Zero-K is a Real Time Strategy game set near the end of the universe. Manipulate the terrain, set things on fire, fight epic battles over land, air and sea. Conquer the galaxy, solo or co-op, in over 70 campaign missions. Hop online for tense 1v1 or massive battles with up to 32 players.
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Very Positive (24) - 87% of the 24 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (930) - 90% of the 930 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Apr 27, 2018

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March 17

1v1 Tournament March 30th 2019

There will be a 1v1 tournament at 19:00 UTC in two weeks, Saturday 30th March. The format is round robin or Swiss followed by tiebreaks or finals.

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March 16

Zero-K v1.7.3.4 - Funnelweb and Fixes

Funnelweb is the focus of this release, alongside fixes for related to the engine update. The community member dyth68 has been working on a Funnelweb rework for a while and it is finally time to try it out ingame. There are also a few other miscellaneous balance changes and fixes.

The engine update from last week was fairly smooth, but did identify a few bugs. Most of these bugs were since fixed by the engine developers, so this release updates the engine version to Spring 104.0.1-1085-gfc6d80e. This update also contains potential improvements to pathfinding around structures. Comment and give feedback on the new behaviour if you notice a difference.

Reworked Funnelweb to be the ultimate battlefield constructor. It may also find a role in missile defense, as it can now block two EMP missiles.
  • Cost 4500 -> 3500
  • Speed 45 -> 54
  • Health 11K -> 6K
  • Can construct at long range with 40 buildpower.
  • Shield now has 28K maximum change, a large increase from 3.6K.
  • Shield recharges at +200/second, but not if it has taken damage in the last 10 seconds.
  • Shield is larger and does not link.
  • Removed drones.
  • Added radar.

  • Speed increased by 6.8%
  • Damage increased by 66%

  • Range 320 -> 240

  • Now shoots its land weapon in an arc, a bit like Rogue.

Changed light transportability rules.
  • Charon is now able to transport units that cost 1000 metal or less.
  • The old rule was based on mass, which made it a bit opaque.
  • The effect of the change is that Charon can now transport Jack, Minotaur, and Siren.

  • Fixed a mismatch between when it is considered submerged for targeting and for LOS.

Raven now dives mobile targets when following Area Attack commands.

Reef and Shogun have smaller footprints to make them less likely to become stuck on Tidal Generators and Urchins.

Factory and commander innate energy income is now pooled and shared between all players on the team. This will provide players who lost their commander with some base energy income to help them rebuild.

Initial unit behaviour configuration:
  • Fixed Commander retreat state.
  • Added repeat for Athena and Strider Hub.

Added Chicken Roosts and Spires to unit marker configuration.

The area command drag threshold has been increased to issuing single target commands easier. This threshold is now configurable.

  • Extended maximum chicken queen spawn time modoption from 200 minutes to 300 minutes.
  • Added a "Enable Inactivity Sharing" modoption that can be used to disable automatic unit transfer for inactive players.
  • Fixed tutorial missions.
  • Fixed a rare inconsistency with the order of matchmaker queues.

  • Fixed units occasionally failing to revert to their normal speed after being slowed. The most commonly affected unit was Crab.
  • Fixed units set to hold position with ballistic weapons failing to automatically target units that are only in range due to the elevation bonus. The most commonly affected unit was Crab.
  • Fixed an air repair pad crash.
  • Fixed a rare crash on game launch.
  • Fixed a crash on saving with AIs.
  • Fixed a failure to allocate memory caused by loading bad ambient map sounds.
  • Fixed a desync likely caused by game file caching
  • Fixed ferry routes and quick load widgets.
  • Fixed reclaiming of live units sometimes reducing their health.
  • Improved minimap performance.
  • Fixed area reclaim sometimes issuing a unit target command.
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About This Game

Commander wanted! Construct giant robots, build an army of a thousand Fleas. Move mountains if needed. Bury the enemy at all cost!
  • Traditional real time strategy with physically simulated units and projectiles.
  • 100+ varied units with abilities including terrain manipulation, cloaking and jumpjets.
  • 70+ mission galaxy-spanning campaign to be enjoyed solo or co-op with friends.
  • Challenging, (non-cheating) skirmish AI and survival mode.
  • Multiplayer 1v1 - 16v16, FFA, coop. ladders, replays, spectators and tournaments.
  • PlanetWars - A multiplayer online campaign planned to start in May.
  • Really free, no paid advantages, no unfair multiplayer.

Fully Utilized Physics

Simulated unit and projectile physics is used to a level rarely found in a strategy game.
  • Use small nimble units to dodge slow moving projectiles.
  • Hide behind hills that block weapon fire, line of sight and radar.
  • Toss units across the map with gravity guns.
  • Transport a battleship to a hilltop - for greater views and gun range.

Manipulate the Terrain

The terrain itself is an ever-changing part of the battlefield.
  • Wreck the battlefield with craters that bog down enemy tanks.
  • Dig canals to bring your navy inland for a submarine-in-a-desert strike.
  • Build ramps, bridges, entire fortress if you wish.
  • Burn your portrait into continental crust using the planetary energy chisel.

Singleplayer Campaign and Challenging AI

Enjoy many hours of single player and coop fun with our campaign, wide selection of non-cheating AIs and a survival mode against an alien horde.
  • Explore the galaxy and discover technologies in our singleplayer campaign.
  • Face a challenging AI that is neither brain-dead nor a clairvoyant cheater.
  • Have some coop fun with friends, surviving waves of chicken-monsters.
  • Cloaking? Resurrection? Tough choices customizing your commander.

Casual and Competitive Multiplayer

Zero-K was built for multiplayer from the start, this is where you can end up being hooked for a decade.
  • Enjoying epic scale combat? Join our 16v16 team battles!
  • Looking for a common goal? Fight AIs or waves of chicken-monsters.
  • Prefer dancing on a razor's edge? Play 1v1 in ladder and tournaments.
  • Comebacks, betrayals, emotions always running high in FFA.
  • Want to fight for a bigger cause? Form a clan and join PlanetWars, competitive online campaign with web-game strategic elements, diplomacy and backstabbing.

Power to the People

We are RTS players at heart, we work for nobody. We gave ourselves the tools we always wanted to have in a game.
  • Do what you want. No limits to camera, queue or level of control.
  • Paint a shape, any shape, and units will move to assume your formation.
  • Construction priorities let your builders work more efficiently.
  • Don't want to be tied down managing every unit movement? Order units to smartly kite, strafe or zig zag bullets.

Plenty of Stuff to Explore (and Explode)

Zero-K is a long term project and it shows, millions hours of proper multiplayer testing and dozens of people contributing ever expanding content.
  • Learn to use all of our 100+ units and play on hundreds of maps.
  • Invent the next mad team-tactics to shock enemies and make allies laugh.
  • Combine cloaking, teleports, shields, jumpjets, EMP, napalm, gravity guns, black hole launchers, mind control and self-replication.
  • Tiny flea swarm that clings to walls?
  • Jumping "cans" with steam-spike?
  • Buoys that hide under water to ambush ships?
  • Mechs that spew fire and enjoy being tossed from air transports?
  • Carrier with cute helicopters?
  • Jumping Jugglenaut with dual wielding gravity guns?
  • Meet them in Zero-K!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7, 8, or 10
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz dual core CPU with SSE (Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB graphics card with OpenGL 3 support (GeForce 8800 or equivalent); integrated cards may not work
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7, 8, or 10
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz quad core CPU (Intel Core i5 or equivalent)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2048 MB graphics card with OpenGL 3 support (high GT 500 series or equivalent)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 8 GB available space

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