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Planetary Annihilation

2 years ago

Feature: Bot nothing

Have You Played… Planetary Annihilation?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Planetary Annihilation [official site] got a mixed reception. On one hand, the premise and eventual game wasn’t too shabby. It took the plague-like swarms of units from Total Annihilation and the hefty robot generals of Supreme Commander and brought the whole RTS genre…

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3 years ago

Feature: I love it when planets come together

Planetary Annihilation – Titans review

Announced and released today, Planetary Annihilation: Titans [official site] is an expandalone version of Uber Entertainment's Planetary Annihilation. The original game, Kickstarted and released last year, was trapped in the orbit of two RTS giants – Total Annihilation and Supreme Commander. Staff at Uber had worked on both games and their new venture was seen as a spiritual successor of sorts, pitting enormous robotic armies…

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4 years ago

Layoff And Dismissal: Human Resources Cancelled

After studying key performance indicators, applying performance improvement procedures, and following a robust phase of knowledge implementation, developer Uber Entertainment has decided going forward to suspend work on the Human Resources Kickstarter. That means that it's cancelled. The strategy game was shooting for $1,400,000 with which to pit Cthulhu-esque old ones against Skynet-esque robots, but after a little over two weeks it had become clear…

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Planetary Annihilation Getting “DRM free offline play” Oct 9

A lot of people are down on planet-slinging RTS Planetary Annihilation, criticising its recently out-of-Early-Access release for missing important features. One of those features was the ability to play offline, as currently even singleplayer matches against bots require you to have an internet connection. That's going to change on October 9th when offline play is added to the game, as announced on the Uber website.

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Feature: The Pop Culture Apocalypse

Skynet Versus Cthulhu: Human Resources

Human Resources has one of the finest elevator pitches I've ever heard. The Singularity comes to pass, the machines rise, and humanity awakens a host of Lovecraftian horrors on the same day. It's a tale of duelling apocalypses. Skynet vs Cthulhu, with humanity caught in the middle. The Kickstarter page has just gone live for Uber's strategy followup to Planetary Annihilation, and I spoke to…

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Feature: Rise of the robots

Planetary Annihilation review

Planetary Annihilation is best enjoyed if you are a robot. A cold, cybernetically enhanced supercomputer capable of thousands of thoughts per nanosecond. No emotion, no mercy. Just a deathly, speedy logic and a finger that clicks like a woodpecker’s beak. It is a brilliant, ludicrous RTS and I will probably never try to play it again. Because I am a frail, fleshy human being whose…

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Planetary Annihilation Early Access Being Sold In Stores

The practice of releasing alpha or beta games as part of an "Early Access" plan is not, in itself, inherently harmful. It can be quite good for a game when developers priorities are in order and everyone is given plenty of information about what they're getting into upfront. Planetary Annihilation's early access version on brick-and-mortar store shelves, though? In a box, packaged up all shiny…

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Alone In The Dark: Planetary Annihilation’s Single-Player

Annihilating planets with other people - orbited by warm smiles and booming laughter - is all well and good, but sometimes you want to be alone while decimating armies and grinding celestial bodies into stardust. It's a good time to think, to take stock of your life and what it would be like to have it destroyed by space ships. That's what single-player is for,…

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5 years ago

Feature: Planet Plan It

Hands On With Planetary Annihilation

Uber Entertainment are making impressive progress with Planetary Annihilation, and we can now leap into both a multiplayer and AI skirmish mode on the Early Access version of the game. Ever the fellow to be interested in varieties of robot war, particularly when fighting large scale battles across worlds whose flavours include metal, lava, and earthy, I set about finding out more. I used my…

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Planetary Annihilation Seeking Lore Help From Community

Writing is hard. For instance, that sentence? It took me 37 hours to think up. 43 if you include the time I spent watching that bug live out its entire lifespan. So you can understand why Planetary Annihilation developer Uber isn't exactly in a rush to reinforce its (so far campaign-less) real-time warmonger-er with reams upon reams of lore. At this point, after all, systems…

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Planetary Annihilation Beta This Month, Out December

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…

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Atari Auction Implies New Chris Taylor’s Total Annihilation

Everything is in place for Chris Taylor to make a sequel to Total Annihilation, thanks to Wargaming picking up the Total Annihilation IP in a recent auction of Atari properties. Taylor, of course, came under the armoured umbrella the World Of Tanks company when they purchased Gas Powered Games earlier this year. By connecting the inevitabilities, we can see what needs to happen here. Wargaming…

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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…

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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…

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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

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…

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6 years ago

Feature: “a million units in a game”

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…

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Feature: Total Demigod Annihilation Siege Commander, Pt 2

Chris Taylor’s 180: Bigger Equals Better “Flawed Thinking”

Yesterday, Chris Taylor announced his new evolution-thwacking prehistoric RTS-RPG Wildman, so naturally, we talked about that until we, ourselves, evolved extra mouths so we could more efficiently talk about evolution. But what about, well, everything else? In ye olde year of 2010, after all, Taylor and co debuted Kings and Castles, a "biggest ever" fantasy RTS with dragons, chickens, and hopefully - for the sake…

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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…

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