Archive for the ‘Newsworthy’ Category

For shame! No cookie for Chris, lots of Stars Beyond Reach screenshots for you.

Are you kidding me, self?  It’s really been since December 4th that you last posted an update? Sorry about that, me.  I, uh, have been really busy.  First of all, we’ve been working like crazy on the game itself.  Plus some other fun stuff related to the game.  And, you know, Christmas and New Years. […]

The Last Federation 2.0 and Betrayed Hope Expansion Arrive Today

We’re happy to announce The Last Federation’s first expansion Betrayed Hope has officially released on Steam, GOG.com and other digital storefronts. To celebrate, the new content will extend its beta discount of 10% through launch week, and the base game is on sale for 55% off as well. The expansion includes 17 new ships, 2 new solar system backgrounds, […]

Launch Trailer for The Last Federation: Betrayed Hope (Plus info on the free 2.0 upgrade).

The first expansion to The Last Federation, titled Betrayed Hope, arrives this Friday along with the free version 2.0 upgrade for the base game. TLF has been a huge hit for us this year, with its unique blend of 4x strategy, simulation, and turn-based tactics. Betrayed Hope is perhaps the most massive expansion we have […]

Sneak Peek At 5 Leaders In Stars Beyond Reach (Plus A Couple Of Screenshots)

New details for you, and some new art! A bit more than a week ago, I announced Stars Beyond Reach, which you can read a lot more about at that link.  The very-short explanation is that this is Arcen’s first true 4X title: think Civilization meets SimCity meets AI War meets New Stuff. A much […]

Announcing “Stars Beyond Reach,” a new 4x coming in April/May 2015.

It is with great pleasure that I formally announce this next game.  Finally, Arcen is doing a true 4x!  People have been suggesting that we do this for years, and I’ve wanted to, but I wasn’t really ready yet.  Even so, bits and pieces of 4x infuse a lot of our games, particularly AI War […]

TLF Version 1.600 Released (Tsar Bomba)

Version 1.600 is gargantuan, and aptly named.  This addresses a lot of the longest-standing balance/clarity requests for the base game… all at one time!  This was kind of an all-or-nothing proposition, and it took a bit longer than I expected.  Still, it’s done now, and I’m super proud of how it turned out. Science Revisions […]

Review games on Steam that you love — or hate. “Results are determined by those who show up.”

Well, the new steam storefront is very interesting, and I think it’s a breath of fresh air.  For a lot of reasons.  It gives a lot more power to recommendations and peers and even news outlets.  This new curators thing is going to be awesome, I’ve wanted them to add something like this for years. […]

The Last Federation: Betrayed Hope (Expansion 1) Beta Begins Now!

Betrayal Mode lets you completely reverse the usual game flow, working as a full planetary power trying to destroy your foes, not unite them. Invasion Mode sees you working with the other races to survive slaughter by a grave new threat. Plus new ships, abilities, music, and more! Beta Launching Today On Steam And Our […]

Free tool for game developers: Random Game Title Generator (with source code)

Bear with me, because this is going to sound strange.  First, let’s get the premise out of the way: naming games is hard, and it’s also incredibly important. Why is it so important?  Well, take the following screenshot of Steam: Unless you have banner rotation featuring, this is ALL people see of your game.  Even […]

Rock Paper Shotgun does a Humble Weekly Bundle and curates AI War — wow.

Well, holy #$#$%.  I am honestly humbled — pun not intended — by this one.  Check this out: This RPS bundle is a career milestone for me. Several, really. First of all, the recognition that Rock, Paper Shotgun has bestowed on AI War: Fleet Command not once but many times is something that still amazes […]

AI War 8.0 Launches alongside Expansion 6: Destroyer of Worlds (and Linux Support!)

AI War’s run from 7.0 to 8.0 took a long break during our development of The Last Federation, but still contained over 60 new releases in 425 days. Thanks to player feedback (some new, some from years ago) the game is now better than ever. Biggest on the radar is the addition of the new […]

AI War: Fleet Command 8.0 Trailer

AI War: Fleet Command version 8.0 is set to launch August the 18th (so two Mondays from now), alongside its sixth expansion, Destroyer of Worlds. One of the best-reviewed PC games of 2009, AI War has continued to grow each year with new expansions, new free content, and continual refinements to the deep strategic gameplay […]

AVWW Official 1.500 “Linux Support” Released!

This one brings official linux support to the game for the first time, as well as a 64bit build for OSX. There is also one minor bugfix in there, too. License Keys No More Another nice thing about this version is that the license key that was previously required is now optional instead.  If you […]

Valley 2 Official 1.500 “Linux Support” Released!

This one brings official linux support to the game for the first time, as well as a 64bit build for OSX.  There is also one minor bugfix in there, too. License Keys No More Another nice thing about this version is that the license key that was previously required is now optional instead.  If you […]

Followup to last year’s AI War postmortem (now discussing Bionic, TLF, etc).

Last June I wrote a postmortem of AI War, which also wound up being a form of history of Arcen as a whole.  But now a whole year has passed, and we’ve released Skyward Collapse: Nihon no Mura, Bionic Dues, and The Last Federation in that time.  We also have a lot more data on […]

Tidalis Official 1.500: Linux Support!

Recently I said that we weren’t going to port Tidalis to linux, because it’s just not a profitable enough game for us, and it’s on a super old version of our engine.  Well… man if I didn’t boot this game up and just fall in love with it all over again.  I get to say […]

Major updates to the Arcen Store, plus discounts on Skyward and Shattered!

Skyward Collapse and Shattered Haven have both gotten official linux support this week, but that’s not all that’s been going on. The Arcen Store has had a visual and functional overhaul and now both looks better and works better.  There are a number of things that are easier for me on the back-end, but more […]

Skyward Collapse Linux Support in v2.500, plus new Complete Edition!

Version 2.500 brings official linux support to both the game and its expansion for the first time, as well as a 64bit OSX build.  There are also a couple of bugfixes in here, as well. Not only that, but there is now a “complete edition” for Skyward Collapse that you can get from our store […]

Shattered Haven 1.500 “Linux Support!” Released!

This one brings official linux support to the game for the first time, as well as a 64bit build for OSX.  There are also a couple of other minor tweaks in here for your enjoyment. Enjoy! This is a standard update that you can download through the in-game updater itself, if you already have any […]

Updated Website, And Both Blogs Have Moved!

ArcenGames.com has been overhauled, and as part of that we’ve pulled both of our blogs (our News blog and our Games By Design blog) into this main site itself. Please update your bookmarks, or your RSS feeds (although RSS subscribers from Games By Design should already find themselves repointed thanks to feedburner). The new blog […]

Steam Summer Sale 2014: Arcen Titles 25-80% Off (Ends June 30th)

Steam’s annual summer sale is upon us, and Arcen is once again participating with significant discounts on our entire library of games. These discounts will run the duration of the sale, ending the morning of June 30th: The Last Federation — 25% off AI War Collection, base game and all expansions — 60% off Bionic Dues […]

Announcing AI War: Destroyer of Worlds

When in doubt, use bigger warheads. AI War: Destroyer of Worlds, the sixth expansion pack for AI War: Fleet Command, focuses on two new optional features: Nomad Planets introduces dynamic topology to AI War for the first time, giving the player new challenges and opportunities beyond the previously-static wormhole network. One of the Nomads also […]

Arcen Soundtracks Now Available on Spotify

A good portion of Pablo Vega’s OSTs have been added to music streaming service Spotify. Here are the albums that are currently available: A Valley Without Wind 2 AI War: Ancient Shadows The Last Federation Shattered Haven Skyward Collapse Skyward Collapse: Nihon no Mura Searching and selecting Pablo Vega as an artist brings up multiple […]

Summer 2014

The next chapter in The Last Federation‘s saga.  If you’re familiar with the expansion model for AI War: Fleet Command, you know the general idea here, although we also have some cool new tricks up our sleeve this time around. Free updates to the base game have been thick on the ground since TLF’s release […]

TLF Auto-Resolve Coming Tomorrow

I promised a second release today, but I was a little overly optimistic. ;)  One of the top features that people have been requesting is an auto-resolve feature for battles, and that’s something I’ve been working on today.  I’d thought I’d have it ready in time for a release tonight, but alas not; it will […]

TLF Q&A: If Empires “Rise And Fall,” Can You Describe How That Happens?

From the creators of AI War: Fleet Command comes an all-new grand strategy title with turn-based tactical combat, set in a deep simulation of an entire solar system and its billions of inhabitants. You are the last of a murdered race, determined to unify or destroy the 8 others.  But you must work from the […]

The Last Federation Out Today, 25% Off During Launch Week

UPDATE: The Last Federation is now available on Steam, GOG.com, Humble Store, and GamersGate! — Journalists and video channel owners interested in a copy of the game, please email arcengames[at]gmail[dot]com. Arcen Games is proud to announce The Last Federation launches today for Windows PC, Mac OS X, and Linux platforms. From the creators of AI War: Fleet […]

TLF Video – Lead Dev Chris Repeatedly Gets Smashed By Hard Mode

From the creators of AI War: Fleet Command comes an all-new grand strategy title with turn-based tactical combat, set in a deep simulation of an entire solar system and its billions of inhabitants. You are the last of a murdered race, determined to unify or destroy the 8 others.  But you must work from the […]