Free, open-source RTS 0 A.D. launches on Indiegogo

Wildfire Games, an international community of volunteer game developers, has launched an Indiegogo campaign support development of 0 A.D., a free, open-source RTS game of ancient warfare.

The campaign comes after years into development of the game, done almost entirely by dozens of volunteers. The Indiegogo campaign for PC/Mac/Linux ends October 20th, 2013.

The developers of 0 A.D. hope to set an important precedent for software freedom in computer games. In the fundraiser pitch, they write that the gaming industry need not be dominated by closed-sourced, proprietary games.

"We think gamers should be allowed to learn how their games work, change them, share them and redistribute their works. This freedom to tinker is what free, open-source software is all about and so we hope a lot of people tinker with 0 A.D. Just imagine what wonderful things might come out of it," the developers write.

The announcement of the fundraiser coincides with the release of “0 A.D. Alpha 14 Naukratis”, the fourteenth alpha version of 0 A.D. Free downloads of the latest version for Windows, Linux and the Mac are available at http://play0ad.com/download/ .

Indiegogo campaign: http://play0ad.com/fundraiser

Fundraising pitch video: http://youtu.be/DXDxXGTzIf4

0 A.D. original soundtrack (featuring live instruments, all entirely contributed by volunteers): http://play0ad.bandcamp.com/

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  • 100% free, open-source software: 0 A.D is free of charge and always will be. It is also completely free to redistribute and mod under the GPL. No “freemium” model, no in-game advertising, no catch.
  • Cross-platform: 0 A.D. runs on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.
  • 12 civilizations: Each has unique appearance and gameplay, including units, structures, and technology trees.
  • Citizen soldiers:  Some infantry and cavalry units can not only fight, but also gather resources and construct buildings, making them substantially more versatile than in typical RTS games.
  • Combat experience matters: The more time your citizen soldiers spend fighting your enemies, the higher they go up the ranks. With each rank, they become stronger, but they also get worse at civilian tasks.
  • Technology tradeoffs: Some technologies are arranged in pairs, and within each pair, you can only research one technology at most in each game. This choice is irreversible, so choose carefully!
  • Excellent moddability: From new computer opponent behaviors to extra civilizations, easily create your own modifications (mods) of 0 A.D. by editing game files, all freely available in standard, open formats.
About 0 A.D.

0 A.D. (pronounced zero-ey-dee) is an open-source war/economy RTS game featuring several ancient civilizations at their prime, from Greece and Rome to Carthage and Persia. 0 A.D. is under development by Wildfire Games, an international team of volunteers. It will always be available free of charge and its development process is open for all to see and participate in.  


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