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The Fertile Crescent is an indie RTS in development that looks quite promising

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With a style that resembles the original Age of Empires a little, The Fertile Crescent is an RTS set during the Bronze Age in the Ancient Near East. Currently available for free on itch.

Check out their trailer:

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It's still quite early on for the project, which is built in Unity. It has a Linux build available right now and it seems to work quite well, apart from some graphical distortion in the bottom part of the screen that I've seen in multiple Unity titles now (which might be an NVIDIA driver bug).

Features:

  • Core Real Time Strategy mechanics like training villagers and warriors, constructing buildings, harvesting resources, researching technologies, ranged units etc. 
  • Make sure you have enough food to sustain your population.
  • Defeat an enemy tribe on an auto-generated map.
  • Four difficulty levels.
  • Online multiplayer for 1 on 1 battles.

I spoke to the developer about their future plans. It will eventually became a pay to play game, but that won't happen until it's further developed:

For the time being our primary focus will be on improving game mechanics, continue developing the base-game (adding base defence, animals, rest of planned buildings etc.), multiplayer functionality, and lastly, AI for Skirmish mode. Then we'll take it from there!

Check it out on itch.io.

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buenaventura 13 November 2018 at 10:47 am UTC
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The developer sure is very active in the comments, seems like a game that could become very nice and well supported! I wish they would perhaps outline a bit more what's the special mechanics or aestethics or what they are aiming for more visionary, but perhaps that's all undecided as of yet. It's a little bare to just say "RTS in Bronze Age". But I guess they are keeping the fluff for the real push when they want to release for money.
hardpenguin 13 November 2018 at 11:43 am UTC
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It's totally like an indie Age of Empires! I love it
razing32 13 November 2018 at 11:59 pm UTC
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It does indeed look like a (more?) pixely AOE
Good find , curios where it goes.
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