Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Jeru

New Release: 0 A.D. Alpha 2 Bellerophon

Recommended Posts

Wildfire Games proudly announces the release of "0 A.D. Alpha 2 Bellerophon", the second alpha version of 0 A.D., a free, open-source game of ancient warfare. This release comes with victory conditions, fog of war, formations, a new in-game GUI and many other features that make 0 A.D. feel more like a real RTS than ever before. Who will emerge as the victor? Download and play to find out!

Easy Download and Install

Download and installation instructions are available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. 0 A.D. is free of charge and always will be. You can redistribute it and modify it as long as you abide by the GPL. No registration, no advertising, no catch.

download_01.png

download_02.png

download_03.png

download_04.png

New features in this release:

  • Gameplay: Added fog of war; group movement and basic formations; victory conditions; health bars; hunting and fishing; population limits; repair command.
  • Performance: Improved pathfinder performance greatly. Moved data files into a zip file for faster loading. Added automatic texture compression; Added streaming music decompression.
  • GUI: Completely new in-game GUI. Improved minimap, added unit-following camera mode, added building rotation keys.
  • Art: Savanna biome (terrain set, flora and fauna such as baobab and giraffes); All Celtic buildings revamped or remodeled; Greek fishing boat; Theban Sacred Band; Hellenistic Spartan Phalangite; Eyecandy such as broken and fallen columns, unfinished Greek temple, Royal Stoa, stone fence, etc.
  • Multiple new maps and scenarios to play.

Room for improvement:

  • There is no computer opponent AI yet. In single-player games the enemy does nothing.
  • There is no random map generation yet.
  • Many unit stats are still unbalanced.
  • Many planned gameplay features are not added yet: There is no research, no auras, no rank upgrades, no settlements and territories, no resource dropsites, etc.
  • Many bugs and small missing features.
  • There is no multiplayer matchmaking service. You have to connect by IP address. (More convenient ways may be implemented in the future).

An overview of the gameplay feature status is on our wiki, and as you can see, there is still a lot of work to be done. If you want to be part of this effort too, you're welcome to get involved!

Why "Bellerophon"?

We name our releases according to development status ("Alpha" or "Beta"), successive release number (1, 2, 3, ...) and a word relating to the ancient world, in alphabetical order ("Argonaut" for A, ...).

In Greek mythology, Bellerophon (pronounced buh-LEHR-uh-fun) was the hero who tamed Pegasus, a magical winged horse, and rode him, using a golden bridle given to him by the goddess Athena. Bellerophon also defeated the Amazons and slayed the Chimera, a monster with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail. As Bellerophon's fame grew, though, so did his hubris. Bellerophon felt that because of his victory over the Chimera he deserved to fly to Mount Olympus, the realm of the gods. However, this presumption angered Zeus and he sent a gad-fly to sting the horse, causing Bellerophon to fall all the way back to Earth. From then on, Pegasus would never let Bellerophon or anyone else ride him again. (Source: Wikipedia). To mark Alpha 2 Bellerophon, we included a Pegasus unit in the game.

alpha2-bellerophon-new-art-small.jpg

For the next alpha, we welcome fan suggestions for words relating to the ancient world beginning with C. As a loose guideline, they should have to do with at least one of the six civilizations set to be represented in the game.

Long Time, No Siege

Wildfire Games will continue releasing new versions of 0 A.D. periodically. Watch our news feed to keep updated, or follow us by e-mail, RSS, Facebook or Twitter. And you're always welcome to join the 0 A.D. community on our forums.

email.png rss.png facebook.png twitter.png moddb.png

Edited by Jeru

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Awesome, looking forward to trying it. Im disapointed there are there are still no Persians or Carthaginians, etc :P. Oh well, makes sure I have something to look forward too!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very nice guys, huge improvement over the last alpha. Just as a side though, no matter what I try I am unable to get the game to run for more than 10-15 seconds in Ubuntu 10.10, but will run in Windows 7 just fine.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very nice guys, huge improvement over the last alpha. Just as a side though, no matter what I try I am unable to get the game to run for more than 10-15 seconds in Ubuntu 10.10, but will run in Windows 7 just fine.

Are you perhaps using Nvidia drivers? Seems like there's a bug in the drivers, so unfortunately there's not much we can do about it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cerberus - three-headed dog, would make a great editor unit.^^

Charon - ferryman of the Underworld - well, this is perhaps a bit too dark-mooded, after all

Clio - the muse of historiography

Clotho - one of the three parces (fate godesses of Romano-Greek mythology)

Colossus - I am talking of the one in Rhodos.;)

Take a pick, if you want. I am not really sure what your real guidelines are with naming the releases, but you may as well find one that suits you.;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Forgot about Cyclops. You could also take Cyrus, Caesar, Caros or Carthage and take it as a opportunity to include the related faction.:D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am not really sure what your real guidelines are with naming the releases

We're quite flexible and we make up the rules as we go along.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I want to go with Cerberus :D a three headed dog would be awesome XD

another suggestion would be '"Camulos" Celtic god of war.' suggested by someone from Moddb.

I think that would be a nice change since the first to releases were Greek names.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I vote for Clio as the next Alpha name to represent all of the history research that has gone into this game and to give a nod to the history buffs who helped out. If not for alpha 3 then for Beta 3. Clio needs to work her way in somehow. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×