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Planet X3 is a MS-DOS sequel to the popular Planet X2 that was released last year on the Commodore 64.
Planet X3 is a MS-DOS sequel to the popular Planet X2 that was released last year on the Commodore 64.
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Back in November of 2017 I was pleased to introduce the world to Planet X2, the first real-time strategy game for the Commodore 64.  And now I'm pleased to be  working on an MS-DOS version of the game.  Originally I planned the game to be a straight port of the game to MS-DOS, but with the extra RAM available, I decided to add in all of the functionality that had to be left out of the C64 version, making this more of a sequel.  However, it still has the same feel and gameplay to Planet X2, just with more diverse and complex strategies now available.  

Risks and challenges

Obviously I'm new to MS-DOS programming, but as you've seen the game is pretty far along in development already. However, I have yet to add any sound effects, any music, or VGA graphics support. It is possible that when I start these things, I may run into problems I do not know how to solve. This could certainly delay or even possible halt development completely. However, I doubt seriously that could happen as I'm sure if I reached out to the community, somebody would have the knowledge to help me overcome whatever I've run into.

Another possible problem is fitting everything on a single 720K or 360K floppy disk. It is likely the VGA version will require hard-drive installation, but my hope is to keep the CGA/Tandy version playable from floppy disk.

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