Xenonauts is a PC strategy game due for release in 2013. It is a spiritual successor to the classic X-Com strategy games, putting the player in control of an organisation defending the world from an alien invasion. It is a grand strategy game that involves building and managing bases across the entire planet, controlling jet fighters and ground troops in battle against the alien forces, then researching captured extraterrestrial technology to unlock their secrets! Linux version uses WINE.

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4 comments by GoldhawkInteractive on Sep 19th, 2013

It's time for another update from the team busily working on Xenonauts! We have recently released V19 Stable of the game and have finished the process of porting the updates over to Mac and Linux uploading the game to Steam / Desura / Humble Store. These are all uploaded and should be authorised in the next 24 hours if they are not already available for download.

The first thing to mention is that there was previously an error with our Desura version that meant people had to claim a Steam key and enter that before they could play on Desura. This should now be fixed, and we apologise for this.

V19 Stable is basically three months of changes to the game rolled into a single large patch that has had much more testing than our usual updates, and should therefore be fairly stable (though it is still in beta and will not be completely bug-free).This is a brief summary of the improvements made in V19 over V18:

  • Vastly improved game balance
  • Dramatically improved AI
  • Alien Base missions fully functional
  • All research descriptions written and edited
  • Various visual updates like a new world map, many more painted ground tiles, etc
  • Lots and lots of bugfixes

That only covers the changes at a very high level; the full changelog can be found here in a (very long) forum post. Things like balance and the AI are still being worked on, and there are still missing art assets that have not yet been completed. However V19 was the first time someone sat down and worked on balance for several weeks and the result is something that feels much more like a "game" than it has before. It's still a bit rough around the edges, perhaps, but you can see the final shape starting to emerge.

We are presently working on V20. We are planning this to be the last update to the game that will include new features, and will be where we integrate the new interface, add all the maps, finish the AI, fix some problems with the game accuracy model etc. If all goes to plan, anything after V20 will simply be bugfixing and final balancing on the existing systems.

We are hoping to get the game by the end of the year. This is by no means a firm commitment, but it is the internal deadline we're working towards. The game has come together well over the past three months and if progress continues at this pace then completing the game in another three months is feasible provided nothing major goes wrong.

Thanks to everyone who has pre-ordered the game already, as there is no way we would have been able to get the game to the standard that it is currently at without your help!

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lemon-rev Mar 16 2013 says:

whats the diff between all the versions deb / rpm / dmg ?

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WeaselOfDeath Mar 16 2013 replied:

Each file extension is for a different type of operating system. RAR is for Windows, RPM and DEB are for Linux, and DMG is for the Mac.

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Mnemnify Mar 15 2013 says:

Version 17.9 is up and ready to download/install! The Goldhawk forum has a thread with details on the latest fixes and additions:

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natostanco Mar 3 2013 says:

Xenonauts is a PC strategy game due for release in 2012
how about update your infos >.<

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lettvint Feb 26 2013 says:

Game crashes when loading the ground combat, just as before.

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radius75 Mar 1 2013 replied:

This is normal, actually is bugged-unplayable game. Let's wait the one or two years. :]

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orangetotodile Feb 19 2013 says:

Still unplayable after the update except significantly worse, as ground combat crashes the game and it starts to lag after about 5 minutes slowly increasing to where I have to wait three seconds after I've put my mouse on the button to be able to click the button. I was able to play it before and enter ground combat so it most likely isn't my computer.

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RedExodus87 Feb 16 2013 says:

Why Does my game turn on its side? Can someone help? Its a glitch that makes it so the game screen is sideways, WHY DOES IT DO THAT!!!!!!! Help please

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goldenhobble132 Feb 12 2013 says:

thanks for the update

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rafal2011 Feb 9 2013 says:

I'm unable to get Xenonauts updated thru Desura. I'm stuck at "Sep 26 2012, 12:21pm - VERSION: V16" and no updates are available. I uninstalled and installed back twice, but Desura downloads again V16. What can I do in order to update to V17.52 (or whatever last version is available for Linux)?

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Highest Rated (34 agree) 10/10

F*****g buy it people!

This is why I love indie games, this is what I wanted since X-Com: Terror From The Deep, as this is rightful heir of its throne.

Nov 11 2011 by Pangaron

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Only in early alpha many, many bugs. You won't get to play long before you experience a crash or freeze.
Give it a year or two, then take another look.

Nov 7 2011 by Unwanted

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