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New release: Alpha 15 Osiris

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feneur    1,430

Wildfire Games, an international group of volunteer game developers, proudly announces the release of "0 A.D. Alpha 15 Osiris", the fifteenth alpha version of 0 A.D., a free, open-source game of ancient warfare. This alpha features a multiplayer lobby, skirmish maps, auras and more!

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. Although you might find some people selling copies of 0 A.D., either over the internet or on physical media, you will always have the option to download 0 A.D. completely gratis, directly from the developers.

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Moreover, you can redistribute the game and modify it freely as long as you abide by the GPL. You can even use parts of the art and sound for your own projects as long as you abide by CC BY-SA. No "freemium" model, no in-game advertising, no catch.

Top New Gameplay Features in This Release

  • Multiplayer Lobby: The new in-game multiplayer lobby is a place to meet other players and play games together. Meet the entire 0 A.D. community online and face the challenge of a multiplayer game!
  • Auras: Units get a bonus when they are in range of a special building, like a wonder, or another unit, such as a hero. This feature adds a new layer of strategy to the game. So far, in Alpha 15, temples regenerate health for nearby units, and most heroes have auras. This feature is set for expansion and further refinement over the next few alphas.
  • Debut of the Ptolemaic Egyptians: Alpha 15 debuts the Ptolemaic Egyptians as a new playable civilization. Some new buildings, units and unique gameplay features can already be tested, but it's not finished yet and still contains a lot of placeholders. The Ptolemies will be completed in the next alpha releases.
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    A Ptolemaic Egyptian settlement along the Nile.

  • Skirmish Maps: Skirmish maps are a new game mode in 0 A.D. They're similar to scenarios, but can be easily changed according to your preferences. Like scenarios, these are hand-crafted maps in which the terrain, starting positions and positions of resources on the map remain constant every game. However, unlike scenarios, other aspects can be changed every time you set up a game, like starting resources, factions and teams.

    Also, in skirmish maps the map creator also placed some generic entities on the map, which will change according to the factions players choose as soon as the game starts, such as generic Civil Centers that will immediately transform into Civil Centers specific to the faction chosen. Skirmish maps are another option available to the player, on top of scenarios and random maps. (Try the first skirmish map, "Alpine Valleys", bundled with Alpha 15!)

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The Alpine Valleys skirmish map.

User Interface

  • Escort / Guard Order: You can now order your troops to protect other units or buildings. When the guarded unit is attacked, whoever is guarding it will come to help, either by attacking the offender, or by healing or repairing the guarded unit.
  • Attack Notification: Whenever you're attacked, you'll hear a sound and receive a chat message, and the minimap will shows some blinking pixels on the map so you can quickly see where the attack is happening.
  • Auto-Garrison Units: When possible, you can ask your newly-produced units to garrison in the production building by setting the rally point in the building itself, using the Ctrl key.
  • Automatic Naval Pickup: When units are asked to garrison into a ship, the ship will sail to the shoreline to pick them up.
  • "Back to Work" Button: The last civilian task a unit was doing (i.e., gathering, building, trading, ...) is remembered when ordering a unit to do some military task (i.e. attack, garrison, ...). After you're done defending yourself from an enemy attack, you can quickly send units back to their previous tasks using the back-to-work button.

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New tech icons.

Music and Sound

  • Two special tracks have been composed for the Ptolemaic Egyptians: "Valley of the Nile" (feat. Shlomi Nogay on flutes and Jeff Willet on percussion) and "Ammon-Ra" (feat. Jeff Willet) (see YouTube videos below).
  • A new generic peace track, "Tavern in the Mist", contributed by Mike Skalandunas.
  • "Celtica" and "Highland Mist" now feature an actual Celtic harp, played by Avital Rom.
  • "Eastern Dreams" and "Sands of Time" have been completely remade, and now feature Jeff Willet on percussion.
  • "Honor Bound" remixed and remastered.
  • New selection sounds.

Graphics

  • Better Unit Movement in Formations: The units in formations run around less, and now know how to get to the closest available place in the formation. This way, the formation is formed faster, and the pathfinder doesn't have to compute long paths for big formations.
  • New Asian elephant and tiger animations.
  • Some new buildings were added to Brits and Gauls, complete with AO, normals and specularity.
  • New terrain textures.

Development Updates, Bug Fixes and Miscellaneous Features

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The new GUI design, modelled by the new Multiplayer Lobby.

  • New GUI Design: Work on a new and improved user interface design has started a while ago. With Alpha 15 you can see it in action the first time! At the moment the new design is only used for the multiplayer lobby, but other menus will hopefully also benefit from the improvements in the future.
  • Internationalization Work Started: For the next Alpha we intend to include a translation system, and work on such a system has already begun. Volunteers have begun translating 0 A.D. into dozens of languages. If you have the necessary skills to help localize 0 A.D., feel free to head over to the web-based translation platform Transifex!
  • Multiplayer OOS Problems Fixed: Several causes of out-of-sync errors in multiplayer games have been fixed. These issues made multiplayer games with AI players nearly unplayable in Alpha 14 but should now be fixed.
  • Increased Support for Multiplayer Hosting: If you were unable to host multiplayer games before because you couldn't manually setup port forwarding, now the game will try to automatically negotiate port forwarding with routers supporting UPnP. This should allow more people to host multiplayer games without connection issues.
  • Some recent graphical changes make it possible to make particle jet trails and more realistic smoke in the future.
  • Random map generation is now faster.

Getting Support

Please see the "Get Support" page on our website to find ways to get help from the active and friendly 0 A.D. community.

We are well aware there is some room for improvement in 0 A.D. Some known issues are: Lag, visual glitches or textures not loaded, missing animations and more. When you provide feedback, we would ask you to focus on some of the other points that could be improved. Thanks.

Please Contribute!

We are seeking volunteer contributors in programming, art, sound, documentation and more. Programmers are especially welcome and can get started immediately.

Interested? Log onto #0ad-dev on QuakeNet on IRC and meet the developers. Also, you are invited to register on our forums and start participating!

Why "Osiris"?

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, "Bellerophon" for B, ...).

Osiris was an ancient Egyptian god, usually identified as the god of the afterlife, the underworld and the dead. In honor of the release of the Ptolemies, we have decided to dub Alpha 15 "Osiris".

For the next alpha, we welcome fan suggestions for words relating to the ancient world beginning with the letter P. Keep it original and related to the time frame portrayed in 0 A.D. (appx. 500 BC - 1 BC)!

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Contact info for press, bloggers, etc.: aviv@wildfireNILEgames.com without the capitalized name of Egypt's most important river.

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RoekeloosNL    54

Nice Merry X-Mass to all. and thanxs for this release next year you im going to give blender a shot and test my skill hope i someday can help you guys.

Just played a match and i must say the only thing i miss are Archery_Range and Siege_Workshops :P

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Zeta1127    155

Other than having a partial download the first attempt and getting weird errors the first time I tried to start it up, Alpha 15 Osiris is working great so far.

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sanderd17    1,002

SVN version needs to be manually updated.

As in, you need to update it every day (or every hour) when there are new features. Nothing special is required when we just released a new version, you just need the regular updates.

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Do note that if you use the SVN version for multiplayer (even through the lobby), all other players must be updated and using exactly the same SVN revision number as well. If you have the SVN version you cannot play multiplayer with anyone using the official downloaded install.

(Well, there are some exceptions, but those are edge cases...)

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sanderd17    1,002

The plan was to use a different chatroom for the different versions, so people using svn can't start a game with people using the release version. Still, all the players with svn would be on the same room, even the ones who didn't update it, which could cause some problems.

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Players that use SVN should be at least a little more technically inclined, so they should know that they need to update and recompile right before playing. There is always a chance that a change was just added that could cause an issue, but that's just the nature of it. Perhaps we can make a way for the host to verify that everyone is on the same revision. They can always ask everyone in the pregame chat, but an automated way might be nice.

Separate chat rooms for SVN and official should mostly be adequate.

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I just downloaded the next alpha and it looks great! The only issue is that it is completely unplayable; I assume this is due to my having a retina display. Is there any chance of that being supported anytime soon? Realize that I don't want to sound ungrateful. You all have done a fantastic job with implementing the Ptolemies and the multiplier. Keep up the good work.

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Lion.Kanzen    1,948

The people are have a good reception, it's very low the people that have negative opinion. Truthfully this project is a big brainstorming all user give ideas that like other new player, the game now is superior to AOE II. Many people say it's the old AOE but better graphics.

Other says is like AOM. Even the people is fascinating with the mods, someone ask about a medieval mod.

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Shardas45    1

Wow, this game is shaping up from what I have seen from earlier indev footage or gameplay, and even better, you guys have only barely passed the middle of the alphabet, so even more massive updates in store! YAY! :worship:

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