Update adds game replays, numerous balance adjustments, modding support, new maps, and more
Plymouth, MI. April 6, 2017 - Stardock released version 2.2 for its massive-scale RTS Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation today. The update adds the highly anticipated replay feature, game rebalances, new maps, modding support, and more.
"Fans have been asking for game replay for a while now, so we're really excited to implement it," said Derek Paxton, Stardock's Vice President of Entertainment. "The replays remove the fog of war so that you can see the entire map and all its players, which can be really valuable for formulating new strategies and learning where old ones may have gone wrong."
v2.2 also introduces sizeable game rebalances. Callum McCole of General's Gentlemen has joined the team to take over the day-to-day design aspects of Escalation. This update focused on the following:
Refining the counter system
Increasing strategic diversity
Opening up late game tech
Making Substrate less radioactives-intensive
Weakening exploitative "cheese" strategies
Improving game flow
Making the game more welcoming for newer players
Preventing double-capturing of resource points at the beginning of a game
To see more detailed specifics about the adjustments listed above and other balance changes made for Escalation, visit CEO Brad Wardell's Dev Diary.
In addition to rebalancing, v2.2 adds three new maps. Manannan, a 12-player Terran map and Aenghus, a 10-player desert map, are both excellent for free-for-all games. Brighid is a smaller arctic map meant for 8 players and is ideal for a tightly enclosed 4v4 or a more widely spread game of 4 teams with 2 players each.
Modders have something to look forward to in this update as well. Players will be able to mod game files, add maps and scenarios, and enable or disable mods for their games. For more details on modding in Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation, visit the Modder's Guide.
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About Stardock: Stardock is a developer and publisher of PC games and desktop software founded in 1991 by nationally recognized technology expert Brad Wardell. Located in Plymouth, Michigan, Stardock is a powerful leader in the video gaming and software development world. Its PC games include Sins of a Solar Empire, Offworld Trading Company, Galactic Civilizations and Ashes of the Singularity.