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Impressive free and open source RTS 0 A.D. Alpha 25 is out now

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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).

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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.

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8 comments

vipor29 8 Aug
it amazes me how far this game has come.especially in the graphics department.for something free you don't see that very often.
Tchey 8 Aug
Yep, have to wait before playing. Nothing seems up to date yet, snap, flat, app...
Manjaro is with 0.24. Some reps are even still with 0.23.

Also, big mistake in the trailer, Alpha 25 shows as XV instead of XXV in old rome numbers.
And we have a a good 10 seconds to notice it, hehe... Weird they didn’t see that, as it’s very obvious.
sub 8 Aug
Looking great.

Do they have a campaign (already)?
Pretty sure it was on their agenda.

Edit: I should've carefully read the article. ;)


Last edited by sub on 8 August 2021 at 1:46 pm UTC
Liam Dawe 8 Aug
Quoting: TcheyAlso, big mistake in the trailer, Alpha 25 shows as XV instead of XXV in old rome numbers.
Looks like they noticed and replaced, updated.
KohlyKohl 8 Aug
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Quoting: TcheyYep, have to wait before playing. Nothing seems up to date yet, snap, flat, app...
Manjaro is with 0.24. Some reps are even still with 0.23.

Also, big mistake in the trailer, Alpha 25 shows as XV instead of XXV in old rome numbers.
And we have a a good 10 seconds to notice it, hehe... Weird they didn’t see that, as it’s very obvious.

Getting an up to date version of this game has always been a struggle
Lanz 9 Aug
Great game. Been playing for years. I just wish you could rejoin a multiplayer game with AI players and not get desynced.
Cioranix 9 Aug
Still no built-in support for 4k displays? Thought it was planned for the alpha25 release :(
mrdeathjr 13 Aug
In my case runs very well and seems more smooth compared last test around 2018

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