0 A.D. is a free, open-source, cross-platform real-time strategy (RTS) game of ancient warfare. It's a historically-based war/economy game that allows players to relive or rewrite the history of twelve ancient civilizations, from Iberia to Mauryan India, each depicted at their peak of economic growth and military prowess. Developed using Pyrogenesis, a ground-breaking new game engine custom-built to suit this project, 0 A.D. will give players a rich and entertaining real-time gaming experience.
An animated gif (roughly 1.9MB) comparing high quality graphics to standard graphics. Shown in the HQ frame: Normal maps, specular maps, ambient occlusion maps, distance fog, a small amount of bloom, and contrast adjustment.
NOTE: Please click 'HD View' or 'View Original' to see the animation.
For Windows users who have installed the Alpha release, to enable high quality graphics, navigate to Users\<user>\AppData\Local\0 A.D. alpha\binaries\data\config. Create a text file named local.cfg. Any lines added to this file will overwrite the lines from default.cfg. Copy/paste the following lines to local.cfg, save, then restart the game.
; System settings:
waternormals = true
waterbinormals = true
waterrealdepth = true
waterfoam = true
watercoastalwaves = true
waterrefraction = true
waterreflection = true
watershadows = true
postproc = true
; Quality level of shader effects (set to 10 to display effects)
materialmgr.quality = 10
; Prefer GLSL shaders over ARB shaders (not recommended). REQUIRES gentangents=true.
preferglsl = true
; Experimental probably-non-working GPU skinning support; requires preferglsl; use at own risk
gpuskinning = true
; Generate tangents for normal and parallax mapping. REQUIRES preferglsl=true. Incompatible with gpuskinning.
gentangents = true
; Use smooth LOS interpolation; REQUIRES preferglsl=true.
smoothlos = true