Archive for August, 2009

Preparation and Luck: Marketing Your Indie Game

AI War has been gathering a fair bit of publicity recently, and I’ve recently run up against the question of how one markets an indie game from several people. Well, the short answer is this: you do whatever you can. That might sound flippant, but it’s not. You use whatever tools you have available to […]

Independent Gaming Article At Gaming Daily

David from Gaming Daily has written a nice article about the state of independent gaming. The discussion is on how and why indie games differ from their AAA counterparts, and cites AI War as an example in several spots: Independent Gaming

AI War Versus RPS Part 1

The folks over at Rock, Paper, Shotgun have been having a go in three player co-op against the AI in AI War. This is part one of a series in which they try to kick a level 7 AI off of a 15-planet map: Officially Unintelligent: AI War Versus RPS Part 1

GamersGate Games of the Weekend: 30% Off On AI War!

This weekend (the 27th through the 30th), you can get AI War: Fleet Command for 30% off the regular price at the GamersGate store. AI War is already an incredible value, but this is a great chance to get it at an even lower price ($13.95 instead of the usual $19.99). Don’t forget to rate […]

Delegation In Game Design

An interesting conversation from the Arcen Games forums that I thought I’d just post here, because I thought it expressed an interesting point about game design for truly huge RTS games like AI War. A lot of people wonder how on earth you can manage thousands of ships simultaneously — well, this is how. Me […]

Advice For Aspiring Indie Game Developers

This is a question I’m getting asked with increasing regularity: what advice do I have for other indie developers, or aspiring indie developers? While in many respects I feel like it’s too soon for me to give advice, since AI War is still not yet providing enough income for me to do this fulltime, on […]

Weekend Impulse Buy: 25% Off On AI War!

This weekend, you can get AI War: Fleet Command for 25% off the regular price at Stardock’s Impulse store. AI War is already an incredible value, but this is a great chance to get it at an even lower price ($14.99 instead of the usual $19.99).

AI War on Rock, Paper Shotgun

It’s a Sins of the Solar Empire meets Supreme Commander meets Simply Nothing Else, and I think a lot of you will find this very intriguing. – Kieron Gillen, Rock, Paper Shotgun

Game Vortex Review of AI War

If it hadn’t been brought to my attention through an email, I probably would have never heard of AI War: Fleet Command. This would be a shame because it turned out to be one of the more entertaining games I’ve played recently. It isn’t something for everyone, but fans of well-thought-out strategy games will want […]

Reviewing A Bad Review

Amidst the current tide of really great reviews and praise that has been coming in for AI War (and which I am very grateful for), comes the “on trial” review of the demo in the Indie Gaming Mag, which gave it a cumulative 3.66 out of 10. Don’t bother trying to read the review online, […]

CaptainD’s PC Gaming Blog Interview with Chris Park about AI War

CaptainD’s PC Gaming Blog interviews Chris Park, the developer of AI War, about inspirations for the game, Chris’s experiences as an indie game developer, and upcoming titles from Arcen Games. Read The Interview

Crispy Gamer Article About AI War

I think I’ve stumbled across this year’s Really New Thing. There’s a lot of 2009 to go, but I’ll be surprised if anyone else twists the RTS formula this dramatically and this effectively. And I’m hoping it’ll be the Next Big Thing, because it’s big, different, entirely unprecedented and an exciting way to play an […]

AI War Trailer 2

AI War: Fleet Command Trailer 2 – Download High Quality Trailer 2 We’ve created a new trailer that does a better job of showcasing the game in general, and which also features the new art from recent releases.

Recent Arcen Games Team Additions

This is a bit belated in several cases, but we’d like to officially announce the latest team members to Arcen Games.  Our team has definitely been growing! Lars Bull, or Fiskbit as he is known on the forums, has been helping out with design advice and QA testing for Arcen titles long before Arcen actually […]

PC Games and Reviews – AI War Review

I’ve played quite a few space RTS and empire builder type games in my time, but AI War feels like it’s on a different scale … one of the more epic tactical RTS games I think I’ve seen to date. If you’re an RTS nut this is not one to pass over! – Andy Yates, […]

AI War 1.013 (Free DLC, Player Suggestions, And Major Graphics Update)

Arcen Games is pleased to announce the release of AI War: Fleet Command version 1.013. You can download a trial version of the game, as well as purchase a license key to unlock the full version. If you already have the game or demo installed, just hit “Check For Updates” inside the game to get […]

AI War 1.012 Hotfix Released

If you already have the game or demo installed, just hit “Check For Updates” inside the game to get the latest patch.  This hotfix corrects an issue in the official 1.011 release. -Fixed a bug with AI ships not properly guarding the command posts they are supposed to reinforce, instead attacking player planets too much. […]

Regional Pricing Adjusted For AI War

Our goal is always to charge a fair and equivalent price to customers in all countries, but apparently at GamersGate and our own website’s ecommerce partner, prices for Euros and GBP were set higher than the USD prices.  Thanks to a regular in our forums for alerting us to this.  The price for AI War […]