Author: Erik Johnson

Starward Rogue and Chris Park on Indie Dev Supershow

Starward Rogue has been selected as one of the games to be streamed during the latest Indie Dev Supershow. It takes place across three days this weekend, and Starward Rogue has been slotted early in the rotation at 1pm EST on Friday (February 26).

Chris will be joining Robot Loves Kitty’s Alix (the show’s organizer) and likely a few other devs and streamers for an hour while Starward Rogue is on display. Hopefully the time works well for people to stop by, but if not, I’m almost certain the streams will be archived to watch later. Here’s the Twitch channel where you’ll find the event.

Update: Starward Rogue Launches, Arcen and Humble Celebrate with Catalog-wide Sale

Update: The Bionic Dues free gift promotion has now ended — though our whole library will continue to carry major discounts on Humble store through this week.

Original Post: We’ve teamed up with Humble to offer a special free download of Bionic Dues in celebration of our new release, Starward Rogue — out now on Humble Store and Steam. For the next 24 hours, the Humble Store is carrying both the DRM-free and Steam versions of Bionic Dues on Windows, Mac, and Linux for the price of $0.

Starward Rogue launches today at a discount of 10% off in the Humble Store, and customers who claim their free copy of Bionic Dues will also receive a coupon for an additional 15% off Starward Rogue during its launch week. Here’s a quick word about our new game from Arcen’s founder Chris Park:

“Starward Rogue is a passion project designed not just by myself but by a team of other hardcore fans of this subgenre. We have several thousand hours in similar games, and we wanted to do something excitingly new without being completely alien. We had a very tight timeline, so as far as the rest of the world is concerned this game is coming out of nowhere. After months of crunch-mode development we’re still finding it hard to stop playing after each run, so hopefully you enjoy it as well as we do!”

Humble’s free offer on Bionic Dues will end tomorrow (Saturday, January 23) at 10 AM Pacific Time, while the 10% launch discount on both Steam and Humble Store wraps up next Friday, January 29 at the same hour.

About Starward Rogue

Starward Rogue is a new sci-fi, top-down action roguelite. Filled with secret rooms, hundreds of interesting items and enemies, challenging bullet patterns in a SHMUP-inspired style, and more. Features per-run leveling and perks, as well as a meta-progression between runs where you find out more about the story, delve deeper into The Megalith, uncover rare “incredibilities,” and experiment with mechs with powers of time control, magnetic dipoles, and more. Five difficulty levels run the gamut from very easy to incredibly hard.

Click here for the official forum thread on this post.

The Last Federation – The Lost Technologies & TLF Collection Out Now (Along with TLF 3.0!)

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We’re happy to announce the launch of The Last Federation’s second expansion: The Lost Technologies! The new release brings new features and mechanics to TLF — such as the new Ring World planet type, Champion enemies, a ton of new additions and modifications to racial techs, and more.

Along with the expansion, today sees the release of The Last Federation 3.0, a free update to the base game that brings three new events and three new alliance types.

Lastly, we’re celebrating the occasion of both base game and expansion releases with the debut of The Last Federation Collection — a package that combines the standard release with both Betrayed Hope and The Lost Technologies expansions.

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The new Collection, expansion, and all other TLF products currently carry launch week-style discounts until November 18th on Steam, GOG, Humble, our website and other storefronts. All hail Hydral!

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, 32 new abilities, 19 new achievements, 13 new music tracks and 5 new quests. It also introduces two completely different ways to play the game — Betrayal and Invasion:

Betrayal Mode reverses the usual game flow, making you a full planetary power trying to achieve solar domination — adding a new layer of 4X onto the existing game. You gain the ability to command armadas and ground troops, and the meaning behind political deals is very much shifted. Rather than working toward unity, you attempt to destroy all your foes through subterfuge, war, and temporary alliances.

Invasion Mode sees you working with the other races to survive slaughter by a grave new threat, putting yet another major spin on things. Forming the federation isn’t a priority when you are trying to keep a terror from consuming the entire system.

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The Last Federation 2.0 arrives alongside the Betrayed Hope expansion this week as well. Here’s what’s been added or improved upon between 1.0 and this new release:

– Tons of improvements to GUI clarity, explanatory tooltips, etc.
– Auto-resolve option for battles.
– Permadeath made optional (and off by default).
– Awesome new ship graphics for during battles.
– New Burlust “Turmoil” mechanic.
– New ways to persuade races to join the federation.
– New actions that NPC-races take when it seems appropriate to them.
– Six new quests.
– Added player actions to support a ground invasions, oppose them, or simply start bombing stuff independently.
– Added the Ark and the Mire, two randomly seeded unique buildings that help make each game different.
– Major improvements to how RCI, Attitude, and Influence numbers work so that they make more sense to the player.
– Major revisions to widely-disliked missions like “Clean up AFA”, “Deliver Spacefaring Technology”, etc.
– Radical shifts to solar map pacing and many revisions to how actions work to increase player agency.
– New moddable “Bullet Pattern” engine that allows some really crazy new behaviors for enemy shots. Tons of new and revised bullet patterns.
– You can now do practice combats at the black market to try out tactics or just enjoy blowing up tons of ships.
– Substantial CPU/GPU performance improvements.
– Rebalancing both in combat and on the solar map.
– Multitudinous bugfixes.

For those interested in delving deeper, the full release notes from version 1.0 to 2.0 total more than 61,000 words.

Arcen Titles Hit IndieGameStand, Up To 85% Off This Week

Wanted to drop a quick note that all of our releases are now available on the IndieGameStand storefront. To celebrate, we’re running a week-long promotion with the site carrying the following discounts:

  • AI War Collection (2014) — 75% off
  • Tidalis — 80% off
  • A Valley Without Wind 1 & 2 Dual Pack — 80% off
  • Shattered Haven — 85% off
  • Skyward Collapse Complete Edition — 80% off
  • Bionic Dues — 80% off
  • The Last Federation — 50% off

Sale ends Tuesday, November 4th. Shattered Haven is also available as part of BundleStars’ Halloween-themed Carnage Bundle — offering 10 horror/zombie Steam games for $2.99.

The Dirty Dozen Sale on Showmethegames.com

Bionic Dues and 11 other indie titles are on discount this week direct from the developers, thanks to the inaugural Dirty Dozen sale collaboration with Show Me The Games.

Speaking on Bionic Dues, Keith and forum user nas1m (among others) have really helped breathe new life into the game over the past couple months. New options, new achievements, and lots of other good stuff that was actually never expected to see the light of day, once we had decided as a company to move on from the game’s post-release development. If you already own the game and enjoyed it at launch, I’d encourage you to fire it up again and update to the latest beta version (or just wait for the impending official release). There’s quite a few new switches to flip, and some nice improvements to AI behavior as well.

Here’s the full list of participating games, along with sale info (all discounted prices $USD):

  • Democracy 3 — 75% off ($6.24)
  • Loren The Amazon Princess — 66% off ($11.89)
  • Frozen Synapse — 50% off ($12.49)
  • Retro City Rampage — 50% off ($4.99)
  • Infested Planet — 50% off ($7.49)
  • Gone Home — 50% off ($9.99)
  • Beat Hazard Ultra — 60% off ($5.19)
  • The Blackwell Epiphany — 40% off ($8.99)
  • Defender’s Quest — 67% off ($4.94)
  • Sir, You Are Being Hunted — 50% off ($10)
  • Revenge of the Titans — 75% off ($3.74)
  • Bionic Dues — 75% off ($2.50)

Sale ends next Friday, August 29th.

Steam Community Flash Deal Knocks 40% Off The Last Federation Tonight

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The Last Federation popped up today in Steam’s Summer Sale community choice vote, and the indie space games group it was placed in (pictured) ended up winning out with 55% of the votes. That means the game is 40% off for the next 8 hours, after which it will return to 25% off for the remainder of the sale.

The flash deal is underway now and runs until around 2 AM PDT. Thanks to any and all that voted for us!

[Discussion thread on TLF forums]

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:

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 individuals by that name at the moment, so for now it’s probably easier to search for the music by album name. More albums coming soon!

The Last Federation ‘Second Chance Sale’ on Bundle Stars

The Last Federation’s release week has officially concluded, but those who missed out on the 25% off discount still have a chance to pick up the game at its reduced launch price of $14.99.

We were a little late to the party in regards to getting TLF up on Bundle Stars, and our delay is the latecomer’s gain. The store is essentially offering a second chance sale that doesn’t end until May 2nd — a launch discount so nice, they ran it twice.

Here’s what the press is saying about the game:

“For fans of space-faring simulation games, it’s more or less a must.”
8/10 – Richard Nolan, Strategy Informer

“Arcen Games nailed it with this game.”
TotalBiscuit, The Cynical Brit

“A revolutionary twist on the 4X legends of yore.”
8/10 (Editor’s Choice) – Jonathan Lester, Dealspwn

“A true masterpiece to behold.”
8/10 – Callum Shephard, Starburst Magazine

“An exceptional game and quite possibly the best one Arcen Games has released to date.”
9/10 – Vincent Paone, Dad’s Gaming Addiction

The strong launch means a lot more to come for the game moving forward (beyond what Chris has already detailed). We’ll have new details to share very soon. Thanks again to everyone who has made this such a successful release for us!

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

UPDATE: The Last Federation is now available on SteamGOG.comHumble 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 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 shadows, using superior technology — bring your cape and cowl.

TLF will be available today on Steam, Humble Store, and GOG; and will arrive soon on GamersGate, Green Man Gaming, as well as direct from ArcenGames.com. Carrying a $19.99 standard tag, the game will be offered at 25% off for the first week — bringing the price down to just $14.99 until April 25th.

Features

  • Turn-based tactical combat, with up to 5 factions competing at once.
  • Extremely deep simulation of an entire solar system and its billions of inhabitants.  Even just watching everything unfold in Observer mode is entertaining, as nations rise and fall.
  • New-player-friendly ramp-up of complexity as you play, which you can disable if you’re already a veteran.
  • Eight races each have very distinct personalities and attributes.  Each one even has its own completely unique political system.
  • Difficulty levels split between the grand strategy and turn-based combat portions of the game, both ranging from quite casual to incredibly hardcore.
  • Save and reload your game with ease any time, or tough it out in ironman mode.
  • Composer Pablo Vega’s best soundtrack to date, featuring 54 minutes of music and the vocal finale “Lay Down Your Arms.”

First TLF Let’s Play Videos Surface

Wanted to quickly post and share the first trio of TLF Let’s Play videos from Pewpewchewchew, Kailvin, and th_pion. They popped up over the past day or so, and all three are generally positive (exciting!):

Only two days away from The Last Federation’s official release!

The Last Federation Launches April 18th

We’re very excited to announce our PC/Mac/Linux title The Last Federation will launch next Friday — April 18th — on Steam, the Humble Store, GOG, GamersGate and directly through our website. It’ll be priced at $19.99, with a discount planned for the first week.

TLF is a grand strategy campaign with turn-based tactical combat, and like all of our games — you won’t find anything else out there quite like it! The game marks Arcen’s return to the space strategy genre, where we first made a name for ourselves with AI War: Fleet Command.

Features:

  • Turn-based tactical combat, with up to 5 factions competing at once.
  • Extremely deep simulation of an entire solar system and its billions of inhabitants.  Even just watching everything unfold in Observer mode is entertaining, as nations rise and fall.
  • New-player-friendly ramp-up of complexity as you play, which you can disable if you’re already a veteran.
  • Eight races each have very distinct personalities and attributes.  Each one even has its own completely unique political system.
  • Difficulty levels split between the grand strategy and turn-based combat portions of the game, both ranging from quite casual to incredibly hardcore.
  • Save and reload your game with ease any time, or tough it out in ironman mode.
  • Composer Pablo Vega’s best soundtrack to date, featuring 54 minutes of music and the vocal finale “Lay Down Your Arms.”