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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: Oct 17, 2013
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“Waiting on your DotA team to go live? Try our easy to learn but difficult to master tactical gameplay. The features may not all be in yet, but the core gameplay is all there, so why not join us now? We are looking for your feedback - help us make this YOUR game :)”
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April 4th, 2014

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Patch & Wipe! New Ship, real Tutorial, new World!

April 4th, 2014

We patched the game today and wiped the Database.
That means a fresh start for everybody!!

Hve a look at what is new and improved!

New Features:

-The first part of our brand new single player campaign, starting with a nifty tutorial and introducing new captains, which the player will face
-An extensive Tutorial explaining the ins and outs
-Yet another new ship: The Arc, the ESS's latest invention
-A new season starting!
-More achievements, more badges, more fun!
-Parts of the match UI have been redone: new health and aether bars for champions and ships
-Captain shell activation animations have been added


-All intro sequences have been redone
-Current XP and needed XP for next level are now shown again in the player bar
-Cut off texts in loading screens are now wholly visible again
-Fixed a typo in Corporal's info screen
-It is not possible anymore to load out more shells of a type than you possess
-Adjusted the light settings for the Arenas
-Fixed an issue that could cause accidental multiple purchases in the shop
-League Points lost are now correctly shown with a minus before the number
-Champions and ships are now correctly highlighted when in effect area of an attack
-Fixed a special case with Corporal's super that dealt damage when it shouldn't
-Renamed a button in loadout screen when searching for match is active
-Announcer now announces the match and the spawned champions correctly
-Fixed some UI elements which had the wrong color
-Fixed several issues with the corporal's super
-Fixed an issue that could cause the shop to display an item as purchaseable despite the fact that the player doesn't have enough Shillings to buy it
-Healing Effects can't save a character that has reached 0 HP anymore.
- The Butcher's Ultrimate and the Corporal's Super can now be used against the opponent's ship.
-Already bought champions don't show a discount tag anymore
-If players in the Aether Master Tier earn more than 99 LP the amount will be shown correctly now.
-Switching between one active shell (or skill) and another one will now play the correct animation in the skill- (or shell-)button
-The achievements for logging in frequently now have a progress display in the master profile
-Buttons in confirmation dialogues no longer drift apart on higher resolutions
-Health markers are no longer shown in front of the player names
-Ship health markers no longer vanish if they go offscreen when the ship shakes

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“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.”
Gaming Nexus

“Something that you could play for hours or just for a bit while waiting for dinner guests to arrive”

“The fast paced, bite-sized battles of Aerena are perfect for a quick hit of turn-based tactical warfare”
Indie Game Magazine

Founder's Base Package

By purchasing a Founder's Base Package version of the game, you are not only helping us to make the game better, you are also supporting our development efforts. And of course we want to give you something in return.
Once we launch the game, the fair-to-play payment model will be similar to League of Legends or DotA, so you can acquire new heroes and skins, as well as ships. As a Founder's Base Package member you will automatically receive our special package during development or on full launch containing:

  • A free extra Gift Code immediately, so you can play the game against a friend!
  • Three of our unique champions: Aurora, Bloody Mary, Steelfist Crank
  • The Packer - a ship granting extra ship ÆTHER

The Early Access package would be worth over 25 USD in the release version of the game.


This is what will happen in the next months according to our plans (so take it with a grain of salt, as there always may be changes to the scheduled features depending on your feedback and our workload):

  • Add Single Player Campaign and Missions for Masters! - DONE
  • Friend's List and friendly matches, friendly tournaments - Up next
  • More rewards for your matches and missions! - DONE
  • Achievements for champions and masters! - DONE
  • Champion rotation - Up next
  • New champions. - DONE and more to come
  • New ships - DONE and more to come

We will continue to update and improve the game further, but the above is what we think should be in the game to make it a well-rounded experience. But then, we want you to tell us what YOU want to see in the game as well :)


So what's this Ætherpunk setting we are talking about? It is a fresh take on alternate timelines in the tradition of Steampunk and Dieselpunk...just packing a bit more Oomph!

It's the power that ties our universe together, the carrier of light, the divine substance. For the ancient Greeks it was the Fifth Element and called Akasha by the Hindus. Medieval Alchemists called it quintessence and sought in vain to distil it. Centuries passed before man was finally able to travel skyward, where he found traces of Æther in the stratosphere. Powered by the incredible force found in the tiniest of Æther drops, Earth’s nations built immense flying fortresses and deadly warships, battling for control of Æther extractors in the sky.
Three decades of war devastated our world, leaving nations in ruins. In the wake of the havoc wrought by the Æther Wars, humanity founded the United Nations in order to end the long strife. Control of the remaining Æther extractors passed to the UN, which was tasked with determining ownership. Ingenuously, the UN invented The Games, where the best and brightest battled in arenas atop the very Æther extractors they sought to control. Victory was sweet, but short -- for after a season, The Games would commence again.

Digital Deluxe Edition

Get a slice of all the extra love that went into this game by purchasing the exclusive Founder's Digital Deluxe Edition featuring:

  • A free extra Gift Code immediately for a Founder's Base Package, so you can play the game against a friend!
  • A pulp-novel style origin story as pdf featuring our beloved characters, plunging you right into the life of a future Ærena champion
  • Five of our unique champions: Aurora, Bloody Mary, Butcher, Harlequin and Steelfist Crank
  • The Packer - a ship granting extra ship ÆTHER + The Sparrow - allowing you to dodge those edge attacks
Once we launch the game, the fair-to-play payment model will be similar to League of Legends or DotA, so you can acquire new heroes and skins, as well as ships on top of the great team you get for your Deluxe Founder's Package. Every version of the Deluxe edition comes with our heartfelt thanks, loads of good karma and the gratitude of our hard-working team!

The Digital Deluxe Edition is our Founder's Edition for early supporters on Steam. You will receive all the full package as the game development progresses or on the full launch of the game. The Deluxe Package will be worth over 50 USD on launch.

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 world.

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!

Key Features

  • Battle anytime, anywhere with true cross-platform gameplay!
  • 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 40+ 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!

The game will have a fair-to-play business model when going public, but the founder's packages will get a you a great package for launch!

PC System Requirements

    • 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

    • 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
73 of 76 people (96%) found this review helpful
228 products in account
1 review
312.1 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 19th, 2013
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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
361 products in account
5 reviews
12.8 hrs on record
I used to think early access game were just not great at all, my expections for them were always low since i expected them to be full of bugs or hardly playable since its still getting developed.

Aerena proved me wrong. And I have loved what i have seen so far.

It's easy to learn and quickly enjoyable. Get familair with the Characters and shells. Give the bots a try to learn the characters and over time u can develop your own strategies based off experience (like chess or snakes and ladders) and off you go.

You can play in the league in which there are rank tiers, yet it doesnt bind you to only play against your own tier. Play against someone in a higher tier and gain even more points, or if you lose, lose less points. Giving you the positibility to call yourself the master of aether.

Finding a match is rather easy and quick, just one simple click away select your champions, shells and you are ready to battle.

Both sides will start with 15hp and who ever teared their enemys ship first will win! Lowering down the ships HP can be done by either attacking the ship directly, getting a little help from a shell or killing your enemys champions.

Each champion has their own abilities to attack your enemy or their ship, but those i will leave for you to discoved and pick whats best for you ;)
Posted: February 2nd, 2014
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
53 products in account
1 review
139.5 hrs on record
I'm really liking Aerena so far.
If you're into turn based tactics games (like I am) then I suggest you give this game a try.
Posted: November 26th, 2013
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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
780 products in account
3 reviews
2.0 hrs on record
So far in the development of this game we've seen nice and helpful developers / Admins being there for the community that is building up for this incredible game.

The visual of the game feels as it should be and it's extremly addicting if you are into games as X-Com, Chess a-like but with more optional attack functions ofcourse.

There is more content comming to this as it develops into it's full state which is a very good thing but even now there's an good replay ability and ranked matches and who doesn't want to be a true Aether Master?

Have you read everything? Then what are you waiting for? Give it a go and help them make this game even better :)

5/5 Areku Stars
Posted: December 10th, 2013
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
17 products in account
8 reviews
177.2 hrs on record
Good game, and has some active and friendly devs. Polished game with a lot of dynamics in gameplay, and the game has a bit of steampunk dystopian lore behind it. The only downside is that there are not many players in closed alpha, but that is to be expected. Some features, like shop, aren't finished yet. You can currently play in AI mode and league (ranked) playlist. I think it has a lot of potential and the gameplay is a lot of fun. I would give it 8/10 with only room to go higher. Would recommend to fans of turn-based squad games like XCOM or HoMM series.
Posted: December 21st, 2013
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"I have barely touched LoL since playing Aerena"
Jamie King, Co-Founder Rockstar Games