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access_time January 28, 2016 at 9:01 PM in News by Charlie Grammer

Stardock releases first public beta of Ashes of the Singularity

Today the team behind Sins of a Solar Empire released the first public beta of a new real-time strategy game featuring the first-ever native DirectX 12 support, Ashes of the Singularity.

Brad Wardell, President and CEO of Stardock, stated, “In Ashes of the Singularity, gamers aren’t fighting a battle, they’re fighting a war. Players command thousands of units across a vast battlefield while building up their economic and technological might.”

The game’s public beta allows players to choose between the descendants of humanity, the Post-Human Coalition, or their bitter enemies, the Substrate.

Wardell added, “Over the past few months we’ve worked closely with AMD and Nvidia to fully leverage their hardware. Our alpha testers have reported substantial performance gains, which is allowing us to begin lowering the hardware requirements.”

Here are the key features, as presented on the official press release:

  • The first native DirectX 12 game allowing each CPU core to command the player’s GPU simultaneously, which allows for more rendered units to be displayed on screen at the same time – by an order of magnitude – than in any previous RTS game to date.
  • A multi-core, real-time strategy AI that allows for excellent single player RTS gaming.
  • A new native 64-bit 3D engine called Nitrous that makes full use of the features of DirectX 11 and DirectX 12, allowing for thousands of light sources on screen simultaneously.
  • A new type of unit group organization known as a “meta” unit that makes it easy for players to manage potentially tens of thousands of units across a world.
  • Advanced Nitrous 3D engine allows players to zoom out on the map without having to transform the map into a simplified view of the battlefield.

“Our goal with Ashes of the Singularity is to help introduce a new generation of gamers to real-time strategy games,” said Wardell. “We want to make a game where players can invite their friends in and be up and playing relatively quickly without a lengthy explanation about how to play.”

As a result, they state that the game’s mechanics are relatively straight-forward to learn. In order to build up your armies, research technologies, and develop a powerful economy, you will need to collect various metal and radioactive material.

Beta 1 is currently available on Early Access for both Steam and GoG, including single player skirmish, co-op multiplayer, and ranked multiplayer modes. In addition, they expect to release Beta 2 next month, which is set to include multi-GPU support and a new 3D benchmark mode. The final release is set to come out in Spring 2016.

What do you think of this new title? Will you be joining Beta 1 or Beta 2?



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