Star Swarm Offers Glimpse Into Future of Strategy Gaming

TIMONIUM, MD. – Jan. 30, 2014 – Oxi­de Games has released today the first look at its next-genera­ti­on Nitrous engi­ne, Star Swarm. The engi­ne demo, free­ly avail­ab­le for Win­dows PC through Steam, demons­tra­tes the abi­li­ty of Nitrous-powe­red games to simu­la­te and dis­play thousands of high-detail units in a sin­gle scene.

Star Swarm is also one of the first publicly avail­ab­le demons­tra­ti­ons of AMD’s ground­brea­king Mant­le tech­no­lo­gy, which runs on AMD gra­phics chips based on the Gra­phics Core Next archi­tec­tu­re. By redu­cing the pro­ces­sing power was­ted on tra­di­tio­nal dri­ver over­head, Mant­le allows Nitrous to rea­li­ze signi­fi­cant per­for­mance gains. In real-world terms, Mant­le sys­tems run­ning Star Swarm can sus­tain play­a­ble frame­ra­tes with hig­her gra­phi­cal fide­li­ty than non-Mant­le configurations.

Though not a game its­elf, Star Swarm is a demons­tra­ti­on of the new types of game designs that Nitrous enab­les. “We can’t wait to see what game deve­lo­pers are able to do when they can count on thousands of units all run­ning indi­vi­du­al AI and phy­sics, rather than limi­t­ing their designs to a rela­ti­ve hand­ful of objects at a time,” said Oxi­de Games co-foun­der Tim Kipp.

Nitrous is avail­ab­le for licen­sing by exter­nal game deve­lo­p­ment stu­di­os, and alrea­dy has three games in acti­ve pro­duc­tion using the tech­no­lo­gy. Stardock’s Star Con­trol reboot, Oxi­de Games’ own unan­noun­ced game, and the first tit­le from Civi­liz­a­ti­on IV desi­gner Soren Johnson’s Mohawk Games run on Nitrous. All three games are publis­hed by Stardock.

Nitrous is alrea­dy ope­ning up end­less deve­lo­p­ment pos­si­bi­li­ties for our future games,” said Stardock’s CEO and Pre­si­dent, Brad War­dell. “As a game deve­lo­per and stra­te­gy fan, no one is more exci­ted about this than I am.”

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About Oxi­de Games
Oxi­de Games is an inde­pen­dent digi­tal enter­tain­ment stu­dio focu­sed on deli­vering revo­lu­tio­na­ry leaps in PC and con­so­le gaming. Its first pro­duct, the Nitrous engi­ne, pro­vi­des indus­try-lea­ding visu­als on both PCs and con­so­les. Oxi­de will be announ­cing its game pro­jects at a later date. Oxi­de Games is based in Timo­ni­um, Mary­land. Learn more at

About Star­dock
Star­dock is a lea­ding deve­lo­per and publis­her of PC games and desk­top soft­ware. Its PC games inclu­de Sins of a Solar Empi­re and the cri­ti­cal­ly acc­lai­med Galac­tic Civi­liz­a­ti­ons seri­es. Its desk­top soft­ware inclu­des Start8, Fen­ces, Win­dow­Blinds, Modern­Mix, and more. Visit for more.