For this journal, I’m going to, in story form, give you a guided tour of Escalation.
Escalation is the first expansion pack to Stardock’s massive-scale RTS, Ashes of the Singularity. It is sold as a stand-alone expansion with its pricing determined based on whether you already have Ashes of the Singularity or not. To learn more, visit www.ashesofthesingularity.com.
The year is 2180…
The human race is at an inflection point....
With Star Control: Origins announced, people are wondering who Stardock is and what we’re all about. Many of you are already familiar with us but for those who aren’t, here’s a background.
When you read the comments on Stardock’s history we’re best known for our work on Galactic Civilizations and Sins of a Solar Empire. You will also see some people mention Elemental which had a rough launch but came back with its sequel and expansion (which were given to...
Today we are opening up the Founder’s Program to Phase II in preparation for alpha testing (Fall) and beta testing (Winter).
If you haven’t seen the gameplay teaser, you can check it out here: https://youtu.be/K6ntg47q_cM
We’re still very early in development as you can see. The creatures and other cool stuff on the planets weren’t quite ready to show yet and we’re saving the best parts for a later reveal.
Founders will ...
For those who don’t know, Offworld Trading Company came to Early Access on Steam back in February 2015. Immediately developers and community started working together to make the game the best it could be. Part of this process was making sure the community always had a good idea of what was coming next to OTC. Ever since release almost 6 months ago, finding information about what’s on the horizon has become more difficult for our players. The primary goal of this diary will be to make sure player...
The first significant update to Sorcerer King: Rivals it out. Most of it had to do with making the neutrals behave more intelligently (attacking enemies, building things better, etc.). We also update the UI to make the Ascension spell much more accessible to players.
We also had a pretty major improvement to late game performance thanks to a customer who sent me a saved game who was running into this. The result is that late game should be much much faster.
This is going to be long and go into both Escalation, the development of Ashes of the Singularity and discuss the technological singularity.
Our story so far… This past Spring Stardock released the real-time strategy game, Ashes of the Singularity. It’s a game set in the post-technological singularity future in which humans have begun to expand to other planets. In this future, a single individual is so powerful that they can manage entire armies of semi-autonomou...
DeskScapes is a great way to mange your wallpapers, whether they are animated or static wallpapers. If you are not familiar with DeskScapes, it allows you to have animated wallpapers on your Windows desktop, and even lets you apply effects to those wallpapers for even more customization.
One of the questions I get asked the most about DeskScapes is how you can have wallpapers change randomly. It’s a cool feature but it seems not everyone is aware how to enable it, so I wanted to focus o...
PC Gamer has an article up about 4x games and takes a look at the "major players" in the genre. Great to see Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, Elemental: Fallen Enchantress, and Galactic Civilizations III on that list!
We are going to have a lot more Twitch streams for Stardock games coming up. We are looking at having a stream each day for various games hosted by Stardock and from members of our community.
I wanted to post our weekly schedule here, and make sure to check back for updates or additions.
You can also follow our Twitch channel to be notified when a stream is live.
Offworld Trading Company
Ashes of the Singula...
PCGamesN has some exclusive video footage and screenshots from Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation!
ESCALATE ON NOVEMBER 3 On November 3, Ashes of the Singularity gets its first expansion pack: Escalation. It’s a stand-alone expansion which means that if you don’t already have Ashes of the Singularity, you can just buy Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation and get everything that’s in the base game too.
TOTAL ANNIHILATION vs. SUPREME COMMANDER There are a lot of reasons we decided to separate the base game from Escalation. Much of this came from how the game dev...
PC Gamer has an article up today about Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation which is coming on November 3rd!
"Escalation will expand the backstory of the Substrate, an enemy faction dedicated to the absolute annihilation of humanity, through two new campaigns that will give players the option of controlling either side. The original campaign will also be "fleshed out further based on the game's background lore, " and new maps for both single-player and multiplayer modes will be much large...
Right now, Galactic Civilizations III supports:
Because of the way we made Galactic Civilizations III, translation is very expensive. There are a lot of words. But nearly all of it is in the technology descriptions.
In this screenshot you see the short-description.
And this one shows the long description.
Translation costs by the word. That long description has 38 words and each civilization has their o...
This is a great article from PCGamesN which talks with Stardock's CEO Brad Wardell about a variety of topics.
"While at college, Wardell wrote the original Galactic Civilizations - a grand space strategy game that established Stardock’s reputation in that genre. But publishers Strategy First filed for bankruptcy and he never received his royalties, instead building the company off the back of a popular OS/2 utilities package, Essentials.
That series of events helped establish a p...
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...