Stardock recently released Beta 2 of their upcoming massive-scale real-time strategy game, Ashes of the Singularity, which takes place in a post-technological singularity universe in which humans have begun to colonize the stars. Now, they are facing a foe that threatens to completely annihilate them. This foe, a race of machines known as the Substrate, seeks to control the same worlds that humanity is attempting to claim.
Beta 2 includes a new DirectX 12 benchmark developed by Oxide Games and explicit support for several new DirectX 12 features, including multiple GPUs and Asynchronous compute.
Dan Baker, Chief Scientist at Oxide Games, stated, “With this update, players can improve game performance by adding another video card. As long as the two cards are reasonably similar in performance, they can be of any model or brand including mixing AMD and NVidia cards together. Players just insert the additional video card and enable it via the game’s video options panel.”
“Stardock and Oxide are doing great work taking advantage of Windows 10 with DirectX 12 features such as asynchronous compute and multiple GPUs,” said Kevin Unangst, Senior Global Director, PC Gaming at Microsoft. “Their new DirectX 12 benchmark lets gamers see how their systems perform with actual gameplay.”
In addition, the well-received artificial intelligence first seen in Beta 1 has been improved.
Brad Wardell, Executive Producer of Ashes of the Singularity, said, “Ashes of the Singularity isn’t just a battle, it’s a war across an entire world. As visually stunning as the game can be, the success of the game is dependent on the gameplay. That’s why we’re investing so much into making sure the computer opponents are such worthy adversaries.”
Those interested in checking out Beta 2 can do so as it is now available in Early Access on Steam and GOG. Beta 2 includes single player skirmish, co-op multiplayer, and ranked multiplayer.