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Retro Commander is an upcoming classic RTS that looks promising

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Noble Master Games, developer of Age of Conquest IV and Demise of Nations will be releasing a new classic RTS with Retro Commander.

Sounds like quite a fully-featured RTS, in the spirit of the classics. With a single-player campaign, AI battles, cross-platform online multiplayer, LAN support, a big mix of unit types across land, sea and air and it even has a day and night cycle with weather too. Overall, as a huge RTS fan I have to admit my excitement over it.

There's no full trailer yet, so take a look at some of the screen shots in the below gallery (click for more):

The game will be sort-of free, with the main version coming with a single map and the rest needs to be purchased either as a full pack or individually. An interesting hybrid model of a demo and a full game. Noble Master have confirmed it's going to release across Linux, macOS, WIndows and mobile too.

More of what it will feature includes:

  • Challenging AI for single player games including co-op play with the AI.
  • Cross-platform multiplayer over LAN/internet including co-op team and clan games.
  • Deep campaign and story line of humanity after a cataclysmic event.
  • Troops including infantry, tanks, jets, helicopters, airships, warships, submarines and more.
  • Factions each with their own technologies including stealth, laser, shields and more.
  • 4X Strategy: eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate.
  • Missions including elimination, survival, capture the flag and defense.
  • Demanding environment with day-night cycles, rain, wind and solar flare activity.
  • Map editor and a central server to host and distribute player-modded maps.
  • High scores, playing statistics, achievements and multiplayer ELO-ranking.

Retro Commander appears to be an Early Access release sometime this year on Steam.

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Whitewolfe80 Jun 19, 2020
Well am def going to be keeping an eye on this one
CFWhitman Jul 29, 2020
My RTS experience started with Dune II on the Sega Genesis. My one younger brother thought that I, another brother, and our nephew were nuts for playing that game so much because of the unimpressive nature of the graphics, but he was eventually roped in by Warcraft II and Starcraft. Part of me still likes the simplicity of Dune II compared to what came later, and I admit that I've played it through emulation since (though Flashback seems to be my biggest Genesis emulation weakness). This looks like it could be interesting for a fan of old RTS games like me.
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