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Aerena - Clash of Champions - The Turn Based Arena Combat Game
ÆRENA is a tactical, hero-centric combat game with a unique Ætherpunk setting. Command formidable Champions, employ powerful Æther Shells and challenge your brain - not your fingers - in strategic, turn-based yet fast paced combat. It's like speed chess meets LoL or DotA. With Æther!
Release Date: May 7, 2014
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HAMMER of INCquisition Update - Ærena 2.0 is here!

August 26

THE BIG SUMMER UPDATE: Ærena 2.0: HAMMER of INCquisition released!

Ærena gets a complete visual overhaul with a new streamlined UI, a new effects and animation system!
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=303097961
Two whole new classes of Champions enter the Ærena with:

HAMMER - an ultra tough masochistic Æther powered combat mech from the secret labs of the INCquisition!
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=303099683

INCquisition soldier Taeyang possesses the passive bonus "hatred against Air Pirates"
He is the first Champion with faction based passive skills!
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=306126591

Skyblade can sacrifice her own teammates to gain their position anywhere on the map, deal aerea damage and deny the kill!
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=306127554

We finally introduced SKINS for both Ships and Champions!
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=303101190
Get ready for some crazy outfits and the first community created and inspired skins
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=303098306
The display of all mechanics in matches just got intenser with the Æther visualisation effects
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=303100496 and overhauled animations and action cams!
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=303098625

The worldmap takes a break and makes place for an intuitive main menu.

We also overhauled the League Tier system and introduced Subtiers to all tiers but Æthermasters.

Other noteworthy updates: Brand new main missions and the introduction of daily missions, and a completely new tutorial.

To celebrate this major Milestone, we slashed all the prices in the game MASSIVELY!

New Features:
  • Champion and ship skins are available now. (Except for Sharina, Hammer, Whale and Bombshell) Each skin costs 89 Æther Coins.
  • New champion: HAMMER.
  • New champion: Skyblade. A good mid-range offensive character with a whirlwind attack. Skyblade belongs to the faction Aether Junkies, has 6 HP and does 2 DMG in extended melee range.
    - Her Super Skill deals 2 damage to everyone around her and her Ultimate Skill sacrifices an ally champion and does 3 DMG to everyone in the sacrificed champ's melee range.
  • New champion: Taeyang is a new class of Champions. He possesses the passive bonus "hatred against Air Pirates", has 7 HP and deals 2 base DMG (+1 against Air Pirates).
    - Using his Super Skill, Taeyang charges towards his target and deals 2 DMG (+1 against Air Pirates).
    - His Ultimate Skill attack deals 1 damage to all enemies and triggers an explosion on all enemy Air Pirates hitting them and all champions in their melee range for +2 extra damage.
  • New floating texts for better visualisation of when champions/ships take damage and gain aether (and hatred damage).
    Player names and chat messages will be checked for nasty words
  • Complete rework of the main menu (worldmap has been removed)
  • Improved loadout, shop and achievement (badges) page
  • Achievement rewards now have to be claimed in the badges section
  • Daily missions are available to earn some extra Shillings
  • Cool new hardware cursors on all platforms
  • Tutorial has been completly reworked
  • New Main menu commentator:
    - He will explain the shell generator, daily quests, main quests and trophies(badges) to the player the first time a player opens the corresponding tab
    - He will congratulate the player upon finishing a quest
    - He will welcome the player back to the game upon login
    - He will inform the player when a match has been found or player has been challenged
  • Two new master images have been added for all players right out of the gate. These do not need to be purchased
  • Every five matches the player gets a rare shell pack of his choosing
  • Two new shell packs giving the player either 10 rare shells or 10 shells with a chance for some of them being rare
  • New master images: one for every champion. Beat 100 enemies with a specific champion and you unlock a his/her master image.
  • Improved Æther gain effects. Now you can see more easily who gained Æther and why.
  • League tiers and progression has been re-worked; gaining or losing a tier or sub-tier is now set to defined consecutive wins or losses (2/3/4/5) and only Æther-Masters will gain or lose League-points(wins).
  • Badges have been re-organized and claiming them can be tracked in an overview
  • The number of champions rotating as trial characters has been adjusted in correspondence to already owned champions
    - owning no champion - 3 trial champions in rotation
    - owning one champion - 2 trial champions in rotation
    - owning two or more champions - one trial champions in rotation
  • Practice matches have been re-worked:
    - difficulty has been decreased slightly
    - any won match will now put you in the next AI level (represented by the stars over the 'Valerian' portrait on the main screen)
    - there are neither shell nor Shilling awards
    - Practice matches no longer have a two turn inactivity surrender timer


Changes:
  • Prices for Luna and Sharina have been reduced to 6999 shilling or 175 Æther Coins down from 9600 shilling or 215 Æther Coins
  • Prices for Mary and Martel have been decreased to 99 Æther Coins or 3099 Shilling down from 215 Æther Coins or 7200 Shilling
  • Prices for Bug, Crank, Baron Rouge, Butcher, Aurora, Harlequin and Corporal have been reduced to 4999 Shilling or 125 Æther Coins down from 7200 Shilling or 215 Æther Coins
  • Prices for Packer, Arc, Sparrow and Bombshell reduced to 175 Æther Coins or 6999 Shillings down from 215 Æther Coins or 7200 Shillings
  • Price for Rare shell packages reduced to 250 Shilling down from 350 shilling
  • New players receive 2000 Shilling and 17 Æther Coins upon tutorial completion with new accounts
  • Æther discharge shell has a new shiny animation
  • Aurora's HP decreased to 6 down from 7
  • Bloody Mary's Super attack will always deal 2 damage instead of 1-2
  • Bloody Mary's Super attack has an orthogonal pattern now instead of a lane pattern
  • Butcher's HP have been increased to 7 up from 6
  • Baron Rouge's HP have been increased to 6 up from 5
  • Costs for Æther Discharge have been increased to 10 up from 9
  • Costs for Exitus have been increased to 10 up from 9
  • Costs for Get off my Porch have been increased to 8 up from 7
  • Friendly matches use the same map as ranked matches now
  • Main Goals have received an complete update. The needed achievements have been changed and the main missions don’t give any rewards anymore and will only be used to unlock Character, Ships, Shells, etc.
  • Æthershells won’t be unlocked on a certain level, but according to the Main-Goals (eg. Mission 12 unlocks Group Healing).
  • Users can buy Attack and Support Shell Packages right from the beginning, whereas the Trick and Æther Control Packages will be unlocked through the main missions
  • Achievements which do not specify that the have to be completed in a league match, can be completed within league, casual and challenge matches.
  • Increased difficulty for the first stages of Valerian matches.

Complete list of Changes and fixes in the Patch Notes http://steamcommunity.com/app/247830/discussions/0/35221584341556326/

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Late Summer Super Sale!

August 5

50% OFF all AErena DLC packs!

The heat of Summer is slowly fading and Ærena - Clash of Champions is preparing the biggest Update: HAMMER of INC (New League Design, Skins for Champions and Ships, a completely new main UI, a brand new Champion Class and the new Champion H.A.M.M.E.R. ) which is due in 2 weeks!

With this discount we are also celebrating the final few days of Season 2!

Get prepared for the upcoming season!
Assemble a solid starter team with the Starter Pack,
prepare for all situations with the Pilot Pack or go All In with the Fan Pack.
All reduced by 50% starting on Wednesday Aug 6 at 10 am PST!

Make sure to have a first look at HAMMER here:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/247830/discussions/0/43099722269021292/?fp=2

Cheers,
your Cliffhanger Team

Fan Pack:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/294303/

Starter Pack:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/294301

Pilot Pack:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/294304

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Reviews

“A mix of MOBA ideas and tactical RPG gameplay, Aerena is a cool game that has the potential to be a hit with fans of both strategy and competitive multiplayer games.”
8/10 – Gaming Nexus

“Ærena is a uniquely accessible and thought-provoking take on multiplayer battles that could easily turn the MOBA scene on its head. And above all, it is damn fun.”
9/10 – GameZone

“Ærena's visuals are a delight to see. Menus and loading screens are filled with entertaining artwork that adds to the vast steampunk world that Cliffhanger Productions has built, especially each champion’s avatar portrait along with their backstories. [...]offering a different experience to those looking for something that stands out within the growing genre of battle arenas. Ærena: Clash of Champions is definitely worth checking out”
4.5/5 – OnRPG

About the Game

ÆRENA is a tactical, hero-centric combat game with a unique Ætherpunk setting. Command formidable Champions, employ powerful Æther Shells and challenge your brain - not your fingers - in strategic, turn-based yet fast paced combat. It's like speed chess meets LoL in an Ætherpunk arena!

Listed as one of the best strategy titles of 2014 by PC Gamer!


An ÆRENA match or mission takes about ten minutes, but offers the depth of a true strategy game. Whether you like MOBAs or classic Turn-Based Tactical games such as Advance Wars of Final Fantasy Tactics, ÆRENA combines the best of both worlds.

ÆRENA offers true cross-platform gameplay. Battle your friends and other players, or hone your combat skills in solo training -- anytime, anywhere.

Now, enter the Ærena and become the Master of Æther!

Aerena is a brilliant game and deserves your attention.
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Key Features

  • Build you team, ready your shells in a tactical game unlike any you have played before.
  • Use YOUR tactics and strategy in challenging battles to lead your team of Champions to victory!
  • Compete live against your friends and other players, or perfect your combat skills in solo training!
  • Pilot your ship from arena to arena and leverage its special abilities to support your team!
  • Turn the tide of battle with game-changing Æther Effects!
  • Build a winning strategy from dozens of Champions, Æther Shells and ships!
  • Once you’re battle-tested, enter the “League of Champions” and compete against the world’s best players for the ultimate prize!
  • Monthly updates add new champions, ships and arenas.

The game has a fair-to-play business model, meaning everything can be acquired with in-game money. We don't support pay to win!

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor: 1.7+ GHz or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.7 +
    • Processor: 1.7+ GHz or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
38 of 48 people (79%) found this review helpful
67.1 hrs on record
Ærena: Clash of Champions isn't your standard turn-based tactical game. Ærena places you directly into the battle for Æther--there's no slow start--things go BANG and BOOM right from the beginning!

If you can, imagine a system similar to League of Legends, where you earn points and use those points to purchase new champions. This is the system employed by Ærena and it does a good job of keeping players engaged.

Not only is the in-game currency/point system similar to League of Legends, but the champions have a similar feel, which is awesome because in most turn-based tactical games you don't command CHAMPIONS but rather generic units. In Ærena, the champions have beautiful, vibrant rendering and their abilities are dynamic unlike the generic abilities units have in most turn-based tactical games.

Ærena is a 100% PvP game, which I love! You can practice with the AI but that gets old, its human competition that drives this game! Similar to other ELO/RP based PvP games, you can rank up from Bronze to Æther Master. The average match takes about 10-15 minutes so this game will not consume your life unless you choose.

Since I purchased this game (Alpha) I've seen numerous updates. The devs are constantly adding new content and they stay in close contact with the player-base. Recently, players voted on a Top-10 list of 'Wanted Features.' The devs are now working diligently to apply as many of the requested features as possible.

Recently a new patch was released. As with most games, a new patch usually means a couple small problems, from which this game is not immune. However, the devs worked hard and fast to eliminate those problems so the community could once again enjoy the game. In fact, my account glitched out after the last patch and one of the devs personally responded to my request for help. He logged into the game and fixed my problem! Talk about service--this is a FTP game!

I'm not sure what more I can say to entice you to play other than, "If you don't try Ærena: Clash of Champions, you're missing a diamond in the rough" (although this game is beautifully polished).

Come find me in the Ærena. I'm on my way to Æther Master. I'll see you there!
Posted: June 26
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26 of 34 people (76%) found this review helpful
31.6 hrs on record
Backlog Clearing #5

I've been a huge fan of turn-based games, AO (Atlantica Online) being one of the most awesome turn-based game ever and was really looking forward to trying this game out few months ago.

However when I played it for abit, I could not understand the gameplay well, things seems cluttered and I was lost (also lazy to learn :tank:). Gave up pretty quickly as the game wasn't able to catch my interest.

------However.. I tried it again recently :)

WOW!! I'm really impressed with the new patch. It really dumb-things down so that I understand it without the need to study in-depth. The simple yet interactive tutorial/quest taught me how to play almost immediately. I will definitely be playing more of this game and would buy more copies when its bundled again to give to more peeps :)

Pros: Easy to get into, fun strategic turn-based combat system. Incredible Devs and Support which responds quickly to feedback and other suggestions.

Cons: Need to purchase everything to unlock now!

8/10
Posted: April 13
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
A good addition to the slim turn-based world - if you like it hardcore. Although matches are short and it's pretty easy to get into it's quite a challenge, especially once you hit the more seasoned PvP players.
Posted: June 19
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55 of 92 people (60%) found this review helpful
1,033.9 hrs on record
not sure yet, need to play some more .. also I´m as biased as one can be ;)
Posted: May 7
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
25.8 hrs on record
A simple, easy to learn and fun game. Albeit still in beta, and with bugs, it has a lot of potential. I really like it. Now, if only it'd have item drops that I could sell on the market... ;D
Posted: April 8
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150 of 171 people (88%) found this review helpful
317.5 hrs on record
Already racked up 100 hours play time on what is going to be a real gem of a game. Really simple and easy to get into, just fire it up, press a few buttons, and you're in a queue for a match. Ideal for when you have 10-15 minutes to spare and want to just do something quick, however it's also pretty good for long gaming stints as well, as the variety of heroes and tactics means that no two games are ever the same. Since you're playing other people, you're going to have to try to outmaneuver and outwit a human mind, while they are doing the same to you.

The game itself is played out on 6x6 square grid, and its all about trying to move your players around the board, turn by turn, using their various attacks to try to kill your opponents heroes or his ship directly. Once you lose 15HP it's game over. So, do you rush the ship and try for the quick win? Do you play defensive, and try to pick off their heroes 1 by 1, do you go with a ranged setup, turtle in and shoot his ship from afar while you repel his attacks? Each game requires different tactics because each opponent is different, each champion is different, and each opponent uses each champion differently. The champions have all the bases covered - Long range but weak attack sharpshooters, High attack but low health glass cannons, Strong but slow moving tank units, units that can push you back, units that can pull you forward, units that can attack without line of sight. The longer your champions remain on the board, the faster their attack bars charge up, and you can gradually perform more and more powerful moves... There are also shells included which are like 1 use charges, you build up charge by damaging the enemy ship, moving your hero onto a charge square on the board, or by taking damage to your ship - shells can be used by consuming these charges, and can be used to heal your heroes, to directly attack the enemies heroes or ships, to charge your heroes bar, to move heroes around the board and switch places with them, and many more options. Problem is, you only get 3 shells, so you need to choose wisely which 3 suit your playstyle and tactics best.

The game is still early Alpha stage, but already there feels like a solid foundation of players there. The devs are really active and approachable, and even spend time in game which is refreshing! Definately one for the future but if you can afford to, dive right in and pre-purchase to help the devs out a bit.

Easily an 8/10 this game, and I can see that improving as it develops. Very good fun, and potentially (depending on whom you play) very challenging... Easy to learn, but hard to master.

(Note this is a mostly Deathmatch 1 v 1 multiplayer game. There is a single player AI mode for practising, but it's mostly geared around playing against other people. Currently there is no chat or VOIP in matches, and just a normal chat window in the lobby - Not necessarily a bad thing, but just be aware it is not a single player game atm, and all the features normally associated with a multiplayer game aren't in yet... Though not having to put up with someone calling you a noob because they just killed your champion isn't a bad thing!)
Posted: December 19, 2013
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Awards

"I have barely touched LoL since playing Aerena"
Jamie King, Co-Founder Rockstar Games

Listed as Top Strategy Game 2014 by PC Gamer!