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The original Rock of Ages was a tower-defence-y, and very silly game that mixed strategic base-defence with a second phase where you rolled a giant boulder into enemy territory. The giant boulder wore a really happy expression it just loved bouldering, and who could blame it? In his review, Tom Hatfield described it as "quirky, fun and characterful", but questioned its longevity and depth.

That was in 2011, and to be honest that's the last I expected to hear from ACE Team's nascent series. However, there is to be another. Rock of Ages 2: Bigger and Boulder (groan...no actually I love it) was seemingly announced in early June, but a rebranded trailer to coincide with E3 brought the game to my attention yesterday. Here it is. It's very fun:

Due this autumn/fall, publisher Atlus explains how RoA2 will expand on the original game:

  • Up to 4-person Multiplayer - A little friendly competition never hurt anyone, so that's why ACE Team decided to up the gate-smashing stakes by beefing up the multiplayer features of the game. Play with up to four players online in a 2v2 match to the crushing death with the ability to customize banners and colors for your "units." Plus, the tracks now intersect, so you can knock the enemy rocks to get an advantage!
  • Utter Chaos - Expanding on the first game with a more diverse selection of units and a larger focus on rock-smashing strategy in Bigger and Boulder, chaos reigns supreme! Just don't take each turn for granite!
  • Improved Physics and Destructible Environments - Developed in Unreal Engine 4, Rock of Ages II has upgraded physics and even more things to be cracked, crushed, flattened, and slammed. It's the most fun you can have rolling rocks down a big hill!
  • ACE Team's Trademark Quirkiness - With humor is turned up to 11, players will literally rock and roll through the ages. Famous historical figures beware!
Community Announcements - [ACE] cbordeu
Fans were asking for it and ACE Team is proud to present the sequel of one of our most successful franchises.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/434460/

Go check out the debut trailer and screenshots, and if you like what you see you can wishlist the title now. :)

Rock of Ages II is a game that improves on all aspects of the original. Up to 4 players can battle in crazy boulder mayhem. New impressive art periods, more historical characters and the funniest story clips we've ever made. All rendered with highly improved destruction / physics and effects - powered by our first Unreal Engine 4 game.

We will have regular updates about the game's progress posted in the Rock of Ages II community hub, so stay tuned for more as we refine and develop the game further.
Community Announcements - [ACE] abordeu
Hi ACE Team fans. As we approach the release date of our latest game; 'The Deadly Tower of Monsters', on January 19th, we'd like to run a small contest so 5 lucky participants can get a free copy when the game launches.

Participating is super easy. Just follow the 'Deadly Tower Community Hub'. We'll select the winners from the pool of joined users. Winners will be announced in the game's Hub on Friday 15th.



Deadly Tower of Monsters Store Page

We're super excited to show everyone what we've been working on over the past year! Just one more week! ːsteamhappyː
Community Announcements - [ACE] cbordeu
We are opening up our official Steam group - The new central hub for reaching the community and fans of ACE games! This will be where we will be updating everyone about new developments, surprises, events and everything ACE Team related.

To celebrate this occasion, we will be giving away 10 Steam keys for any of our titles in a random lottery*.

Follow the link below and join to become a part of the ACE Team community!

ACE Team Group

*Winners will be announced on Monday September 7th.
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Community Announcements - [ACE] abordeu
Better late than never! Rock of Ages has finally received trading cards for Steam! Dust off your boulder and start smashing things to get some exquisite cards and other collectibles.
Community Announcements - [ACE] cbordeu
Hello ACE Team fans! We are happy to announce that Abyss Odyssey (ACE Team's upcoming roguelike/action/platformer) is nearing it's release date, which is scheduled for July 15th, and an option to prepurchase the title is now available at Steam! For those who prepurchase there's a couple of bonuses nobody will want to miss:

-The game has a 33% discount!
-Prepurchasers obtain the Abyss Odyssey Original Soundtrack for free*

*Soundtrack is made available the day the game is released.

Follow the link to the Steam store if you want to be a part of this offer!

Community Announcements - [ACE] cbordeu
ACE Team's Abyss Odyssey live stream now playing at:

http://www.twitch.tv/atlususa
PC Gamer
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ACE Team, the developer behind the delightfully punchy Zeno Clash series, today announced a new game. Abyss Odyssey is a 2D action platformer flavored with the fine spice of randomly generated levels. The new game will also feature a deep fighting engine, along the lines of those normally found in competitive fighting games.



Abyss Odyssey s most interesting trick, though, is letting players explore the game again and again as conquered enemies. Since most of the enemies in the game have a level of depth comparable to the player characters, we developed a special powerup that allows players to capture enemy souls which allows them to later turn into the enemies and play the campaign as those, ACE Team s press release says. Being able to play as dozens of different characters adds a huge level of diversity to the game, since each enemy features its unique moveset and special attacks.



Fighting these NPCs looks like it will be a white-knuckle affair. In the game's reveal trailer, above, an encounter with a skeleton a pushover enemy in every other fantasy world flows back and forth as the player and the NPC trade strikes, blocks and special attacks. Fascinating.

ACE Team will release Abyss Odyssey during 2014. Check out the developer's website for more details.
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