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Caesar III game engine Augustus has a new releases up

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Augustus is a game engine reimplementation for the classic Caesar III, enabling you to play on modern platforms (like Linux / Steam Deck). It's a fork of another called Julius that focuses on accuracy, with Augustus aiming to improve the game with a number of changes.

Version 3.2.0 was released and here's some highlights:

  • A warning is displayed when the game can't be saved.
  • Added a yearly autosave option.
  • Fulfilling the emperor's requests will now spawn cartpushers heading to Rome with the resources.
  • Added walkers who deliver food from the supply post to forts.
  • Added inverse direction option to right mouse click dragging.
  • Added relevant advisor buttons to many message types.
  • Added hotkeys for setting the map orientation to north.
  • Added the option to display messages as alerts on top of the screen.
  • Added the option to display the building grid.
  • Farms, raw materials buildings, workshops and wharves now display the efficiency of the building.
  • Added support for MPG video files. Create a “mpg” folder in your Caesar 3 install directory and place the MPG video files inside, to use them in-game instead of the SMK video files.
  • Added play/pause button to sidebar.
  • Added hedge/palisade gates. They are created by building hedges/palisades over the roads.
  • Added purple variants of columns and pavilions.
  • Added watchtower variants.
  • Added medium statue rotation.
  • Added gladiator statue.
  • Added support for assets relative path to the executable.
  • Added a support for saving high-res screenshots of the minimap.
  • + a lot more.

You need the original game assets which you can grab easily with a DRM-free copy of Caesar III on or Steam.

If you wish to play it directly from Steam, you can use the Luxtorpeda project to run it which I've covered before in various articles like this guide.

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anewson Sep 26, 2022
I've played a lot of this and it's flawless. If you have nostalgia for the Caesar series, try Augustus immediately. If you have no nostalgia for the Caesar series but like city builders, try Augustus immediately. If you have no nostalgia for the Caesar series and don't like city builders, I applaud your curiosity for making it this far into my comment.

Last edited by anewson on 26 September 2022 at 6:53 pm UTC
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