In this open-world real-time strategy game, you're tasked with finding patient zero before an alien virus takes over San Francisco. Command your squad, defend your base, and stop the Pangu virus.
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May 15, 2020
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“If you are a fan of RTS, you must activate the Cepheus Protocol in your game library; this can become a little gem!”

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We’re extremely proud of what the team has built so far and are eager to continue the development of the game. Launching in Early Access means it’ll provide us with enough financial stability to keep developing Cepheus Protocol. Most importantly, this also means that we can get feedback and suggestions from players so that we can improve the game and get it to its final and optimal state.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We plan to be in Early Access for 1 year with a target release date of Q2 2021.”

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

“The final version will include a Campaign mode, additional weapon types, enemies, and more. In addition, Early Access will allow us to polish the game further including higher quality textures and world-building.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“You'll build bases, recruit new soldiers, and send teams out in the field to battle the growing virus, all the while hunting down Patient Zero is the primary goal of the CERC(You). With replayability and challenging gameplay at its core, players must be mindful of the environment and the changing nature of the battlefield. Each soldier's loss is a man not easily replaced.

You'll have to use all the tools in your arsenal to research the plague and seek out Patient Zero, whose mastery over the virus grows with each victim she infects. Stopping her is paramount, or a city of millions could be lost.”

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

“We plan to gradually raise the price as we ship new content and features.”

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

“Communication with our community is our top priority – it’s one of the main reasons why we wanted to launch in Early Access. We want to talk to you and hear your questions, concerns, suggestions, and feedback. You can reach out to us on social media (Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook), on Steam, and by email at info@halcyonwinds.com.”
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“A game that caught me off guard with how freaking fantastic it is, it runs fairly darn well, is pretty intense and reminds me quite a bit of They Are Billions just in a more modern world.”
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“I'm really into Tower Defense games and this one is a great creation. It keeps you easily entertained. The sounds and graphics are decent. It's still in E.A and it looks pretty good so far. ~8.2/10”
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“Cepheus gameplay is a unique blend of RTS with a real tower defense feel. 100% a strong learning curve to master the tactical skills layered across the six different character classes. Check it out!”
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About This Game



Cepheus Protocol is an open world real-time strategy (RTS) game where a mysterious virus of alien origin is sweeping through San Francisco. It is up to the Center for Epidemic Research and Control (CERC) to track down and find Patient Zero before it is forced to enact the cepheus protocol. Command your squad, defend your base, and stop the Pangu Virus before it is too late - how you do this is completely up to you.



  • Train and level 4 teams of 8 as you search the city and battle the infected.
  • Build and train defenders to safeguard your base from the Pangu Virus’ victims as they will attempt to retake zones.
  • Collect DNA in order to research the virus and defeat Patient Zero.



  • Take command of Captain Adrian Winter as she leads elite soldiers in an attempt to stop the Pangu Virus from spreading beyond containment.
  • Choose how to spend your in-game money on upgrading your barracks, buying better weapons, or acquiring new soldiers to fill your ranks. You earn in-game money by completing bounties and eliminating the infected.
  • Collect viral samples to better improve your squad’s abilities and expand your understanding of the virus before it is too late.
  • Every life matters and every soldier counts. If Captain Winter dies, it’s game over. Decide whether to leave her at the base or use her advanced skill-set to even the odds while in the field.



In the farthest reaches of the frozen Antarctic ice shelve, Chinese researchers discovered a 4.8 billion-year-old meteorite that had microscopic alien organisms deep within the rock. Decades later, after a Special Forces raid to retrieve a sample of the virus that had been cultivated from the discovery, Chelsey Trader is accidentally exposed to the Pangu Virus.

Becoming Patient Zero, inadvertently, she spread the virus, which infects innocent civilians which are mutated into monstrous beings under her control.



  • Building: At the onset of the game, you’ll be able to build a base comprised of specialized buildings where new soldiers can be trained and weapon upgrades can be bought.
  • Defenses: As the threat from the virus grows, your base is at constant risk of being overwhelmed as random and planned encounters from the infected threaten to overrun your only means to stop the outbreak.
  • Patrolling: As the infection grows, more and more parts of the city fall to the Pangu Virus. You must send out patrols to each section of the world and destroy toxic gas towers that spread the virus at an alarming rate.


The Pangu virus grows stronger by the minute. Complete missions and destroy infection pods throughout the map to lower its spreading rate. Be warned, each soldier under your command is equally at risk of becoming infected.


  • Command Captain Winter as your powerful hero character.
  • Train soldiers across various disciplines. These include assault, heavy weapons, spec-ops, sniper, scientist, and medical.
  • Use tactical awareness to slow down time and get out of sticky situations!
  • Use different squad formations to give you a tactical edge over the infected.
  • Utilize the specialized units and different team dynamics for maximum effect.
  • You’ll have access to other tools such as carpet bombs, ammo drops, and more!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 8/10 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K / AMD FX-6300
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 470 GTX or AMD Radeon 6870 HD series card or higher, 2GB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X Compatible
    • Additional Notes: **recommended SSD install for optimal performance
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-4770K / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 960 GTX or AMD R9280x card or higher, 6GB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X Compatible
    • Additional Notes: **recommended SSD install for optimal performance

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