Star Wars: Ascendancy is a total conversion, allowing you to play as the Imperial Remnant, New Republic and Empire of the Hand in the period between the death of the Emperor at Endor and the Yuuzhan Vong invasion's beginning.

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10 comments by .Corey. on Aug 21st, 2014

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Over the last few months, we've been been pushing out each of the three main factions to our testers in their own alpha builds, and this week the third and final alpha was given to the alpha testers. In light of this development milestone, we're writing Dev Diary #12 to address some of the most common questions about what you can expect in the first version of Ascendancy, as well as what's coming beyond that.

Anyone who's followed our Empire at War mod, Imperial Civil War, knows we're pretty fond of incremental releases and they are something we're going to be continuing with Ascendancy. This allows us to release earlier to get feedback and broader experience with different systems to see how they function before we pile too much on top of them. It also helps us set attainable short-term goals and stop from falling into "development hell." So, here's a quick preview of everything that will be in the first release.

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...Ascendancy: 1.0 and Beyond...

The main thing that 1.0 will include is all three of the main playable factions, fully functional and with all of their units. They'll also include complete tech trees and unit abilities. However, as in ICW, there's several models and skins we're not quite happy with, so every subsequent release will feature visual updates of various units where we feel it's necessary, and maybe a one or two new toys if they need them. Tech trees will also be expanded and contracted based on feedback; there are a few areas we want to explore with the Remnant in particular which won't be attempted until afterwards. 

The majority of what's been announced already will also be in the first release; migration, degrading systems based on damage, fleet commanders and the like will all be included in the first release. The only major absence of something we've already announced will be, unfortunately, minor factions. After several internal discussions, we've decided to handle them a different way. Ultimately we feel like people will enjoy the new way a lot more, but it does mean we have to delay them. Hapan and Ssi-Ruuvi fleets will still be present as militia, however they will not yet be present as independent galactic powers. This will be the focus of the second version, so we'll address what we're doing with them more fully after the first release. The worst-kept-secret fourth major faction will also be addressed at that point as well, which we're pretty excited for. We've posted a bit about them in the Admiral's Lounge on our forums (accessible to people with 25 posts or more) and everyone thinks their ships rock. In addition to the faction changes and additions, there's a bunch of gameplay changes we want to make going forward, especially on the economic side to expand the non-military aspects of the game.

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...The To-Do List...

Everything's been  coming together pretty nicely in the last few weeks but there's still quite a bit left to do. There are still a handful of ships and structures that need to be finished, however we're at the point where the main focus is finishing up tech trees and abilities, which overall are about halfway done. After that, the main thing is to get voice overs put in, finish off some planet textures, and the tedious task of making several hundred icons for abilities and techs. The more diverse the voiceover cast, the better, so if you think you have the proper audio equipment and voice for it, send an email to ThrawnsRevenge@gmail.com . The main stumbling block at the moment is music, which we don't quite know how we're going to handle. So, on the off chance you're a composer who's interested in recording some Star Wars style music for the mod, send an email to the same place.

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ConstantinoP.
ConstantinoP. Sep 11 2014, 1:37am says:

I honestly would not mind if this mod was released right now. All I need completed are Imperial II Star Destroyers and Super Star Destroyers... along with nice death clones for everything else. :P

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.Corey.
.Corey. Sep 11 2014, 7:13pm replied:

I think the common community sentiment is that they would not mind if the mod were released right now. Unfortunately, the sooner we release it the less time I get to spend playing my secretly-completed build and laughing at everyone.

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KhevaKins
KhevaKins Sep 1 2014, 6:23am says:

I can't wait for this to come out and see your take on SW in Sins. I've been itching to play a SW mod for Sins but have played SoGE to death.

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Munnaito
Munnaito Aug 31 2014, 4:51pm says:

Been tracking this mod for awhile now; can't wait until it is released! I'm hopeful it'll be just as enjoyable as Thrawn's Revenge, if not more.

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Evilonesix
Evilonesix Aug 29 2014, 4:59am says:

I have a queastion, will you guys try to make the galaxay more realistic, like haveing more stars instead of one or five? Also adding moons to gas giants so they can be colonizable?

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.Corey.
.Corey. Aug 29 2014, 9:36am replied:

There will only be one "Star" per scenario, and it'll be the black hole at the center of the galaxy. We have absolutely no intention to try to put in a different star for every system and make them actual stars; for one thing, it would double the amount of objects per scenario and mean we can only have half as many actual planets, and that half of them (the stars) wouldn't really serve any purpose except to sit there and force people to not be able to jump directly to planets (is it more interesting or useful to have 100 planets, or 50 planets and have two planets for every planet).

It isn't more realistic, either; nobody ever cared about the actual stars in Star Wars, all that mattered were the planets, except with the Sun Crusher. You can't even really DO anything with them, they're uncontrollable and would just take up space. The AI in Sins is awful at dealing with multi-star scenarios as it is, so can you imagine making them have to deal with like 50? Which would, incidentally, also essentially become the maximum number of actual planets since when you go over 100 you start to see performance issues and half of that is now non-interactive stars. It also means everything is a travel node, so you can get anywhere from anywhere which removes a huge crucial element of the strategy to Sins, and instead of removing one of the most toxic and frustrating mechanics of the vanilla game, the Vasari insta-travel crap that essentially renders any defense moot, becomes the norm.

In future releases we may add a Gas Giant planet type that also has a colonizeable moon, but usually for those we just use the moon itself for that planet (ie Yavin IV) since having the gas giant is kind of pointless. We tend to use the Gas Giant planet type only for planets like Pesitiin or Bespin, where the only thing of note was the Gas Giant itself and there wasn't actually a planet or moon that was known to be colonized.

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.Corey.
.Corey. Aug 29 2014, 9:44am replied:

Technically you could say it's more realistic because there was a sun there and therefore it's realistic to have the sun sitting there, but you could say the exact same thing about actual planets; there are technically thousands more than we could ever hope to add in in any scenario. The goal is to pick the things that would have the most impact in a given scenario, and the things that would actually be relevant to commanders and political entities in Star Wars, and there's never a case where having Malastare and its sun is a better representation of the Star Wars galaxy than having Malastare and whatever planet would have to be removed in order to put its sun in.

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Cixlysid
Cixlysid Aug 27 2014, 10:35pm replied:

I really hope this does not go the way of Dawn Of Victory..

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.Corey.
.Corey. Aug 27 2014, 11:53pm replied:

DoV didn't have the resources to finish, and was never super far into development. We're essentially in beta; the majority of what's left is finishing up some tech trees and abilities, plus icons and a bit of polish. Very different situations.

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Cabous
Cabous Aug 27 2014, 7:45am replied:

Sadface

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