AI War II is a grand strategy/RTS hybrid against an overwhelming, inhuman enemy who has conquered the galaxy. The enemy has made only a single error: underestimating you. You must steal as much technology as you can, and take enough territory to fortify your bases and launch your attacks.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We feel a great obligation not just to our kickstarter backers, but to all our fans of the first game, to get this right. That means we need testers, we need feedback, we need bug reports.

Some of the hardest decisions we've had to make, and some of the best ones, were greatly aided by our community. This game is massive, and we'd like for the 1.0 release to be extremely polished.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“From October of 2018 to Q2 2019.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“There are a few dozen unit types (out of several hundred) that we're holding off implementing until during the Early Access process. There will undoubtedly be many balance changes, since that sort of feedback is what we're looking for in the first place.

We plan on more capturables, various quality of life improvements for gameplay and the UI, and biggest of all: multiplayer! Not via game search or central lobby, but similar to the first game in terms of direct connection to player-hosted lobbies; this time with NAT punchthrough technology to help, though.

Steam Achievements and Trading Cards are also planned. Oh -- and a properly satisfying ending for the game! And more nasty tricks for the AI logic...”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is playable from start to finish, with several hundred unique units. All of the music, and a lot of the art, sound effects, and voice acting is done. The interface is in a functional state that needs further refinement based on player feedback, and visual polish as we decide things are final in each area.

The balance is pretty decent, but we're going to be breaking that off and on a bit as we add new mechanics and you figure out ways to take advantage.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“No, the pricing will be the same in both.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“The best place for discussion, which can then lead to changes, is our forums, where we are quite active: http://www.arcengames.com/forums/index.php/board,122.0.html

The best place for bug reports, concrete suggestions, and similar is our Mantis Idea Tracker: https://bugtracker.arcengames.com/

If you create any mods or anything like that, please feel free to get in touch and we can work with you more directly, too. We're super easy to get a hold of!”
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March 5

AI War 2 v0.816 Released! "Aggressive Busting and Stacking"

Release notes here.

This is the last build before the 0.900x phase of the game's development process, and it's a big one!

First off, what's new in this release?
  • A bunch of changes have been made to balance, as usual.
  • Several new ship mechanics have been added, such as a new "Bunker Buster" and "Charger" mechanics.
  • Several new capturable units have been added, such as Zenith Matter Converters, Distribution Nodes, Advanced Factories, and Spire Archives.
  • The AI has had a variety of upgrades that should make it properly more aggressive in a variety of circumstances where it was previously holding back.  Consider yourself warned. ;)
  • A bunch of bugfixes, including finally the fix for that "game command issued noise" sound effect playing when inappropriate.
  • A bunch of changes to stacking of AI units to make it work better, and also feel more like a real game feature rather than just a performance optimization (it was always meant to be both).
  • A huge raft of changes to various minor factions, generally keeping up the arms race that seems to be perpetual with all of them.  Smarter, stronger, more interesting, you get the idea.
Next up... what's that about a new phase?
  • The new phase is called The Arrival of Fleets, which should give you some ideas on what is planned.
  • The goal with it is to take the game from "that early access feel" to a true 1.0 game.
  • As part of that, along with the goals of making the game feel more like the first game, we're actually going to be diverging a bit more from the first one in a mechanical sense to converge on it in a "spirit of the beast" sense.
  • Yes, that is vague.
  • I want you to see it in practice before I try to explain it too much, because the document I wrote to outline my plans was 12,000 words long.  Badger and Puffin and Eric have read it and commented quite a bit, and my hope is that we'll have a version you can actually play within the next week.
  • THAT said, I haven't actually done a full hours analysis yet, so no promises, but we're going to be working on it as fast as we can.
  • No you can't read the document yet, but I will have it for you to read as the release changes come out.  The document is the result of your cumulative feedback over the last three months, and my musings on it as well as suggestions from a variety of you, and it's enough of a change that I want you to be able to feel it in practice rather than us all armchairing it ad nauseum.
  • If this absolutely hits the fan and is terrible, then we've only lost a week, but so far the guys I showed it to are really excited about it to their surprise (and mine), so my hope is that after it comes out we go into revision and refinement as part of the new phase, not a rollback.  Fingers crossed, eh?
  • But either way it's just hard to have you read a 12k word document and digest that and try to form a big opinion when it isn't something you're treating like a job.  Fifteen minutes of just playing in the new system will be so much more informative for you.
We'll be back soon, but in the meantime you can watch this space in horror/fascination as you see things out of context and partially explained and implemented as we do the release notes. ;)

Problem With The Latest Build?

If you right-click the game in Steam and choose properties, then go to the Betas tab of the window that pops up, you'll see a variety of options.  You can always choose most_recent_stable from that build to get what is essentially one-build-back.  Or two builds back if the last build had a known problem, etc.  Essentially it's a way to keep yourself off the very bleeding edge of updates, if you so desire.

The Usual Reminders

Quick reminder of our new Steam Developer Page.  If you follow us there, you'll be notified about any game releases we do.

Also: Would you mind leaving a Steam review for some/any of our games?  It doesn't have to be much more detailed than a thumbs up, but if you like a game we made and want more people to find it, that's how you make it happen.  Reviews make a material difference, and like most indies, we could really use the support.

Enjoy!

Chris
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February 26

AI War 2 v0.815 Released! "AI Multiplexion"

Release notes here.

Badger has really outdone himself with this one, I have to say.  This adds quasi-experimental support for multiple AI factions in the galaxy, along with a bunch of new tools for letting specific AI types spawn specific things at game start.

Then Puffin has been really on top of it with a bunch of new unit types and AI types, some of which are partially implemented for the time being.  And Badger added black hole machines.  And science hacking is no longer such a research goldmine for you, anymore -- spend those hacking points on more varied goals, folks! ;)

There's yet more fixes in here that were figured out by WeaponMaster, too.  Man you folks all rock!

I honestly spent most of the day asleep; I was that sick.  Antibiotics are helping.  But some of that is I think just a stress response to a larger existential crisis of sorts that I've been going through for the last few months and am feeling more acutely in the last week or two for a couple of reasons.  I'll... have some thoughts up on that soon, as I try to figure out how to get myself properly functional again.

For now these other guys are killing it, which I'm eternally grateful for, and the game is evolving an amazing amount without me.  I feel really bad about that, but at the very least it is a relief to see how this is coming along despite my personal issues.  Silver linings!

Problem With The Latest Build?

If you right-click the game in Steam and choose properties, then go to the Betas tab of the window that pops up, you'll see a variety of options.  You can always choose most_recent_stable from that build to get what is essentially one-build-back.  Or two builds back if the last build had a known problem, etc.  Essentially it's a way to keep yourself off the very bleeding edge of updates, if you so desire.

The Usual Reminders

Quick reminder of our new Steam Developer Page.  If you follow us there, you'll be notified about any game releases we do.

Also: Would you mind leaving a Steam review for some/any of our games?  It doesn't have to be much more detailed than a thumbs up, but if you like a game we made and want more people to find it, that's how you make it happen.  Reviews make a material difference, and like most indies, we could really use the support.

Enjoy!

Chris
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Reviews

“A grand strategy RTS game that excels at both genres. The gameplay is top-notch, mechanics are in-depth, and the quality of life combined makes this a worthy successor to AI War.”
Original Curators Group

“While it has a heckuva learning curve, once you start to grok it, it turns into one of the most amazing and satisfying RTS experiences you'll ever come across.”
Space Game Junkie

“The bots are back at it again and having conquered the known galaxy, only you can stand in the way. Defrost the stasis pods and deploy your squadrons : AI War 2 is back for more!”
Splattercat's Nerd Castle!

About This Game

AI War 2 is a grand strategy/RTS hybrid against an overwhelming, inhuman enemy who has conquered the galaxy. The enemy has made only a single error: underestimating you. You must steal as much technology as you can, take enough territory to fortify your bases and launch your attacks. But every conquest you make turns the attention of the AI ever more in your direction... so choose your targets with care.

It's also "a sequel to [Arcen's] enormo-space RTS AI War, which we called 'one of this year's finest strategy games' back in 2009" (Tom Sykes, PC Gamer)

What's New?

We still have a lot we want to add, and even more we want to polish, but the current version of AI War 2 is already vast:

  • Many optional factions, each with their own goals and strategy, create a living galaxy.
  • Polished gameplay mechanics, representing everything learned from first game’s six expansions.
  • Redesigned UI, currently going through iterations.
  • Over 1700 lines of spoken dialogue from more than 25 actors, and more to come from the AI itself.
  • 1.5 hours of new music added to the 4.5 hour included score from the original game.
  • A ton of map types, and with a lot of sub-options to make them even more varied.
  • Crazy moddability, with many levers available in easily-accessible XML.
  • Multiplayer is temporarily disabled, but still being implemented.
  • Multithreading for modern performance, and a codebase that will not summon an elder god.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7, 8.1, or 10 64bit
    • Processor: Dual Core 64bit CPU (2.2+ GHz Dual Core CPU or better)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 510+, Radeon HD5900+, or Intel HD4000+
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Important: final specs may marginally differ, but this is our best guess for now.
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • Processor: Any Quad Core or 3.0+ GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB / AMD HD 7870 2GB
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Important: final specs may marginally differ, but this is our best guess for now.
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.9+
    • Processor: Dual Core 64bit CPU (2.2+ GHz Dual Core CPU or better)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 510+, Radeon HD5900+, or Intel HD4000+
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Important: final specs may marginally differ, but this is our best guess for now.
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • Processor: Any Quad Core or 3.0+ GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB / AMD HD 7870 2GB
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Important: final specs may marginally differ, but this is our best guess for now.
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+, SteamOS+
    • Processor: Dual Core 64bit CPU (2.2+ GHz Dual Core CPU or better)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 510+, Radeon HD5900+, or Intel HD4000+
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Important: final specs may marginally differ, but this is our best guess for now.
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • Processor: Any Quad Core or 3.0+ GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB / AMD HD 7870 2GB
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Important: final specs may marginally differ, but this is our best guess for now.

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