The twenty-fifth Alpha version of 0 A.D., a very impressive free and open source RTS is out now. Much earlier than usual since they managed to get over some development hurdles in the previous release. It remains is one of the most technically and visually impressive open source games around, and definitely one to take a look at if you love historical themed strategy games.
With this release the code-name is Yaunã, an old Persian word for Ionians (Greeks).
Here's what is new:
- Pathfinding And Netcode Improvements – Improved Pathfinding, Performance And Reduced Game Lag
- Order Restructuring – Players Can Now Push New Orders To The Front Of Their Production Queues
- Improved Unit AI
- New Biomes Incorporating New 2k Textures And Normal/Specular Maps
- Initial Implementation Of Single Player Campaigns
- GUI Improvements
- Extended Graphics Options
- Improved Mod Support And Game Filtering In The Multiplayer Lobby
- Ongoing Civilization Balancing
- Various Other Game Stability Bug Fixes And Speedups
While it's now released, it will take a little while for the various repositories to update. You can find how to download it from their page which includes Snap, Flatpak, AppImage and more.
For those just learning of the game now: don't expect actual historical accuracy. As the developers explain that "'0 A.D.' is a time period that never actually existed: In the usual calendar, one goes from 1 B.C. to 1 A.D. and skips zero. This reflects the historical fiction in the game: Who would have won if all the factions were pitted against each other when each of them was at its prime?". In terms of gameplay, it feels a fair bit like Age of Empires but with some mechanics that set it apart.
See more on the official site.