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Planetary Annihilation brings RTS gameplay to a new generation of players in a way that's never been seen before.
Planetary Annihilation brings RTS gameplay to a new generation of players in a way that's never been seen before.
44,162 backers pledged $2,229,344 to help bring this project to life.

Planetary Annihilation: Past, Present, Future

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It all began with a dream. Funded in part with Kickstarter, Planetary Annihilation has been on an incredible journey these last couple of years and we’re excited to share where we’ve come from, what we’re doing now, and what’s ahead for Planetary Annihilation. 

(A letter from Jon Mavor)

Backers,

First off I want to personally thank everyone who backed Planetary Annihilation. This project never would have gotten off the ground without your support. Not only did you put money into the project, you put your ideas and your energy in. Without our amazing community and the Kickstarter platform none of this would have happened.

Planetary Annihilation formed in my head over a number of years. As you know, I’ve spent a good portion of my life working on RTS games. My intense interest in space combined with a lot of influences germinated the seed that became PA. If you talk to anyone who was around me during that time, they will all tell you that I simply wouldn’t shut up about wanting to do the game. In many ways, the whole thing has seemed like a dream as I never expected to get the opportunity to do it.

Enter Kickstarter. When Bob Berry came to me in 2012 about doing a Kickstarter campaign at Uber Entertainment, I immediately realized that PA would be a prime candidate. When I ran the idea by Steve Thompson he was immediately as excited as a kid in a candy store. Having Steve as a collaborator is incredible and the artistic vision of PA was 100% his awesomeness.

It’s been a long hard road, longer and harder than any of us though it could be. Some features were cut, some features were added, and some took several iterations to get where they are now. Today, the game is in a great place and in some areas far surpasses the original vision. Overall I would say that PA is the game that’s closest to its original vision of any game that I’ve ever worked on.

The future of PA is great thanks to our community. I see people actively playing and Uber Entertainment continuing to expand the game far into the future. Thank you again for making this happen. What an unbelievable journey it’s been for me and I hope for you as well.

Sincerely,

Jon Mavor
PA Dude

(click to expand) Planetary Annihilation: Kickstarter Timeline
(click to expand) Planetary Annihilation: Kickstarter Timeline

When we released Planetary Annihilation in September of 2014, we said we weren’t done with the game yet and we meant it! Features like Offline access, Single-Player Save, ChronoResume, and new units such as the Unit Cannon, Submarines and Interplanetary Fighters have enriched the game in ways we never imagined. The introduction of Asteroids and an improved Galactic War have really boosted the fun factor all around!

And it’s not done yet! We can’t wait to finish shipping out the remaining backer rewards, continue creating custom commanders, and share the Documentary of the making of Planetary Annihilation. Our partners at PMC Fulfillment have shipped more than half of the rewards to backers all over the world. We have our artists working in conjunction with backers to create the custom commander of their dreams, and we will be adding new commanders to the game, as backers allow their commanders for sale. We’re working with professionals to create an awesome Documentary showcasing all the fun and excitement Planetary Annihilation has taken us.

To you, our backers, and the community who has embraced Planetary Annihilation, Thank You. We couldn’t have done it without you.

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      Colin Clausen on

      @ThomansN: You can download the game once via ubers own downloader that you can get from their page. Once you have it downloaded you can zip the whole game up and name that zip after the version. You can then just unpack that zip wherever you want and play, no install needed. There really is no DRM at all, copy pasting the whole game works totally fine.

    2. ardemeus on

      Is there a chance to see a different faction someday ? I mean, the game itself is good, not perfect, but i still managed to play 100+ hours with friends... And I wouldn't have if i had to play it alone. But what i mean is having a foe using different units and tactics help a lot in adding a fun and different experience. Right now everybody is pretty much using the same units/build order and well... it became boring.

    3. ThomasN on

      Let me express my attitude about the game being constantly in flux with tiny patches after release day and not having easily available DRM free setup_[version_number_here].exe for windows and setup_server_[version_number_here].tar.gz for linux:

      :|

    4. Uber Entertainment Inc 2-time creator on

      @Blake00 - I've sent you a PM/email with your key info. :)
      @Typhi - We have the ability to have 40 player games, and have opened up servers so that people can run their own. We've seen games of 40 players in both team and free for all. However, these type of games require very high spec servers and machines to play in them and could not make it meet our min spec requirements, or even the most common spec of our players. For that reason, we allow this to be playable for those whose machines can handle it, but in the default game it is not turned on due to most machines not being able to make use of it.
      If you want to talk more on this with the community to take part in these larger games, join us in the PA forums! https://forums.uberent.com/forums/planetary-annihilation-general-discussion.61/

    5. Typhi on

      When will we see Galactic War 20vs20 in realtime as promised in the initial Kickstarter? Basically the reason why I backed the game...

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      Colin Clausen on

      Looking forward to more great work from you guys, PA is really awesome :)

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      chaosyourgod on

      that's nice and all but when are you going to refund me for not fulfill my rewards?

    8. TheWrongCat on

      It sounds kind of silly to say, but PA really has been a massive part of my life over these last three years. The game itself is one thing, but a far greater sum of this is the community surrounding it, the great friends I've made along the way and experiences I've had.

      I'd never have imagined one day getting to meet and spend time with a load of the guys who worked on Total Annihilation, of which I have very fond memories from my childhood.

      I feel privileged to have played my small part in the development of this game (the Boom bots are exactly as I left them after twisting Scathis' ear after PAX!) and wanted to extend my heartfelt gratitude to everyone at Uber, past and present, for their commitment, dedication and professionalism in the face of what has at times been a very difficult and demanding environment.

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      Franz Reischl on

      Let me take this opportunity to express my dire disappointment on behalf of all of us who backed higher pledges to receive physical rewards.
      Even if my primary motivation to do so was to support the existence of the game in the first place, the way it was handled was nothing short of insulting.

      Having such a low-quality sack of stuff delivered quickly would have been fine.
      Having it delivered in parts if some stuff was still missing would have been fine.
      Getting high quality stuff that's at least worth the wait would have been fine.

      Instead, after having to wait ALMOST THREE YEARS what we got was the lowest quality excuse for quickly hobbled together stuff I ever saw bearing the name "Collectors Edition". You even cheaped out on a case for the disc.

    10. Blake00 on

      So does this mean my physical copy of the game is coming? With the game being released almost a year ago I'm getting a bit worried! My details on the uber site are all checked and correct etc.

    11. DeathByDenim on

      @Daryl Putman
      What do you mean? If you use the launcher, it will download the game for you in the directory of your choosing. That directory all you need to archive. You can copy that to another computer whenever you wish. You don't need the launcher after the game has been installed. Just run the PA.exe directly.

    12. Daryl Putman on

      All this time, all these updates -- and there's STILL no way just to download, install and play the game DRM-free. https://store.uberent.com/Download/Install… Still only has a "launcher" download for Windows and Mac. Make the game actually have a downloadable, playable installer. I want to download it, archive it, and be able to play/reinstall in the future without having to interact with your company or servers in any way again.

      Windows
      PlanetaryAnnihilation_Setup.exe (36,648 KB)

      Mac
      UberLauncher.dmg (36,377 KB)

      Linux
      PA_Linux_85423.tar.bz2 (1,524,712 KB)

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      Sleet
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      on

      Thanks for the update! The game is beautiful and while I'm no strategic mastermind (and my computer can't really handle big fancy multiplayer mayhem stuff), it's always a joy to play and to watch!

    14. DeathByDenim on

      I just like to say thanks to all of Uber to creating this truly wonderful game. I really love playing it, even while losing. So thanks for making this game. And especially for making it cross-platform and DRM-free as well. Awesome, indeed!

    15. Christoph Zürcher on

      It's been a long ride, thanks for keeping us in the loop.

    16. NoBrain on

      I ♥ PA

      Looking forward to the documentary.

    17. Uber Entertainment Inc 2-time creator on

      @Lukas - The design of Galactic War has changed considerably throughout development based on player feedback. These were the changes included on the Galactic War update this summer, as well as adding interplanetary fighters, unit cannon, and changing overall balance to help break early orbital stalemate games back in January. The current version of Galactic War does differ from our original ideas, but has proven out to meet the majority of the concerns and requests we received from our players, and create a great learning experience for the new users of the game.

      @Carlo - We hope to continue working on the game for as long as possible. We do have one more surprise coming up for KS backers, but want to make sure we have it all finalized before announcing it. :)

      @janisozaur - That looks like an error we're currently working with Coherent to resolve. We will continue to push on Coherent to try to get fixes in place, and you should see those updates come online as soon as we get the fixes from them. You can also post on the support forums (https://forums.uberent.com/forums/support.71/) or contact support@uberent.com and we can work with you to get exact details to help them with the fix.

    18. janisozaur on

      Or you know, you could fix major showstoppers preventing from actually using the game in the first place.
      http://pa.lennardf1989.com/Tracker/index.php…

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      Joshua Vanderzwaag on

      I can't wait to see what lies ahead, for both PA and Uber Ent.

    20. Hellboy on

      Oh John !!!! It's been a long time since i was expecting to have you back !
      Yeah PA is really amazing and i would back again if i had to !
      Two days ago i played a 5v5 on a large system with asteroids kicking in. I had not realized how epic this game is until i played this game against very skilled players taking advantage of all gameplay features provided by Orbital stuff. I was quickly annihilated but kept watching until the end, and that was just unbelievable. PA has taken Supcom/FA one large step beyhond and it's even more exciting considering how small Uber team was to make this game.
      Thank you again John ! Thank you Uber !
      Doud.

    21. Carlo Derwig on

      So basically everything that was promised is as good as done now? Is there going to be anything after this or is development going on a slow burn from now on?

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      Lukas Allacher on

      I hope you're still doing the Galactic War Coop mode promised in the campaign.