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We're creating a brand new type of multiplayer strategy video game for the PC.
Execute a grand strategy and conquer territories with familiar units like at the pace and visual appearance of an RTS game.

STRATEGY

In LINE WAR - strategy is everything.
Plan, execute, and adapt your strategy to defeat your opponent.

EXECUTION

Draw visual commands for units to follow. Thoughtfully crafterd commands beats Actions Per Minute (APM).

REPLAYABILITY

Worlds are procedural and asymmetric and a unique picking phase balances the asymmetric imbalance.

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WHAT IS LINE WAR?

LINE WAR is a Strategy Video Game but unlike many other games, it has elements from a large number of subgenres. At its core, LINE WAR is a Real-Time Strategy game but it also has the grand strategy of a War Game, the expansion and territory control of a 4X, artificial intelligence for unit battles from an Auto Battler, and a absence of hero unit concepts and tactical manouvers of a Real-Time Tactics game.

Real-Time Strategy
4X
Auto Battler
War Game
Real-Time Tactics

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KEY FEATURES

Our ambition is to create an RTS-like game that addresses some of the common problems facing many other games in the genre. We want to remove the steep learning curve and eliminate the need of micro-management.

STRATEGY

LINE WAR has a great depth of strategy. You have to plan, execute, and adapt your strategy to defeat your opponent.

EFFICIENT EXECUTION

Efficient ways for the player to execute a strategy through visual commands. Actions Per Minute (APM) is not important.

REPLAYABILITY & LONGEVITY

Worlds are randomly generated for an infinite amount of variation, yet a single world also has limitless replayability.

FAMILIAR UNITS

LINE WAR dares to break the trend and has only one race with familiar units to widen the audience and ease the learning curve.

ASYMMETRIC WORLDS

Procedurally generated worlds with asymmetric territory and resource distribution. Balance is provided through territory "picking phase".

E-SPORT ORIENTED

Spectator friendly game with overview, familiar units, and visual commands that makes it easy for spectators to follow along.

ALPHA TESTER FEEDBACK

I honestly think the core game loop is fantastic. Especially getting better at it, I think the game is really appealing.

Alpha Tester

Not having to micromanage allows complex attacks on multiple fronts and if it works it feels glorious.

Alpha Tester

I love that most of the game is played in macro management mode.

Alpha Tester

Once you figure out the basic game mechanics it is really fun!!

Alpha Tester

Its actually the first "modern" (tanks, soldiers, planes), rts game that I've enjoyed.

Alpha Tester

You have taken on a humongous task making a competitive RTS with two people.

Alpha Tester

THE TEAM

LINE WAR is being developed by Studio Centurion AB, a team of two developers with the vision, ambition, and dedication to make this game a reality.

A.k.a Basantos

CHRISTIAN ULVAEUS

CEO Founder, Game Design, Code

a.k.a Imphenzia

STEFAN PERSSON

Founder, Code / Graphics / Audio

SCREENSHOTS

Check out these screenshots from the game. Remember, this is from the ALPHA release so the graphics will be revamped before release.

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Para Drop Behind Enemy Lines
Commando Stealth
Conquer
Deadly Artillery Arc
Defeat
Early Game
Early Invasion
Early Settlement
Main Menu
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Map Seed 68386
Naval Encounter
Pre Invasion Assault
Triple Line Confrontation
Victory

CONTACT US

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RELEASE NOTES

Alpha 20 - Patch 8

2021-05-04

Balance-only changes

  • Bomber buff range +25%
  • Bomber buff total payload +15%
  • Bomber buff speed +5%
  • Bomber nerf production cost +20%
  • Freighter buff range +25%
  • Destroyer buff speed +12.5%
  • Structure repair vs construction cost now 1:1
  • Initial economy buff +50% (now 1500 capital)

Motivating the Bomber changes: Bomber will never be the go-to unit for single-targeting of structures. Neither is it a unit you could just spam to win the game if your opponent is aware of your plans. Its primary use is war of attrition. Now that structure repair is equally expensive as construction, it doesn't really matter that much if the Bombers return home leaving only burning, undestroyed structures behind. It hurts your enemy's economy just the same. The increased Bomber price tag and payload also has the effect of: 1) increasing the potential DPS launched from an airport, 2) making the Bomber even more fragile in terms of HP/cost ratio.

Alpha 20 - The Essentials Part I

2021-03-23

Improved world graphics (Graphics)

The water has been replaced with transparent water with animated normal mapped and specular water. This allows you to see through the water to the bottom of the sea. Enemy submarines now follow the depth of the sea and are visually a bit more tricky to spot in deeper water. The sea-floor has varied depth in different locations. Sea units have improved ripple and wave effects. The mountains have been slightly improved but another big mountain update is due in the near future.

Improved Producer graphics and animations (Graphics)

All the producing structures (Barracks, Factory, Shipyard, Subpen and Airport) have been replaced with new stylized models. The construction of the structures are now animated in phases and you’ll learn to recognize the build phases so you know roughly how much time is left until you have a completed structure. One of the key things to look out for is when the scaffolding goes down the structure is nearly completed.

All the producers now have visible production of the units. This enables you to see which type of unit is currently being produced and how far the build has progressed. Again, you’ll learn to recognize the build phases to estimate how much time is remaining.

Improved damage and debris (Graphics)

Structures have a floating damage level that is illustrated by warped models and dark patches. When buildings and units explode they now interact with water and leaves rings of sea ripples before they slowly sink towards the bottom of the sea.

Unit production progress indication (UX)

Producers now display the current unit under production. Animations and visual hints provide the player with a rough estimate of progress and time to delivery.

Unit production round-robin, up-front payment and refunds (UX)

A Producers production configuration is now set to simply on/off for each type (it used to be quotients ranging from 0 to 1). Units will always be produced in a left-to-right round-robin sequence. Units are now paid up-front before production starts. If you deselect a type that is currently under production, a full refund is paid.

Increased world height (World)

The world's vertical height is now approximately 40% greater, making the map as a whole bigger. We hope this will alleviate some of the “West vs East”-tendency that many games can have. If not, we might go for an even greater vertical height in the future.

Much faster arrangement of units on a Line (AI)

Distribution, re-arrangement and arrival of units on a Line or a Point command is now approximately 5 ~ 10 times faster ! This includes drawing, relocating or reconfiguring a Line, as well as drawing neighbouring Lines. This was possible thanks to a new logic where units swap destinations with each other, whenever appropriate.

Internal swapping of positions on a Line (AI)

Once settled, pairs of units on the same Line command now swap positions eventually, so that units that are stronger/faster/melee stand on the front row.

Unit attraction and pathfinding (AI)

Units are no longer attracted to commands that are unreachable or lie very far away (in terms of pathfinding).

Paths carving through a Line (AI)

Given that the receiver setting of the carving path matches, units that were standing on the Line now swiftly start following the path, once issued.

Start chasing the next enemy (AI)

Units now immediately pick another nearby enemy to chase or attack after having destroyed the first one.

Frontal approaches to Lines of defense (AI)

Units now perform frontal approaches to Lines of defense on a route that is less likely to collide with the enemy.

Broken, corrupt amphibious paths (Bug)

Fixed bugs related to the drawing of amphibious paths in impassable areas, that could result in invisible, undeletable artifacts that kept attracting units.

Known issues (Bug)

We’re experiencing some regression with the return of picky command validation, sorry ‘bout that! Watch out for

  • "Too much varying terrain" when drawing multi-lane paths having lane sections that touch incompatible terrain. Temporary remedy: Make sure you draw your paths carefully within the confines of the intended general terrain (land vs sea).
  • "End of path is unreachable" when drawing a path that ends on a special item/structure.

Alpha 19 - Kickstarter

IN DEVELOPMENT.

Alpha 18 - Sim City

2020-12-16

Background

This sprint has been ongoing for a record 2-month period. Alas, it was planned before the very informative survey that you, the playtesters, completed after the last Focus Week. This is why many of the new features mismatch those requested from the survey.

New feature suite “Sim City” (Game Balance, Graphics)

Say hello to all the new entities!

Prior to Alpha 18, the only investment structure  (a structure whose only purpose is to generate capital) was the City. With this release, we add another 4 entity types to that category.

BEP = Break-even point [min]

Industry

The smallest, least expensive, least risky investment structure. They come in 3 different visual flavors (lumber mill, mine, farm) but are otherwise exactly the same. Constructed on industry sites.

BEP ~ 9 min

Income 18 capital

Town

A moderately risky investment. Constructed on town- or city sites.

BEP ~ 10 min

Income 36 capital

City

A Town can, on a few sites, be upgraded to a City. This is the most expensive and risky investment. The BEP takes into account the lost income of the Town that got replaced during the construction. Must be constructed on a city site where both a town and all connected industries have already been completed.

BEP ~ 13 min

Income 90 capital

Port

An investment structure like any other, but also produces cargo ships, connects with other ports via trade routes and can be attacked by submarines and ships. Must be constructed on a port site next to an already completed town or city .

The production of cargo ships can be toggled between

  • Off - no ships are being produced
  • Until Saturated - ships are being produced until all connected, activated  trade routes are saturated (i.e. running at maximum efficiency)
  • On - ships are being produced unconditionally

BEP ~ 10 min

Income 30 capital ( not  including the trade route)

Cargo Ship

Defenseless sea-freighter that carries goods back and forth, thereby creating revenue from trade. Produced at ports at a production cost of 40 each. Cargo Ships are controlled via commands in the same way as all other units, but they prioritize established and activated trade routes . Don’t mess around trying to control them, but let them go about their business. A single delivery of goods is worth more than the production cost of the ship itself. They can be brought into battle for use as cannon fodder.

Trade Route

That’s the visible dashed lines you see in the seas. Worlds can have between 0 and 8 (?) of them. Once a Port has been constructed at either end of the route, production of cargo ships start/resume. The route can be activated/deactivated via selection and button toggling.

The estimated income of any saturated trade route (i.e. one that has the perfect number of cargo ships) is fairly constant and not dependent on the length, but a longer trade route is of course harder to protect.

BEP ~ 10 min

Income ~ 100 capital

More conquerable sea territories (Game Balance)

Some sea territories are now conquerable even while not containing an energy well.

Ladder web app (Ranking)

We've set up a ladder at https://linewar.com/ladder , go check it out! All completed matches are reported and ranks get updated immediately.

Pathfinding and distribution around structures (AI)

A structure now “carves a hole” in the navigable surface of the world, upon construction. Unit pathfinding takes advantage of this change and finds more efficient routes around structures. Commands are also notified of such changes in navigability and updates unit destinations accordingly, which can be seen in the picture below.

Changed auto correction for land commands (UX)

Issuing a land command with a reset command bar now auto-selects only Infantry + Artillery.

Changed auto correction for amphibious commands (UX)

Issuing an amphibious command with a reset command bar now auto-selects only Infantry + Commando + Artillery + Troopship.

New map generation algorithm (World)

The new map generator is noise based instead of randomly allocating water territories. This should allow for some more interesting maps and the algorithm will have more improvements in the future.

Disk map caching no longer used (Optimization)

Most maps are only played once and occupied 50MB of space each. The disk cache was removed and map generation times will drop in future releases for much faster generation due to planned optimization.

Construction cursor snapping (UX)

When you initiate the construction of a structure that is built on a special site (town, city, port, industry, and energy well) - the cursor will show up as a blue “ghost” where you can construct the structure. Red sites indicate that you don’t control the territory. The cursor also magnetically snaps into the correct building location when you move it close to a site.

Constructing over units and commands (UX)

When placing a structure, units are moved aside to allow construction instead of not allowing construction until units are moved.Placing a structure on top of a command confirms the construction rather than selecting the command.

World info overlay in "Select World" (Lobby)

You can toggle an icon overlay in the Select World by pressing TAB (or clicking the lower-left button). The icons will give you a better view of where sites and trade routes are located.

Balance changes (Game Balance)

Initial Capital Treasury

Increased from 800 to 1000

Helicopter

Increased operational range +12.5%

Increased speed +8%

Now prioritizes SAM & Missile Ship targets

Interceptor

Increased likelihood of picking air targets on first encounter

Airport

Reduced construction cost -22%

Reduced construction time -22%

Reduced production rate -22%

Reduced air unit capacity from 6 to 5

Shipyard

Reduced construction cost -22%

Reduced construction time -22%

Reduced production rate -22%

Airstrip

Increased HP +30%

Can now repair air units

Refinery & Powerplant

 Reduced upkeep -40% (now same as for all non-investment structures)

Territory

        Reduced income -20%

City

Major changes! See earlier section.

Visual updates (Graphics, Animation)

  • Air unit repair effect (it was easy to think air units did not respond to commands while they were in fact under repair)
  • Helicopter rotor start/stop animation and airplane engine flames off while grounded
  • New structure explosions
  • New explosion tree folding effect
  • Deforestation now follows the footprint of a structure better and minimizes deforestation
  • 20% larger airport and airstrips.
  • New light angle to light up structures and units better
  • New city model
  • New models for city sites, town sites, and industry sites
  • Special sites are now hidden when constructed upon
  • More distinct plains/barren/snow patterns for biomes
  • Changed game bar icons for Striker and Interceptor to represent in-game look of the units

Audio updates (Audio)

  • Structure confirm placement c onstruction sounds

Fixed bugs (Bugs)

  • Tank tracks and tank forest tree folding no longer visible in fog of war
  • Enemy producer animations no longer changed for revealed producers that are in fog of war
  • Trying to construct off the map no longer producers an error
  • Reduced territory fog of war strength so multiple controlled territories won’t reveal commando units - you will need one or more units in a territory to detect commandos

Alpha 17 - The Right Stuff

2020-10-15

Easy matchmaking (Matching)

Based on your feedback we have prioritized to implement a new "Play Now" matchmaking mechanism. You don't have to be Steam friends to play against each other and there is a matchmaking queue that a player will be matched against if anyone else clicks "Play Now". We still have a low number of playtesters so we expect that matchmaking will take some time. A notification will be sent to a new Studio Centurion Line War Discord server that someone is waiting in the queue to increase the chance that some will join.

Single-player “Sandbox” (Tutorials)

Play against a passive dummy computer, to get familiar with the game. You can access the sandbox from the main menu. The opponent won't do anything other than to pick a start territory, so this is not a "single player mode" but instead it's a place where you can practice to draw commands, conquer territories, construct buildings, play around with command receivers, and more. This will be the base for new tutorials in the future, but for now - it's just a sandbox.

Improved options for scouting (Game Balance)

We're taking a first small step to address the lack of good scouting possibilities in the game. This involves the Commando and Interceptor units. See BALANCE CHANGES for more details.

New menu & music (UI, Music)

There is a new short piece of menu music and the menu has a new look and feel. The tanks in the menu are not implemented in the game, but in the next iteration of unit upgrades, this is potentially what units would look like ingame. Chat behaves differently, you have to enter into chat with Enter key and exit with a blank line Enter key press as well. You cannot delete commands or use the Command bar while the chat is active. New options placeholder screen (only music volume enabled).

Camera field of view (UX)

Camera Field of View (FOV) has increased by 8% to see more of the battle field.

Balance changes (Game Balance)

Commando

This unit was too efficient at conquering territories. The following changes serves to address this imbalance but also gives the Commando a more clear "special ops" and recon profile:

   greater sight range

   increased speed +10%

   reduced firepower -16.6%

Interceptor

Besides being an air-superiority fighter, the Interceptor now has a strong reconnaissance role as well. The plane could, for example, aid naval units in finding (and fighting) Submarines, like Destroyers do.

   greater sight range

   greater close-range detection capability

Known issues (Bugs)

- If two people accept challenges at the exact same time, matchmaking can connect the wrong people. This will be fixed by a master server migration to Steam later.

- If two people start a sandbox at the exact same time, they could end up in a match against each other instead. This will be fixed by a master server migration to Steam later.

Alpha 17 Patch Release v0.17.6

- Construction of multiple Refineries & Cities on same site/well no longer possible

- Unconquerable territories verified and fixed

- Game servers no longer accumulate CPU-consuming artefacts after each match

- Proper validation error instead of server error when drawing very short paths