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    Frost Giant Studios’ debut mixes Starcraft with Diablo

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Saturday, 11 June - 11:40

Frost Giant Studios’ debut mixes Starcraft with Diablo

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Frost Giant Studios, co-founded by former Blizzard real-time strategy masterminds Tim Morten and Tim Campbell, has finally unveiled the trailer for its first game, Stormgate , which enters beta on Steam next year. The trailer provides a peek at the feel of this upcoming real-time strategy throwback.

This first look was only a teaser, however, so I sat down with two key Frost Giant employees, writer Micky Neilson and assistant art director Jonathan Ryder , to dig into the game’s backstory and learn how Frost Giant plans to follow in Blizzard’s footsteps without repeating its mistakes.

Low-fi sci-fi

The first moments of the Stormgate trailer evoke the feel of StarCraft . It’s in the ghostly blue hue of a holographic projector, the subtle mumble of an AI assistant, and the thunderous arrival of a chunky sci-fi mech suit. Instead of going for a purely retro aesthetic, however, the trailer mashes modern, high-resolution art with the gritty, lived-in feel that defines the StarCraft franchise. This carries over to the game itself, which is built on Unreal Engine 5.

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    Fast-paced strategic action in Sky Fleet is out now

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 20 December, 2021 - 13:59

Melding together elements of a fast-paced action game with the tactics of a tower defence game, Sky Fleet is officially out now. Taking place in the clouds, you speed around various floating islands as you battle for supremacy while also grabbing some resources.

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"Sky Fleet takes solid classic tower defense strategy with friends into the clouds,” said Dan Phillips, Founder, Enno Games. “Adapt and experience the co-op mode with anyone in the world who thinks they can outplay you. Suit up and make your buddy put his airship where their mouth is!"

It's a solid entry into the competitive strategy market that's absolutely worth a look if you're a fan of real-time strategy games. Having direct control over one main upgradable unit is a nice touch, that does help to keep it feeling very different from any traditional RTS or tower defence game. It plays out much more like a top-down shooter, with a few strategy elements to keep your mind ticking constantly.

Available to buy on Steam .

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    AI Kingdoms arrive for Kingdoms and Castles in a new Beta

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 17 December, 2021 - 16:45 · 1 minute

The massive AI Kingdoms update for Kingdoms and Castles has finally hit Open Beta for anyone who owns it, so you can now see what the developer has been working on for quite some time.

Kingdoms and Castles is a city-building simulation game about growing a kingdom from a tiny hamlet to a sprawling city and imposing castle. It has gradually grown from quite a small and relaxed game into a much bigger city-builder / RTS hybrid, although you can still pretty much play how you want and AI Kingdoms are optional to add in.

Here's some highlights of what's in the current Beta:

  • AI Kingdoms you can add when starting a new game
  • Talk, trade, or fight with these AI kingdoms
  • Hall of Diplomacy where you can make diplomats used to interact with the AI Kingdoms
  • Fog of war system
  • Siege Workshop which builds Catapults
  • New harder 'Survive 250' game mode
  • Theatre and Jousting Arena
  • Transport carts
  • Minimap
  • Ability to set maximum workers per job category
  • Lots of other various improvements

I managed to set aside some time and play through the Beta today and it's looking absolutely fantastic. Kingdoms and Castles was already a wonderful game but now it just has so much more depth to it, giving you a great many more hours of building - without making it too complicated.

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For the Beta, it's currently Steam-only until it's finished and then it will be up as a normal update for other stores. If you wish to try it on Steam simply right click the game and go to Properties, hit the Beta tab and select "next-version-preview".

You can find Kingdoms and Castles on Steam , GOG and itch.io .

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    Classic bronze-age RTS TFC: The Fertile Crescent gets a first trailer

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Wednesday, 8 December, 2021 - 13:05

TFC: The Fertile Crescent is the brand new upcoming paid Steam version of the popular free RTS on itch.io and a first trailer for this has now landed. As a big RTS fan, and someone who played plenty of the older free version, I'm very much looking forward to this.

"Inspired by the real history of the Near East Bronze Age era, TFC utilizes classic RTS elements while offering a unique perspective for the genre. Taking technological limitations and advancements into account, players will need to carefully consider how to spend their precious Knowledge Points, as they explore the Village Improvements that are designed to enable players to quickly counter an opponent’s strategy."

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No exact date yet other than sometime hopefully in early 2022.

You can wishlist / follow on Steam and try the free version on itch.io .

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    Real-time explosive tower defense arrives in Sky Fleet on December 17

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 25 November, 2021 - 15:28 · 1 minute

Build up an army and speed around the skies in your air ship in Sky Fleet, the action-based tower defense game arriving on Steam on December 17.

You build up your squad, place down various defences and engage in fast-paced real-time shoot-outs, while speeding around various floating islands. At the same time you need to deal with resources, so it plays out quite like an RTS, as you and enemies compete for them to try and assault their stronghold.

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Expansion takes hard work through the construction of farms to sustain resources, ammo factories to restock weaponry, and dozens of turrets to protect the city from kill-seeking drones. Mine base-reinforcing resources like Uridium and Duraphyte to upgrade the fleet and improve defences across the floating geography. Embark on this mission alone or band together with friends in online and local co-op game modes. Become an unstoppable force that will squash all who dare challenge the power of the Sky Fleet.

"Sky Fleet takes solid classic tower defense strategy with friends into the clouds,” said Dan Phillips, Founder, Enno Games. “Adapt and experience the co-op mode with anyone in the world who thinks they can outplay you. Suit up and make your buddy put his airship where their mouth is!

You can follow it on Steam . At release we've been told it will be $14.99 with a 35% off launch discount.

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    Beyond All Reason is shaping up to be a truly massive RTS

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 18 November, 2021 - 11:08 · 1 minute

Based on the SpringRTS game engine, which itself started off by getting Total Annihilation into 3D, Beyond All Reason is going to be a standalone free RTS and it's coming along nicely.

The developers announced recently how they've been hacking away at the old Spring engine, to bring the performance up to modern standards. Some of what they've added in includes a whole new multithreaded pathing system, along with moving to modern OpenGL4 rendering. The result is impressive with better performance, and support for thousands more units and buildings in a single game.

A small showcase video was also put up:

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When speaking to one of their team on Reddit , to see if they will be bringing their engine changes (which remain open source on GitHub ) to the main SpringRTS project they said:

Hard to say, because core spring dev is not too active these days and the changes in this fork are huge. We tried to get through with a smaller PR few months ago but reviewing took too long for it to be relevant.

There is a possibility it will just become the new main Spring version, but time will tell.

As for when they expect Beyond All Reason to see a proper release:

We are aiming for mid 2022 with Steam release though the game is kind of fully playable and even now.

From now on we are going to mostly add content like a sp campaign and improve lobby experience.

In a more recent video they showed off thousands of units on a map with plenty battling and it does look pretty spectacular overall:


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    Base-building bronze-age RTS TFC: The Fertile Crescent has a new demo on Steam

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Tuesday, 16 November, 2021 - 15:13

TFC: The Fertile Crescent continued to be upgraded for the upcoming Steam release and now there's a new demo available with online multiplayer.

"Inspired by the real history of the Near East Bronze Age era, TFC utilizes classic RTS elements while offering a unique perspective for the genre. Taking technological limitations and advancements into account, players will need to carefully consider how to spend their precious Knowledge Points, as they explore the Village Improvements that are designed to enable players to quickly counter an opponent’s strategy."

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Compared with the (now old) free version available on itch.io , this new and improved build offers up the latest version of it with "new, polished artwork, a fresh Spectator Mode, and a whole bunch of improvements and bug fixes.".

To go along with it they're also running a competition called the Crescent Cup. Starting on November 27, the 4 best players will be getting free keys for the Steam release! More info on that here .

Try it out on Steam .

Recently they also put up a video to showcase what the game looks like now:


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    Proton Experimental gets Age of Empires 4 working out of the box on Linux

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Wednesday, 10 November, 2021 - 12:30 · 1 minute

Want to play Age of Empires 4 on Linux? Now you can. Another update for Proton Experimental has gone live. What is Steam Play and Proton? See our beginner's guide for more if you're unclear.

As of November 9, Proton Experimental got fixes to allow Age of Empires 4 to work as well as Marvel's Guardian of the Galaxy (although that only works on AMD GPUs currently). Additionally, a rare crash when starting up Baldur's Gate 3 was also solved for this release.

Checking on it myself this morning and yup — Age of Empires 4 works. Once it's set to Proton Experimental it's looking really good. Pictured below:

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Nice to see another huge recent release working so nicely on Linux less than two weeks after release. That's a pretty reasonable turnaround time, especially interesting with it being an Xbox Game Studios title, something that is always a little odd seeing load up on Linux. Both single-player and online multiplayer appear to work well.

Performance with all settings turned up to max on 1080p seems to be pretty darn great too, very smooth overall. A very minor graphical issue with objects just out of the fog of war, where you see a strange outline sometimes but other than that it seems to be just fine.

See the Proton Experimental changelog to see all the current differences.

Need to know how to actually use Proton Experimental? Here's a simple HOWTO (as it's not complicated!). Make sure it's installed by searching for it in your Steam Library, then select it from the Compatibility menu in the Properties section of a game. See our quick video below:

For an explainer in text form:

  1. Search for Proton Experimental and install if not already.
  2. Right click any game on Steam and go to Properties.
  3. Select the Compatibility menu on the right side.
  4. Ensure the "Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool" is ticked.
  5. From the dropdown box that appears select Proton Experimental.
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