PLYMOUTH — Game developer Stardock Corp. announced a new PC strategy game today. Siege of Centauri, a new take on the tower defense genre, is set in the universe of Stardock’s space strategy game, Ashes of the Singularity.

As the commander of the defense of Earth’s first colony, players must determine the best strategy to save the colony from the tens of thousands of alien machines that are rapidly approaching.  Each victory against the enemy expands the colony to a new part of the planet—which, in turn, is met by an increasing aggression by the enemy.

Game action from Seige of Centauri. Stardock Corp. photo.

“We first got the idea for Siege during the development of Ashes of the Singularity,” said Derek Paxton, general manager of Stardock Entertainment.  “With the engine’s ability to handle tens of thousands of units, could we design the ultimate tower defense game?”

Siege of Centauri incorporates classic features from the tower defense genre and combines it with the unique features and capabilities first seen in Ashes of the Singularity.

“With our engine, there were so many new gameplay elements we could add,” said Paxton. “For instance, our engine supports hundreds of simultaneous light sources allowing us to design interesting choices for players when it comes to map vision. Similarly, by supporting so many units, we can make defense choices in different situations much more compelling, as there is a big difference between choosing a weapon that eliminates one unit at a time versus one that is designed to take out hundreds at a time.”

Early access, with a list price of $10, is coming soon. The company said gamers should monitor the Stardock website and the forums for more information.

Visit www.siegeofcentauri.com for more information.

This story was published in Technology Century, an Engineering Society of Detroit Publication.