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Open source RTS 0 A.D. Alpha 24 is out now with plenty of new features

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After a few years of waiting, Wildfire Games have released a big upgrade for the free and open source real-time strategy game 0 A.D. with Alpha 24 now available. Still one of the most impressive open source games around, their attention to detail on it is impressive.

This latest version is named Xšayāršā, after Xerxes the Great, ruler of the Achaemenid Empire from 485 to 465 BC.

Quite a feature-filled upgrade with highlights including building snapping, improvements to the renderer, a hotkey editor, unit formation improvements, status effects, improvements to the online Lobby system, new models, new skirmish maps, unit behaviour improvements and more. Release trailer is below:

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One of the features that makes me most curious about this release is the inclusion of a "Reinforcement-learning interface", which they say can use Machine Learning to teach the AI how to play. Sounds very interesting and the team is rather excited to see it included as it allows for the setup of more complex environments without having to recode everything. Looks like we might see some fun AI to fight against in future.

Quite a lot of rendering improvements were made too, along with bumping up the lowest possible OpenGL requirement to run it to 2.0 so it should still work on pretty old GPUs. With this they added in anti-aliasing support with FXAA and MSAA now possible plus there's also a Contrast Adaptive Sharpening filter now available.

Now that this long development cycle is over, which included an upgrade to some major internals, they're hoping to be a lot more regular with releases.

The full list of changes can be found in the release post.

Find out more on the official site.

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bOrviS7000 21 Feb
Looks like the developers made some nice progress!
Hopefully the update will show up in Buster backports or on Flathub soon!
Its been a while since I played, can't wait to try out the update.
Rooster 21 Feb
Quoting: AkonadyIf they stop with this Open Source bs they could sell the game, make money from it, and turn the game into a real game, hiring developers, not this garbage, this game is not even close to Age of Empires, sorry. But hey, they still got 1.000 years to finish the game.

But... Why? You already have so many games in this exact genre which do exactly that, why is it bad to have one game which decides to do it in another way? Imagine, if one day you become a game developer and be like: "Oh man, this 0 A.D. game is garbage. If only I could add this and that and sell it, not only it would be the perfect game, I would make some serious money on it. ... Wait, what do you mean that since the game is open source, I can totally do exactly that?"

Quoting: Bladeforce
Quoting: AkonadyIf they stop with this Open Source bs they could sell the game, make money from it, and turn the game into a real game, hiring developers, not this garbage, this game is not even close to Age of Empires, sorry. But hey, they still got 1.000 years to finish the game.

I suggest you grow up, go out and learn more about life. You won't get far by having an attitude like that. The developers are doing this in their own time, for fun and to be honest its a great game FOR FREE.
Maybe just maybe the whole idea is to just update the game and never reach an end goal? I for one like this as if you were tied to regular games you would have paid for 0.A.D 25 times by now.
Support these people not lambast them with irrational, prepubescent crap.
The only thing garbage about this is that I have to share the air I breathe with trolls like yourself

I like the main point of your comment, but were the insults really necessary? Every time when someone talks about Linux community being toxic, I mention the Linux gaming community being the nicest community ever. Yeah I agree that Akonady is dead wrong, but so was I about so many things in the past and can you really say the same doesn't apply to you?
Bladeforce 21 Feb
Quoting: Rooster
Quoting: AkonadyIf they stop with this Open Source bs they could sell the game, make money from it, and turn the game into a real game, hiring developers, not this garbage, this game is not even close to Age of Empires, sorry. But hey, they still got 1.000 years to finish the game.

But... Why? You already have so many games in this exact genre which do exactly that, why is it bad to have one game which decides to do it in another way? Imagine, if one day you become a game developer and be like: "Oh man, this 0 A.D. game is garbage. If only I could add this and that and sell it, not only it would be the perfect game, I would make some serious money on it. ... Wait, what do you mean that since the game is open source, I can totally do exactly that?"

Quoting: Bladeforce
Quoting: AkonadyIf they stop with this Open Source bs they could sell the game, make money from it, and turn the game into a real game, hiring developers, not this garbage, this game is not even close to Age of Empires, sorry. But hey, they still got 1.000 years to finish the game.

I suggest you grow up, go out and learn more about life. You won't get far by having an attitude like that. The developers are doing this in their own time, for fun and to be honest its a great game FOR FREE.
Maybe just maybe the whole idea is to just update the game and never reach an end goal? I for one like this as if you were tied to regular games you would have paid for 0.A.D 25 times by now.
Support these people not lambast them with irrational, prepubescent crap.
The only thing garbage about this is that I have to share the air I breathe with trolls like yourself

I like the main point of your comment, but were the insults really necessary? Every time when someone talks about Linux community being toxic, I mention the Linux gaming community being the nicest community ever. Yeah I agree that Akonady is dead wrong, but so was I about so many things in the past and can you really say the same doesn't apply to you?

Did you also come out and say total garbage about a group of people doing something their way for nothing?
Common sense is seriously lacking. Sometimes being blunt is the best riposte to a troll
Rooster 21 Feb
Quoting: Bladeforce
Quoting: Rooster
Quoting: AkonadyIf they stop with this Open Source bs they could sell the game, make money from it, and turn the game into a real game, hiring developers, not this garbage, this game is not even close to Age of Empires, sorry. But hey, they still got 1.000 years to finish the game.

But... Why? You already have so many games in this exact genre which do exactly that, why is it bad to have one game which decides to do it in another way? Imagine, if one day you become a game developer and be like: "Oh man, this 0 A.D. game is garbage. If only I could add this and that and sell it, not only it would be the perfect game, I would make some serious money on it. ... Wait, what do you mean that since the game is open source, I can totally do exactly that?"

Quoting: Bladeforce
Quoting: AkonadyIf they stop with this Open Source bs they could sell the game, make money from it, and turn the game into a real game, hiring developers, not this garbage, this game is not even close to Age of Empires, sorry. But hey, they still got 1.000 years to finish the game.

I suggest you grow up, go out and learn more about life. You won't get far by having an attitude like that. The developers are doing this in their own time, for fun and to be honest its a great game FOR FREE.
Maybe just maybe the whole idea is to just update the game and never reach an end goal? I for one like this as if you were tied to regular games you would have paid for 0.A.D 25 times by now.
Support these people not lambast them with irrational, prepubescent crap.
The only thing garbage about this is that I have to share the air I breathe with trolls like yourself

I like the main point of your comment, but were the insults really necessary? Every time when someone talks about Linux community being toxic, I mention the Linux gaming community being the nicest community ever. Yeah I agree that Akonady is dead wrong, but so was I about so many things in the past and can you really say the same doesn't apply to you?

Did you also come out and say total garbage about a group of people doing something their way for nothing?
Common sense is seriously lacking. Sometimes being blunt is the best riposte to a troll

Yes, there was this one time when a youtuber named Chris Titus Tech made a video called "Why I Stopped Using Linux for Gaming". Due to lack of any real arguments or actual informational value, that video was total garbage in my opinion and I did comment exactly that. And I stand by it, unless someone makes a good case on why I am wrong.
Quoting: GuestGentlemen you can't fight here ! This is a wargame thread !

war room

war room

I always love to see Dr Strangelove references in the wild :P Epic movie.
slaapliedje 22 Feb
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Quoting: ElectricPrism
Quoting: GuestGentlemen you can't fight here ! This is a wargame thread !

war room

war room

I always love to see Dr Strangelove references in the wild :P Epic movie.
I think I shall watch it again. Brilliant show!
alicecarter 10 Mar
omg, this is alpha??!! holy mother of god. digging the gameplay


Last edited by alicecarter on 11 March 2021 at 11:04 am UTC
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Quoting: alicecarteromg, this is alpha??!! holy mother of god
Yeah! Ha, how long was Battle for Wesnoth in alpha/beta before the 1.0 release? Oh god, or Wine? It's actually pretty sick how far Wine has come.
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