saying that I was fairly excited about Planetary Annihilation at the point at which the Kickstarter appeared, but than that excitement was cubed by an interview I did with Jon Mavor. It was with some trepidation, then, that I watched the first in-game footage reveal, presented by Mavor and Steve Thompson. You can see it too, below.
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Make It To Break It: Planetary Annihilation’s Creation Tech

I will call you... planet!
Biomes! Double Craters! Height ranges! I apologise for shouting! This is totally cool, even for someone as RTS-unsavvy as I am. The Planetary Annihilation developers are very serious about the planets that make up the game’s maps, and have created the longest video ever to show you all the attributes players will have control over when they make their own planets. You know how some trailers and videos have production values? Not this one? It’s just two guys with a game engine that makes painterly planets, and it’s really rather fascinating.
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Uber’s Jon Mavor Explains Planetary Annihilation

Planetary Annihilation was undoubtedly one of the strongest Kickstarter projects to have appeared since Double Fine set off the goldrush. A stellar pitch, a cap doff to Total Annihilation, and the tech lead from Supreme Commander pouring all of his ambitions into it: few games can boast anything like this, and consequently this game threatens seismic effects in the RTS genre. The man making that happen is Jon Mavor, and I thought it well overdue for us to catch up with what he was up to, and why he is making one of the most exciting games of 2013.
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Planetary Annihilation Kickstarter Blasts Past $2m

Uber Entertainment’s Total Annihilation-inspired Planetary Annihilation bid has already long surpassed its $900k goal, but is now soaring over $2m, with just hours to go. This means that a huge stack of stetch-goals have been unlocked, including naval units, orbital units, gas giants, and metal and lava planets. $2m means that the game gets a full orchestra-produced soundtrack, too. Amazing stuff.

This is an interesting pitch: nostalgia for an old franchise mixed with a genuine vision for the future of the RTS genre. I’d argue that the pitch video that Uber did for this – which you can see below – is one of the most convincing produced by any crowd-funding attempt. If you’ve not seen it, take a look. You’ll smile.
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Planetary Annihilation: Total Annihilation With Planets

This doesn't even begin to do it justice. Go watch the video. Seriously.

That headline may seem obvious, but wow. So Total Annihilation (and, more recently, Supreme Commander) were big, but Planetary Annihilation is shooting for the stars. And potentially shooting at them, as well. It’s all the absurdly large-scale mechanized warfare you’ve (probably) known and loved since the late ’90s, but now you can zoom out into space, build a fort on an asteroid, and then crash it into an enemy planet. So basically, total insanity. After the break, you’ll find a video from Super Monday Night Combat maestros Uber Entertainment explaining their ambitious RTS (ambitiouRTS, for short) and – yes – asking for money.

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Happy Mondays: Super Monday Night Combat

This is just super
EDIT: Now with trailer!

Monday Night Combat is getting a sequel and it’s going to be super. How do I know? Because that’s its name. Super Monday Night Combat. Uber Entertainment are looking to go up against League of Legends and DOTA 2, emphasising the game’s roots. Most pleasing of all, it will be free to play. That means, for now, it’ll only be on PC because Sony and Microsoft simply won’t allow such generosity on their stationboxes. The release date is as vague as “the next few months” but some details are already available. Overall, Uber are looking to slow the game down, giving players more time to think and plot strategies. All sounds good and as soon as we know more, you’ll know more. Click for trailer and pics of the three new characters.

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Monday Night Combat Free Weekend Is GO

Do you see? It's like an ad for Gatorade! DO YOU SEE!

If you never got around to trying indie tower defense / multiplayer combat hybrid Monday Night Combat then you’d better just hold on to your hat, and if you’re not wearing a hat then go and get one and clutch it in both hands like you would a comfort blanket. As of right now MNC’s undergoing one of Steam’s excellent free weekends, and not only that, if you do decide to buy it then you’ll get a hefty 33% off. MNC’s been amassing plenty of positive reviews, and the trailer below should hint at why.
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