Ruse: Up to 1 billion polygons - but not simultaneously
At the end of March Ubisoft announced Ruse, a new brand of real-time strategy games which wants to attract attention with its optimized zoom engine.
Unlike many other developers the French studio Ubisoft does not rely on game sequels only but constantly creates new titles. Even popular series like Prince of Persia are reinvented which is proven by the latest and visually amazing part.
At the GDC Ubisoft introduced a new RTS called R.U.S.E. at the Intel stand. What's the game about? Developer Eugen Systems (Act of War) leads us to World War II again but unlike fast-paced click fellows such as Command & Conquer Ruse rather needs unhurried strategists. One of the missions is the battle of Monte Cassino in Italy. In a cool board top view, which seems to be a mix of Populous and Risk, we place about a dozen "ruses” within a certain area. During radio silence our allied tank unions sneak up to the fort occupied by the Germans. Another ruse could be decryption where we could espy the next targets of our enemy.
We virtuosic zoom in and out the map - like in Supreme Commander but with much more optical details. We can choose between commanding the whole army or single units. More than 200 vehicles and buildings are said to be available in the final game. Confirmed are six available parties, a singleplayer and a multiplayer campaign but exact details remain a secret.
Ruse: The interface
Also the interface leaves a brave mark: There are no mini maps or unit windows. Even other real-time limitations are being messed up. Where other genre titles restrict the D-Day to confined maps Ruse will offer the complete French Atlantic coast. The proprietary Iris zoom engine is working hard: From parachutists to mountain ranges there are supposedly one billion polygons on one map. Certainly not at the same time - while zooming and swinging back and forth the engine is constantly streaming. That's why Ubisoft was at the Intel stand: Ruse runs on a Core i7 system and the engine uses every one of its 8 cores.
More about Ruse
Ruse is developed by Eugen Systems who are known for Act of War: Direct Action. Ruse will be available for PC and consoles (Xbox 360 and PS) and released this year.