It is the distant future. Humanity have never dreamt of surviving for so long. The few hundred human beings have managed to construct Arcan Central, and hide from the outer world. From the many horrors they had to suffer. Somehow, Earth had become a barren wasteland, but no one seems to remember why did that happen. Have wars scorched our planet? Was it some kind of accident that destroyed almost any lifeform on our homeworld? The council means everything. They are the protection, the safety... they live to serve humanity. To prevent any of the council members from gaining too much power, a Controller is elected from the inhabitants. This Controller must command the Droid army, created by the Council. Arcan is a unique sci-fi turn-based strategy game, with significant RPG elements. All characters on a map have the ability to evolve, and even combine their abilities with other units. So, despite the relatively small amount of unit types, it is impossible to fight the same battle twice

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In Meridian: New World, enemy AI has easy, normal and hard difficulty settings.


Easy mode sets less money than the player and puts it at a disadvantage. Normal has equal chances and hard gives it a bit of a cheating edge. Still, all three difficulties are fundamentally playing by the same rules, weighing events and responding the same way.
In Meridian: Squad 22, there are Easy, Normal, Hard, Very Hard and Insane AI difficulties. You'll encounter each in the campaign and conquest modes. Unlike its predecessor, Meridian: Squad 22's AIs store a list of possible decisions and each AI chooses the next move in a different way.

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Above: Visualization from the game's editor of the AI evaluating possible tactics. Your own units also evaluate their own moves to be able to choose the best possible reaction. The various AIs weigh information differently. For instance, the Normal AI will have a hard time responding properly when you attack it on multiple fronts. It will focus on both, but it's not good at deciding how to split its forces. In this same situation, the Very Hard AI will almost instantly react with the most effective solution possible. Because of this, playing against the various AI difficulties truly feels different. Harder AI difficulties present a challenge because of their way of thinking. Similarly, your own units analyze the current situation and choose the best solution to make sure you deal the most damage. This, of course, is overridden by your own commands, so if you specifically order your units to attack another, the AI won't decide on its own to attack something else.


Above: The same scene in-game. See how your own units choose the best targets to be able to deal the most possible damage before their own HP runs out. For example, your tank in the middle deals higher damage to enemy vehicles and since it's low on health, it chooses a vehicle target for maximum impact.

Thanks for checking this out, be sure to check back next week as well as more will be discussed about Meridian: Squad 22!

The successor of ‘Meridian: New World’ enters Steam Early Access soon

The successor of ‘Meridian: New World’ enters Steam Early Access soon

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As there’s been no planet-side contact for years, a rescue squad has been deployed. It’s time to return to Meridian.

Meridian: New World announced!

Meridian: New World announced!

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A first glimpse at the upcoming sci-fi RTS game Meridian: New World which will be released in 2014.

Arcan v 1.6.1.9 Patch released!

Arcan v 1.6.1.9 Patch released!

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We were really surprised to see that still many players are playing Arcan, and they give us extremely valuable feedback. Thanks to them, the game is becoming...

Shattered Origins is here!

Shattered Origins is here!

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Shattered Origins is a unique mix of an RTS, an RPG, and an arcade shooter game, and has been in the making for one and a half year now. It will be released...

Arcan v 1.6.1.9 - Release

Arcan v 1.6.1.9 - Release

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The latest patch of Arcan is here: v 1.6.1.9 . The list of changes are as follows:

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oskars18
oskars18

play this "game" and be happy... :@ :( ;(

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Lord_Crusare Creator
Lord_Crusare

Could you please explain, what your problems are with the game? Perhaps we can help.

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Lord_Crusare Creator
Lord_Crusare

Since too many people were downloading the outdated version still, I decided to remove that download. For those who don't own Arcan yet, please download Arcan v 1.6.1. - Release.

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Bigby
Bigby

I'm quite surprised that such n in-depth game is free. It is very good, download it.

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Lord_Crusare Creator
Lord_Crusare

Remember: if you like the game, and would like to contribute to upcoming versions, don't forget to donate to the bank account numbers located in the game's main folder, in the "Support Us!.txt".

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DynamicEcho
DynamicEcho

I am pretty keen on what I've seen of the game so far, my only gripe being with the available resolutions. Is there any possibility of future versions supporting higher resolutions, and widescreen ones (I use 1680x1050). Even if this meant doing what people did with the original fallouts and increasing the area being viewed without increasing the resolution of anything there it would be much appreciated. In any case, a great game, well done.

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Lord_Crusare Creator
Lord_Crusare

I am afraid, it isn't possible at this point to add more resolutions to this game. We are fully aware of this issue though, and our future projects will support all available resolutions on all videocards.

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Ryswick17
Ryswick17

is there any online?

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funkdude
funkdude

There is play via IP, Lord Crusare can perhaps make a post on how to set it up, as far as i know (Its been a while since i played arcan since im working on Shattered Origins now) you have to fill in the ip of the other player and vice versa and then you can play. Fun with skype or MSN voice on :D

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Cynxos
Cynxos

So whats the system requirements on this bad boy?
Coz my com is pretty horrendous.

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Lord_Crusare Creator
Lord_Crusare

If you enter the config utility, and set everything to low, then even a GeForce 2 can handle this game. For full-scale graphics, you'd need at least a card from the 6th series. The game is pretty CPU-hungry though, the speed should not be lower than 1 Ghz. As for memory, 512 MB is the required amount, but 1 GB is highly recommended.

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