Welcome to the Coregrounds: a competitive RTS game with elements of MOBA and Tower Defense. Master your micro, expand your strategic diversity and become a champion of the Coregrounds in this indie free-to-play game with cross-platform multiplayer.
Recent Reviews:
Very Positive - 100% of the 13 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Positive (45) - 80% of the 45 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Apr 30, 2018

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“In the past, Coregrounds has already become a much better game thanks to player feedback. Starting the all-new Steam version in Early Access is the perfect way to continue this tradition. With the help of our players we hope to make this game the best it can possibly be!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“About six to twelve months.”

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

“The core game is more or less complete, but the full version will have more a lot more units and abilities for example: we plan to add at least two dozen more towers, minions and abilities to the game during the Early Access phase, as well as many more vanity items like skins. Furthermore we plan to implement additional game modes, even with support for four players! We also want to tweak the graphics further and improve and add more animations.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“We ship a completely rebuilt Coregrounds to Steam and as such, the new version will need bugfixes and balancing. All the features mentioned in the game description below are already implemented though.”

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

“The prices will stay the same.”

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

“We're happy about all feedback regarding the game balance, new ideas for units, towers or abilities or even new game mechanics. We have been working closely with the community in the past, several units in the game were actually ideas from players!”
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June 28

Patch Notes 1.0.5: Growing roots!

Our community on Discord has been very active and keeps coming up with more ideas than we have time to implement! Tauntos for example had the idea for a ROOT ability, which we implemented with this patch (we have unlocked this one for you, Tauntos). We also want to thank BOB, Shurutsue, Titan, Lotus and everyone else for your suggestions. This patch is all yours!

New Ability
  • ROOT ability: Enemies hit cannot move for 5s. 75s cooldown.
  • NOOB PROTECTION Until you're level 3, you'll only be matchmade with other newbies below level 3.
  • During the draft and in the game guide you now see against which other units a unit is particularly weak or strong
  • Reduced the minimum time you have to spend in the queue before the cross-regional matchmaking kicks in from 360 to 30 seconds
  • Cross-regional is now turned on by default for new players
  • Private matches no longer count towards the casual leaderboard
  • PVP matches now yield 20% more credits and experience than bot matches
  • Fixed wrong duration in lifelink description
  • Increased SNIPER range from 1.6 to 1.7 tiles
  • Decreased SUNBEAM range from 1.8 to 1.6 tiles
  • Decreased SUNBEAM damage from 96 to 64
  • Increased IONSTRIKE cooldown from 75s to 90s
  • CHAKRAM gets no xp bonus on attack speed and damage anymore
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June 14

Patch Notes 1.0.4: Onboarding Galore!

New features and things
  • The SUNBEAM has returned to the Coregrounds!
  • Added link to game guide on unlock screens
  • Added invitation to join #matchmaking channel in the matchmaking menu
  • The #matchmaking channel will be notified when players join the queue
  • We've unlocked the "Good Game" and "Good Luck, Have Fun" emotes for everyone, just because we're nice and the Coregrounds should be as well!
  • We've added the ALT/CTRL/SHIFT + 1-6 shortcut. You can now press ALT + 1-6 to upgrade and CTRL/SHIFT + 1-6 to spawn.
  • Last patch, we added a new onboarding process which allows all new players to choose 3 free modifications to get started. We added more free stuff in this patch: all new players get a free tower, minion and ability at the start. All existing players have been granted 4500 credits in compensation.
  • Improved onboarding flow: we added another info screen and reduced the steps to start the first match.
  • Added tip bubbles at the start of a match prompting you to build walls, build towers and spawn minions.
Less buggy things
  • Fixed bug where you could earn the rush achievement when losing
  • The farsight icon now has opacity on the map for better visibility
  • Fixed bug where the UI could get locked at the end of a game
  • Fixed ingame emote positions for the right side player
Balanced things
  • Decreased DYNABLASTER cooldown from 300 to 180 seconds
  • Decreased LIFELINK effect duration from 10 to 7 seconds
  • Reworked REPEATER damage from 40/60/75/85/90 to 35/40/50/65/85
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About This Game

Unique gameplay blend between RTS, MOBA and TD

Build your walls into a maze, build and move towers, spawn minions, use abilities and upgrade your units at the right time to gain an advantage and crush your opponent! Enjoy tons of opportunities for clever plays and win with skill.

  • Beat 100 levels of vicious bots
  • Play against friends in private matches
  • Climb the Scoregrounds in ranked matches
  • Unlock dozens of minions, towers and abilities
  • Unlock colors, skins, backgrounds and customize your Coregrounds
  • Complete 100+ achievements

Play to win, pay to skin

You can unlock all units, abilities and modifications just by playing the game. Use the premium currency to buy skins, colors and more.

Hard to learn, impossible to master

Coregrounds is a very unique game and not easy to learn as such. Once you do though, chances are that you're going to love it.

Help shape the game

Join the community on our Discord server and our Subreddit and help shape the game! Many units in the game were our player's ideas!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: Dual Core 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware accelerated graphics with dedicated memory
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • OS: OS X Mavericks 10.9 or later
    • Processor: Dual Core 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware accelerated graphics with dedicated memory
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 or later
    • Processor: Dual Core 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware accelerated graphics with dedicated memory
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
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