rogueplanet_001This morning I met with Aurelien Kebeci, CEO of the French development group Agharta Studio to see their upcoming game, Rogue Planet. Previously known for 1112 [App Store], Kebeci blew me away with what he had to show me.

Rogue Planet is a turn based strategy game that consists of 15 campaign missions, as well as 15 additional maps for free play and multiplayer. In the initial release, multiplayer will be limited to local WiFi, but with 3.0 right around the corner, Bluetooth local multiplayer as well as asynchronous online multiplayer with push notifications will be available as a free update.

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The entire game is rendered using extremely detailed 2D sprites on a 3D background, and the presentation is absolutely gorgeous. The isometric 3D view reminds me of Final Fantasy Tactics and each unit has its own set of sounds which gives the game a very lively feel as vehicles' engines start when you activate them and soldiers speak to you.

rogueplanet_011Each of the two factions have 10 different units to wage war with, and cover the standard array of what you would expect in a turn based strategy game. One intriguing mechanic is the importance of defending and destroying bridges. Tanks and other heavy units cannot cross rivers without a bridge, and the engineer unit can both blow them up and repair them.

Capturing buildings works a little different too, unlike Advance Wars, buildings must be destroyed first, then you send any foot soldier inside to instantly capturing it, which also consumes the unit. Rogue Planet also has all the multitouch view controls you'd expect in an iPhone game, complete with rotation of the game field.

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The video I shot includes a demonstration of the view controls, how the story is delivered in the campaign, a few turns of gameplay, a demonstration of free mode, and some other surprises. Make sure you notice how fast the game loads.


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The game in its current state is a work in progress, Kebeci said they have about two weeks of development left on the 1.0 release that they're going to spend adding sounds in the cinematic battle scenes, localizing to English countries, add some additional animations when your turn is over, and a few more unit actions such as repairing and refueling.

To celebrate this exclusive announcement, Agharta Studio has put their earlier game, 1112 episode 1, on sale for $1.99 (down from $7.99) [App Store]. 1112, an episodic adventure game, has been very popular in Europe, and comes packed with the same high quality hand drawn art and original musical score that we're going to be seeing in Rogue Planet.

If all goes as planned, Rogue Planet will be submitted to the App Store inside of two weeks.

  • Slapshot

    Awesome! Looking forward to this! Looks just like Advanced Wars and that's what I like about it. I'm for sure picking this up. :D

  • Slapshot

    Awesome! Looking forward to this! Looks just like Advanced Wars and that's what I like about it. I'm for sure picking this up. :D

  • Sticktron

    WOW! Out of nowhere this looks like a AAA title!
    Can't wait.

  • Sticktron

    WOW! Out of nowhere this looks like a AAA title!
    Can't wait.

  • Coral

    It looks like units are somewhat expendable. By that I mean it isn't like Fire Emblem where if they die they are gone forever. The graphics look really nice but I am looking forward for something more like Fire Emblem than Advance Wars to come out.

  • Coral

    It looks like units are somewhat expendable. By that I mean it isn't like Fire Emblem where if they die they are gone forever. The graphics look really nice but I am looking forward for something more like Fire Emblem than Advance Wars to come out.

  • Alichan76

    Although 1112 did have some impressive artwork, it suffered from that all too familiar problem of dreadful localization. As with Zenonia, it just gives off sloppy vibes. Also, I think a lot of people will be highly miffed to see this coming out before the LONG awaited Part 2 of 1112.
    That said, this does look good, but this won't be an instant purchase for the reasons I mention above.

    • http://www.4ormal.com formal

      Personally, I think the dialogue in Zenonia is full of character. The way it was done is intentional and not a result of some "poor engrish". When you play games for 25 years you welcome things that make you laugh :)

      • Alichan76

        Fair point. I do find the text in Zenonia funny too, but not because of the mistakes, but because of the laugh out loud humour. But, I digress, Rogue Planet does look very nice. I guess if they are successful with sales it will be more of a guarantee that 1112 episode 2 will be made. Good luck to them: )

  • Alichan76

    Although 1112 did have some impressive artwork, it suffered from that all too familiar problem of dreadful localization. As with Zenonia, it just gives off sloppy vibes. Also, I think a lot of people will be highly miffed to see this coming out before the LONG awaited Part 2 of 1112.
    That said, this does look good, but this won't be an instant purchase for the reasons I mention above.

    • http://www.4ormal.com formal

      Personally, I think the dialogue in Zenonia is full of character. The way it was done is intentional and not a result of some "poor engrish". When you play games for 25 years you welcome things that make you laugh :)

      • Alichan76

        Fair point. I do find the text in Zenonia funny too, but not because of the mistakes, but because of the laugh out loud humour. But, I digress, Rogue Planet does look very nice. I guess if they are successful with sales it will be more of a guarantee that 1112 episode 2 will be made. Good luck to them: )

  • Christian

    Looks great. Could be bye bye Uniwar.

    • Fanboy

      Don't be jealous of UniWar... It is still the best turn-based strategy game on the iPhone until proven otherwise.

      UniWar has multiplayer which Rogue does not have (ok they are promising it but I don't buy it since that is the most difficult part of making a game like this - I bet anything that multiplayer will never happen in Rogue).

      In addition, a good TBS game is not about all the sexy graphics but about the balance between units. Again, UniWar has proven its worth on that side which this game Rogue has not.

  • Christian

    Looks great. Could be bye bye Uniwar.

    • Fanboy

      Don't be jealous of UniWar... It is still the best turn-based strategy game on the iPhone until proven otherwise.

      UniWar has multiplayer which Rogue does not have (ok they are promising it but I don't buy it since that is the most difficult part of making a game like this - I bet anything that multiplayer will never happen in Rogue).

      In addition, a good TBS game is not about all the sexy graphics but about the balance between units. Again, UniWar has proven its worth on that side which this game Rogue has not.

  • Alejandro

    What?! I want a second episode of 1112!

  • Alejandro

    What?! I want a second episode of 1112!

  • http://www.1112game.com alexandre leboucher

    This is what should secure all of 1112 episodes in the future;)

  • http://www.1112game.com alexandre leboucher

    This is what should secure all of 1112 episodes in the future;)

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    Woah. Slick. At first the conflicting scales for everything threw me off, but it's growing on me already. The spit and polish on this is impressive, though!

    Nice to see games like this on the iPhone.

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    Woah. Slick. At first the conflicting scales for everything threw me off, but it's growing on me already. The spit and polish on this is impressive, though!

    Nice to see games like this on the iPhone.

  • T

    This is what I've been waiting for! Nice one guys, I'm looking forward to it.

  • T

    This is what I've been waiting for! Nice one guys, I'm looking forward to it.

  • DaveS

    I'm not sure I have ever seen a game with so may wait pauses. The game might load fast at the start, but it sure needs some serious in game optimization before it looks playable.

    • Sam

      lol. DaveS, the pause you saw are not from the game, but from the video if you don't have a connection fast enough! I had the same problem. Just download it and watch it, you'll see the difference! ;)

      • DaveS

        Oops! My apologies.

  • DaveS

    I'm not sure I have ever seen a game with so may wait pauses. The game might load fast at the start, but it sure needs some serious in game optimization before it looks playable.

    • Sam

      lol. DaveS, the pause you saw are not from the game, but from the video if you don't have a connection fast enough! I had the same problem. Just download it and watch it, you'll see the difference! ;)

      • DaveS

        Oops! My apologies.

  • Mike

    Looks better than Uniwar! Only two races though...

    • Fanboy

      UniWar does not have all the the frills and visual effects of this game but it surely has great substance and unparalleled gameplay.
      And that is what a long lasting game is all about: gameplay and balance!

  • Mike

    Looks better than Uniwar! Only two races though...

    • Fanboy

      UniWar does not have all the the frills and visual effects of this game but it surely has great substance and unparalleled gameplay.
      And that is what a long lasting game is all about: gameplay and balance!

  • Learjetzoom

    Xcom was my fav game for the PS1 (I know it was a PC game before that.) I hope this game's cosmetic polish reflects its potential gameplay polish. The iPhone is perfectly designed for games like this. This. is. awesome.!

  • Learjetzoom

    Xcom was my fav game for the PS1 (I know it was a PC game before that.) I hope this game's cosmetic polish reflects its potential gameplay polish. The iPhone is perfectly designed for games like this. This. is. awesome.!

  • Chad

    You probably get bonus points for surrendering in this game.

    • Jonathan

      ... however, they'll be far less bonus points than what you get for sitting out the first two years like a bunch of cowards ...

  • Chad

    You probably get bonus points for surrendering in this game.

    • Jonathan

      ... however, they'll be far less bonus points than what you get for sitting out the first two years like a bunch of cowards ...

  • Carlos-Sz

    I'd like to see the battles on the board itself not in a close-up mode. It's nice at first but it may be annoying along the game (too much cuts from the board itself and unnecessary waste of time).

    Maybe an option. Tap to dismiss the battle close-up is also annoying and breaks the game flowing.

  • Carlos-Sz

    I'd like to see the battles on the board itself not in a close-up mode. It's nice at first but it may be annoying along the game (too much cuts from the board itself and unnecessary waste of time).

    Maybe an option. Tap to dismiss the battle close-up is also annoying and breaks the game flowing.

  • MrDark

    Wow~ no matter I'm on it

  • MrDark

    Wow~ no matter I'm on it

  • Akira01

    @Daves:"The game might load fast at the start, but it sure needs some serious in game optimization before it looks playable."

    It's a joke ?
    The game seems fully playable here...

  • Akira01

    @Daves:"The game might load fast at the start, but it sure needs some serious in game optimization before it looks playable."

    It's a joke ?
    The game seems fully playable here...

  • http://www.3deified.net Senior Coconut

    Somewhere Luc Bernard is crying.

  • http://www.3deified.net Senior Coconut

    Somewhere Luc Bernard is crying.

  • http://www.mobstarentertainment.com mek

    X-com ,

  • http://www.mobstarentertainment.com mek

    X-com ,

  • flo

    I want my 1112 episodes 2,3 and 4 first pl0x.

  • flo

    I want my 1112 episodes 2,3 and 4 first pl0x.

  • DarkJee

    Oh man this is just like Advance War <3 Only thing is... will it be possible to have 2vs2 or Free for All with 4 players? Cause in Advance War we could and that was so hot! And is the different Character to select have their own special too?

  • DarkJee

    Oh man this is just like Advance War <3 Only thing is... will it be possible to have 2vs2 or Free for All with 4 players? Cause in Advance War we could and that was so hot! And is the different Character to select have their own special too?

  • Ballpeen

    I definitely "second" what Carlos-Sz says.

    If there is no option to disable the close-up battle scene, it's a deal-breaker for me.

  • Ballpeen

    I definitely "second" what Carlos-Sz says.

    If there is no option to disable the close-up battle scene, it's a deal-breaker for me.

  • http://www.astrosaurus.com astrosaurus

    I'm such a sucker for a good turn based strategy game. This is looking really sharp, can't wait.

  • http://www.astrosaurus.com astrosaurus

    I'm such a sucker for a good turn based strategy game. This is looking really sharp, can't wait.

  • http://whaleslayer.com Mchart

    While this game appears to have a decent level of polish - I don't see how it's any better then Uniwars which is only a buck and has far more content, or mecho wars which has a unique art style and cool new gameplay elements for the genre. This just looks pretty standard from a gameplay standpoint.

  • http://whaleslayer.com Mchart

    While this game appears to have a decent level of polish - I don't see how it's any better then Uniwars which is only a buck and has far more content, or mecho wars which has a unique art style and cool new gameplay elements for the genre. This just looks pretty standard from a gameplay standpoint.

  • stargazer513

    wow amazing! uniwar sucks...

  • stargazer513

    wow amazing! uniwar sucks...

  • http://www.1112game.com alexandre leboucher

    the game is still under développement, there are some little things yet to implement (couterattattack, choregraphics settings and most of the script (written, but not implemented yet, Cinematics and combat sounds.)
    I don't see the point of removing the battle visuals (Which took a very long time to make;)) since you can tap to skip them with almost no loading .

  • http://www.1112game.com alexandre leboucher

    the game is still under développement, there are some little things yet to implement (couterattattack, choregraphics settings and most of the script (written, but not implemented yet, Cinematics and combat sounds.)
    I don't see the point of removing the battle visuals (Which took a very long time to make;)) since you can tap to skip them with almost no loading .

  • http://www.1112game.com alexandre leboucher

    Another thing: There are 19 campaign mission (and not 15:))
    15 quick game/ Multiplayer maps and more to come in upgrades:)
    For now the commander are only giving specific vehicles boosts (ie: karl as a commander mean more firepower to the tanks familly)

  • http://www.1112game.com alexandre leboucher

    Another thing: There are 19 campaign mission (and not 15:))
    15 quick game/ Multiplayer maps and more to come in upgrades:)
    For now the commander are only giving specific vehicles boosts (ie: karl as a commander mean more firepower to the tanks familly)

  • _jnc_

    Wow, that looks nice! I will definitely buy this one if the developers promise to not take the money and run (like it seems that the Uniwar team did).
    I completely agree on the part about turning battle animations off though (please!). No matter how long it took to create them; some people like it some don't. If half of the buyers let them on it was still worth the while, don't you think développers? Please?

    • Fanboy

      Hey Frenchie, this is a completely incorrect accusation of the UniWar team.

      You guys are pretty dishonest in criticizing UniWar in this forum (well, at least it shows you are very threatened by it). The team did not run away at all. They are continuously updating the game with better and newer features and adding a new website and forums, ...

      (btw, your spelling of developer gave away your French origins...I would not be surprised that many of these comments are from the French developer of this game)

      • http://www.iphonelife.com/werner.ruotsalainen Menneisyys

        I think you've addressed the wrong person: _jnc_ doesn't seem to be French at all.

      • _jnc_

        No, I'm not French, I was trying to make a comment on the French origin of the developers, no insults intended =S
        And as far as Uniwar is concerned; I reacted that way because I loved the game and was totally addicted to it. Then suddenly the developers didn't react in the forum, the website didn't make any progress and we're still waiting for the update.
        I just saw this second that the webpage is online, that's great news (why didn't anyone tell me???) so I'll take some of the resentment back and give it another try, climbing the latter again (once 36, now 360 =( ).

      • http://www.1112game.com alexandre leboucher

        We respect all the others companies around , I have better things to do with my time than arguing about the concurrence (BTW, I think concurrence is good and so far I liked most other strategy games I played on my Iphone especially uniwars to be precise)

        Let's all stay classy and fair from now on;)

        There is 40 millions potential users and only 4 turn based strategy games for god sake!;)

  • _jnc_

    Wow, that looks nice! I will definitely buy this one if the developers promise to not take the money and run (like it seems that the Uniwar team did).
    I completely agree on the part about turning battle animations off though (please!). No matter how long it took to create them; some people like it some don't. If half of the buyers let them on it was still worth the while, don't you think développers? Please?

    • Fanboy

      Hey Frenchie, this is a completely incorrect accusation of the UniWar team.

      You guys are pretty dishonest in criticizing UniWar in this forum (well, at least it shows you are very threatened by it). The team did not run away at all. They are continuously updating the game with better and newer features and adding a new website and forums, ...

      (btw, your spelling of developer gave away your French origins...I would not be surprised that many of these comments are from the French developer of this game)

      • http://www.iphonelife.com/werner.ruotsalainen Menneisyys

        I think you've addressed the wrong person: _jnc_ doesn't seem to be French at all.

      • _jnc_

        No, I'm not French, I was trying to make a comment on the French origin of the developers, no insults intended =S
        And as far as Uniwar is concerned; I reacted that way because I loved the game and was totally addicted to it. Then suddenly the developers didn't react in the forum, the website didn't make any progress and we're still waiting for the update.
        I just saw this second that the webpage is online, that's great news (why didn't anyone tell me???) so I'll take some of the resentment back and give it another try, climbing the latter again (once 36, now 360 =( ).

      • http://www.1112game.com alexandre leboucher

        We respect all the others companies around , I have better things to do with my time than arguing about the concurrence (BTW, I think concurrence is good and so far I liked most other strategy games I played on my Iphone especially uniwars to be precise)

        Let's all stay classy and fair from now on;)

        There is 40 millions potential users and only 4 turn based strategy games for god sake!;)

  • http://wordpress.com/kyletrail kyletrail

    Wow! Now that game looks very very impressive indeed.

    I guess I'll be jamming away on MechoWars until then.

    Good looking game though guys.

  • http://wordpress.com/kyletrail kyletrail

    Wow! Now that game looks very very impressive indeed.

    I guess I'll be jamming away on MechoWars until then.

    Good looking game though guys.

  • kai

    i hope they add battle animation turn on and off feature.

  • kai

    i hope they add battle animation turn on and off feature.

  • Dimitris

    Another yes for the option to turn battle animation on and off.
    Just like in advance wars. I kept it on for the first few battles but after that it was always off. It add to the playtime quite a lot!

    • http://www.iphonelife.com/werner.ruotsalainen Menneisyys

      Agreed. No need for time-consuming animations after seeing them once - they should be switchable.

  • Dimitris

    Another yes for the option to turn battle animation on and off.
    Just like in advance wars. I kept it on for the first few battles but after that it was always off. It add to the playtime quite a lot!

    • http://www.iphonelife.com/werner.ruotsalainen Menneisyys

      Agreed. No need for time-consuming animations after seeing them once - they should be switchable.

  • http://www.iphonelife.com/werner.ruotsalainen Menneisyys

    BTW, thanks for lowering the price of 1112. I finally took the plunge - didn't want to do the same with the original price as I've already played thru the WinMo version.

  • http://www.iphonelife.com/werner.ruotsalainen Menneisyys

    BTW, thanks for lowering the price of 1112. I finally took the plunge - didn't want to do the same with the original price as I've already played thru the WinMo version.

  • thebleeptruth

    Wow this could be just what I need. I hope a Final Fantasy Tactics or Front Mission-like game comes to the iPhone/iPod Touch soon.

  • thebleeptruth

    Wow this could be just what I need. I hope a Final Fantasy Tactics or Front Mission-like game comes to the iPhone/iPod Touch soon.

  • http://www.1112game.com alexandre leboucher
  • http://www.1112game.com alexandre leboucher
  • Raden Agung

    WWwoooowww this game to cool to ignore

  • Raden Agung

    WWwoooowww this game to cool to ignore

  • Tower Defender

    Looks good, but is there any sound during the battle scene? I noticed when that buggy was firing off its gattling cannon, I didn't hear anything.

  • Tower Defender

    Looks good, but is there any sound during the battle scene? I noticed when that buggy was firing off its gattling cannon, I didn't hear anything.

  • I am unknown

    *sigh*

    Another Advance Wars rip off which isn't close to the GBA version.
    It seems that companies I just going for the same type of games on the iphone rather than what is lacking which is a shame.
    Racing
    Geometry like games
    Tower Defense
    Turn Base Strategy
    Time management games

    Even though there are quite a few good games in these genres/slash types of games there needs to be more variety as most games fall into those categories

    • http://www.1112game.com alexandre leboucher

      well go ahead and makes you own games pal ;)

      • I am unknown

        I actually tried and downloaded the software and then realized it was only for mac computers. :(

    • Reaganomics

      No.

  • I am unknown

    *sigh*

    Another Advance Wars rip off which isn't close to the GBA version.
    It seems that companies I just going for the same type of games on the iphone rather than what is lacking which is a shame.
    Racing
    Geometry like games
    Tower Defense
    Turn Base Strategy
    Time management games

    Even though there are quite a few good games in these genres/slash types of games there needs to be more variety as most games fall into those categories

    • http://www.1112game.com alexandre leboucher

      well go ahead and makes you own games pal ;)

      • I am unknown

        I actually tried and downloaded the software and then realized it was only for mac computers. :(

    • Reaganomics

      No.

  • Fokion

    Now this looks good. This is the kind of game I want to see on the iDevices, and not fruitless attempts to emulate "proper" arcade controls.

  • Fokion

    Now this looks good. This is the kind of game I want to see on the iDevices, and not fruitless attempts to emulate "proper" arcade controls.

  • http://gen.erikveland.com Erik K Veland

    Looks good. One tip for developers, I hope you cut that terminal chirping sound to when the text is actually scrolling in the final version. Sounds like it's just one long chirp no matter how long the text is. It sort of takes a way the point of a sound effect to accentuate the visual, not distract from it.

  • http://gen.erikveland.com Erik K Veland

    Looks good. One tip for developers, I hope you cut that terminal chirping sound to when the text is actually scrolling in the final version. Sounds like it's just one long chirp no matter how long the text is. It sort of takes a way the point of a sound effect to accentuate the visual, not distract from it.

  • mike

    when it comes out?????
    can´t wait

  • mike

    when it comes out?????
    can´t wait

  • Shabbis

    What happened to "in a couple weeks" over a month ago?

  • Shabbis

    What happened to "in a couple weeks" over a month ago?