Thursday, November 21, 2013

Holiday Guide For Arcen Titles

The holidays are coming up fast, and so 'tis the season to start thinking about gifts for friends and family.  Arcen's catalog of games has really swelled this year, and you may have missed some of our titles.  Or you may be new to Arcen, and may have overlooked our excellent older titles.  Here's a quick guide to finding out more about what we've got to offer:

Bionic Dues (On our site / On Steam)
A fast-paced, tactical rogue-lite that critics and players are calling Arcen's best title since our original hit AI War: Fleet Command.

“What's wonderful about Bionic Dues is that it manages to combine meta-strategy and micro-strategy... It's like a fast-paced, mini-XCOM.”
Andrew Groen, The Penny Arcade Report

“Top game moment: Realising a momentary oversight has condemned you to almost certain doom, but then, with only a perfect set of well-thought long-contemplated moves, you pull everything out the bag, blow the rig, and get the hell out of dodge to receive a hard-earned mission successful.”
8.5/10 – Richard Nolan, Strategy Informer

“Bionic Dues delivers tough decisions, sweeping tactics and enormous mech battles; packing massive replayability and unpredictability into its budget price point. A 'Rogue-lite' to remember and to savour through numerous scorched-earth defeats and hard-won victories.”
8/10, Editor's Choice – Jonathan Lester, Dealspwn

AI War: Fleet Command (On our site / On Steam)
A truly unique blend of grand strategy with traditional RTS mechanics, pitting you against one of the most notable AIs in strategy gaming in a tense, fun, David vs Goliath scenario.  Five massive expansions and counting over the last four years!

AI War breaks most of the genre's rules. Which is precisely why it's incredible... This out-of-the-blue one-man passion project is one of this year's finest strategy games.
- Alec Meer, PC Gamer UK, November 2009

I think I've stumbled across this year's Really New Thing. There's a lot of 2009 to go, but I'll be surprised if anyone else twists the RTS formula this dramatically and this effectively. And I'm hoping it'll be the Next Big Thing, because it's big, different, entirely unprecedented and an exciting way to play an RTS.
- Rush, Boom, Turtle: And Now for Something Completely Different, by Tom Chick (Crispy Gamer)

Having played this title at two distinct points in its life cycle what really stands out is the incredible dedication of Arcen Games in keeping one top of how the game evolves and expands. Even though a great many features have been added and tweaked and refined, it was possible for me to drop back into AI War after more than a year away and not find it to be a confusing mish-mash of feature overload. The post-release support is, quite honestly, the best I've seen for any game.
- Peter Parrish, IncGamers, Reviewing Light of the Spire

Skyward Collapse (On our site / On Steam)
A completely unique subverting of the "god game" genre, this game turns the normal expectation of being able to control everything on its head.  Instead you manage unruly subjects indirectly in this turn-based hilarity-generator.  Also spawned a great expansion pack, Nihon no Mura!

- "It brings real innovation to a genre that’s seen little significant deviation from 1989’s Populous."
9/10 - Rob Savillo , GamesBeat

"I can never play Skyward Collapse again. I work from home. Frankly, having it – and the accompanying temptation – within arm's reach would be detrimental to my productivity."
Richard Mitchell, Joystiq

A Valley Without Wind
(On our site / On Steam)
A sprawling, infinite, procedurally generated 2D sidescroller.  Loosely a "Metroidvania" title mixed with some citybuilding (think Actraiser) and SHMUP elements.  Thanks to our loyal fans, we also include A Valley Without Wind 2 for free when you purchase it!

Every thought of "I'll just give it five more minutes" turned into, "Wait, where did that last hour go?"
- Kate Cox, Kotaku

The thing that struck me first about A Valley Without Wind is that it is absolutely vast. This is a game that you can sink hours and hours into, and still feel as though you’ve only started.
- Amy Nelson, Brutal Gamer

But really, at the heart of what A Valley Without Wind is about, at least for me, is exploration and it does it phenomenally.
Geoff Gibson, DIYGamer

A Valley Without Wind 2
(On our site / On Steam)
A complete reinvention of the Valley franchise, set in a different part of the same world.  Gameplay alternates between two complementary modes: brief, tightly-designed platforming segments with character customization and Contra-like combat; and quick strategic turns on the world map where you order your troops to fight, scavenge, build, recruit, farm, and use special powers.

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Its unconventional and addictive blend of classic platforming action and basic strategy segments makes every accomplishment more meaningful and every failure more devastating, and the very real possibility that you will fail to vanquish Demonaica raises the stakes enough to make everything more interesting still."

"It’s a minor miracle that Arcen Games could revise Valley Without Wind 1 so completely without simply upgrading it, that they have instead made a completely separate game that plays so differently and creates a unique type of experience based on getting your ass kicked."

Tidalis (On our site / On Steam)
A surprisingly deep block-based puzzle game that for once isn't just another "match 3" title.  Having more in common (vaguely speaking) with Panel de Pon and Tetris Attack, Tidalis includes a wealth of gameplay modes that can keep you engaged for dozens of hours.

"Tidalis is a match-3 game that doesn't feel tired or repetitive: I actually want to play it, which says something considering how many puzzle games I've reviewed. I don't think it's a stretch to say that Tidalis is one of the best puzzle game I've ever played. Simply put, if you like puzzle games (and even if you usually don't), you need to get Tidalis. Right now. Go!"
James Allen, Out of Eight PC Game Reviews (8/8 score)

"I can say with some authority that Tidalis stands apart... The bottom line is that Tidalis is a flexible, smart, refreshingly unique puzzle design, and it's situated neatly into a large generous package. It's far better than any mere puzzle game should be."
Tom Chick, GameShark (GameShark Editor's Choice Award, "A" Score)

"Overall, this is the most robust and interesting casual game I have seen in some time. There is so much to do and so many ways to play I don't even know that casual actually suits it. Yes the gameplay is casual but this is a highly developed, well-rounded, offering from Arcen Games that puts many games of higher price to shame. It's got numerous ways to play and very successfully takes an old genre, turns it on its head, and shows you just what can be done when you think outside of the box."
Christophor Rick, Gamers Daily News (GDN Gold Award, 9/10 Score)

Shattered Haven (On our site / On Steam)
Our biggest undiscovered gem, this top-down 2D action-adventure title is a mixture of atmospheric horror storytelling an environmental puzzles.  Features branching paths to multiple endings, a massive overworld split up into distinct thematic regions, and nearly a hundred hand-crafted levels with multiple difficulty levels and often multiple solutions.

"A different title from their previous games and may be Arcen's strongest showing yet."

Friday, November 15, 2013

Deals Galore: Valley Steam Sale, New Bundles for AI War and Skyward Collapse

There seem to be dozens of downloadable game discounts and promotions running this week, and it so happens that we are involved in a few:

AI War and Zenith Remnant featured in Bundle-in-a-Box -- A bundle full of indie strategy games including AI War for a minimum of $1.99, with extras such as the game's Zenith Remnant expansion. Portions of each purchase goes to charity and the Indie Dev Grant, which helps financially support devs who are attempting to finish their game.

Skyward Collapse featured in Indie Royale Sigma Bundle -- This one offers Skyward Collapse and six other games (plus at least one yet to be revealed title, apparently) for a fluctuating minimum price. Currently right around $6.

A Valley Without Wind Dual Pack (1 & 2) Steam Sale -- The Valley series is 75% off through the weekend on Steam, and note that purchasing either AVWW or AVWW2 will get you both titles. The four pack carries the same discount as well.

Monday, November 4, 2013

AI War: Children of Neinzul donations to Child's Play finalize at $44,597.02

As of today, we have so far raised and donated $44,597.02 for Child's Play! That's $10,102.82 since our last update, all of which has already gone directly to the charity.  Our AI War: Children of Neinzul donation goal was originally $14,000.00, and in the end we were able to reach 317% of that goal

More About AI War: Children of Neinzul and Child's Play
The staff at Arcen has long admired the work done by Child's Play, and was ecstatic to be able to contribute to the cause between 2010 and 2013. Our goal for 2010 was to raise $14,000.00 USD for Child's Play, but over the course of the charity period, we raised and donated $44,597.02!

The charity period has now ended for that expansion, but we're extremely proud of what we've been able to accomplish with your help during that period.  We hope to be able to be able to run our own direct charity support programs again in the future, but for now we're indirectly supporting other causes like Rizeup Gaming and similar via product donations.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Bionic Dues 1.005 "Combined Customization" Released!

This one is our first non-beta-branch update to Bionic Dues since it released, and so it comes with a plethora of goodies from 1.001 on upwards in the release notes linked above.

The biggest thing, by far, are the improvements to the customization interface.  The game supports a minimum resolution of 1024x720, and so our previous customization interface basically adhered to that at the expense of using the screen space of larger resolutions.  Now on resolutions that are 1280x768 or higher, you get a new and easier-to-use customization interface that combines a number of functions into one screen.  If you prefer the old interface for some reason, there is a settings option that lets you re-enable that.

A number of balance improvements are also in this version.  Sentry turrets are no longer OP.  Groups of ClawBots are no longer death on wheels.  Tuck now has an improved special ability.  And the pistol has been buffed quite a bit.  Among other things.

Enjoy!

This is a standard update that Steam will automatically download for you.  However, if you want to force a quicker update and are currently running Steam, just restart Steam.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Bionic Dues Now Available on Steam, GamersGate and Arcen Store

Bionic Dues Launches for PC, Mac and Linux
25% off sale to celebrate launch week


Arcen Games is ecstatic to announce Bionic Dues -- our mech-enriched roguelite -- has launched on Steam, GamersGate and the Arcen Store for $9.99. To celebrate the release, the game carries a 25% discount during its first week on sale.

Robot rebellions should be quelled by the best of the best. When the best of the best are killed... it's up to you. Subdue the uprising in time, or your corporate overlords nuke the city.

Bionic Dues is a tactical, turn-based roguelite with mech customization. Guide multiple classes of Exos through a variety of missions filled with enemy robots that are as buggy as they are angry. This is at least as bad as it sounds. Explore for loot, destroy key robotic facilities, and brace yourself for the final attack by your enemies... just as soon as they can pull it together.

“Top game moment: Realising a momentary oversight has condemned you to almost certain doom, but then, with only a perfect set of well-thought long-contemplated moves, you pull everything out the bag, blow the rig, and get the hell out of dodge to receive a hard-earned mission successful.”
8.5/10 – Richard Nolan, Strategy Informer

“Bionic Dues delivers tough decisions, sweeping tactics and enormous mech battles; packing massive replayability and unpredictability into its budget price point. A 'Rogue-lite' to remember and to savour through numerous scorched-earth defeats and hard-won victories.”
8/10, Editor's Choice – Jonathan Lester, Dealspwn

Bionic Dues is available now on PC, Mac, and Linux. Follow the game on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and IndieDB for post-release updates and other announcements. Review copies and launch assets available upon request.

Features
  • Out-think wide-ranging tactical situations featuring robots with bad GPS, terrible aim, insecurity, a lack of focus, a tendency to backstab, and dozens of other maladies to exploit.
  • Over 40 unique bots, ranging from the hilariously inept-but-dangerous DumBots, BlunderBots, and BatBots to the terrifyingly effective WyvernBots, DoomBots, and MurderBots.
  • Carve your own path: choose 30 to 50 missions out of the 120 you discover as you explore the city map. Which missions you choose determines how prepared you will be for the final battle against the massing robot army.
  • Missions come in 23 different general flavors, and are entirely procedurally-generated like a floor of a traditional roguelite.
  • Mix and match your squad of four from six classes of Exos: Assault, Siege, Science, Sniper, Ninja and Brawler. Each has its own build and weaponry.
  • Choose an overall pilot from a roster of six to add a powerful perk that lasts your entire campaign.
  • Customize your four Exos with procedurally-generated loot that grants weaponry and defensive upgrades, new abilities, and more.
  • Difficulty levels ranging from quite casual to incredibly hardcore.
  • Save and reload your game with ease any time, or tough it out in ironman mode.
  • Stellar soundtrack by composer Pablo Vega, headlined by the game's title theme "The Home We Once Knew."

Monday, September 30, 2013

Bionic Dues Launches Next Week on PC, Mac, and Linux

Tactical turn-based roguelite out October 8th on Steam


Arcen Games is excited to announce Bionic Dues, our upcoming tactical turn-based roguelite with mech customization, is set to launch next week on Steam, our site and other distributors. The game will be made available on PC, Mac and (for the first time with one of our games) Linux.

Bionic Dues has players guiding multiple classes of Exos through a variety of missions filled with enemy robots that are as buggy as they are angry.

This is at least as bad as it sounds.

Explore for loot, destroy key robotic facilities, and brace yourself for the final attack by your enemies... just as soon as they can pull it together.

Bionic Dues launches next Tuesday, October 8th.

Features
  • Out-think wide-ranging tactical situations featuring robots with bad GPS, terrible aim, insecurity, a lack of focus, a tendency to backstab, and dozens of other maladies to exploit.
  • Over 40 unique bots, ranging from the hilariously inept-but-dangerous DumBots, BlunderBots, and BatBots to the terrifyingly effective WyvernBots, DoomBots, and MurderBots.
  • Carve your own path: choose 50 missions out of the 120 you discover as you explore the city map.  Which missions you choose determines how prepared you will be for the final battle against the massing robot army.
  • Missions come in 23 different general flavors, and are entirely procedurally-generated like a floor of a traditional roguelite.
  • Mix and match your squad of four from six classes of Exos: Assault, Siege, Science, Sniper, Ninja and Brawler.  Each has its own build and weaponry.
  • Choose an overall pilot from a roster of six to add a powerful perk that lasts your entire campaign.
  • Customize your four Exos with procedurally-generated loot that grants weaponry and defensive upgrades, new abilities, and more.
  • Difficulty levels ranging from quite casual to incredibly hardcore.
  • Stellar soundtrack by composer Pablo Vega, headlined by the game's title theme "The Home We Once Knew."

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Valley 2 Official 1.008 "Sliced And Flung" Released!

This one adds three new slices, fixes the earth elemental flinger attacks, and has a couple of other small fixes and typos.

Enjoy!

This is a standard update that you can download through the  in-game updater itself, if you already have any version of the game.  If you have the beta on Steam, it will automatically update for you.  When you  launch the game, you'll see the notice of the update having been found  if you're connected to the Internet at the time.  If you don't have the standalone game, you can download that hereIf you already own the first game, just use your existing license key to unlock the sequel for free!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Humble Update: 40,000 Bundles Sold, $135,000 Earned (3 Days Left!)

Our Humble Bundle Weekly Sale, which kicked off last Thursday, has now surpassed 40,000 sales and $135,000 earned! 

With three days* remaining in the sale (at time of writing), we're still trying to get the word out to everyone who might be interested in owning our entire catalog for a Lincoln and change. So special thanks to all those helping with the retweeets, facebook posts, and other methods of spreading the news -- it's massively appreciated.

There's been a nice outpouring of support from the press for the sale as well, along with some PAX previews on Bionic Dues and other new Arcen-related coverage to share:

Interviews/Podcasts
The Game Design Round Table -- Episode #39: Skyward Collapse, AI and Business. With Chris Park
Indie Game Magazine -- Developer Chat: Chris Park On 'Skyward Collapse' Expansion 'Nihon no Mura'
Just Press Start -- Humble Weekly Bundle Featuring Arcen Games!Game Debate -- Humble Weekly Bundle From Arcen Games
EzPzJoystiq -- A Valley Without Wind 1 Humble Bundle
Максим Соколов -- Humble Bundle Presents A Valley Without Wind 2

Skyward Collapse
A Bear In Clothing -- Skyward Collapse turns the god game genre on its head
Game Podunk -- Review: Skyward Collapse (9/10)
Video Games Uncovered -- Skyward Collapse Review (75/100)
Game Critics -- Skyward Collapse Review
Blackman'n Robin -- Skyward Collapse Review (3.5/5)
Nerd Maldito -- Skyward Collapse: A game about war and free will (Portuguese)
War Gamer -- Skyward Collapse Review (French)
Blue's News -- Skyward Collapse: Nihon no Mura Preorders
PC Games Network -- Skyward Collapse expansion Nihon no Mura on its way
Rock, Paper, Shotgun -- Skyward Collapse’s Nihon no Mura ExpansionPC Gamer -- Skyward Collapse to get first expansion, Nihon no Mura
VG247 -- Skyward Collapse Nihon no Mura expansion hits beta
IndieGames.com -- The Japanese join the Norse and the Greeks on Skyward Collapse
Gamer's Hell -- Skyward Collapse Nihon no Mura Released and Trailer
Game 4 Me -- Skyward Collapse expansion in beta and pre-order via website (Dutch)
Game Side Story -- An extension for Skyward Collapse (French)
Pixel Perfect Gaming -- Skyward Collapse: Nihon no Mura – Now Available for Pre-Ordering
Game Is War The Skyward Collapse Nihon no Mura Expansion Enters Beta (Spanish)
I Luv Games -- Skyward Collapse: Nihon no Mura Expansion Beta Pre-order
JayPlaysIndieGames -- Skyward Collapse Episode 4 The World Tree Returns

Everything Else
ZinthoGaming -- AI War: Building up the Home World
Various Ren -- AI War - Part 2: Swaphilia, the Love of Swapping my Bullets for their Systems
Infognito -- A Valley Without Wind 11 Co-op with Denox (Russian)
Kikiokyo -- Tidalis Adventure
My Play -- Tidalis Review (Italian) (8/10)

*Sale ends Thursday, September 12th at 11 AM Pacific.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Humble Weekly Sale: Arcen Games

Pay what you want for awesome games from Arcen Games. Support charity.


Six spellbinding games and an abundance of DLC. The Humble Weekly Sale features a new deal every Thursday. Be sure to jump on this amazing offer before it's gone! This week, pay what you want for AI War: Fleet Command and 5 DLC packs, A Valley Without Wind, A Valley Without Wind 2, Tidalis, and soundtracks. If you pay more than $5.80, you'll also receive Skyward Collapse, the DLC Skyward Collapse: Nihon no Mura, and Shattered Haven!

Redeem on Steam. Your purchase will get you six outstanding games DRM-free and on Steam for Windows and Mac. Full system requirements for the games can be found here.

Name your price. Pay anything you want to receive four amazing games plus five DLC packs for AI War: Fleet Command. Pay $1 or more to receive Steam keys. Pay more than $5.80 and we'll also throw in Skyward Collapse, the DLC Skyward Collapse: Nihon no Mura, and Shattered Haven!

Support vital charities. Choose how your purchase is divided: between Arcen Games, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, or the Child's Play Charity. And, if you like this weekly sale, a tip to Humble Bundle would be greatly appreciated!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

PAX Prime 2013: Arcen Store Sale Celebrates Bionic Dues First Public Showing

Just a quick post to share that we're running a store-wide sale on our site through the holiday weekend in celebration of the public debut of our upcoming tactical roguelike Bionic Dues -- on display today (and tomorrow) in the Indie Megabooth at PAX.

We've matched Steam's discounts on Skyward Collapse (40% off) and the just released Nihon no Mura expansion (10% off), as well as slashed 60% off of AI War (including all editions and expansions), Tidalis, A Valley Without Wind 1 & 2, and Shattered Haven.

Hope you like. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Skyward Collapse Nihon no Mura and Bionic Dues Featured in PAX Prime Indie MEGABOOTH

Skyward Collapse Nihon no Mura Expansion Launches Ahead of PAX Indie MEGABOOTH Showing
Arcen’s upcoming tactical roguelike Bionic Dues also to be on display in Seattle

We're pleased to announce the release of the Nihon no Mura expansion for our god game Skyward Collapse. The game is available now on Steam, GamersGate and the Arcen Store – and will land soon on various other digital storefronts.

The expansion adds the Japanese (along with its more than interesting mythology) as a new faction to the base game’s Norse and Greek line-ups, along with Hamlets – non-factional building constructions that enable several powerful new abilities. That leads into the additions of the Hamlet Idyll game mode as well as the Construct the Luminith Tower alternate win condition, and there are also new map and land tile types, new music from our composer Pablo Vega, and more.

Skyward Collapse 2.0 and Nihon no Mura will be on display in Seattle during PAX Prime this weekend as part of the Indie MEGABOOTH. In celebration of the launch and showing, both the base game and new expansion content are on discount through this week and all four days at PAX.

Along with the Nihon no Mura content, we’ll also be demoing our upcoming tactical turn-based roguelike –  Bionic Dues. The game features six classes of Exos – hovering mechs – and has players delving into a variety of facilities in Port City.

Press and video channel owners interested in preview codes, assets or more info on Skyward Collapse Nihon no Mura and/or Bionic Dues, please email us: arcengames[at]gmail[dot]com .

About Skyward Collapse Nihon no Mura
The floating continent of Luminith is now home to more than just the Norse and Greeks: the Japanese enter the fray as a playable faction.  The Japanese of Luminith have a very strong military and a very strange pantheon of gods: their gods are much more active and aggressive than their Greek and Norse counterparts, and each god has three unique creatures rather than three god tokens.  Learning to play this new style of faction effectively is a fun new challenge, because it changes the flow of everything: you can't drop the usual god tokens for points, instead having to rely on lots of creature summons.  Given how powerful this then makes the Japanese military, the Norse and Greek god tokens have to be used in new and creative ways to drive back this threat.

Hamlets are the other major addition in Nihon no Mura.  These non-combative, non-factional villages can be built in the remains of the fallen towns of either faction.  Ignore the hamlets and they will be taken over by slums.  Tend to them and you can build up a mix of nobles and peasantry that will generate a new Culture resource for you.  Culture allows you to activate some powerful new abilities, such as enlarging the radius of your factional towns.  Amass enough Culture and Sunstone and you can even win the game via a new method: constructing the incredible Luminith Tower.

Features
Unique new Japanese faction with a completely new way of handling their gods.
Hamlets allow for non-factional building construction that enable several powerful new abilities.
New "Hamlet Idyll" game mode that lets you play with hamlets without the military side of the game.
New alternate win condition!  Construct the Luminith Tower via resources earned in your hamlets.
Several new map types, woes, land tile types, and a useful new Military Outpost building for all factions.
More music!

About Bionic Dues
Bionic Dues is a tactical turn-based roguelike featuring "Exos" -- basically legless mechs that hover around. You play as one of six characters, and you remotely pilot any combination of four Exos pulled from six classes: Assault, Sniper, Science, Siege, Tank, and Brawler. The premise of the game has to do with these Exos. You were an ordinary citizen in a futuristic city... that was, naturally, taken over by robots. People still live in the city and try to go about their business, but frankly it's dangerous with the robots all around, killing people and causing other problems. But the expense of moving from the city is way more than a regular person can afford. And the common people can't even afford the bionic implants that would let them better defend themselves from the robots! Sheesh. But good ol' corporations have a deal for the citizenry: they'll give you bionic implants for free, so long as you do a tour of duty in the city, trying to wipe out the robots.

About Arcen Games
Arcen Games entered the PC indie scene in 2009 with their cult classic AI War: Fleet Command, which was named the 40th best-reviewed PC game of the year by MetaCritic. Their second year saw the release of The Zenith Remnant, the first two full expansions for AI War; as well as Tidalis, an innovative block-based puzzle with casual appeal and hardcore depth.

AI War's third and largest expansion Light of the Spire marked Arcen's first release of 2011, with the rest of the company's focus being devoted to their most massive project yet: A Valley Without Wind, which released in 2012. The end of 2012/start of 2013 has been another busy time for the team, with AI War's fourth expansion Ancient Shadows launching, A Valley Without Wind 2 hitting 1.0, and Shattered Haven's releasing as well. The studio just launched its latest title, turn-based strategic god game Skyward Collapse, this past May and now turns its attention to developing its latest project Bionic Dues along with adding new content to both AI War and Skyward Collapse over the coming months.

Originally a one-man shop, Arcen Games has grown to have half a dozen part-time or fulltime contributors to its various titles. The team is also proud to be a platinum sponsor of the Child’s Play charity. For all the latest news, coverage and other musings, visit us on our website, Twitter and Facebook; as well as Arcen founder Chris Park's Games By Design blog.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Skyward Collapse Free 2.0 Upgrade Launches Alongside Nihon no Mura Expansion

We at Arcen are proud to announce the latest version of our title Skyward Collapse has now gone gold.  As is typical for our titles, the massive 2.0 update is free, while a paid expansion pack with huge buckets of content also launches at an affordable $2.99.

At PAX Prime we'll primarily be showing off Bionic Dues in the Indie Megabooth, but we'll also have Nihon no Mura (the new expansion) and Skyward Collapse 2.0 to check out if you want to swing by.

What's New In 2.0
There was a big writeup on the largest set of changes, which were originally released as version beta 1.4.  Anyway, the highlights of what has changed from 1.0 onward are:

- Complete rebalance of pretty much all the units' bonuses against one another.
- Monster Caves that appear in addition to Bandit Keeps.
- 9 new bandit-only mythological creatures.
- 11 new bandit-only human units.
- Ally Camps, with 3 units from each faction moving here.
- 2 new land types.
- Soul imprints resource, and new related abilities.
- Currency resource, and revamped trade model.
- Building upgrades.
- Revamped resource costs for human units to better control production.
- Garrisons.
- Functional revamp of not only trade, but also embassies and flower gardens.
- New Insane and Torment difficulty levels for expert players.
- Visual upgrades to the fonts, particle effects, and various tiles.
- Improvements to Sandbox Mode.

And a whole lot more!


Nihon no Mura Expansion
The Japanese enter the fray on Luminith: their faction has a very strong military and a very strange pantheon: their gods are much more aggressive than their Greek and Norse counterparts, and each has three god creatures rather than three god tokens.  Learning to play this new faction effectively is a fun new challenge: given how powerful the Japanese military and mythology are, you have to be very creative in how you help the Norse and Greeks drive back this threat.  Remember, no faction is supposed to dominate the other!

Hamlets are new non-combative, non-factional villages that can be built in the remains of the fallen towns.  But it's never that easy!  Hamlet buildings can only be placed from a limited queue that cycles as you place them.  Hamlet buildings generate (or lose) Culture depending on what pre-existing tiles were adjacent at the time you placed them.  Culture allows you to activate four powerful new abilities, including creating Large Towns or even turning back time.  Amass enough Culture and Sunstone and you can even win the game via a new Cultural Victory!

Features
* Japanese faction with a unique new playstyle both for balance and gods.
* Hamlets: construction of 11 non-factional building types that generate Culture via new adjacency rules.
* New alternate win condition!  Construct the Luminith Tower via Culture earned in your hamlets.
* Powerful new Culture abilities: Enlarge Radius of Town, Reverse Time, Stop Woe, and Super Smite.
* Hamlet Idyll game mode: play for score with hamlets without the military side of the game.
* For all factions: 3 new map types, 9 new woes, 2 new land tiles, and a useful new Military Outpost building.
* Ten new music tracks by Pablo Vega, including a new vocal track for win/loss music!


About Skyward Collapse

"I can never play Skyward Collapse again. I work from home. Frankly, having it – and the accompanying temptation – within arm's reach would be detrimental to my productivity."
Richard Mitchell, Joystiq

"Skyward Collapse offers a unique twist on a stagnant genre"
9/10 - Rob Savillo , GamesBeat

How do you balance -- and indeed encourage -- a war between factions without letting either side obliterate the other?  How do you rule over gods, creatures, and men who refuse to obey you?  How do you build a landscape of villages when bandits and mythology are conspiring to tear it down?  Skyward Collapse places you into the role of The Creator, and frees you to tackle these problems your own way.  Brought to you by the developer of the modern strategy classic AI War: Fleet Command, Arcen's second full strategy title is equally unique (but far easier to learn): a turn-based 4x strategic god-game.

Your task is to build and populate the floating continent of Luminith.  You create -- but cannot control -- gods, creatures, and artifacts from both Greek and Norse mythology.  The power you wield with these is immense: Heimdall's horn causes everyone outdoors to drop dead, for crying out loud.  Your task is to keep both factions alive and fighting until The Master calls you home -- but this is harder than it sounds.  Bandit Keeps pop up periodically, as do Woes such as floods, serial killers, guild strikes, and vegetarian uprisings.  Every game plays out differently, and you'll need even the craziest of your powers in order to survive what lies in store for you.

Features
* A turn-based strategic god-game where you control neither faction, but instead strive to maintain the balance of power.
* Make towns and war as the boardgame-like floating continent continues to construct itself around you.
* Persuade your minions into doing what you want by controlling the circumstances of their (brief) lives.
* 16 gods, each with unique passive abilities and three active powers, help you further your goals as you pass into the Age of Monsters.
* Level up your player profile by winning games. Twelve unlockable buildings in all!
* Straightforward controls paired with an intuitive and helpful interface make this an easy title to pick up... but the strategy runs deep.
* Multiple difficulty levels let you play a very relaxed game up to a nail-bitingly difficult one.  There's no one best way to win!
* Co-op multiplayer for up to 8 players.


Monday, August 26, 2013

Skyward Collapse 1.903 Beta "Release Candidate 4" Released!

If you've not yet read about the general changes in the 1.4 beta line, now is a good time to do so. It's expected that we'll stay in beta for the new features until we release the 2.0 version of the game in late August, alongside the new Nihon no Mura expansion.  A lot is different in the base game since 1.4, so we want to make sure and give this time to mature before we put this out to everyone.

This one just more last-minute tuning prior to the upcoming 2.0 release.  There was one exploit with cultural victories, but aside from that nothing serious.  Things are looking good!

This release is the fourth "release candidate," which basically means we're into fine-tuning-only mode until this launches this week.  Probably Wednesday, but we'll keep you posted!

Enjoy!

This is a standard update that you can download through the  in-game updater itself, if you already have any version of the game.  When you  launch the game, you'll see the notice of the update having been found if you're connected to the Internet at the time.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Skyward Collapse 1.902 Beta "Release Candidate 3" Released!

If you've not yet read about the general changes in the 1.4 beta line, now is a good time to do so. It's expected that we'll stay in beta for the new features until we release the 2.0 version of the game in late August, alongside the new Nihon no Mura expansion.  A lot is different in the base game since 1.4, so we want to make sure and give this time to mature before we put this out to everyone.

This one mostly is tuning.  The god-related mythological creatures have way better costs now, and the resource building upgrade progression makes sense now.  Beyond that, just a few minor fixes and typo corrections.  Things are looking good!

This release is the third "release candidate," which basically means we're into fine-tuning-only mode until this launches next week.  Probably Wednesday the 28th, but we'll keep you posted!

Enjoy!

This is a standard update that you can download through the  in-game updater itself, if you already have any version of the game.  When you  launch the game, you'll see the notice of the update having been found if you're connected to the Internet at the time.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Skyward Collapse 1.901 Beta "Release Candidate 2" Released!

If you've not yet read about the general changes in the 1.4 beta line, now is a good time to do so. It's expected that we'll stay in beta for the new features until we release the 2.0 version of the game in late August, alongside the new Nihon no Mura expansion.  A lot is different in the base game since 1.4, so we want to make sure and give this time to mature before we put this out to everyone.

This one is another substantial one, despite the features list for the new expansion already being done.  This one is mostly in the tuning department, though. 

This release is the second "release candidate," which basically means we're into fine-tuning-only mode until this launches... at some point.  We were hoping that it would be this Wednesday the 21st, but that timing may not quite work out with one of our larger partners.  At worst I'm told it will be Wednesday the 28th.

So anyway, what's new this time?

Lots and Lots of Fixes and Tweaks
Some for the expansion, some for the base game, lots of good stuff.

Random Maps And Factions
Another long-requested feature.  Worth highlighting, but not a lot to say here.

Rebalanced God-Related Mythological Creatures
Some of the god-related mythological creatures were less than useful if you were trying to win (as opposed to cause as much chaos as possible).  So 8 of the creatures have been hugely altered in their abilities, while the costs of and points from pretty much all of them have changed. 

My thoughts on the resulting balance of all this are here.  Please share your thoughts as well!

Hamlet Stuff (Again)
As I noted last time, I think that Hamlets are going to be evolving for a while.  That said, these really did jump upwards again in fun this release, I feel.  My main worry is that now it is too hard, so let me know.  I was doing okay, but I don't play on Expert or Insane, either. ;)


Enjoy!

This is a standard update that you can download through the  in-game updater itself, if you already have any version of the game.  When you  launch the game, you'll see the notice of the update having been found if you're connected to the Internet at the time.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Skyward Collapse 1.900 Beta "Release Candidate 1" Released!

If you've not yet read about the general changes in the 1.4 beta line, now is a good time to do so. It's expected that we'll stay in beta for the new features until we release the 2.0 version of the game in late August, alongside the new Nihon no Mura expansion.  A lot is different in the base game since 1.4, so we want to make sure and give this time to mature before we put this out to everyone.

This one is pretty substantial, and completes the list of implemented features so far for the new expansion.  Thus this release is the first "release candidate," which basically means we're into fine-tuning-only mode until this launches next Wednesday the 21st.

So what's new here?

Woes
There are nine new woes, all specific to things in the expansion. 

People have been wanting bandit gods for a while, and one of these provides that.  The bandit gods don't use powers or their creatures, as I think that would be overkill, but it's still cool to see those running around.

Another woe lets you have six gods between your two factions, rather than the usual four, so that's pretty cool.

There are also two new catastrophic woes, which is particularly good because that helps to dilute the relatively small pool of the ones that were there before.

God-Related Creatures
So as Misery has pointed out, some of the Japanese god-related mythos are not things you would really want to inflict on yourself.  We designed those before we really had a good sense of how strong the Japanese faction would be: originally they were going to be kind of weaker, and so you'd need to use these creatures to make up the difference.  As the design evolved, the Japanese became super strong, and thus the designs of these creatures -- which fun and varied -- started falling into "why would I do that to myself" territory.

The solution to this was to go back to one of the earlier design ideas that we started with for the Japanese gods in the first place: having them produce these creatures directly, in addition to you being able to place them at well.  This is only so interesting if the god is producing them out of himself/herself, though, because it gets semi-predictable.  That's one reason why the idea was previously scrapped.

In the new implementation in this version, the creatures from the gods come out of the town centers of the Japanese.  This has important strategic ramifications, because it makes Large Towns a lot more important to the Japanese faction if they don't want to trample their opponents.

Hamlet Stuff
There were a lot of changes made here based again on feedback from Misery (definitely the allstar of feedback for this expansion, followed by nas1m).

Overall the changes in this version have you playing from the entire hamlet-building-queue now, and sometimes having to take some negative points temporarily in order to get a better position later. This is a big improvement in how strategic the Idyll mode plays out.

Also, slums are really becoming more and more of an interesting problem (in a good way, as that is supposed to be their role). They are a powerful positive force in terms of running out civilians that are blocking you, but then they are really negative in terms of points on some placements later. Those are tricky, and also encourage playing low in the queue on a combo to place a slums and then replace the slums.

I don't know that the Hamlets mechanic is 100% to where it needs to be, and I imagine it may evolve somewhat over months or years (as with many of the best AI War mechanics, sometimes these things just take time).  But I'm really pleased with where it is now, and think it's really fun.


Enjoy!

This is a standard update that you can download through the  in-game updater itself, if you already have any version of the game.  When you  launch the game, you'll see the notice of the update having been found if you're connected to the Internet at the time.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Skyward Collapse 1.800 Beta "Civilian Reversal" Released!

If you've not yet read about the general changes in the 1.4 beta line, now is a good time to do so. It's expected that we'll stay in beta for the new features until we release the 2.0 version of the game in late August, alongside the new Nihon no Mura expansion.  A lot is different in the base game since 1.4, so we want to make sure and give this time to mature before we put this out to everyone.

This one is another biggie that chews almost all the entire remaining items from the the list of implemented features so far for the new expansion.  Basically all that is left feature-wise is the new Woes, and then everything else for this expansion is just balance and tweaking.  Which is good, because the expansion launches a week from today!

Hamlet Stuff
The big big new thing here is the new Hamlet Idyll game mode.  I think it's really fun and interesting, because it's just focused on the hamlets and nothing else.  It's pretty much a puzzle game more than anything else, which amuses me. 

The hamlets in general were overly simplistic in the prior 1.600 version of the game; players were reporting really enjoying it, and that's great, but it didn't stand up to repeated plays much.  Now the hamlet functionality both in the Idyll game mode and in the main game mode have been expanded such that they have more strategic depth without just getting complex for the sake of complexity.

Specifically the way we handled that was:
- Having the queue of upcoming tiles you can use both be larger, not auto-shift out the first item in itself, and have a much larger points disparity between slots.
- Tweak a few of the specific tiles to make for better balance.
- And most of all, add in Civilian tokens that get created and removed by specific tiles, and which block further tile placement.

Those things really help to make it so that the hamlet mode isn't just an in-the-moment thing where you just put the best tile in the best slot; but rather it's an over-time thing where you have to think about how your actions will really affect the future the longer you go.  Your queue gets stale and you have to do something with that.  You're filling up parts of your town with civilians, and you need to wipe them out with a slum.  And so on.

I thought that the hamlet mode was fun yesterday, but the more I played it the more bored I was of it.  These slight revisions really keep me mentally engaged through the whole session with them, though; and it makes hitting the culture goals exciting and tense in a way that it wasn't before.

Culture Actions / Large Towns
These are the other big big big things from this version.  (And no, I'm not intentionally trying to sound like Effie Trinket, heh.)

The most boring of these is still useful in the extreme: Super Smite lets you destroy any tile, no questions asked, for 500 culture.  Kill a god, kill a bandit stronghold, whatever.  There's a good chance that this is way undervalued at just 500 culture.

Very exciting are the new Large Towns, which cost you 1000 culture and give you double the construction space in a single town.  The uses for that are pretty immense.

Also very exciting is a new Reverse Time ability, which costs as whopping 4000 culture and rolls back the clock by 10 turns.  Worried you might not hit a score goal?  Just wanting more score in general?  Here you go!

Also very cool is the last of the culture actions, Stop Woe.  This also costs 4000 culture, and it immediately wipes out both the Current and Next woes, and puts a weak Upheaval woe in the queue for 15 turns out.  This lets you dodge some woes that you don't want to have hit you, AND have a nice woe-free period.

Of course, if you are doing any of those things, you are likely not doing other of those things.  You can't have it all, and if you're focusing on culture you're also foregoing a few other things based on your action point expenditures.  I think we can all agree that the culture is worth it, but what I'm most pleased about is how there is a good opportunity cost here that does not make anything an obviously-do-this situation.


More to come soon.  Enjoy!

This is a standard update that you can download through the  in-game updater itself, if you already have any version of the game.  When you  launch the game, you'll see the notice of the update having been found if you're connected to the Internet at the time.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Skyward Collapse 1.600 Beta "Welcome Yon Nobles" Released!

If you've not yet read about the general changes in the 1.4 beta line, now is a good time to do so. It's expected that we'll stay in beta for the new features until we release the 2.0 version of the game in late August, alongside the new Nihon no Mura expansion.  A lot is different in the base game since 1.4, so we want to make sure and give this time to mature before we put this out to everyone.

This one is another biggie that chews through a lot of the stuff on the the list of implemented features so far for the new expansion.  There are also some key bugfixes, and a couple of nice tweaks for the base game.

The big new thing is Hamlets and the related Cultural Victory.  I didn't have time to finish implementing Large Towns or Hamley Idyll mode, but both are pretty far along and should be done tomorrow (knock on wood).

The Hamlets themselves are really different from the original model that I described, mainly because that model wasn't any fun (too fiddly in practice).  This is actually the third major model we've gone to.  This one is really fun to me, although I'm not yet sure if there are any killer strategies in there that require balance adjustments.  I haven't found any yet.

Also, there's the new Luminith Tower and Arks that let you win a Cultural Victory.  The costs on these might be insanely too high, or not high enough, I'm not sure.  On the culture in particular; I've tested the hamlets a lot, but not with an eye toward generating masses of it.  And I was doing it in the Idyll mode, not in the context of an actual game.  The Cultural Victory is supposed to be the harder route, and gives you extra points for accomplishing it; bit it's not supposed to be impossible.

So feedback on those things is definitely welcome!  Meanwhile I'm going to get the last of the features fully implemented, then start circling back on more bugfixes and so forth.

More to come soon.  Enjoy!

This is a standard update that you can download through the  in-game updater itself, if you already have any version of the game.  When you  launch the game, you'll see the notice of the update having been found if you're connected to the Internet at the time.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Skyward Collapse 1.503 Beta "Unstoppable Demon-Hag" Released!

If you've not yet read about the general changes in the 1.4 beta line, now is a good time to do so. It's expected that we'll stay in beta for the new features until we release the 2.0 version of the game in late August, alongside the new Nihon no Mura expansion.  A lot is different in the base game since 1.4, so we want to make sure and give this time to mature before we put this out to everyone.

This one has a bunch of updates that really improve the list of implemented features so far for the new expansion.

Previously, only a quarter of the Japanese god-related stuff was in the game, and all of the Japanese functionality was only semi-tested in general.  We've now implemented every last aspect of the Japanese faction, and have done detail testing on all the units.  This is a really crazy faction, in a fun way.

This release also adds the last three of the bandit-only mythological units, too.  These are all... kind of crazy, really.  One is a giant fish under the mud that thrashes around, knocking holes in the earth (even in buildings).  Another is this kind of zombie infestation that you have to clean up before it gets too intense.

And the last is Onibaba, the "unstoppable demon-hag."  She is unkillable via traditional means, but this is a case where things like the god powers can knock her out.  Or you can do something clever like cordon her off just by smiting.  Before anyone calls OP on her, just make sure you think a little sideways: she is tricky, but there can only be one of her at a time on the map, and she can definitely be dealt with.  She also won't bother gods, mythologicals, or buildings, so her threat is only so much even if you can't deal with her properly.

There are also a number of bugfixes that should prove very welcome for the base game, even.  Specifically, the "jumping over units" bug in particular.

In other news, work continues on the hamlets implementation.  Nothing to share publicly on it yet, but we're a goodly way through the implementation and have discarded yet another model that this would work under.  Not unexpected for even late prototyping phase.  Josh and I came up with a revised model for the hamlets just an hour or so ago, one that learns from the mistakes in the prior models, and I think it's really strong.  Once I've got it all implemented and am satisfied that it's ready for public testing, then we'll push that out.  Hopefully tomorrow, but we'll see!

More to come soon.  Enjoy!

This is a standard update that you can download through the  in-game updater itself, if you already have any version of the game.  When you  launch the game, you'll see the notice of the update having been found if you're connected to the Internet at the time.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Skyward Collapse Steam Trading Cards

We've had plenty of players ask about these, so we're happy to announce trading cards for Skyward Collapse are now available on Steam. The game's upcoming expansion Nihon no Mura is also out now in beta, and can be pre-ordered for 10% off the $2.99 price tag up until launch.

We'll have several other items to announce in the coming weeks -- including all the stuff we're participating in at PAX Prime. Here's Blue, our art director, with a retrospective look at bringing the trading cards together:

The art industry can be a tough game to place on all sides of the spectrum. My job as art director is to make sense of the mess and herd it into one single direction. We get our hands into every aspect of the game art industry. From contracting and leading a team of artists to completing our own projects.

A good example of what I do as Arcen's Art Director was obtaining unique art for Steam's trading card game. The project needed numerous art, but my favorite happened to be the profile art.

We needed art for our game Skyward Collapse. Something rough and painterly, that depicted the war our game was about. In some projects, we must hire a new artist to take on the contract, though in others we're lucky enough to know the perfect artist for the job.

I'd worked with Todor in the past, so we knew he was perfect for the job with his rough painterly style.

When we work with an artist, the job is generally broken up into different milestones. Sketch, color and completion. Typically the artist will do the sketch and color, and I will fill in the completion. Be it adding a couple extra details, tweaking contrast and color, or changing something else.


One of Todor's pieces was of Thor. His sketch was amazing in its simplicity. Strong pose and strong features leave the audience captivated and just a slight bit intimidated. During sketch phase is when the heaviest modifications are made. Changes to pose, anatomy or even the entire lay out is common. Once client and artist are satisfied, is when we move on to color.


In the color stage, Todor added awesome texture in deep dark colors that we asked for. We needed the profile to be dark so the profile would blend well. He detailed Thor's face beautifully while spending tastefully less time on the lower half of the body. His lighting was well done and solid and the lightning was perfectly painterly. Todor gave us one of many perfect pieces.

The final stage is to touch it up for our needs. Placed against a dark steam profile mock, I noticed that the picture ended sharply and I felt it was off putting. So I took his art work and created a rough broken transition that helped it melt into its background.


The transition breaks up harsh line and helps it settle into the profile.


With a few more tweaks, this was the final result.

- Daniette "Blue" Wood

Friday, August 2, 2013

Skyward Collapse 1.501 Beta "Itami no Bushi (The Samurai of Pain)" Released!

If you've not yet read about the general changes in the 1.4 beta line, now is a good time to do so. It's expected that we'll stay in beta for the new features until we release the 2.0 version of the game in late August, alongside the new Nihon no Mura expansion.  A lot is different in the base game since 1.4, so we want to make sure and give this time to mature before we put this out to everyone.

This one has a bunch of handy stuff for both the new expansion as well as the base game.  Almost all of it is balance work and housekeeping in general.  Now that the basics of the expansion are out, I felt like I needed to spend a bit of time on cleaning up the bugtracker list a bit before moving forward with more from the expansion.

The title of this release comes from the rebalancing of the Bushi unit in the expansion -- holy smokes are those guys beasts now!

More to come soon.  Enjoy!

This is a standard update that you can download through the  in-game updater itself, if you already have any version of the game.  When you  launch the game, you'll see the notice of the update having been found if you're connected to the Internet at the time.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Skyward Collapse 1.5 Beta, Plus First Beta/Preorders for Nihon no Mura Expansion!

If you've not yet read about the general changes in the 1.4 beta line, now is a good time to do so. It's expected that we'll stay in beta for the new features until we release the 2.0 version of the game in late August, alongside the new Nihon no Mura expansion.  A lot is different in the base game since 1.4, so we want to make sure and give this time to mature before we put this out to everyone.

This one is the first release that includes the new Nihon no Mura functionality -- well, support for it, anyhow.  There are some bugfixes and a few balance changes for the base game (and there will be more of those coming up very soon as well), but the rest of this release is devoted to the expansion, which can now be preordered if you want to check it out early.

The 2.0 version of the base game pretty much has all of its features in beta already, and has since early July -- all those masses of new bandits, the new font things, the new balance and monster cave mechanics and so forth.  That's been the free DLC content to coincide with the new expansion, although that content largely got finished first just because it took us a while to get the art and design and so forth ready for the expansion.

At this point the expansion is humming along, although it's still not nearly feature-complete.  The list of things that are "not yet implemented" is actually kind of misleading, because a lot of the code and data for those things is already there, but they aren't finished enough to actually play with.  All of the units are actually in the game already, but only the ones marked as complete have all their special abilities intact so far.



Anyway, I'm really excited about how the expansion pushes the boundaries of the game in a whole new direction, and I hope you will be too!  And even if the expansion isn't your thing or you're new to the game, I think that the recent changes to the base game itself have been super exciting, too.

Schedule-wise, I'm expecting that the expansion will be feature-complete within a week, and then we'll be doing the full release of it (alongside 2.0 of the base game) in 3 to 4 weeks.

More to come soon.  Enjoy!

This is a standard update that you can download through the  in-game updater itself, if you already have any version of the game.  When you  launch the game, you'll see the notice of the update having been found if you're connected to the Internet at the time.

Monday, July 22, 2013

AI War Beta 7.008-7.009 "More Dirty Tricks" Released!

This one is another step forward for the winner of the "Big Items For 8.0" poll. Specifically, the addition of two new forms of nasty trick to play on the AI by exploiting its poor, defenseless networks:

1) Sabotage - blow up forts, forcefields, black hole machines, etc. All with no AIP-on-death or other negative death consequences (at least, that's the idea). It even starts off pretty cheap at 2 Hacking-Progress cost for the first unit. But with the usual 1.5x for each subsequent one you only get so many of these before the opportunity cost is pretty high. And pushing it too far means that the forgone opportunity is probably "breathing". But this should really help cut some of those Gordian knots with forts under ffs protected by all kinds of other stuff, etc. If you don't spend all your HaP elsewhere, of course.

2) Sensor Hacking - the effect is fairly temporary (35 seconds), and the cost starts off middling-high at 10 for the first application, but it gives all your units on that planet cloaking and immunity to tachyon (decloaking-from-firing rules are unaffected). It also decloaks all AI units on the planet (even camouflaged ones) for the duration. Normally you won't need this, but I suspect it can be useful while assaulting the AI HWs. Possibly Limburger-useful, but given the extremely finite amount of time you'll be able to apply this effect during the entire game it's probably a legitimate exchange rate.

We also fixed a bug where hacking tended to produce 30-second-warning counterwaves to anywhere (instead of the intended four-minute-warning ones with 3-hops depth). And another older one with Spirecraft Scouts causing alert like they were a major weapon.

Update: 7.009 released to fix a bug with the last version not properly reading some recent saves.

Enjoy!

This is a standard update that you can download through the in-game updater itself, if you already have 4.000 or later. When you launch the game, you'll see the notice of the update having been found if you're connected to the Internet at the time. If you don't have 4.000 or later, you can download that here.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Skyward Collapse 1.403 Beta "Serif" Released!

If you've not yet read about the general changes in the 1.4 beta line, now is a good time to do so. It's expected that we'll stay in beta for the 1.4 line until the week of July 29th, when we'll do an official release called 1.5.  A lot is different here, so we want to make sure and give this time to mature before we put this out to everyone.

This one is the first release in a couple of weeks, which is uncharacteristic for us.  Firstly, people seem pretty happy with the last beta version, so there were surprisingly few bug reports or requests for changes.

Given that, I've been putting most of my efforts into a combination of the upcoming Nihon no Mura expansion for Skyward, as well as our upcoming tactical roguelike Bionic Dues.  Last week was also kind of a wash, too, because I had two unrelated deaths in the family and thus was hardly at work at all thanks to the funerals and related family events.

Anyway, about this new version: I think this is going to be a very exciting one!  The visual look of it is vastly better thanks mainly to the new font, but also due to some other smaller additions.  There are also two new difficulty modes, which should provide the experience that a number of players are looking for (either something between the old Medium and Hard, or something greater than the old Expert, respectively).

There are also a couple of really key balance changes in here.  Lumber is no longer so incredibly scarce, and the Ally Camps no longer are something you can exploit (at least not in the same way; let us know if you think of something new).

This is probably the last release for a couple of weeks, unless something significant comes up today or tomorrow.  I'm going to be unavailable this Friday and next week (boy this month is not good on that front).  The week that I get back, the Nihon expansion will come out into beta.  The 2.0 version of the game, plus that expansion, will officially release probably in the week of August 19th.

Enjoy!

This is a standard update that you can download through the  in-game updater itself, if you already have any version of the game.  When you  launch the game, you'll see the notice of the update having been found if you're connected to the Internet at the time.

Monday, July 8, 2013

AI War Beta 7.006-7.007 "Design Meddling" Released!

This one continues our work on the winner of the "Big Items For 8.0" poll. Specifically: more hacking! :)

This release actually only adds two new forms of hacking but I think many of you will really enjoy one or both:

1) Corrupting an AI bonus ship design to prevent that AI from building that type of ship for the rest of the game. (Farewell, AI-controlled Tackle Drone Launchers, you had a good run)

2) Copying an AI bonus ship design to let you build that type of ship (much as if you had unlocked it from an ARS).

Naturally there's a catch: first, for a given "backup server" you can only corrupt OR copy the design on it, and the hacking-progress costs of either are significant (particularly further hacks of the same type).

There are also some key changes to the hacking and hacking-response calculations in response to feedback since 7.002. Please keep it coming! I've got more planned hacking types and such, but where the feature as a whole goes is largely up to player feedback.

And we fixed a few bugs, and finally got around to answering some longstanding requests to modernize the Orbital Mass Driver's stats (I don't suggest getting shot at by that thing).

Update: 7.007 hotfix to fix a bug in the last version preventing knowledge gain. The AI wasn't counterhacking, though. Nope. No siree.

Enjoy!

This is a standard update that you can download through the in-game updater itself, if you already have 4.000 or later. When you launch the game, you'll see the notice of the update having been found if you're connected to the Internet at the time. If you don't have 4.000 or later, you can download that here.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Shattered Haven 1.013 "Shingen Entryway" Released!

This one is mostly a couple of minor tweaks, but it does let you see one new cutscene that you could not see before.

Some clever players were able to get into the Shingen Rapid Prototyping Facility in a way that I did not expect, and then were getting stuck because that has not been created yet.  So I've created the first room for that facility (at least the broad structure), and put a note in there that you can't continue in the current version of the game.  But along with that, you get the new cutscene.

There are several alternate endings that are intended for happening through the Shingen Rapid Prototyping Facility, but I haven't actually implemented any of those yet for a couple of reasons.  These were intended to be post-release content, but the game launched with a thud, so we had to set that aside.  But also I just didn't have the perfect idea for how to make this as interesting an alternate-ending-area as I wanted.

As of a couple of days ago, I finally had an idea on that.  Erik and I are going to work on this together, and hopefully in a few months will have something to release.  It has to be something to fit into the cracks between other projects, because this isn't going to generate any income for the company and so is kind of a mix between hobby time (originally that's what Shattered Haven entirely was, long before Arcen, was my hobby) and fan service.

Anyway, the full Shingen implementation is still a long way off, but I'm really excited about the new idea that I have for the flow of it.  My older ideas were pretty okay, but I wasn't excited all that excited about them.

Enjoy!

This is a standard update that you can download through the  in-game updater itself, if you already have any version of the game.  When you  launch the game, hit the big "Play" button and then you'll see the notice of the update having been found if you're connected to the Internet at the time.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Shattered Haven and Tidalis Featured in Pure Indie Bundle

Our puzzle games Tidalis and Shattered Haven are included as part of Bundle Stars' new Pure Indie Bundle. It's $4, and beyond those two titles you also get: Brainpipe, Power of Defense, Data Jammers, Wake, Lunnye Devitsy and Gumboy Crazy Adventures (all titles come with Steam keys). You'll also receive in-game credit for free-to-play turn-based strategy game Iron Grip: Marauders.

While I can't speak to the rest of the games in the package (as I haven't played them myself), the total price tag represents a savings of $11 for the pair of Arcen titles alone. Don't wait to jump on the offer if it looks up your alley -- the deal, as is standard with this type of promotion, only runs for a limited time.

Elsewhere Around the Arcen Compound
To paraphrase how the guys on IndieDB put it: Skyward Collapse 1.4 -- An update so big, it has its own beta. A couple of beta patches have hit since, with the latest version introducing a pair of new defensive features.

Not to be outdone, AI War has received a weighty beta update of its own. The first significant patch since 7.0 launched last month begins tackling work on the winner of the "Big Items For 8.0" poll, among other items.

Lastly, we revealed a bit more info on our next full tittle. For those who didn't catch Chris's mention of it: Bionic Dues is "a turn-based tactical... kind of roguelike-ish... strategic... thing," currently scheduled for a beta in late August or early September and 1.0 in October. We'll have some more substantial updates on it as we progress closer to those dates -- including one I'm particularly excited about.

New Skyward Collapse Reviews and Other Coverage
Skyward Collapse receives more positive reviews, Shattered Haven scores one too, and a handful of new LP videos as well.

Helicon Heroes: Skyward Collapse Review [4/5]
Game Debate: Skyward Collapse Review - Tile Here, Tile There, Tiles Everywhere [8.5/10]
GameSideStory: GameTest - Skyward Collapse (French)
Mega Games Hub: Skyward Collapse Review (PC) [6/10]
iPad Advisor: Grab Five Bucks And Play 'Skyward Collapse', A 4X Strategy God Game That Fights Back
Corsual Let's Play: Skyward Collapse
NightWhisperer: Skyward Collapse: Game 1 - Game 2
MyPlay: Shattered Haven Review [7/10] (Italian)
Ironfist Gaming: AI War - First Try