Ashes of the Singularity Is Out of Early Access

Posted on 02 Apr 2016 by
Stephen Haselden

The ultra-modern ultra-hardcore RTS from Stardock has just finished Early Access and hit full release.

Ashes of the Singularity is an uncompromising venture into making RTS’s mainstream again. I dubbed 2015 the year of that RTS returns because we saw many RTS released, from old classics like Homeworld returning in its remastered form, to some evolutions of RTS, with Etherium and Grey Goo.

AotS, is revisiting another style RTS however that was not encompassed by last year’s glut of awesomeness, Ashes is a game that takes up the “Total Annihilation” banner, that was last held by Supreme Commander Forged Alliance in 2007, (and later dropped by Supreme Commander 2 in 2010).

Total Annihilation, (1997) started a new branch of RTS games by focussing more on big scale strategies and large unit numbers. Despite these deep roots, I did describe Ashes of the Singularity as ultra-modern, and that is because it has been used as a test bed and demonstration for DirectX 12. In order to dun it on DX 12 you will need the latest Operating System – Windows 10. But for those unwilling to upgrade AotS will also run on DX11, meaning Win 7 and 8/8.1 support.

Probably the biggest advantage advantages that AotS boast from this technology is the ability to model huge numbers of units and physics at once without slowdown.

One more reason to be excited about Ashes is the multiplayer. In 1997 online multiplayer games were still in their infancy, but Total Annihilation was one of the early ones to really take advantage of this new aspect of gaming, and Ashes aims to take this baton, with both hands too.

Official Press Release

Wage War on a Massive Scale in Ashes of the Singularity – Available Now!

Control Thousands of Units and Engage in Battle in Ashes of the Singularity

Planet by planet, a war is raging across the galaxy. Two opposing factions are locked in war: the descendants of humanity, the Post Human Coalition, and the bitter, strong-AI called the Substrate. Each seek control of newfound worlds and will fight until the only one left standing is the victor who will claim it all.

Wage a War Across an Entire World
You want a war? We’ll give you a war! Experience massive numbers of units that can be easily organized into armies, allowing you to fight battles across several different fronts simultaneously. With two unique factions, The Post-Human Coalition and The Substrate, tons of possible combinations for units, and a large selection of maps, no two wars will be the same.

Encounter Mysterious New Threats in Ascendancy Wars
In the year 2178, humanity has begun to evolve into god-like Post-Humans and are now expanding out into the galaxy. Learn more about how the Post-Human Coalition formed and what mysterious threats they encounter as they explore new worlds in this exciting campaign mode. Try the “scenarios” mode and take on unique challenges like “King of the Hill,” a scenario that pits you against an endless onslaught of enemies to see just how long you can survive.

Battle with Friends in Multiplayer Matches
Play custom matches with friends and engage in a lively multiplayer community. Join in on ranked 1v1 multi-player matches to see how you hold up against other Ashes players! You can check out the Metaverse scoreboard here.

Experience the Power of Nitrous
This new and powerful 3D 64-bit, multi-core engine allows for the rendering of Ashes’ thousands of units on screen at once and supports DirectX 11, DirectX 12, and multiple GPUs.

Claim Victory with Strategy, not Speed
Games are won or lost based on your strategy, not how fast you can click. Deciding what technologies to research, where to send armies, how to manage your economy, and what units to construct are critical.

Get Ashes of the Singularity now on Steam and Stardock.

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