Archive for May, 2013

AI War Beta 6.039 “Carrying The Combat ” Released!

This one is relatively small but contains the last new bonus ship type of the expansion, a few important changes to Showdown Devices, and a few less-important-but-still-nice other changes. That last bonus ship type is the “Neinzul Combat Carrier”, which is a light combatant starship that can also build any youngling types you have unlocked. […]

Skyward Collapse 1.007 “Stats Fit For A God” Released!

This one has a wide variety of stuff in it.  Most exciting for most players are likely going to be the new counts and stats on both the left and right sidebars.  Without getting too cluttered, you now have a much better view of what is going on in your dominions. There are also several […]

Welcome To the Arcen Way Of Doing Post-Release Support :)

Hello there!  Looks like, as usual with a game launch, we have a lot of new players to our games.  Welcome!  I think you’ll find Arcen is a bit… unusual… when it comes to our development process, though, and this may come as a bit of a surprise. Two Different Software Development Philosophies I used […]

AI War Beta 6.035-6.038 “Dire Protector” Released!

This one introduces Dire Guardians to the alpha players of the upcoming Vengeance of the Machine expansion. This won’t hurt a bit, really. Remember, if you’re interested in alpha testing for the expansion, please shoot me a PM in the forums. This release also adds the fifth of six new bonus ship types planned for […]

Skyward Collapse 1.006 “Listen When I Command!” Released!

This one has two very key bugfixes, and a handful of other tweaks. The first bugfix is one that was causing desyncs in multiplayer, occasional stupidity on the part of the AI, units moving onto enemy units, and more.  It wasn’t very easily reproducible, and wasn’t super common in every game, but it all tracked […]

Skyward Collapse 1.005 “Player’s Choice” Released!

This one reverts two very unpopular recent changes.  We’ve made some cool shifts post-1.0 on the game, but these two were not viewed to be among them.  Players complained, loudly, and so after listening to the reasoning we’ve decided to revert the changes.  Not the first time this has happened in an Arcen title, and […]

Players and Press React To Skyward Collapse

It’s been a crazy few days since Skyward Collapse launched late last week. The game has received a few new updates, the Steam community already has a guide up, and players (QuartertoThree, Octopus Overlords, Bay 12 Forums), video channel owners and press (Kotaku, PC Gamer, Cult of Mac) seem to be buzzing about it — for […]

AI War Beta 6.033-6.034 “Bonus Tricks” Released!

This one includes another big chunk of content for the upcoming Vengeance of the Machine expansion. We’ve already got quite a few alpha testers smashing at it, but it would benefit from more so if you’re interested in alpha testing for the expansion, please shoot me (username is keith.lamothe) a PM in the forums. Anyway, […]

Skyward Collapse 1.004 “Rise of the Valkyrie” Released!

This one is quite small, as it’s still a holiday weekend for us here in the US.  However, we’ll be back to our regular schedule tomorrow. The biggest changes in this version concern mythological units: 1. The Norse mythologicals in general have gotten a huge buff against other mythologicals. 2. The Greek mythologicals lost all […]

Skyward Collapse 1.002 “Hunting Through Rubble” Released!

This one is our first true post-release update, and it includes all of the main requests from new (post-alpha) players. Probably my favorite thing is the ability to see what former building sites were by hovering over them or holding the Ctrl key.  Actually, holding the Ctrl key in general is super useful for telling […]

Skyward Collapse Now Available For PC/Mac

PRESS RELEASE Skyward Collapse Now Available For PC/Mac 10% Off During Launch Week Arcen Games is proud to announce the release of its turn-based strategy god game Skyward Collapse – out now for Windows PC and Mac OS X on Steam, GamersGate, Green Man Gaming and the Arcen Store. To celebrate, the game is 10% […]

Nick Trujillo Presents: Skyward Collapse Comic (Complete Collection)

The entire collection of Nick Trujillo’s comic is here for your enjoyment!  Skyward Collapse comes out later today on Steam, Green Man Gaming, GamersGate, and our own site. About The CollaborationI became aware of Nick Trujillo through the Strip Search reality show that Penny Arcade has been running.  Nick was my personal favorite to win, […]

AI War Beta 6.032 “Tumbleweeds In The Stars” Released!

This one is the first non-hotfix release we’ve done since starting the private alpha of the upcoming Vengeance of the Machine expansion. The release has a number of non-expansion changes that we hope help (we’re particularly curious to hear how that target sorting performance improvement works out), but the main addition is the new “Showdown […]

Nick Trujillo Presents: Skyward Collapse Comic Page 4

The fourth page of Nick Trujillo’s comic is now up!  Here are page one, page two and page 3 if you missed them.  One more page is in the works and will be available shortly. The release of Skyward Collapse is on the 23rd — that’s tomorrow!  Enjoy!

Skyward Collapse Official Website Live

PRESS RELEASE Skyward Collapse Official Website Live Launch Trailer And Screenshots Out Ahead of May 23 Release Arcen Games has launched the official site for upcoming indie turn-based strategy god game Skyward Collapse, ahead of the game’s release later this week. The official Skyward Collapse page includes the game’s description and feature list, along with […]

Skyward Collapse Official Trailer

How do you balance — and indeed encourage — a war between factions without letting either side obliterate the other?  How do you rule over gods, creatures, and men who refuse to obey you?  How do you build a landscape of villages when bandits and mythology are conspiring to tear it down?  Skyward Collapse places […]

Nick Trujillo Presents: Skyward Collapse Comic Page 3

The third page of Nick Trujillo’s comic is now up!  Here are page one and page two if you missed them.  Two more pages are in the works, which will be released periodically leading up to the release of Skyward Collapse on the 23rd — that’s this Thursday.  Enjoy!

Nick Trujillo Presents: Skyward Collapse Comic Page 2

The second page of Nick Trujillo’s comic is now up!  Here’s page one if you missed it.  Three more pages are in the works, which will be released periodically leading up to the release of Skyward Collapse on the 23rd.  Enjoy!

Skyward Collapse Launches May 23rd for PC and Mac

PRESS RELEASE Skyward Collapse Launches May 23 Unique turn-based god game to be priced at $4.99 for Windows PC and Mac OS X Arcen Games is pleased to announce its turn-based god game Skyward Collapse is set to launch on Steam next Thursday, May 23rd. How do you balance a war between towns without letting […]

AI War Beta 6.028-6.031 “So I Rewired It” Released!

This one contains a huge chunk of the “base game” (not part of the expansion) work going into 7.0. Following the expansion’s theme we’ve just put a lot of work into updating the AI itself to better deal with the many additions and changes made to the game over the last few years, and also […]

Skyward Collapse OST Breakdown

The Skyward Collapse OST is very different from other soundtracks that I’ve composed for our games. To start with, this is the first soundtrack that I’ve co-composed with someone else. Ted Hardin is a good friend of mine, an incredibly talented guitarist, and a master of melody in my humble opinion. By that I mean […]

Skyward Collapse Teaser Mini-Trailer

How do you balance a war between towns without letting either side obliterate the other?  How do you rule over gods, creatures, and men who refuse to obey you?  How do you build a thriving landscape of villages against the threat of bandits and mythological powers?  Skyward Collapse places you into the role of The […]

AI War Beta 6.026-6.027 “The Guard Before The Storm” Released!

This one contains many visible changes but mainly a lot of behind-the-scenes changes in preparation for the upcoming “Vengeance of the Machine” expansion (more details to come on that fairly soon). Some of those changes are peeking out from behind the curtain: the AI’s Guardians are now becoming another source of variety between games (i.e. […]

Nick Trujillo Presents: Skyward Collapse Comic Page 1

I became aware of Nick Trujillo through the Strip Search reality show that Penny Arcade has been running.  Nick was my personal favorite to win, so I was surprised to see him eliminated when he was.  Bad days happen to everyone, though. I have a huge love of comics in general, and so had been […]

Q&A For Skyward Collapse (Plus New Screenshots!)

Even with a recent detailed interview that we did about our upcoming game Skyward Collapse, there have been a lot of questions about the game from our players in the forums.  Rather than make you hunt through forum threads for the answers we’ve provided, we’ve collected them here! Note: these are all taken out of […]