Well, here’s some truth in advertising. Or at least in titling. Uber Entertainment (developers of the Monday Night Combat series) have unveiled their next project, and it’s a revival of a fan-favourite. Planetary Annihilation is being pitched as a spiritual successor to classic RTS Total Annihilation – they’ve even got the original narrator! They’re adding their own twist to the proceedings, of course. Despite already being a large-scale RTS, it takes place on an interplanetary scale. Want to know what that means? Here’s their gameplay teaser and pitch video:
The footage there is sadly just a mock-up/target render, but it gives you a solid idea of the possibilities. Need to get some troops behind enemy lines? Set up a moon-base and drop troops from orbit. Think the planet is a lost cause? Rig an asteroid with rocket thrusters and smash it into the enemy base. The concept is very much a direct update and expansion of Total Annihilation, right down to the ‘ancient armies of robots fighting across space’ setting, but with a cleaner, more cartoony aesthetic.
A full pre-order will set you back a $20 pitch (or $15 if you move fast, apparently) for this kickstarter, and they’re already 1/9th of the way funded after just one day, so things are looking pretty good for this project. According to their full Kickstarter page, they’ve even got some of the original Total Annihilation crew on board, so there’s a good chance they’ll recapture the spirit of it all. I, for one, have my fingers crossed for this one. Ever since I played Fragile Allegiance back in the 90s, I’ve had a soft-spot for dropping asteroids on people.