AI War: Fleet Command


AI War breaks most of the genre’s rules. Which is precisely why it’s incredible… This out-of-the-blue one-man passion project is one of this year’s finest strategy games.
Alec Meer, PC Gamer UK, November 2009

It’s a balancing act, with your own strength on one side, and the AI’s opinion of you on the other. Piss it off before you’re ready to face it, and you’re going to get squashed. That moment, when you’re finally in a position to turn the tables, is about as glorious as gaming gets.
Phill Cameron, Eurogamer, February 2011

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 RTS.
Tom Chick, Crispy Gamer, August 2009

Having played this title at two distinct points in its life cycle what really stands out is the incredible dedication of Arcen Games in keeping on top of how the game evolves and expands. Even though a great many features have been added and tweaked and refined, it was possible for me to drop back into AI War after more than a year away and not find it to be a confusing mish-mash of feature overload. The post-release support is, quite honestly, the best I’ve seen for any game.
Peter Parrish, IncGamers, February 2011

AI War is, quite simply, the best experience you could have with co-op or single-player real-time strategy in this or any year. It combines grand strategy with emergent AI to form an excellent game perfect for parties and multiplayer. It is easily worth double the price that the developer is selling it at, and anyone with any affinity or taste for strategy games should not miss it. It may be daunting at first, but an excellent tutorial and amazing gameplay mechanics alleviate this into a game that almost anyone can – and should – play.
James Murff, Big Download, November 2009

Also see us on MetaCritic, which named AI War as the 40th best-reviewed PC title of 2009 (AAA titles included). That’s a pretty big deal for a tiny company like us!

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A Grand Strategic 4X Tower Defense RTS

“You are outgunned. You are massively outnumbered. You must win.” These are your orders.

Humanity has already fought its war against the machines — and lost. AI death squads stand watch over every planet and every wormhole, the few remaining human settlements are held captive in orbiting bubbles, and the AIs have turned their attention outward, away from the galaxy, to alien threats or opportunities unknown.

This inattention is our only hope: a small resistance, too insignificant even to be noticed by the AI central command, has survived. These are the forces you will command. The AI subcommanders will fight you to the death when they see you — but your glimmer of opportunity comes from quietly subduing those subcommanders without alerting central processing to the danger until it’s too late.

You do have a few things going in your favor. Your ships are much faster. You have safe AI routines to automate defenses and mining outposts. You have production techniques that can churn out fully-outfitted unmanned fighters in seconds. There will never be more than a few thousand of your ships versus tens of thousands of theirs, but through careful strategy you must somehow reach and destroy the heavily-guarded AI cores.

Go forth into the galaxy, steal AI technology, recapture those planets you must in order to achieve your ends, and save what remains of humanity. But draw too much attention to yourself, and the full might of the AI overlords will come crashing down.

Expansions Available!
The Zenith Remnant (Expansion 1)

Children of Neinzul (Expansion 2)
Light of the Spire (Expansion 3)
Ancient Shadows (Expansion 4)
Vengeance of the Machine (Expansion 5)
Destroyer of Worlds (Expansion 6)

So What Exactly Is This Game?

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The AI War Community Is An Active One

You might enjoy participating in our forums in general — it’s a really friendly community, and the players who participate there and make suggestions through our feature/bug tracker are able to really impact the game; just check out all the entries in our release notes that have attributions to various players!

Buy Direct From Arcen!

AI War Collection (2014)
AI War: Fleet Command plus all 6 expansions.

Add to Cart    $16.99
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System Requirements

Windows XP SP2 or later
Mac OSX Intel CPU and “Snow Leopard” 10.6 or later.
Ubuntu 10.10 or later, although other unsupported distros may very well work

1.6Ghz CPU (2.4 Ghz recommended, Dual Core strongly recommended for Host)
600 MB Hard Disk Space
Graphics card must support 1024×1024 textures (most 32MB and up graphics cards do), 1024×768 or greater (32 bit color recommended)
Broadband Internet Connection or LAN required for multiplayer

Demo (Unlockable Into Full Game With CD Key)

This zip archive contains the OSX, Windows, and Linux versions all in one package.  More than 99% of the files are the same between all three operating systems, so this gives you the flexibility of having all three operating systems in one package without needing to download multiple large archives.  To play the demo, simply unzip the archive into the location of your choice.

To run the game:
1. Windows: Run AIWar.exe (this is 32bit)
2. OSX: Run (this will run as 32bit or 64bit, depending on your OS).
3. Linux: Run AIWarLinux.x86 if you are on a 32bit OS, or AIWarLinux.x86_64 if you are on a 64bit OS.

That’s it!  Note: if you have a CD key (NOT a steam key) for the game, then you can unlock this demo into the full version of the game.