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Free and open source RTS 'Zero-K' releases on Steam on April 27th

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Free and open source RTS 'Zero-K' is going to release on Steam on April 27th, along with a single-player campaign and multiplayer.

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  • Traditional real time strategy with physically simulated units and projectiles.
  • 100+ varied units with abilities including terrain manipulation, cloaking and jumpjets.
  • 70+ mission galaxy-spanning campaign to be enjoyed solo or co-op with friends.
  • Challenging, (non-cheating) skirmish AI and survival mode.
  • Multiplayer 1v1 - 16v16, FFA, coop. Ladders, replays, spectators and tournaments.
  • PlanetWars - A multiplayer online campaign planned to start in May.
  • Really free, no paid advantages, no unfair multiplayer.

It's actually built on the Spring RTS Engine, something that's been in development for years. As a huge fan of traditional RTS games, this has me quite excited to see it "finished". Should be good fun to play some games with the community, possibly something we will livestream. Hopefully plenty of you are interested to join me on that!

Sadly, it seems they removed the direct downloads from their site, at least I couldn't find the downloads any more so everyone will need to use Steam now. There's also, but I'm not sure how up to date those builds are.

Thanks for the tip, Toric!

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Liam Dawe 12 April 2018 at 9:30 pm UTC
pete910Looks supcom/Total annihilation ish which is a good thing, free to boot
Well it should. Spring RTS Engine started as a 3D engine for Total Annihilation, which then spawned mods and full games like this.
Asu 12 April 2018 at 9:48 pm UTC
haha nice
ison111 12 April 2018 at 11:39 pm UTC
This actually looks really awesome. I hope it gets a lot of attention.
Korhaka 12 April 2018 at 11:51 pm UTC
Looks like they will allow downloading from their site again after the release on steam. It is also still possible to download the game from their website, it is just the instructions have been removed for now.

Korhaka - Today at 12:34 AM
played on/off since 2010 or so, really dont want to have to use steam to play if i can avoid it

GoogleFrog - Today at 12:34 AM
it seems that the site downloads are not on the main site.

GoogleFrog - Today at 12:35 AM
the main download will be back on release. I think we're avoiding any early influx using the site infrastructure
STiAT 13 April 2018 at 10:27 am UTC
I never tried this one. Will certainly get it and donate, because I really like the RTS genre and would enjoy a nice RTS in Linux.
Xelancer 13 April 2018 at 10:30 am UTC
Really miss Total Annihilation RTS days... FOSS too deserves support!
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