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A hard-hitting simultaneous-turn-based tactical game from the creators of Frozen Synapse. Defeat your opponent’s plans on a randomly-generated playfield in this brutal futuresport.
Release Date: Mar 10, 2014
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Note: This Early Access game may or may not change significantly over the course of development. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you may want to wait until the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Early Access allows us to fund the development of the game as well as gain valuable feedback, particularly in multiplayer, from a community of active players. We have a good track record of delivering on Early Access / beta titles with our previous game Frozen Synapse.”

How long will this game be in Early Access?

“We are aiming for a late 2014 / early 2015 release on PC, Mac and Linux.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“A significant amount of polish and extra content is par for the course, but the most significant omission from the current build is the single player Season Mode. This will consist of a season played against a series of AI coaches each with their own distinctive personality.

Random events and challenges will occur during matches; you'll be able to build up your relationships with other teams and vote on league rule changes, as well as acquire new players.

We have a huge amount planned for this mode and will announce more details soon.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is currently stable and fully functional in multiplayer, with single player AI skirmishes working well too. Gameplay is largely complete: the game just requires more content, the full single player Season Mode and polishing.

You'll get the following in the current build:

  • Free key for a friend, both for the Early Access version and the full version on release
  • Single player skirmishes with custom mode options
  • Multiplayer with two core game modes: Duplicate and Full Match
  • Team editor - customise your team names and stats
  • Playfield editor - create weird and wonderful pitches
  • Innovative commentary system that discusses how you play the game!
  • In-game tutorial
  • IRC chat and in-game messaging
  • Multiplayer ranking system
  • Scorchingly melodic in-game electronica soundtrack from nervous_testpilot!

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“No - pricing will most likely remain the same.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We will regularly check our forums and Steam community for bug reports and feature requests.”
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Buy Frozen Cortex Basic Tier

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$24.99

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Includes everything in the Basic Edition PLUS an MP3 and FLAC download of the soundtrack.

$34.99

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Includes everything in the Soundtrack Edition (apart from a different unique trophy) PLUS Frozen Synapse Complete Pack! Additional EP and soundtrack by nervous_testpilot, in-game helmet, celebration animation, behind-the-scenes videos.

$54.99

Buy Frozen Cortex Ultimate Tier

Includes everything in the Mega Edition (apart from a different unique trophy) PLUS in-game gloves, shoulder-pads, Frozen Synapse team, unique stadium block and the Frozen Synapse Complete Pack!

$99.99

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Frozen Endzone is now Frozen Cortex!

July 22

We've renamed the game and changed some elements of the aesthetic: it's still the same gameplay but we've made a few tweaks!

You can read about the decision here and I hope you like the new update which is hitting later today. Here's what's coming:

Here’s what’s in the update:

- OSX and Linux versions
- New pitch, ball and animations
- Completely overhauled AI including much faster performance and much more intelligent play
- Five new stadiums
- Significant performance improvements: frame rate should be 50-100% improved on most hardware
- Big loading time improvements

UI improvements:

- Throwing UI improved
- Intelligent interception-radius rendering
- indicator for whether a move location is “safe” or not
- Minor rules changes to reduce the need to “keep playing when the match is clearly over”; other gameplay improvements
- Quite a few new gameplay options to play around with in the Custom Game editor.
- Significantly updated in-game commentary text
- Other minor changes

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Big update coming in July

June 17

Greetings,

We will be pushing an update for Frozen Endzone at the end of July.

We’ve also been working heavily on single player content which isn’t ready to release yet. I’ll talk about that a bit in a moment but first, here’s what you can expect in the update…

Change List

- OSX and Linux builds

- Completely overhauled AI including much faster performance and much more intelligent play

- Significant performance improvements: frame rate should be 50-100% improved on most hardware

- Big loading time improvements

- Major aesthetic updates and improvements including...
- new ball
- many new animations
- new throws, new catches, new tackles
- several new stadiums
- other minor graphical improvements with a lot more to come

UI improvements:
- throwing UI improved
- intelligent interception-radius rendering
- indicator for whether a move location is "safe" or not

- Minor rules changes to reduce the need to “keep playing when the match is clearly over”; other gameplay improvements

- Quite a few new gameplay options to play around with in the Custom Game editor.

- Some commentary improvements.

- Other minor changes

Single Player

Alongside this update we have been working on the single player game, which we think is a fantastic combination of a traditional season mode but with a much tighter structure, character interaction and potential for storytelling.

The main mode will feature 7 distinct AI teams, all with their own coaches. Each coach has a response to the player, ranging from hatred to admiration, and their dialogue will change based on this and your performance in the league. You’ll be playing in the Global Cortex League (GCL) against these teams and also in a series of specially crafted contests with hugely variable rules and player behaviour.

You’ll earn incremental stat upgrades and be able to customise your team; there will also be storylines and intrigues which happen within the league that will have a bearing on your progress. The coaches will each have a different agenda and occasionally will propose league-wide votes on rule changes which you can influence.

There will also be other leagues and tournaments where you can coach, as well as an ongoing background story which will progress across different playthroughs with different teams

We’ve been working on this a lot behind-the-scenes for a while and making progress on it is very exciting. This kind of gameplay isn’t something that will work with incremental updates, so you’ll have to bear with us as we polish it up to the level where we’re happy to show it to you.

Thanks very much for the support on Endzone so far: this game means a lot to us and we’re really pushing to make it as good as humanly (and robotly) possible.

Please feel free to ask me any questions on Twitter: @mode7games

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Reviews

“Frozen Cortex is not a sports game... this is every yard the intensely tactical game of deception and fake-outs that Frozen Synapse was”
Edge

“Another brilliant slice of strategy from Mode 7”
Eurogamer

“I am absolutely enamored with it”
Destructoid

Please Note

In-game additional content (e.g. armour and stadium pieces) and behind-the-scenes videos will be delivered on the FULL RELEASE of the game (estimated to be late 2014).

Free Copy For A Friend

Get a free Frozen Cortex: Basic Edition for a friend with every order - both you and your friend's copy will be upgraded to the full version on release.

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About the Game

Frozen Cortex is a critically-acclaimed turn-based tactical game on Windows, OS X and Linux.

Set in the world of a brutal futuristic sport played by robots, you’ll need to use all of your tactical prowess to position your players on the randomly-generated playfield, timing their movements to perfection in order to outwit your opponent.

Taut, competitive multiplayer and a deep, complex single player with challenging AI mean that you’ll get everything you could want from a modern futuresports game.

Customise your team’s appearance, stats and names; embark on your career as a coach both in the Cortex single player universe and online against the world’s best.

Features

(in full version - for Early Access features, check the Early Access Description above)

  • Single Player Season Mode: customise and build your team, get involved with league politics and player intrigues; experience life in a cutthroat futuristic world
  • Free key for a friend!
  • Single Player Skirmish Mode: hugely customisable skirmish generator
  • Multiplayer Modes: Duplicate and Full Match and more; fully customisable modes
  • Multiplayer leagues and ladders
  • Team Editor - name your players, customise their stats, armour and animations
  • Stadium Customisation - add items to your stadium and display trophies depicting your past glories to intimidate your opponents
  • Pitch Editor - create your own playfields and use them in multiplayer or offline

This game was previously called Frozen Endzone and was renamed Frozen Cortex while in Early Access

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.2GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 & at least 512MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Soundtrack Tier requires extra 1GB disk space, Mega & Ultimate Tiers require extra 4GB disk space.

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.9
    • Processor: 1.2GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.1+ & 512MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Soundtrack Tier requires extra 1GB disk space, Mega & Ultimate Tiers require extra 4GB disk space.

Linux System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Kernel 2.6 or higher
    • Processor: 1.2GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.1+ & at least 512MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Soundtrack Tier requires extra 1GB disk space, Mega & Ultimate Tiers require extra 4GB disk space.
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
42.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Frozen Endzone (possibly soon to be Frozen Cortex) is a brilliant new type of game from Mode7Games. It mixes sports with the turn-based action of their previous entry into the market, Frozen Synapse. Players plan their players moves, can plan opponent's moves to see what will happen, and then submit their turn. Meanwhile, their opponent does the same planning process, and then after both players have submitted their turn, the game calculates and displays a result. Best part is that you never have to be online at the same time as your opponent!

The game itself has simple rules. You score points by running through bonus zones or getting into the endzone. Players must advance the ball each turn. Once you run the ball, you cannot pass it again, aside from a free turn at the beginning of a possession.

The blocking works well, with whoever is stopped first getting to block any moving player. Players within a certain range will intercept a ball, and players within a certain range will chase after and tackle opponents.

I enjoy both major modes of play, Full Match and Duplicate. Full Match involves 18 turns of play, with turnovers changing possession, and touchdowns causing the game to restart in the original position with the teams swapped. Duplicate is almost an 'extra point' type situation, where the offense is trying to score and the defense just to stop them - possession changes count as ending the play and then the match restarts with the teams swapped, and whoever has the most points wins.

They're still improving it as we speak, and working on a single player campaign which sounds amazing. This is a must have for anyone who has an interest in sports and loved Frozen Synapse, and is worth a try for someone who is a fan of either sports or Frozen Synapse.
Posted: June 25
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This game is fantastic. It's simple to learn, so you can get up and playing really quick. Good for playing in short bursts as a break from work or studying, but i've also found myself playing for an hour + at a stretch.

I don't usually play strategy games, but this one has captured my attention.

also, its very stable and well-functioning. I don't know why they are callling this early access.
Posted: March 22
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11 of 22 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Unfortunately, I was really hyped for this game and swallowed the Earty Access hook easily. Well, I shouldn't have. It was fun at first, despite of some bugs, poor optimization and strange predictions. But since the launch of Frozen Endzone in Early Access program, the game did not receive ANY updates.

It feels like the beta is dead and developers bailed on it. Maybe I am wrong, who knows, but the community does proof this point: player activity of Frozen Endzone dropped dramatically and there are no more than 2-3 players online now.

And that's my point. Even though the game has some potential and can deliver fun, alas, it is dead at the moment. If it does resurrect and the developer will continue to work on it, we might receive a good game. Not great though, because few mechanics here are broken, but that's a whole different topic.
Posted: April 22
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
solid
Posted: June 22
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
it's too bad everyone hates turn based games cuz this is a really great one!!
Posted: July 30
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31 of 36 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Fantastic follow up game from Mode7. Future sports football-esque simultaneous-turn based strategy game.

Right now the mechanics are great but my experience with the pre-Steam release was plagued by player inactivity. So far, on the first day on Steam, there are more people playing Frozen Endzone than I've ever seen since I pre-ordered it from their website, so the Steam release has certainly fixed the population issue.

The game is in REALLY good shape for an early access title, and you get two copies when you purchase it. Must buy for strategy fans or fans of Frozen Synapse!
Posted: March 10
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