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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...
April 17, 2019 by Frogboy
Next month will mark the third anniversary of the original release of Ashes of the Singularity! It's amazing how much things have changed since then.  I was looking at screenshots and gameplay video and the game has come so far from its first release. This first image is from Ashes of the Singularity v1.0: And here is what today's opt-in update looks like. The first thing tto notice is how much bigger the buildings and units are.  Here's a sc...
April 17, 2019 by Frogboy
Next month will mark the third anniversary of the original release of Ashes of the Singularity! It's amazing how much things have changed since then.  I was looking at screenshots and gameplay video and the game has come so far from its first release. This first image is from Ashes of the Singularity v1.0: And here is what today's opt-in update looks like. The first thing tto notice is how much bigger the buildings and units are.  Here's a sc...
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...
January 23, 2019 by Frogboy
Greetings! Lots of exciting things happening with Ashes of the Singularity.  With Star Control: Origins released, we've been able to give Ashes some new attention and I wanted to use this post to update you on where we are. Engine porting Under the game is the game engine which in Ashes 1.0 was pure Nitrous.  These days, we have taken the Nitrous engine and integrated all the cool stuff we've developed over the years (Game engine wise) to create a game-specific engine we call ...
January 23, 2019 by Frogboy
Greetings! Lots of exciting things happening with Ashes of the Singularity.  With Star Control: Origins released, we've been able to give Ashes some new attention and I wanted to use this post to update you on where we are. Engine porting Under the game is the game engine which in Ashes 1.0 was pure Nitrous.  These days, we have taken the Nitrous engine and integrated all the cool stuff we've developed over the years (Game engine wise) to create a game-specific engine we call ...
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...