February 19, 2009 – Hazardous Software TM announced that the multiplayer alpha release of Achron TM , the world’s first meta-time strategy game, is now available on the PC.
In addition to single player levels and mod tools, purchasers who pre-order the game are able to immediately access multiplayer tactical levels and one bonus strategic level. Players will be challenged to defeat opponents with a small army and chronoporters in the 2-4 player tactical levels. The 2-player bonus strategic level gives players an experience closer to the full RTS. Players will be able to build structures, manage resources, and begin to test time travel strategies.
Over 30 new strategies have been identified by fans as unique to Achron. For example, intertemporal warfare allows players to utilize new strategies such as red herrings or sending units back in time to fight alongside their previous selves. Using a red herring, a player can feint an attack on an opponent, undo the attack using time travel, and attack somewhere else as the opponent is defending the original attack.
“Multiplayer gives fans the opportunity to experiment with new strategies unique to time-travel. By continuing to open new dimensions, Achron adds excitement to game play and continues to revolutionize the traditional RTS” says Christopher Hazard, founder and president of Hazardous Software.
Hazardous Software will expand levels and game play options over the next several months. The current game matching service provided will also be enhanced. Pre-order purchasers will continue to receive pre-release access to major builds of Achron, community events, and mod and development tools for Achron and the Resequence engine.
Mike Resnick, lead developer and co-founder of Hazardous Software, states “Multiplayer release marks the next major milestone towards the final release of Achron.”
Hazardous Software is slated for full release of Achron in early 2011. Achron is available for immediate purchase at the game's official site, www.achrongame.com, along with pre-release bonus program schedule and details.
Designed to reinvent the real-time strategy genre by allowing all players to travel through
time, Achron is a futuristic science fiction game. Players and units have the ability to
jump to and play at different times simultaneously and independently. Time travel is free
form and unlimited but it costs energy to change the time line. Players will be challenged
to invent new strategies in a world where it is possible for them and their opponents to undo mistakes, change a strategy after committing to it, and alter the outcome of past
battles. Achron features both a captivating single player campaign and an online multiplayer mode.
About Hazardous Software
Hazardous Software was incorporated in June 2007 and is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina near Research Triangle Park. The company was founded to address gamers' desire for more innovative games in the marketplace.