E.L.E: Planetary Annihilation Beta Now Live

Don’t just win, annihilate!

That’s the tagline for Uber Entertainment’s (Super Monday Night Combat) Kickstarted RTS, Planetary Annihilation, and it seems fitting. Players won’t simply go to battle on a planetary scale with thousands of units, they’ll be able to destroy entire worlds.

At least that’s the pitch. How does this promising Total Annihilation-inspired project actually play? Now is a good time to find out. Planetary Annihilation is officially out of alpha (its rather hilarious $90 alpha, that is), and you can get into a beta version of the RTS now for the much more reasonable price of $60. Uber marked the occasion with a new trailer that shows off all the building, gathering, and destroying action:

It’s also worth noting that Planetary Annihilation was one of the first big gaming Kickstarter projects, and it amassed an impressive $2.2 million in contributions back in August 2012. Of all those early Kickstarters, like Double Fine’s Broken Age, Wasteland 2, CLANG, and others, the only game we’ve actually been able to play (outside of alpha) is Shadowrun Returns. That was a quality, if small, strategy game, so Planetary Annihilation is the first sizable Kickstarted game to arrive — even if it is still in beta. Hopefully it will set the bar high and restore some of the luster to the title of “Kickstarted game.”

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4 Comments on E.L.E: Planetary Annihilation Beta Now Live

Niserox

On September 27, 2013 at 6:50 am

What I don’t understand is why you’re still being charged 60 dollars for the game. Most games nowadays run free betas (GW2, DayZ, the upcoming BF4 beta, Path of Exile, and even the recently released FFXIV online), so WHY are they making us pay 60 dollars to TEST their game? Hell, even Minecraft was almost free, 20 dollars was nothing and the amount of content they put into every FREE update they released. It was all DLC worthy.

They’ve made over 2.2 million just from donations, then they make you pay almost 100 dollars for alpha and then 60 for beta? Thats a f**king joke. Is the entire company made of a**holes?

For the love of the god, the best publicity you can give a game is allowing to to be F2P at any point during its development or even after it. Its in a sense, a demo. We don’t really get demos anymore because its not the 90s, but a Beta is a time to try before you buy.

Unless of course, they know how bad their game is going to be and thus trying to make as much money as possible from it before they “annihilate themselves” har har har.

Not looking too good to me.

William

On September 27, 2013 at 10:59 am

@Niserox

First of all the alpha was 90$ because that was the price on there Kickstarter and wanted to keep it the same. They also can’t make you pay for anything you don’t want to, if you don’t want to pay 60$ that much then don’t and wait for a steam sale after the game is released.

Second your paying for beta access as well as the Theta Commander, Soundtrack, Digital Art Book and some Wallpaper.

Also they wanted to do a real beta, not that demo being called a beta crap that goes on with other games.

psycros

On September 29, 2013 at 2:50 pm

@William: spoken like someone who knows he’s paid for impending disappointment and feels compelled to defend his mistake. WTH is a “real beta”..? LOL!

Jadebenn

On October 5, 2013 at 8:58 pm

@psycros Nice way to vendetta against the game. If you really have a problem with the game why don’t you make a post on the Ubder forums. I know you have an account with one positive post and one negative the world will end post.