Siege of Centauri - Yarlen
Stardock has released v1.07 for its tower defense strategy game, Siege of Centauri, today. This update contains a number of performance improvements and fixes for the most common issues players have reported.

Change Log
  • Crash fixes
  • Increased logging if the video card becomes non-responsive
  • Performance improvements
Siege of Centauri - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Ollie Toms)

To say that Siege of Centauri is one of the most uninspired games I’ve ever played in my life sounds, well, a little harsh. But as I plopped down tower after tower and eviscerated enemy after enemy, I found myself comparing the game to two dozen others that were almost identical in function. And then I thought back to my favourite tower defence games of all time – Plants vs Zombies, They Are Billions, Protolife – and how each of them took the familiar formula in a very new direction. By comparison, Siege of Centauri is stubbornly, brutally> unoriginal with its unwavering mantra of “place down towers, defeat waves, upgrade towers, defeat waves, congratulations, you’ve won, time to do it all again.”

So why, then, has Siege of Centauri just shot up to join these innovators at the top of my “best tower defence games ever” list?

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Siege of Centauri - Yarlen
Stardock has released v1.04 of Siege of Centauri today. This small update fixes the following:

  • Fixed an invalid unit on Ulrath
  • Fixed issues that can cause the game to crash on start from:
    • Downloading an invalid scenario
    • If a custom scenario map cant be found
    • If your progress is corrupt

Progress files are now backed up to: \Documents\My Games\Siege of Centauri\Backup to help protect against player loss/corruption.
Siege of Centauri

Games like Plants vs. Zombies, Kingdom Rush, and Orcs Must Die are not the only tower defense games, but they are arguably the poster children for the genre. Apart from They Are Billions, tower defense games tend to have whimsical tones, an aesthetic that can be at odds with what is a surprisingly intense style of game. 

Siege of Centauri brings seriousness and danger to the genre and tonally feels closer to the games that laid the groundwork for tower defense, like StarCraft. But Centauri's gameplay feels closer to something like PixelJunk Monsters, with clearly defined locations for placing your weapons and a straightforward upgrade path as you work your way through the campaign. It's a bit too derivative, even if I still enjoyed blasting endless waves of alien robots.

Siege of Centauri takes place in the universe established by real-time strategy game Ashes of the Singularity. I always appreciate an effort to put multiple disparate games from a single developer under one umbrella, but it adds little to the story in this instance. Every level features a different character offering up a cryptic monologue before each mission about the plight of the location you’re trying to protect and the robots that must be defeated. Some characters return for additional monologues in later levels, but my eyes usually glazed over as I waited to start the fight. In his review of Ashes of the Singularity, Leif Johnson wrote, "The characters are as memorable as the back label of a Hershey's bar," and I can confirm they haven’t grown much in the intervening years.

The plot and characters may be underwhelming, but it doesn t hold back the overall experience.

The plot and characters may be underwhelming, but it doesn’t hold back the overall experience, even if Siege of Centauri doesn’t innovate in any dramatic ways. Before each level you get a chance to survey the various routes the robots will potentially take, see where they will be coming from, and it even gives you a good idea of the kind of robots that will be invading. I appreciate how much information is available before you start, and nothing begins until you place your first weapon so you have plenty of time to figure things out. Nothing is more obnoxious in a tower defense game than having to fight off a unit you don’t understand after you've invested so much time and currency in fighting off something different. All the information and prep time helps to avoid this.

The maps are basically a series of cliff-lined valleys that the enemy robots travel through. Your placement options are at the top of the cliffs with grids appearing to show you where your weapons can be dropped. In general, the grids are substantial and allow you to overload just about every location with powerful, dense pockets of turrets. When you place a gun, it gets a full animation of it being flown in and dropped into position. No sudden, magically appearing weapons here. I especially liked sending in a whole collection of weapons and watching them all get flown in by an army of drone delivery ships.

You can pause the action (though the option runs out if overused) to get more specific with your weapon placement without fear of being overtaken by robots, which is helpful. During the occasions where you’re ahead of the game, you can also speed things up, which I was especially thankful for in the early tutorial missions.

Each level you complete awards you a new weapon, or more tech-focused tools like the Scavenger Module, which helps you gather additional energy to spend more on weapons during the course of battle. You also earn upgrade points that you can use to advance the weapon you already have. I especially enjoyed boosting my Light Rail Gun, the cheapest weapon, as much as possible just so I could fill the battlefield to the brim with defenders.

It was during mission 5, after listening to a robot with five eyes named Milton warn me that the enemy’s strength was increasing, that I was able to put this simple, but effective strategy into practice. The layout of the level only had two points of enemy entry so I dumped all of my currency into my leveled, but simple turrets and overloaded the entrances. Since I was able to buy so many, it was almost comical watching all the delivery drones drop so many turrets into just two locations.

Siege of Centauri plays like a basic tower defense game with many concepts I have used before and it did little to get me excited about what was coming next.

Rushing the waves as my turrets absolutely obliterated the attackers was satisfying and strangely relaxing as I basically had nothing to worry about. A few robots made it through, but I had another "just in case" bounty of turrets set up right near the colony that had no problem with the stragglers. The difficulty ramped up shortly after, that leading to more intense missions and last-second decisions, but I always found new strategies like the one on mission 5 that were fun to execute.

Along with the campaign, which is made up of a collection of dedicated levels, you can also tackle Endless Mode, or scenarios created by others. The Map Editor is expectedly complicated, but having an integrated creator is always a good thing for those who will potentially dive deep into Siege of Centauri and want more.

I probably won’t be one of those people. Siege of Centauri plays like a basic tower defense game with many concepts I have used before and it did little to get me excited about what was coming next. It's a perfectly adequate game. But the serious sci-fi tone is something I don’t typically associate with the genre, so Siege of Centauri at least feels unique in that way.

Siege of Centauri - Yarlen
The crew of the Carpathia have been hard at work and we're happy to release the latest update for Siege of Centauri today!

Change Log
Fixes
  • Crash fixes
  • Fixed an issue where Temporal Shift will put units off of the path.

Performance
  • Improved loading times

Balance
  • Put a max on the amount of metal interest that can be accrued per second
  • Increased the hit points of Hatchlings
Siege of Centauri - Yarlen

Stardock has released the second update for Siege of Centauri today. This patch should resolve several reported hangs and crashes players have mentioned.

Bug Fixes
  • Fix for audio crashes
  • Fix for a hang when running multiple missions in one session
  • Improved performance impact of drone attacks
  • Added a message popup if the game can't write to the "My Games" directory (typically due to anti-virus software)
Siege of Centauri - Yarlen
Stardock and the Siege of Centauri team are happy to announce the release of patch 1 today on Steam. This first update includes various crash fixes, balance updates, UI updates and more.

Change Log
Features
  • Added a DeleteGameplayTimer script function for modders that want to use a gameplay timer in their Mission and clean it up when they are done.

Balance
  • Updated Rul to make it slightly easier.
  • Reduced Heart of the Phoenix shields slightly.
  • Improved Destructor targeting.
  • Improved Nullifier targeting.
  • Pulse Cannon: Instead of having a 1% chance to stun (with the upgrade) the tower now has a 0.5% / 0.75% / 1% chance to stun (per shot) depending on the tower level.
  • Tweaked the starting location of enemies on Gallehault.
  • Reduced Corrosion towers to doing 200 / 600 / 1800 damage over 20 seconds instead of 400 / 810 / 1800 damage over 8 / 9 / 10 seconds.
  • On Training difficulty, the player's damage boost was increased from +60% to +100%.
  • On Beginner difficulty, the player's damage bonus was increased from +50% to +70%.
  • Reduced the objective on Styx from killing 500 enemies with Orbital Strike to killing 200 enemies.
  • Reduced the cooldown on Orbital Strike from 360 seconds to 240 seconds.

Fixes
  • Crash fixes.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Milton to have a ghosting effect.
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes the objective stars weren't lined up when you got them.
  • Fixed an issue with upvoting where the count started at -1 instead of 0.
  • Fixed an issue with the destruction effect on the Vulture.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing part of the path to be obscured on Caluck.
  • Fixed some incorrect display ranges for some towers.
  • Fixed an issue that can cause the leaderboards to not show on the victory screen.
  • Fixed the air path on Dule.
  • The ever present typo fixes!
  • Fixed an issue that could keep people from being able to upload large missions to the workshop.
  • Updated Corrosion info to correctly state that Corrosion towers can stack.
  • Fixed some issues with how mission upvote was not showing correctly in some situations.

UI
  • Added art to the victory screen based on if you won or lost.
  • Game now defaults to running in a Borderless Window instead of Full Screen.
  • New Mortar sfx.
  • New Ion Cannon vfx.
  • Re-master Zhukov voiceover to sound less mono/tinny.
  • Increased the volume of the colony attack notifications slightly.
  • Changed the font on the done/retry buttons on the victory screen to match the other screens.
  • Improved images on the scenario workshop.
  • Improved lots of tooltips on things players were confused about.
  • Better images will now be shown for missions in the workshop.

Siege of Centauri - IslandDog


Communications to Earth's first interstellar colony in Proxima Centauri have gone dark. In response, Earth has dispatched the Carpathia to investigate. Upon arrival, you find a colony under siege. Your mission: save the colony from these brutal alien invaders.

Siege of Centauri puts you in command of the defense of Earth's first interstellar colony. Set in the Ashes of the Singularity universe, thousands of alien machines are attacking and only you, with your arsenal of deployable defense structures and strategic orbital abilities, can stop them.

Customize the Carpathia in order to best handle the challenges of each individual mission, battle across the surface of an alien world through a series of story-driven campaigns, or see how long you can survive in a doomed region where the enemy waves are truly endless.

The enemy comes in all shapes and sizes, challenging you to counter them with the right defense in the right place. Siege of Centauri combines the best elements of classic tower defense games with the strategic depth Stardock has delivered in past titles, including Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion and Ashes of the Singularity.

Features
Defend the Colony
Proxima Centauri is under attack from hordes of alien invaders! Play through a vast campaign full of challenging missions. Deploy defenses, use powerful orbital abilities, and call units at the right time and place in order to win.



Create your own Missions 
Use the in-game workshop, then upload and share them with other players. Download new missions created by other users, too. Get started with the Modder's Guide here.



Customize your Defenses
Choose from dozens of tower upgrades and determine what you need in order to survive. Upgrade your particle cannon to slow its target, your Artillery Post to leave fire in areas it has attacks, or your Corrosion Mortars so that victims infect the allies around them. 



Survive the Onslaught
See how long you can survive against relentless enemy waves in Endless Mode! Try to outlast other players and compare your scores on the leaderboards.



Fight against Dozens of Enemies
The alien invaders have many unique attacks and defenses. Beware the Falling Star that disables defenses when it explodes, or the Heart of the Phoenix that forms a chrysalis when destroyed that can be reborn as a new Heart.



Get Siege of Centauri Today.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/524010
Siege of Centauri - [SD] redskittlesonly
Stardock announced a September 12th release date for its take on the tower defense genre, Siege of Centauri, today. Set in the Ashes of the Singularity universe, the player takes on the role of defender of Earth's first colony on Proxima Centauri.

In Siege of Centauri, players defend their colony against relentless waves of thousands of enemies. In the campaign, they will follow the story of Earth’s defenders and progress through increasingly difficult scenarios in their mission to protect the colony at all costs. Dozens of upgrades are available for the defense towers, leaving the player with important decisions regarding how best to equip their defenses on each map.

"With tens of thousands of enemy machines pouring toward your base, we wanted to give players a very new experience of what it means to defend themselves against overwhelming odds," said lead designer Derek Paxton. "In addition, we’ve incorporated several strategic elements into the genre, including defending resources and deploying rapid response teams to battle. Our goal was to provide players with difficult choices about which areas to defend and which areas to let go, leading to greater strategic depth.”

Players can also create their own missions with the Scenario Workshop, then upload them to Steam for others to try.

“It’s always been important for us here at Stardock to put customization into the hands of the players,” said Paxton. “Now, people who have always wanted to design their own tower defense games can create their own maps and missions.” Players can learn more about how to make their own scenarios with the Modder’s Guide.

Siege of Centauri is currently in early access for $14.99 and will release on September 12, 2019. For more information, visit http://www.siegeofcentauri.com.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/524010










Siege of Centauri - IslandDog


Beta 3 is now available for the massive-scale tower defense game

Newest update adds scenario workshop, endless mode, and much more

Set in the Ashes of the Singularity universe, Siege of Centauri places the player in the role of commander of the defense of Earth's first colony on Proxima Centauri. Beta 3 adds a scenario editor where players can create and share their own missions, and a new endless mode that allows users to see how long they can last against a limitless onslaught of enemies.

“It’s always been important for us here at Stardock to put customization into the hands of the players,” said lead designer Derek Paxton. “Beta 3’s scenario workshop does exactly that: it lets people who have always wanted to design their own tower defense games create their own maps and missions.” Players can learn more about how to make their own scenarios with the Modder’s Guide.

Endless mode is a highly anticipated feature that has also made its way into the Beta 3 update. Players can attempt to survive increasingly difficult enemy waves on a few new maps that will present them with some very challenging choices.

Several new towers, enemies, and upgrades that make for deeper strategic choices are also in Beta 3. In addition, new scenarios that continue the story of the colony’s struggles are ready for players to explore.

The Early Access program is designed to allow fans to have input into game mechanics, pacing, and balance. Stardock has been releasing frequent updates based on player feedback.

“Beta updates and community feedback are a critical part of Stardock’s development process,” said Paxton. “We’ve been really happy with how the fans have helped shape this game.”

Siege of Centauri is currently in Early Access on Steam for $9.99. The final version is expected to sell for $14.99. For more information on what’s new in Beta 3, visit the forums.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/524010/Siege_of_Centauri/



Visit http://www.siegeofcentauri.com for more information.

Changelog

New Features
  • Endless Mode- The onslaught doesn't end. See how long you can last against increasingly more difficult waves.
      Covey- Five paths lead down from the north toward your colony. Can you defend against them all?
    • Mendel- A huge desert map gives plenty of room to build defenses. And you will need it against a wide variety of attackers.
    • Ulrath- An arctic forest with dispersed resources. It will be hard to defend your Colony, Metal Refinery and Fission reactor, hard decisions will need to be made.
  • New Campaign Missions- Follow the story of the Siege of Centauri with seven new missions.
      Plains of Fire- This Medium sized Desert map will test your ability to withstand threats of all sorts. Air units, dreadnoughts, shielded, swarms and even units that produce aircraft as they travel.
    • Dule- This night map introduces a new enemy whose army grows as it travels. Take it out quickly, or it could be too large by the time it reaches your Colony.
    • Plutus- Your Colony is well defended here, but your resources aren't. Try to keep everything safe, which won't be easy because of a new enemy that speeds up all its allies.
    • Sord- The enemy has also deployed turrets at this location. Be careful where you use Milton and Reinforcements, if they are too close to the enemy turrets, they won't last long.
    • Caina- Spiders eggs dot this map. If the enemies reach them they will tear them open and the spiders will join the attack on your colony.
    • Styx- A new Juggernaut assaults your colony, and it produces waves of Falling Stars as it travels. Can you kill it before it reaches your colony while the stars are disabling your defenses?Sedge- This time there is no Colony to protect. Instead you are building a device that will end the war. Can you complete construction and hold it for the 10 minutes it takes to activate while the enemy assault grows?
  • Download and Share Scenarios- Have you always wanted to make your own tower defense game? Create your own maps and missions, share them with the community and download scenarios the community has created. check out the Modder's Guide here: http://wiki.siegeofcentauri.com/index.php?title=ModdersGuide

  • New Towers- Two new towers are available to equip and upgrade.
      Mortar- A cheap area effect tower, great for weakening swarms and softening any allies without spending much metal.
    • Nova Tower- An assault tower with long range, high damage and and area of effect. Whats the catch? It only damages shields and won't do anything to enemies without them.
  • New Enemies- Lots of new threats to test your defenses.
      Rolling Hive- This hard to kill hive produces flying Wasps as it travels that will fly directly to your colony from wherever the Hive is.
    • Floating Factory- The enemy produces Scarabs as it travels that slowly add to its army. What starts as a single threat could be a massive swarm if it isn't taken out in time.
    • Harbinger- This flying fortress will need everything you have to take it down.
    • Taskmaster- This slowly advancing enemy will speed up all allies that come near it. From entire hoards, to dreadnoughts barreling toward your base. Be care who you allow it to get close to.
    • Nest of the Queen- A devastating production dreadnought. It can take out your Colony in seconds if it gets close. The Nest is especially difficult to beat because it sends out waves of Falling Stars to disable towers in front of it.
    • Heart of the Phoenix- The toughest and most deadly enemy so far. When this dreadnought is destroyed, it forms a sturdy egg that will birth a new Phoenix after a delay. Destroy the Egg before process can complete.
    • Vulture- A special enemy on Sedge that will take out anything in its path, including your towers.

  • New Upgrades- Lots of new upgrades to allow you to customize your towers the way you want. 
      Nuclear EMP- Upgrades the Carpathia's standard EMP delivery system to a small nuclear payload, allowing for a much larger blast radius.
    • Ares Charge- Reduces the Energy cost of your disruption beam by 25%.
    • Defense Scrambling- For a short period, targets take an additional 20%, 30% or 40% increased damage depending on tower level.
    • Chain Lightning- Overloads an enemy, causing them to pulse with energy that will damage nearby units.
    • Colony Interface- Connect to the Colony's computer network to assist its upgrade procedure, reducing the cost of Colony upgrades by 25%.
    • Shellshock- All enemies hit have their weapon reload increased by 100%, 150% or 200% depending on tower level.
    • Field Leak- Disables the targets shield regeneration for 30 seconds.
    • Lossless Recycle- Reduces the cooldown of all orbital abilities by 25%.
    • Colony Pulse- Colony Weapons ignore shields.
    • Recharge Generator- Reduce the cooldown of Overcharge by 90%, allowing you to spam it as long as you have the energy to use it.
    • Targeting Calibrations- Updates Milton with Icarus targeting capable of engaging airborne targets.
    • Metal Replication- Allows the Carpathia to automatically generate additional metal equal to a small percentage of your existing metal stores.
    • And many more.

Balance
  • Everything has been re-balanced.
  • Really, everything? Yes.
  • What about...? Yes, that too.
  • Difficulty now modifies maximum spawn size (so you wont get as many enemies in swarms on lower difficult levels).
  • Orbital Strike no longer has a 10 second delay.
  • Reduced the time a Falling Star disables towers.
  • Towers are allowed to shoot beyond their range a bit if they have been tracking an enemy that just moved out of range (this prevents a very frustrating issue where towers would aim, then the target gets out of range, then aim, then the target gets out or range forever and never shoot).

Fixes
  • You can't overcharge in the radius of an Orbital Nullifier.
  • So many performance improvements.
  • Fixed edge scroll issues that were keeping players form being able to place a tower at the edge of the screen.
  • Fixed an issue where maps with a lot of waves would overwhelm the wave panel.
  • Reinforcements are better at engaging with enemies.
  • Crash fixes.
  • Fixed lighting on Epicurus.
  • Milton's Jake Peralta module uploaded. Cool cool cool cool cool.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause negative scores.
  • Fixed an issue where your high score wouldn't be updated if you were defeated.

UI
  • Tons of new sound effects.
  • Tons of new and improved visual effects.
  • There is now a briefing screen before every mission (v/o is coming).
  • Added tooltips to the score entries so you can see exactly how the score is calculated.
  • WASD key selection no longer disables tower hotkeys.
  • Victory screen now includes shield damage done.
  • The campaign screen now shows what difficulty level you beat each map at.
  • Added a warning if you try to start a mission with air units without an anti-air tower equipped.
  • Added a warning if you try to start a mission without any towers equipped.
  • When you select an upgrade for a tower, that tower automatically becomes equipped.
  • If you unequip a tower, all upgrades for that tower are automatically returned.
  • We now show if you have unspent upgrade points on the mission screen.
  • We change the cursor when you mouseover an Energy Cell, to indicate that it will explode if you click it.
  • Milton is now displayed with your tower damage on the Victory screen.
  • We now show new unlocks on the victory screen.
  • Updated loading tips.
  • We now display the amount of free towers you have available on the tower button, if an upgrade has given you some.
  • Updated camera to be more top down at farther zoom.
  • New icons for all towers.
  • There is now a view indicator on the minimap.
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