Forts is a physics-based RTS where foes design and build custom bases, arm them to the teeth and blast their opponent's creations to rubble.
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Release Date:
Apr 19, 2017

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April 20

Tons of Guns 1.10 Update

G'day Forts fans! This one year anniversary update looks small compared to the last one, but packs a punch. Read on.

We have addressed some of the pressing balance issues. The cannon has received a buff to its splash damage, and the swarm missiles which dominated the recent tournament are now more costly to build and fire. Eagle Eye receives some love in the form of quick build snipers and more damaging explosive rounds. Upgraded mines produce more metal and turbines are cheaper to upgrade. Check out the full list below, and practice up if you're participating in the upcoming tournament.

In addition the networking has had some optimision, by packing commands together. This reduces the number of messages sent, and total bandwidth used. The game will also have a short time window to queue commands, smoothing the simulation on poor connections.

A bug which the AI was exploiting to build structure while short of resources has also been fixed. Thanks to Romerolagus for reporting that one.

Build 2018-04-20a Changelist
Add: reset nickname button in lobby search
Balance: reduce Eagle Eye sniper build times by 50%
Balance: increase Eagle Eye explosive round damage (+20%) and radius (+12%)
Balance: reduce 20mm fire energy cost from 2500 to 2000
Balance: increase minigun damage multiplier vs rockets/shotguns from 1.6x to 3x
Balance: increase cannon splash damage (+33%) and splash radius (+15%)
Balance: increase upgraded mine metal income from 5 to 6, energy consumption from -7 to -10
Balance: reduce upgraded turbine metal cost from 200 to 100
Balance: swarm build cost increased from 400 to 500
Balance: swarm fire cost increased from 1000 to 1800 energy
Balance: increase anti-air machine gun accuracy (reduced std dev from 8 to 7)
Balance: reduce sandbags hitpoints from 300 to 250
Optimise: Buffer commands into one at the host, flushed by tick message
Optimise: piggy back time sync message on ping message
Fix: extrusions sometimes don't turn out correctly on poor network connections
Fix: simulation can stutter on poor network connections
Fix: ping is sent as a reliable message, causing blowouts during congestion
Fix: affordability of a brand new strut is not tested for, allowing AI to build when it is short of resources
Fix: crash when AI activates their commander then accesses the current script state in the same update
Fix: crash when structures fall outside of the map
Fix: crash when dereferencing expired sorted effect
Fix: human assist AI unnecessarily tracks player created nodes
Fix: Error messages don't remain red in console
Fix: World::ActivateCommander can execute and crash without commanders being enabled
Fix: Firebird not making flaming mortars when active
Fix: missiles targeted by auto air-defences while they are still reaching the attack phase
Fix: mod subscribe & download flow issues
Fix: minigun, shotgun and rocket do not make the correct upgrade sound
Fix: FormatChatString displays garbage characters in a replay when player was in the lobby

Thanks for playing Forts!

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April 19

Happy Birthday FORTS!

Happy Birthday FORTS!

It's hard to believe it's been a year already. Time flies when you're having

From all of us here at EarthWork Games, we'd like to give all of our players a huge thanks for your support. We literally could not have done it without you. Your feedback on the forums and discord has been super helpful in making FORTS even more fun now than when it launched.

A big thanks to the YouTubers and Twitch Streamers including Project Incursus & Smash Gaming who have been making heaps of cool videos and streams, and getting involved with the tournaments and community.

Thanks to the map and mod makers who are creating great content for the game that we never anticipated. In particular big thanks to Dineth the Destroyer for helping us with maps prior to launch and to Skoddle who's been helping us with coding over the last year.

We'd also like to thank our playtesters for their time and effort in testing game tweaks and features. You are highly valued members of our community.

Now, for some interesting stats on the game since launch:
  • FORTS Launched April 19th, 2017 live on Facebook
  • 200,000 units sold so far!
  • Big streamers love FORTS including Jack Septic Eye, Baron Von Gamez, Blitz, Lirik and Draegast
  • We're up to our tenth FORTS Tournament with more to come.
  • On Nov 1st, 2017 FORTS won an Australian Game Development Award.
  • We released some Dev Diaries that go behind the scenes.
  • FORTS is now playable in 14 different languages!
  • 35 Updates have been released, not including hotfixes.
  • Most popular commander: Hurricane
  • Players completed campaign on hard: 217
  • Battles fought: 1.1 million
  • Hours spent: 1.5 million
  • Major features added since launch
    • June 2017: Multi-fort AI
    • Sept 2017: Steam Workshop Maps
    • Oct 2017: Six new weapons (Tons of Guns)
    • Dec 2017: Three new BPO Commanders
    • Feb 2018: Steam Workshop Mods
What's next?

Amongst other things and the usual balancing, bug fixing and tweaks, we're working on ranked multiplayer matchmaking as well as campaign mods. Even more to come in the future!

Thanks again everyone, and remember - have fun playing FORTS!

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“Brisbane-based Earthwork Games has brought out a fort building - and fort destroying - simulator that combines strategy, engineering, aiming, and micromanagement. It's a fun cocktail that puts me in mind of Scorched Earth, or maybe a Scorched Earth that let me build a bunker around my tank. And then three more tanks on my bunker.”

“Forts is an exceptional example of how a release can properly integrate many mechanics, from multiple genres, and get it right. The fast-paced challenge of managing multiple tasks before you’re obliterated creates a sense of urgency and an increased heart rate that you wouldn’t normally find from a title that simply leverages one of these mechanics. Buy Forts, and make a solid investment in your game library.”
The Overpowered Noobs

“Forts is a simple, fun game, has a nice sense of humour and is guaranteed to get your brain whirling as you figure out the best way to build your base, defend your weapons while also pelting the enemy with bullets and bombs.”

About This Game

Tons of Guns - Free Multiplayer Update

The arms race intensifies with this new update that adds two new tech buildings which allow commanders access to six formidable new weapons, and a host of new and varied strategies. The Armoury unlocks Flak guns to clear the skies of enemy projectiles, and EMP rockets to power down enemy tech, both of which can be upgraded to the Shotgun and twin Rocket launcher, respectively. The classic Cannon is now found in the new Munitions Plant, where it is joined by it's little brother, the burst-firing 20mm Cannon. The Factory now produces two beam weapons, the classic Plasma Laser and the new Firebeam, great for penetrating fortifications to ignite them from within.

Tons of Guns comes complete with new AI forts bristling with new weapons for players to take on in Skirmish or Multiplayer, and a new Mod Selection feature, which allows several new game types, such as Fast Build, Rapid Fire and Zero Gravity. Also included are Truce mods, which provide a period of varying lengths in which players can build up their forts in peace, before they start blasting each other into oblivion. All this, and the previously released Steam Workshop integration, comes free to Forts owners and increases the fort building possibilities of the game. Enjoy!


Forts is a physics-based RTS where foes design and build custom bases, arm them to the teeth and blast their opponent's creations to rubble.

Build an armoured fort in real-time and arm it to the teeth. Collect resources, develop your tech-tree, unlock advanced weapons to target your opponent's weak points, and feel the satisfaction as their fort comes crashing down.

  • Build forts of any size and shape, as you fight
  • Up to 8 players in online multiplayer with co-op and team death match
  • 28 mission single-player campaign
  • Challenging skirmish mode
  • Unlockable tech-tree
  • Various materials and hidden rooms
  • 16 unique weapons
  • 4 factions
  • 12 commander characters with unique game-changing abilities
  • Powerful replay system
  • Built-in level editor
  • Steam Workshop Support
  • Designed from the ground up to support mods


Commander characters are available in multiplayer and skirmish modes, providing different advantages. Each commander has passive abilities, active throughout the battle, and a powerful dynamic ability which, once charged by damage, can change the tide of battle. Choose the commander to compliment your strategy.

Eagle Eye - Eagle Empire

Passive Abilities
  • Laser sights - Snipers are fitted with adjustable laser sights.
  • Increased accuracy - Machine Gun and Minigun spread is reduced.
  • Bigger magazines - Machine Gun and Miniguns magazines capacity increased

Dynamic Ability
  • Explosive bullets - Snipers and Miniguns fire devastating bursts of explosive shells.

Architect - Dragon Army

Passive Abilities
  • Cheap materials - Fort building materials have a reduced cost.
  • Higher storage capacity - Batteries and Metal Stores enjoy increased capacity.

Dynamic Ability
  • 4x build speed - Weapons, devices and structures build at 400% normal rate.

Armourdillo - Iron Bear Alliance

Passive Abilities
  • Cheap Armour - Armour and Doors are less expensive to build.
  • Quick open Doors - Doors open and shut at twice normal rate.

Dynamic Ability
  • Rapid Repair - Weapons, devices and structures are repaired at an increased rate, and for half normal cost.

About EarthWork Games

EarthWork Games is an independent game developer based in Brisbane, Australia. With over fifty five years of game development experience between us, we are eager to create games that we enjoy playing, and enjoy making.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8 or 10
    • Processor: Pentium Dual-Core 2.7GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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