The new tower defense title that Stardock announced last month, Siege of Centauri, is heading to Steam next week gripping an Early Access tag. During this period, the studio is aiming to gather input from players on the game's mechanics, balance, pacing, and other aspects.
Made using the same engine powering Stardock's Ashes of the Singularity and Star Control: Origins, the upcoming game pits players against waves consisting of thousands of aliens targeting an Earth colony in Proxima Centauri. This game shares a universe with Ashes of the Singularity.
In today's announcement, Siege of Centauri lead designer Derek Paxton said the following regarding what the studio wants the player experience to be like:
"With tens of thousands of enemy machines pouring toward your base, we want to give players a very new experience of what it means to defend yourselves against overwhelming odds. The benefits between a rail gun that fires 1 deadly round every 10 seconds and a high-speed plasma arc array that does low damage, but to dozens of enemies at once, is obvious to players, especially when they see a huge mothership surrounded by hundreds of escorts coming at them."
According to the Steam store page that's already up, the game won't be in Early Access for long, as the studio plans to launch it fully this summer. At Steam Early Access launch, the game will have a portion of the campaign available, with a survival mode in the works. There are also plans to implement more missions, new terrain and enemy types, voice acting, cinematics, and modding tools, among other features.
Siege of Centauri Steam Early Access will begin on April 16 with a $9.99 price tag. For those who can't wait that long, there is also a Founder's Program available on the game's website, which has the same $9.99 price tag, but provides access to Siege of Centauri immediately instead of waiting for next week.
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