Unknown Horizons

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Unknown Horizons
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Basic Information
Type(s)
Video Game
The Unknown Horizons team
GNU General Public License
City-building game with real time strategy elements
Keyboard, mouse
Cross-platform
Technical Information
2009.2a (Template:Release date and age)
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A screenshot from Unknown Horizons depicting an early settlement

Unknown Horizons is a genre-mix of city-building game and real time strategy. It is released under the GNU General Public License and is therefore free software.

The game is currently in an early stage of development. On occasion, a development snapshot is released. The current release is 2009.2a, which is the fourth alpha release. The first public alpha version was released on October 1, 2008.

Despite its incompleteness, Unknown Horizons already appeared in issue 24/09 of the German c't computer magazine, as a part of the Heise software collection 6/09.[1][2]

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

The player guides a group of people settling in a newly discovered archipelago of islands. The player must provide miscellaneous goods and public services for the settlers' welfare. When supplied adequately, the population will grow and the settlers will rise to higher social classes. On the one hand they have more needs then, but on the other hand this process also unlocks more buildings.

To help with this goal, the player can also trade with competing settlements, or wage war for more expansion space.

Technical overview[edit | edit source]

Unknown Horizons is based on the FIFE engine and features isometric 2D graphics. Since FIFE is currently also in an early stage of development, and Unknown Horizons is the first major project based on this engine, the developers of Unknown Horizons have agreed to help with development on FIFE.

Python was chosen as the language for this project because it is the best supported language of FIFE and it guarantees cross-platform compatibility. Furthermore, Python allows for very rapid development.

The models for Unknown Horizons are created using Blender.

Future development[edit | edit source]

Unknown Horizons development currently focuses on having more gameplay features that are known from Anno and are only implemented rudimentary at the moment (e.g. trading with other players, diplomacy and warfare). Next major steps in development are network play and implementation of an AI system. Also the development of all six building classes is highly prioritized to deliver a deeper and much more playable game experience in the near future.

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