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.

Report content RSS feed New Release: 0 A.D. Alpha 3 Cerberus

Alpha 3 Cerberus includes round maps, garrisoning, resource shuttling, improved multiplayer, new ships and buildings and more.

Posted by Jeru on Dec 11th, 2010

Wildfire Games proudly announces the release of "0 A.D. Alpha 3 Cerberus", the third alpha version of 0 A.D., a free, open-source game of ancient warfare. Now you can play on a round map, garrison units in buildings, watch units shuttle resources to a dropsite, set up games more easily, look at game statistics when they're over and more!

Plus: This holiday season, we're fundraising to get a one of our developers paid to do 1 month of work on 0 A.D. Look below for more details.

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. You can even use parts of the art and sound for your own projects as long as you abide by CC-BY-SA. No registration, no advertising, no catch.

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New features in this release:

  • Gameplay: Added garrisoning; Added resource shuttling; Added circular maps; Improved pathfinding; Improved LOS computation performance; Rebalanced units.
  • Multiplayer: Slightly improved multiplayer latency; Allow multiplayer matches to continue when a player leaves.
  • Art: Hellenic and Celtic ships; Greek buildings (gymnasion, house, resource mill, fortress and gate building, or propylaea, as eye candy); Desert plants and pine trees; Treasure eye candy.
  • GUI: Improved game setup screen; Redesigned loading screen; Added summary screen.
  • Other UI aspects: Added double-click/triple-click selection of all units of a certain kind; Fixed hotkey bugs.
  • Multiple new maps to play: Acropolis, Belgian Bog, Cycladic Archipelago, Death Canyon, Median Oasis, Miletus, Resource Demo, Saharan Oases, Savana Ravine, Ship Attacks Demo, Tower Attacks Demo, We are Legion Demo.

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, 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 "Cerberus"?
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, ...).

In Greek and Roman mythology, Cerberus (pronounced SUR-buh-ruhs) is the multi-headed hound that guarded the gates of Hades, the ancient Greek underworld. The deceased entered the underworld by crossing the river Styx ferried across by Charon, who charged an obolus, a small coin, as a fee. Cerberus was stationed on the far side of the river and prevented those who had crossed it from ever escaping. (Source: Wikipedia articles on Cerberus and the Greek underworld). According to our records, "Cerberus" was first suggested on our forums by 0 A.D. fan SMST. Thanks!

For the next alpha, we welcome fan suggestions for words relating to the ancient world beginning with the letter D. We will prefer words related to the civilizations of ancient Iberia. Keep it original and within the 0 A.D. timeframe (appx. 500 BC - 1 BC).

The One-Month 0 A.D. Development Pledge
We've been making some significant and steady progress since 0 A.D. became an open-source effort in July 2009. We've had releases come out in almost regular installments, each with new features, bringing us, slowly but surely, closer to a finished game. All of this was accomplished by volunteers in their spare time, away from school, university and real life jobs. Just think what we could accomplish with one month's solid work of one of our developers!

To that end, we are raising $3,000 via Pledgie. That's like 150 people donating $20 each. The funds will go to compensating a developer of the team's choice for 160 hours of work. If we don’t achieve the amount we need for a full month, we’ll round it to the nearest week, and put the remainder aside to help with maintaining the website and the SVN servers we use for developers. Thanks in advance!

Click here to lend your support to: Sponsor a Developer on 0 A.D. and make a donation at www.pledgie.com !

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.

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thunderising Dec 12 2010 says:

DO these 1st priority:

1. Include only completed bug tested maps in Aplha release(this way you can keep adding the complete maps every alpha release)

2. Introduce BOTS, its the biggest aspect. Online multiplayer can come after that.

3. Implement all gameplay features first befoer releasing any more Aplha's.

Work on Graphics after these, remember AOE II ??? It's still played among people. But it's graphics was hardly what we cann eye candy, god it wasn't even candy alone.

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rgkimball Creator
rgkimball Dec 12 2010 replied:

Hey thunderrising, thanks for your feedback! Just to touch on a few of your points here:

1. Did you experience any problems with any of the maps we've released? The reason we don't always include new maps in alpha releases is because it's not a priority, and we'll eventually run out of ideas. Also, developing maps requires manpower that would be better suited elsewhere.

2. This also requires quite a bit of manpower. Though it is planned for Alpha 4, we can make no guarantees about this. We hope to have at least a basic form of AI by the next release. (see Trac.wildfiregames.com)

3. This is our goal for our Beta releases. The purpose of an Alpha release is not to be a fully-operational representation, but rather a very incomplete version of what is to come. By definition, an Alpha does not have functional iteration of all major features, but rather serves as a snapshot of the current state of development. Until we've announced our first beta, you can expect this to be the case with all our releases.

For future reference, you can see all of the features we intend to include with each release here: Trac.wildfiregames.com

Also, could you perhaps clarify what you mean by "work on graphics"?

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Cybio Dec 12 2010 replied:

Great answer! ;-)

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Expack Dec 12 2010 replied:

My take on what thunderising meant in terms of graphics is, "OMG!!! Why is 0 A.D. an eye-candy fest?!"

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Mythos_Ruler Creator
Mythos_Ruler Dec 17 2010 replied:

Really? As an artist for the game I am not really all that pleased so far with the amount of visual content we have. Of course I am never pleased, but I think that's a good thing, wanting to continually improve and add content.

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AirborneSn1p3r Dec 16 2010 replied:

good to hear about the AI

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Mythos_Ruler Creator
Mythos_Ruler Dec 17 2010 replied:

>Online multiplayer can come after that.

The thing is, multiplayer is easier to implement than a singleplayer AI. True story. Multiplayer (over IP) is already implemented. :)

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heyitsme259 Dec 12 2010 says:

What I would like to so is ai players once that happens I will download this please work on that for the next release good job by the way this game looks good

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explorer13 Dec 12 2010 says:

This game is great, and I didnt really notice the AI did nothing((Fail))(I only played once, then again.. it didnt fight back when I sent catapults..). Just some ideas, best added much later preferably in beta.

* Procedural walls/bridges placing walls and towers in exactly the right postition right now is VERY annoying

* Siege units need some troops that spawn with them to "push" and "operate" them, they look stupid moving and fireing themselves..

Great game! Like I said, best implemented in Beta.

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rgkimball Creator
rgkimball Dec 12 2010 replied:

Yes, our AI has yet to be written. We have plans for basic implementation come Alpha 4 (see Trac.wildfiregames.com), but we can't promise that it'll be challenging just yet. By the time we're done with it though, we can certainly guarantee that it won't hold back!

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k776 Creator
k776 Dec 12 2010 says:

We've also started a Pledgie, to help pay a developer to work on the game for a month.


Support from the community is much appreciated.

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P4TRICK Dec 13 2010 says:

I really dont get how to compile it for MAC..i though that i could do it but..meh i dont get it xD

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rgkimball Creator
rgkimball Dec 13 2010 replied:

Compiling the game on OSX is admittedly not for the faint of heart. The process involves installing Xcode, ~12 developer libraries and a basic knowledge of Terminal commands. You can expect us to release a binary for OSX (i.e. 0 A.D.app) as soon as we find a developer who knows his way around Xcode.

In the mean time, see if you can't find a friend with a PC.

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