Balanced Annihilation (Total Annihilation) free and open-source multiplayer RTS game for Windows, Mac and Linux

Balanced Annihilation (Total Annihilation) free and open-source multiplayer RTS game for Windows, Mac and Linux

Found 7th Mar
  • What is Balanced Annihilation?
  • Balanced Annihilation continues the unceasing war between ARM and CORE started in Cavedog’s legendary Total Annihilation! BA is a free and open-source multiplayer-focused Real Time Strategy (RTS) game. You can play it on Windows, Mac and Linux. Engage in massive battles for land, sea and air supremacy. Control up to 5000 individual units. Choose between two ruthless cybernetic factions, nearly 400 distinct unit types, ranging from the tiny Flea KBot to the colossal Krogoth and the apocalyptic ICBM silos. Wage war on hundreds of maps encompassing a plurality of landscapes and strategies. Whether these be the hills and valleys of Delta Siege Dry, a desolate Martian-like wasteland of Red Comet, or the verdant paradise of Small Supreme Battlefield (or the face of a duck) – Balanced Annihilation is the most enjoyable galactic Armageddon you will ever command!

What makes Balanced Annihilation exceptional?
Balanced Annihilation features some unique design ideas that bring great quality to the gameplay. BA uses Spring Engine – probably the most powerful open-source RTS engine. It allows for the creation of highly customizable and complex games. Now, what makes it so remarkable? Here are some examples:

Incredible scale and realism
Control thousands of units while every single one of them is being governed by its own separate physical mechanism. Because so, every tank, ship or aircraft lives its own life and chooses its own targets. As a result, BA brings a great complexity of tactics and perfect balance between two core components of RTS gameplay – micro and macro combat.

Tactical importance of terrain
The shape of every battlefield in-game imposes which strategies should be used. Tanks are highly effective in flat regions. Yet they become cumbersome on slopes and hilly terrain. In contrast, the mountains are a domain of Kbots. Hovercrafts and amphibious units can cross bodies of water to surprise your opponents. All-terrain units can easily get around enemy’s defense lines to attack when and where he least expects it. What is more, the landscape in Balanced Annihilation is deformable. Hence, every bigger explosion will redefine rules of the game.

Massive numbers of units and unit types
Balanced Annihilation includes over 300 individual units, and each and every one has its own specific role. Depending on the played map you will choose between unit types such as tanks, Kbots, ships, aircraft, and all-terrain. Not to mention experimental mechs, hovercraft, seaplanes, defense towers, nuclear silos and many more.
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Love ta (still hoping for a supreme commander 3 lol might be waiting a while) but didn't know about this, thanks op will check it out, have some heat
a free game is a free game! heat love TA,
Nice one loved the Supreme Commander games.
Does it have a single player campaign? I don't care for MP.
Is there LAN support in this game?
Nice 🏻 will check it out. Thank
So many amazing hours spent with the original TA, great times
Don't forget TechA, PA or Zero-K
Used to love TA
wow, been a long time, I used to play the demo version of Total Annhilation.
Total Annihilation is a classic. Good to see a modern open source remake of it that appears to be well maintained. Will definately try it out.
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