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Arcen Games

11 months ago

Starward Rogue’s Augmented expansion buffs up the shmuppy roguelike

Arcen Games have had a trying few years, but the plucky, quirky studio have always seemed to bounce back when you least expect it. They've seemingly found their footing again after their initial attempts to fund a sequel to AI War (arguably their best game) fell through, when we last heard about Starward Rogue the company was facing layoffs, after the game failed to sell nearly as…

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2 years ago

AI War 2 aims for Oct 2017 after Kickstarter success

It's a Christmas miracle: AI War 2 [official site] has hits its crowdfunding goal on its second attempt, its wonderful creators Arcen Games will live to dev another day, and we've probably all learned a little about feelings or some other sappy nonsense I guess. The original AI War is a fascinating RTS - and one of Adam's favourites - with a wealth of options…

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AI War 2 returns to Kickstarter, smaller and cheaper

Arcen Games have launched a new Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund AI War II [Kickstarter page], sequel to their cracking 2009 real-time strategy game which pitted players against AI playing by entirely different rules. "Didn't they just...?" you're wondering and yep, they did try to Kickstart it in October but cancelled the campaign when it was clear they wouldn't reach their goal. They're returned with a…

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Fight The Future: AI War II Is Now On Kickstarter

Arcen have launched a Kickstarter for a sequel to their excellent 2009 strategy game AI War: Fleet Command [official site]. The Kickstarter page comes complete with a 159 page design document, so if you really want to dig into the detail you can get a very good idea of what's likely to be changed or improved in this sequel, and Arcen are shooting for just…

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In Case Of Emergency, Release Raptor Pulled From Sale

Arcen Games are primarily known for making interesting (and ugly) strategy games, but last Wednesday, August 24th, the small team released 3D dino-vs.-robots action game In Case Of Emergency, Release Raptor into early access. Then on Saturday, August 27th, they announced they were unreleasing it. Now as of today the game is no longer on sale and refunds are available for those who already purchased…

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Robosaur: In Case Of Emergency Release Raptor

In Case of Emergency, Release Raptor has been released, which means there must be some kind of emergency. Perhaps the title of the game is a commentary on the situation of creators Arcen, who have been making inventive, weird strategy games for years, and found themselves in financial troubles earlier this year. Upsetting news, because not only were Arcen's games great, their longevity as a…

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Arcen Releasing Emergency Raptor On Friday

In Case of Emergency, Release Raptor [official site] is very much not the game I would have expected next from Arcen Games. The small studio are known for games like AI Wars, Starward Rogue, Bionic Dues - strange and thoughtful twists on strategy games, puzzlers, roguelites. In Case of Emergency, Release Raptor is a 3D smash 'em up with a velociraptor fighting robots in the…

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3 years ago

Arcen Announce In Case Of Emergency, Release Raptor

Less than three months ago, AI Wars developer Arcen Games ran into financial bother that left the majority of their studio jobless. Now, they've announced their first 3D game - "the first of many", they say - named In Case of Emergency, Release Raptor [official forum]. Previously, Arcen planned to build a fully-fledged 3D survival game and while this isn't it, it will see the…

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AI War Devs In Financial Difficulty, Layoffs Imminent

Arcen Games, developers of AI War and most recently Starward Rogue, are going to let go almost all their staff this coming Monday. Company founder Chris Park explained in a post on Arcen's site that that sales of their latest game had been much lower than expected and that sales of their back catalogue had dried up, perhaps as a result of changes to Steam…

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Arcen’s Starward Rogue Released, Bionic Dues Free

Burning out on making Stars Beyond Reach, Arcen Games announced a few months ago they were putting the 4X strategy game to one side to focus on a roguelikelike they'd been toying with for a while. That game, named Starward Rogue [official site], is now here. It's a top-down shooter with oodles of bullets to dodge and bosses to battle, about mechs exploring a mysterious…

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The Last Federation: Lost Technologies Expansion Is Out

The fizzing ideaboxes of Arcen Games have been awfully busy with the delayed Stars Beyond Reach and a side-project, but they haven't forgotten about their last game, The Last Federation [official site]. Working with a member of their community, they've released a new expansion for the space strategy game. 'The Lost Technologies' adds, you know, new technologies, along with a new mode focused on racing…

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3, 2, 1… Wait! Stars Beyond Reach Now Due March 2016

That nice lot at AI War developers Arcen Games have some interesting ideas about alien races crammed onto a sentient planet for their next sci-fi strategy game, Stars Beyond Reach [official site], but alas it'll be a while before we get to see it. Checking over what happened while I was away on holiday last week, squinting at events and muttering "Didn't we already post…

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Near Yet Far: Stars Beyond Reach Now Due In September

Do you remember how Arcen Games had planned to launch their alien 4X strategy game Stars Beyond Reach [official site] on June 5th? Well, yeah, you can guess how that worked out. But this time, for real, for really real, they have a release date: September 25th. The Last Federation and Valley Without Wind devs decided to delay their new game than release it wonky,…

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4 years ago

Have A Gander At Arcen’s Space 4X Stars Beyond Reach

Those Arcen lot do make some interesting games, don't they? From A Valley Without Wind to The Last Federation, the six-person studio skip gaily across genres, getting systems all over their shoes then trailing them into unlikely places. Unlike their previous 4X-y games, though, Stars Beyond Reach [official site] really will be a real 4X strategy game for real, they say. With a few twists,…

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Gasp! Betrayal! The Last Federation Expansion Out

Oh sure, uniting the galaxy in a harmonious federation is a noble goal, but video games do ignobility so well. On Friday, Arcen Games released the first The Last Federation, adding a little skulduggery. Named Betrayed Hope, it brings a new mode where you're done with all that unifying guff, instead controlling a planet trying to wipe out everyone also. But if you're big on…

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4X 4 Real: AI War Devs Announce Stars Beyond Reach

If you've pressed your ear to Arcen Games' door, read their lips through their window, rummaged through their bins and taped together shredded documents, planted microphones to record their nocturnal mutterings, or browsed their forums, you might know that the AI War and The Last Federation developers have been working on a 4X strategy game. They've super-properly formally announced the game now, ditching its working…

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Downloadable Cunning: AI War – Destroyer Of Worlds

AI War is the sentient grey goo of gaming. Released in 2009, its design and uncanny artificial intelligence received praise from many quarters, including our own Alec, then writing for The Other Place. "This out-of-the-blue one-man passion project is one of this year's finest strategy games", he wrote, little realising that the very same 'passion project' that he so admired would continue to evolve. The…

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5 years ago

Win The Space Race: The Last Federation’s Out  Soon

It's been interesting watching post-AI War Arcen at work. Their idiosyncratic drunken approach to genres has always resulted in games worth talking about. Granted, some of those words might not be all that complimentary, but they've never once released a game that had any hint of hubris. Not even when they return to the space strategy genre that pays the bills. The Last Federation's a…

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Megaspace: 1 Hour Of AI War Follow-Up The Last Federation

Older readers may recall that in February we took a peek at The Last Federation, the new space strategy game from Arcen Games. Even older readers may recall that Arcen first came to our attention for AI War - and lo, many a joke about Quintin and iron was spawned. After confusing everyone with A Valley Without Wind, and some appealing experiments in between, they've…

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Arcen Return To Space: The Last Federation

Arcen, purveyors of sundry indie oddities, sent a message by pigeon post in the early hours of this morning to inform us of their new game, The Last Federation. It has one of the finest single line pitches I've ever encountered - "The Last Federation is a Grand Strategy + RTS Tactics game" - and in honour of the good news that she delivered, the…

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