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November 13, 2019 by Frogboy
Version 2.9 of the award-winning massive-scale RTS, Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation goes out this week. This version is the biggest AI update since the original release.  It also has numerous visual improvements including higher resolution textures. Let’s take a look… This is one of the Hunter / Prey expansion turrets.  In v2.9 you can rapidly drop down Emergency Turrets.  They can now be upgraded into a Machine Gun Turret (pictured here) or a Shotgu...
November 13, 2019 by Frogboy
Version 2.9 of the award-winning massive-scale RTS, Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation goes out this week. This version is the biggest AI update since the original release.  It also has numerous visual improvements including higher resolution textures. Let’s take a look… This is one of the Hunter / Prey expansion turrets.  In v2.9 you can rapidly drop down Emergency Turrets.  They can now be upgraded into a Machine Gun Turret (pictured here) or a Shotgu...
March 5, 2019 by Frogboy
Greetings! Lots to go over this month so I will do my best to keep it short. ## NEW Ashes Game ## We are about to announce a new game in the Ashes of the Singularity universe.  It's in the tower defense genre.  This originally was going to be released as a DLC for Ashes but the gameplay changes required made it impossible to keep it part of the same EXE so it's being released as a stand-alone game.  Lifetime Founders of Ashes will get this added automatically. We'l...
March 5, 2019 by Frogboy
Greetings! Lots to go over this month so I will do my best to keep it short. ## NEW Ashes Game ## We are about to announce a new game in the Ashes of the Singularity universe.  It's in the tower defense genre.  This originally was going to be released as a DLC for Ashes but the gameplay changes required made it impossible to keep it part of the same EXE so it's being released as a stand-alone game.  Lifetime Founders of Ashes will get this added automatically. We'l...
June 9, 2017 by Frogboy
Managing Designer, Callum McCole of the Generals Gentlemen, is here in Plymouth all the way from Perth Australia where we're working out the roadmap for Ashes of the Singularity. Version 2.3 just arrived which includes Juggernauts and Episode 3 (yes, all for free).  It's an exciting time so let's talk about what's happening... Steam ReviewsAs I write this, the recent Steam review score is 96%! Thank you! We love you too!  The overall, however, is 78 which is 2 points...
June 9, 2017 by Frogboy
Managing Designer, Callum McCole of the Generals Gentlemen, is here in Plymouth all the way from Perth Australia where we're working out the roadmap for Ashes of the Singularity. Version 2.3 just arrived which includes Juggernauts and Episode 3 (yes, all for free).  It's an exciting time so let's talk about what's happening... Steam ReviewsAs I write this, the recent Steam review score is 96%! Thank you! We love you too!  The overall, however, is 78 which is 2 points...
April 15, 2017 by Frogboy
  Greetings! Spring is here and there's lots to talk about. So let's do this! ## Multiplayer population ## While Ashes of the Singularity is primarily a single player game, we are concerned about the multiplayer population.  While people at the lower ranks are having no problems finding people, it gets harder (meaning longer) to find a match the higher up you go.  This is a real problem. What we are doing: Use the Escalation browser: https...
April 15, 2017 by Frogboy
  Greetings! Spring is here and there's lots to talk about. So let's do this! ## Multiplayer population ## While Ashes of the Singularity is primarily a single player game, we are concerned about the multiplayer population.  While people at the lower ranks are having no problems finding people, it gets harder (meaning longer) to find a match the higher up you go.  This is a real problem. What we are doing: Use the Escalation browser: https...
February 11, 2017 by Frogboy
Greetings! I’d like to introduce you to Callum McCole.  You’ll be hearing about him a lot in the coming months as I have asked him to take an ever great role in helping me on design elements of Ashes of the Singularity.  He runs the popular RTS YouTube channel, General’s Gentlemen. As an RTS player of many years, I have often lamented when game developers fail to make the most use of the RTS community when it comes to design and balance that can be helpful both for the expert...
February 11, 2017 by Frogboy
Greetings! I’d like to introduce you to Callum McCole.  You’ll be hearing about him a lot in the coming months as I have asked him to take an ever great role in helping me on design elements of Ashes of the Singularity.  He runs the popular RTS YouTube channel, General’s Gentlemen. As an RTS player of many years, I have often lamented when game developers fail to make the most use of the RTS community when it comes to design and balance that can be helpful both for the expert...
December 18, 2016 by Frogboy
    In Total Annihilation there’s a map called Caldera’s rim.  It’s a huge naval map with bits of islands in it.  That’s where I want us to eventually get in terms of battlefield flexibility. Check these screenshot from a mod of Total Annihilation:   Let’s break things down into bite sized chunks to understand what we have today.   We want Ashes to become the ultimate RTS game There are a lot of things we have to do to get from wher...
December 18, 2016 by Frogboy
    In Total Annihilation there’s a map called Caldera’s rim.  It’s a huge naval map with bits of islands in it.  That’s where I want us to eventually get in terms of battlefield flexibility. Check these screenshot from a mod of Total Annihilation:   Let’s break things down into bite sized chunks to understand what we have today.   We want Ashes to become the ultimate RTS game There are a lot of things we have to do to get from wher...
November 17, 2016 by Frogboy
Our first expansion pack to Ashes of the Singularity is out and people like it! They really like it! The first update is out During development of Escalation a number of good ideas came up but we didn’t have time to get them in before release. This afternoon we released version 2.01.  You can read the full changelog here: https://forums.ashesofthesingularity.com/480532 Highlights include: WASD camera movementRequest region (multiplayer ability to request a region f...
November 17, 2016 by Frogboy
Our first expansion pack to Ashes of the Singularity is out and people like it! They really like it! The first update is out During development of Escalation a number of good ideas came up but we didn’t have time to get them in before release. This afternoon we released version 2.01.  You can read the full changelog here: https://forums.ashesofthesingularity.com/480532 Highlights include: WASD camera movementRequest region (multiplayer ability to request a region f...
September 30, 2016 by Frogboy
Greetings! Fall is here in the northern hemisphere. Time to migrate to Australia! Here's what's new…   ## Version 1.5 ## I am hoping that version 1.5 will arrive before Halloween. It's going to be tight. Lots of work going on. I'll outline below some of the focus.   ## UI ## According to the Steam data, 28% of our players are playing at below 1920x1080 and the text and such looks awful. Unreadable imo. We are updating how the the game is displaye...