Arcen Games is having a weekend sale on their space strategy game AI War: Fleet Command on Steam, available for OS X and Windows. Through Sunday, save 75% on the base game and pay only $2.49 (down from $9.99) or the collection—which includes the base game and 5 expansions—for $4.24 (down from $16.99).
With a sixth expansion—Brahmsburg Night, planned for March/April 2014—there’s more to look forward to from this challenging and very enjoyable space strategy game.
Humanity has already fought its war against the machines—and lost. AI death squads stand watch over every planet and every wormhole, the few remaining human settlements are held captive in orbiting bubbles, and the AIs have turned their attention outward, away from the galaxy, to alien threats or opportunities unknown.
This inattention is our only hope: a small resistance, too insignificant even to be noticed by the AI central command, has survived. These are the forces you will command. The AI subcommanders will fight you to the death when they see you—but your glimmer of opportunity comes from quietly subduing those subcommanders without alerting central processing to the danger until it’s too late.
You do have a few things going in your favor. Your ships are much faster. You have safe AI routines to automate defenses and mining outposts. You have production techniques that can churn out fully-outfitted unmanned fighters in seconds. There will never be more than a few thousand of your ships versus tens of thousands of theirs, but through careful strategy you must somehow reach and destroy the heavily-guarded AI cores.
Go forth into the galaxy, steal AI technology, recapture those planets you must in order to achieve your ends, and save what remains of humanity. But draw too much attention to yourself, and the full might of the AI overlords will come crashing down.
Arcen Games is also coming out with The Last Federation, a “grand strategy + RTS tactics game” available on OS X, Windows, and Linux. IndieDB has a lot of information about this upcoming space strategy game, including previews, videos, details on the alien races and combat, and much more.
The Last Federation is a space-based mix of strategy and tactics in which you control a small mercenary fleet on an unusual mission: the formation of the first and last solar federation. Undertake mercenary contracts, fight pirates, customize ships, research technologies, and use your growing bargaining power to strong-arm planetary governments into doing your will. Battles are quick and vicious, and, like Bionic Dues, the game is easy to pick up and play in quick bursts.
Learn more about Arcen Games at their website.