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Etherium’s first gameplay trailer gives us a look at an interplanetary resource war

Etherium first gameplay trailer

A sci-fi RTS depicting a three way war between humans, aliens and robots over a resource known as Tiberium Etherium. Tindalos Interactive’s Etherium, named after the resource, all sounds a bit familiar. But when you get past the premise, it all starts to sound a bit promising. 

The war is interplanetary, with factions fighting over a bunch of different worlds; worlds that also contain NPC beasties that can be subjugated and hurled at enemies and foul, disruptive weather. Take a gander at the first gameplay trailer, below. 

Here’s how the dev’s describe it. “Take command of one of these three factions, each with its individual characteristics, strengths, weaknesses, technologies and special skills such as climate control, espionage and precognition. Manage your resources, build outposts to extend your control over the map, and crush your enemy under an army composed of a great variety of units: infantry, tanks, aircraft, and gigantic colossi of war.”

Those big beefy units look just lovely. Scale in RTS game so often just about the size of the maps or the number of units, which makes me all the more appreciative of gargantuan juggernauts.

I do hope that the video is not representative of how busy and mobile battles are, though. There was a lot of standing around exchanging bullets and laser fire, as if these factions of the future were part of a Napoleonic firing line. Even the aircraft were just hovering, motionless. I like my jets to swarm, like Supreme Commander’s pesky wee things.

Etherium’s almost done, and you’ll be able to grab it on Steam come next month.