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0 A.D. Alpha 2 released with new in-game UI, better gameplay, performance

Wildfire Games has announced the second alpha release of open-source ‘ancient warfare’ RTS game 0 A.D.

Improvements over the first alpha released late August include: -

  • New in-game GUI
  • ‘Fog of war’
  • New Unit-following camera mode
  • Improved pathfinder performance
  • Various gameplay additions including health bars, population limits and basic formations
  • New maps
  • New art including remodelled Celtic buildings

Installation

Installing the alpha releases of 0 A.D. on Ubuntu is a pretty painless affair. Open a Terminal (applications > accessories > terminal) and enter: -

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wfg/0ad
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install 0ad

A development PPA is also available for users wishing to remain on the frontline of development.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wfg/0ad.dev
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install 0ad

Once installed 0 A.D. can be launched from the Applications > Games sub-menu.