0 A.D. is an open source real time strategy (RTS) game that can be easily dubbed as the Age Of Empires for Linux. It’s been quite some times (more than a year or so) since the game is in alpha development phase. Last week only it released 0 A.D. Alpha 14 Naukratis, 14th alpha release. Last alpha release was in April and Mauryan Indian civilization was added in the game. It took 5 months for the next release.
The game is being developed by volunteers from all across the globe and it is obvious that the development has been really slow. Game is completely free of cast and is available on all the major platform i.e. Windows, Linux and Mac. After failing to generate enough revenue through donations, Wildfire Games, the parent organization of 0 A.D., has decided to follow the trend and go crowdfunding.
With the recently launched crowdfunding campaign on indiegogo, Wildfire Games aims to raise $160,000 to support and speed up the development of 0 A.D. Michael Hafer, project leader of 0 A.D. writes:
“The entire team and I have been developing 0 A.D. open-source for 4 years in a part-time, hobbyist capacity. Even longer before that in a closed-source environment. But now it’s high time to bring this baby home to completion! We want to finish this game and pack it full of rich content and exciting features, and we want to do it as soon as possible,”
There are several perks available if you pledge your support to 0 A.D. The minimum you can contribute is $5. For $11, you will get “Donator” badge on the 0 A.D. forum along with your name being listed to contributors. With $36 you can get a soundtrack CD, with $56 you will get a poster and for $126 a T-Shirt. Higher donation consists of all the previous perks.
This is not it, if you donate high enough, you can have a character or even a hero on your name and with your face. Sounds awesome, isn’t it.
Despite being in alpha phase, 0 A.D. has showed ample promises of becoming a top notch RTS game. It’s old school RTS game revamped for the better. I, along with several other open source enthusiast have been waiting for some time now for its final release. I hope that 0 A.D. achieves its goal unlike Canonical which failed to raise an ambitious $32 million for Ubuntu phone.