Ashes of the Singularity

Homepage: http://www.ashesofthesingularity.com/
Genre: Multiplayer, Purchase Required, Real-Time, Sci-Fi, Strategy
Rating: Not Rated
Developer: Oxide Games
Publisher: Stardock

Ashes of the Singularity is a real-time strategy game set in humanity’s not-so-distant future. What it means to be human has changed with the coming of the singularity.

In the post-human economy, sentience is now the most valuable commodity in the universe. The only way to acquire more of that is through the control of computronium – programmable matter – which can extend consciousness to levels we can’t even imagine. Worlds are being transformed into this substance and wars are now being fought across the galaxy for control of those worlds.

Each conflict takes place across an entire world. It isn’t a skirmish. It’s a war. Thousands of units are constantly constructed and sent across the planet with the player directing entire armies, in real time, to capture key resources in an effort to gain total control of the planet.

 

Economy
Across each planet are stores of metal and radioactives, key ingredients for the construction of units and structures necessary to wage a war across the world. Players build extractors for these resources in areas they control, which generate a constant stream of income of metal or radioactives.

The third key resource is power, which structures require to operate. Power is provided through generators that have been seeded around the world. Players must capture these generators in order to build more structures to further fuel their expansion.

Lastly, there are the computronium generators. Computronium was theorized in 1991 as the ultimate computing material. Since the objective of the post-humans and the Substrate is to increase their sentient ability, control of computronium is their ultimate objective.

Map Control
Each player begins the game with their Seed: their command and control center for that world. A map is broken into many different regions which will feature a generator; capturing this structure grants the player ownership of that region and increases their power reserve. Resources in a given region can only be collected if the player controls that region and and contiguous regions connecting back to their seed.

Don’t fight a battle – win the war
Every unit in Ashes of the Singularity fulfils a role and serves to create a combat system that relies on combined arms. Simply swarming random units together is unlikely to result in victory. However, it can be difficult to micromanage hundreds or thousands of units across entire continents. This is where the meta-unit comes in.

Every unit is aware of every other unit in the meta-unit. Units within a meta-unit work together in a consistent manner that allows players to predict how a given meta-unit will behave. For example, a repair frigate will move to heal the most critically damaged unit in its meta-unit. A short-ranged heavy unit will move to protect a slow-moving, vulnerable ranged unit. Additionally, unit behaviors are linked to the types of unit in their meta-unit, which allows players a certain amount of control over the overall combat tactics their forces adopt.

Winning the Game
Final victory is won when either a player has completely converted a planet to Computronium, or by eliminating the other players by destroying their Seeds.

Skirmish
Compete against the AI on one of the included gameplay maps.

Scenario
Fulfill a special victory condition to complete these maps.

Multiplayer
Test your strategic skill in 1 on 1 matches, free for all or 2 v 2 matches.

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