Plymouth, MI. – November 10, 2016 - Stardock released Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation today. After listening to player feedback, the stand-alone expansion dramatically expands on the features and content of the base game.
"With Ashes of the Singularity, our goal was to create a new real-time strategy game that was approachable for new players, but also fun for veteran RTS players," said Brad Wardell, CEO of Stardock. "With Escalation, we're targeting experienced RTS players by increasing the game’s depth and sophistication."
To that end, Escalation doubles the largest map size and the maximum number of players, introduces strategic zoom, adds many new units and defenses that can be upgraded, an additional campaign, new world environments, and much more.
"Our roadmap for Ashes of the Singularity will be to continue focusing on improving the user experience and game performance, as well as provide more content while keeping the game easy to learn and accessible to PC gamers," said Wardell. "By contrast, Escalation will we continue to evolve to be much more sophisticated."
The game, set in a post-technological singularity future, puts the player in command of machines that can be ordered to build structures and units, capture and harvest resources, or destroy enemies. Powered by the 64-bit multicore Nitrous engine, the game's computer AI is exceptionally strong. Along with the ability to easily manage tens of thousands of units across an entire world, Ashes of the Singularity has also become a popular game for demonstrating the power of DirectX 12.
While Ashes of the Singularity has many strong multiplayer features, Stardock expects that most people will play the game exclusively on single-player mode. To that end, Escalation adds two new campaigns that provide players a host of new custom challenges in addition to the already excellent single-player sandbox game.
Ashes of the Singularity is priced at $24.99 and Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation is $39.99. Players who own the base game can get Escalation for $19.99, with early adopters of the base game also eligible to receive a free season pass to Escalation DLC.
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About Stardock: Stardock is a developer and publisher of PC games and desktop software founded in 1991 by nationally recognized technology expert Brad Wardell. Located in Plymouth, Michigan, Stardock is a powerful leader in the video gaming and software development world. Its PC games include Sins of a Solar Empire, the critically acclaimed Galactic Civilizations series, and Ashes of the Singularity. Stardock puts the user experience first through software that enriches the Windows experience for everyone from casual computer users to highly technical professionals. Products offered by Stardock include Start8, Start10, Fences, WindowBlinds, Multiplicity, and more at www.stardock.com.
About Oxide Games: Oxide Games is an independent digital entertainment studio focused on delivering revolutionary leaps in PC and console gaming. Its groundbreaking Nitrous engine provides industry-leading visuals and powers its first game, Ashes of the Singularity. Oxide Games is based in Timonium, Maryland. Learn more atwww.oxidegames.com.