PLYMOUTH— Game developer Stardock Entertainment announced that its upcoming tower defense game, “Seige of Centauri,” enters Steam early access on April 16. Early Access allows fans of the genre to give input into game mechanics, pacing, and balance.
Set in the universe of Stardock’s game “Ashes of the Singularity,” the player takes on the role of defender of humanity’s first interstellar colony, on a planet of the nearest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. Stardock’s new take on the classic genre comes by leveraging the capabilities of its new game engine, first seen in “Ashes of the Singularity,” and more recently in “Star Control: Origins.”
“With tens of thousands of enemy machines pouring toward your base, we want to give players a very new experience of what it means to defend yourselves against overwhelming odds,” said lead designer Derek Paxton. “The benefits between a rail gun that fires one deadly round every ten seconds and a high-speed plasma arc array that does low damage, but to dozens of enemies at once, is obvious to players, especially when they see a huge mothership surrounded by hundreds of escorts coming at them.”
The veteran strategy game developer also incorporates some strategic elements to the genre, such as defending resources and deploying fast response teams to battle, providing players with difficult choices about which areas to defend and which areas to let go.
In early access, players will:
- Defend Centauri: Gain access to new technologies and fight off enemy invaders from region to region.
- Deploy your Defenses: An arsenal of emergency rapid deployment defenses are at your disposal. Use them in strategic locations to halt the swarm’s progress.
- Strike From Above: When all else fails, use your ship’s formidable capabilities from orbit to destroy your enemies.
Stardock is a developer and publisher of games and PC software founded in 1991 by technologist Bradley Wardell. Its other games include “Sins of a Solar Empire,” “Offworld Trading Company,” and “Galactic Civilizations.” Visit www.stardock.com to learn more.