Petroglyph Games continues its focus on the real-time strategy subgenre with the announcement of Grey Goo, a new real-time strategy game that promises to focus on combat instead of micromanagement.
Little is known of the game's plot (beyond the title's reference to the theoretical apocalypse scenario brought about by endlessly replicating nanomachines), but Grey Goo will feature three unique factions as well as "epic" units for each. Additionally, the game features adaptive AI "based on real-world Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) concepts," which the developer claims should give the game "near-infinite replay value."
Grey Goo is slated for release on Steam this Fall. More details can be found on the game's website, though what's currently available is scant.
Grey Goo (Announcement)
Veteran Developers Set to Evolve the Genre with Inspiration from its Past
Las Vegas, Nevada – March 13, 2014 – Award-winning, independent videogame developer Petroglyph, in conjunction with publishing partner Grey Box, today announced Grey GooTM, an all-new real-time strategy (RTS) game set for release this fall on PC. Grey Goo breathes new life into the RTS genre by blending classic, established gameplay mechanics and tropes with modern design tools and technology to create a thoughtful, exhilarating strategy experience.
"Grey Goo has been a real labor of love for us for some time now, and we're incredibly excited to finally start talking about it," said Ted Morris, Executive Producer at Petroglyph. "We have a rich, lengthy background as RTS developers, dating all the way back to our time on the original Command & ConquerTM at Westwood Studios. We want to bring back some of what made those 'traditional' RTS games great while addressing all the lessons we've learned along the way. Grey Goo is an experience informed by the collective history of the RTS genre, infused with innovative ideas and a forward-thinking spirit that accomplish something original by incorporating new amalgams for the genre."
Petroglyph is bringing decades of combined RTS expertise to bear with Grey Goo. The game draws on the best aspects of base building, unit management and all-out warfare for an all-new space saga, removing the tedium and frustration often associated with the genre and focusing on deep, engaging tactical systems modeled on vintage RTS gameplay.
Grey Goo features three distinct factions - the Beta, Humans and Goo - each with its own truly distinctive style, strategies and "epic" units (very powerful, rare combatants that tower over the battlefield). The game features an immersive single-player campaign and competitive multiplayer options. Both single and multiplayer modes require diligent planning and intelligent decision making to capitalize on the sophisticated build tree system and multiple tech upgrades available. Built from the ground up based on real-world Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) concepts, Grey Goo's adaptive AI studies and reacts to players' actions, learning rather than running off scripts for a truly unique play experience and near-infinite replay value. In short, every game is different.
Grey Goo is scheduled for release this fall for PC via Steam. For more information, visit www.greygoo.com, follow @greygoogame on Twitter, and like Grey Goo Game on Facebook.
Petroglyph is an independent game development studio in sunny Las Vegas, Nevada. Founded in 2003 by industry veterans whose Real-Time Strategy roots reach as far back as Dune II and the original Command and Conquer series, Petroglyph has a decade of experience developing award-winning strategy games using their proprietary GLYPHX Online engine and technology. For more information about Petroglyph, please visit: www.petroglyphgames.com.
About Grey Box
Grey Box is a new breed of videogame publisher that combines external development oversight, digital publishing support, financing, and a passion for bringing fun and innovative games to the world. Their current mantra is building strong partnerships and delivering quality interactive entertainment.