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The 0 A.D. developers sent word out today that the packaging for alpha 20 has begun, and release candidate testing will happen soon. I've done some highlights of what's to come!

The packaging for A20 is under way! Prepare yourselves to test some Release Candidates! :D pic.twitter.com/dsWnpR6ino

— 0 A.D. (@play0ad) March 28, 2016


What's to come?

This is just after scanning their roadmap of tickets, there's probably plenty they have done that didn't have a ticket.

- Enable GLSL by default on OpenGL 3+ (the visuals should see an improvement)
- Forest Battle (4) map now included (from Mapping Contest 16)
- A bit of work done on detecting features your GPU can use, sounds like in future it will auto-detect graphics settings for you when starting
- An observer joining will no longer take the slot of a disconnected player, preventing them rejoining
- The AI should no longer build a dock and a ton of ships in a river that's too small just blocking it up
- Fixed a bug where spec maps, normal maps, and AO maps for buildings and/or units would not get turned on in the graphics menu
- Dead soldiers will no longer get promoted creating a new soldier
- Fixes to make longer games work better
- Tons more see here

I very much look forward to giving it a go, as I think it's going to be incredible when it's finished. Their attention to detail is awesome, and it shows with every alpha.

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khalismur 28 Mar, 2016
Awesome!! I played some of it and the game is still early in the baking but am hoping they keep going with this great project :-)
Has very nice potential, that's for sure! Also, FOSS FTW


Last edited by khalismur on 28 March 2016 at 2:38 pm UTC
Purple Library Guy 28 Mar, 2016
This has been around for bloody ages but it seems like it's moving faster lately.
Kimyrielle 28 Mar, 2016
This is one of the very few actually commercial quality OSS game projects and I am not sure if "very few" actually means "the only one" (I can't think of a second one right now). I hope they will get it done one day. Looks very good.
Mountain Man 28 Mar, 2016
Quoting: Purple Library GuyThis has been around for bloody ages but it seems like it's moving faster lately.
It's certainly unusual for a free and open source game of this quality to go the distance.


Last edited by Mountain Man on 28 March 2016 at 4:58 pm UTC
Pecisk 28 Mar, 2016
Quoting: Purple Library GuyThis has been around for bloody ages but it seems like it's moving faster lately.

They sorted crowdfunding question for them and thus got additional revenue.
Purple Library Guy 29 Mar, 2016
Quoting: KimyrielleThis is one of the very few actually commercial quality OSS game projects and I am not sure if "very few" actually means "the only one" (I can't think of a second one right now). I hope they will get it done one day. Looks very good.

Battle for Wesnoth?
Purple Library Guy 29 Mar, 2016
Quoting: Pecisk
Quoting: Purple Library GuyThis has been around for bloody ages but it seems like it's moving faster lately.

They sorted crowdfunding question for them and thus got additional revenue.

Ah, that would explain it. Clever.
pr4vus 29 Mar, 2016
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: KimyrielleThis is one of the very few actually commercial quality OSS game projects and I am not sure if "very few" actually means "the only one" (I can't think of a second one right now). I hope they will get it done one day. Looks very good.

Battle for Wesnoth?

While Wesnoth certainly is a good and entertaining game, imo it doesn't come close to 0AD in production quality. 0AD feels like a AAA game in the making. can't wait for it to be finished :)
STiAT 29 Mar, 2016
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: Pecisk
Quoting: Purple Library GuyThis has been around for bloody ages but it seems like it's moving faster lately.

They sorted crowdfunding question for them and thus got additional revenue.

Ah, that would explain it. Clever.

They had several funding campaigns running for having a core developer working full-time for some time on the game. That's probably why it's moving faster right now, but could end some day again.

We'll see about it, it has great potential and I think it certainly could become a cool game for LAN Partys.
omer666 29 Mar, 2016
I really hope to see a Beta this year as I completely love what they do.
Go 0 A.D.!!!
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