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Video Game: Planetary Annihilation

Planetary Annihilation is an upcoming RTS set IN SPACE! Created by Uber Entertainment and funded by Kickstarter, it follows factious robots in their seperate (and conflicting) quests to conquer the galaxy. Players have control over all robots in their army and can build an empire across multiple star systems.

As you might guess from the title, it's another Spiritual Successor to Total Annihilation (the other being Supreme Commander), this time on a galactic scale.

This game provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Absent Aliens: The only thing known about the Progenitors is that every single robot believes 1) they must be eliminated at all costs, and 2) they are even now preparing to attack and destroy the robots.
    • The background info does mention another race the robots were originally created to fight by the Progenitors, but there's no sign of them either.
  • Action Bomb: Bomb bots. Incredibly cheap, quick to produce, and with very low health, they have no actual armament. They do, however, explode when close enough to an enemy unit or building. One or two can be picked off with ease... but you never send just one or two.
    • To an extent, Commanders are this - upon dying, they explode in a nuclear fireball, and some games with multiple Commanders on a side would see a Commander just walking into an enemy base and suiciding, taking out half the base at the same time.
  • After the End: "The Age of Humanity is long past..."
  • Apocalypse How: All the way up to Class X, at least for small planets.
  • Apocalypse Wow: The dev team's goal, at any rate. If you're going to see it a lot (it's the name of the game after all), it might as well be spectacular!
  • Anti-Air: Missile turrets and their big brother Flak turrets (the latter have a smaller attack radius, but are more powerful). There is also a missile bot that is mobile but less powerful.
  • Arbitrary Headcount Limit: Completely averted. Though with enough units, even a high-end computer will begin to crawl.
  • Baby Planet: All the planets seen are substantially smaller than would be stable spheres. The smallest of those can be equipped with engines. See Colony Drop.
  • BFG: Several advanced buildings and units.
  • Colony Drop: The Halley Engine allows players to change the orbits of medium to small planets. The new orbit does not have to be stable, or free of other planets...
  • Colour Coded Armies: With no unit cap, this is the only way to have a hope of telling what's going on in any large battle.
  • Construct Additional Pylons: Completely justified in-game, as you're taking part in a rolling war where the robots travel to planets, use up all the resources and then move onto the next, requiring that they construct everything needed to wage war on-the-go.
  • Critical Existence Failure: Commanders can walk around just fine with next to no HP, but one hit over that and they turn into a mushroom cloud.
  • Cyber Cyclops: A few of the robots have this.
  • Death from Above: Orbital Lasers take a while to build, but if the other side doesn't have anything to shoot them down...
    • The unit description even says "death from above".
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: A lot of the Bots are cheap, weak, and short-ranged. Two or three - heck, even five or six - are no match for most other units. But get twenty or thirty, or fifty or sixty...
  • Decapitated Army: Rather justified in that the Commander is supposed to be controlling everything. Once he's dead, the rest of the army self-destructs.
  • Defeat Equals Explosion: Everything explodes when defeated, but Commanders explode massively when destroyed.
  • Drop Pod: Shown in the trailer, not yet implemented in game. Hinted at in recent news posts, however.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: It's in the name.
  • Earth-Shattering Poster: The cover art of the box.
  • Easy Logistics: The only thing you need to worry about are energy production and metal extraction; everything else is automatic.
  • Energy Weapon: The Orbital Laser, Umbrella, and Uber Cannon.
  • Fragile Speedster: All unit types have a basic scout that is this.
  • Fog of War: You can only see what your troops see, and some buildings have a firing radius larger than their sight range. Radar is a must for getting their full effect... and getting warning of approaching hoards.
  • Glowing Mechanical Eyes
  • Hero Unit: The Commanders; once they're destroyed, it's Game Over.
  • Humongous Mecha: The Commanders are a bit over 10 meters tall. The rest of the buildings and units are similarly large, as seen in these scale images.
  • Instant-Win Condition: Kill the enemy's Commander? Victory!
  • Keystone Army: Lost your Commander? Buh-buy now.
  • Kill It with Fire: Flame Tanks. Short-ranged and moderately slow, but tough enough to get within reach and strong enough to take out most buildings in seconds.
  • Killer Robot: Everything in the game.
  • Kill Sat: Orbital lasers.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Many units shoot missiles. There is no unit cap.
  • Not Hyperbole: Yes, you can actually annihilate planets over the course of the game.
  • Nuclear Option: Little bit on the small scale, but still devastating to bases built compactly.
    • Terrain can sometimes force attacking armies to come at one or two easily-blockaded points. Just cram the opening with defensive structures and you're safe... unless you forget to add an Anti-Nuke Launcher, an oversight that can lead to instant annihilation.
  • Oh Crap: Can happen numerous ways. Enemy got a Kill Sat over your base and you've got nothing that can hit it? A thousand tanks closing from all sides? Nuclear missiles roaring in with no counter-missiles to stop them? Minor planet about to fall on your head? Oh Crap.
  • Orbital Bombardment: If the enemy doesn't have any Umbrellas to shoot down orbital units, an orbital laser is practically unstoppable. Just make sure that while you're busy reducing buildings to dust, the other side isn't returning the favor...
  • Planetville
  • Quantity vs. Quality: Do you hurry and build the most advanced units to wipe out enemies from distances at which they can't even see you, much less respond? Or do you rush five hundred cheap, weak units and overwhelm everything in your path through sheer numbers?
  • Real Robot: Pretty close.
  • Refining Resources: From the start you can built "Tech 1" energy and Metal Extractors; "Tech 2" buildings can only be constructed once you've built a higher level worker.
  • Ridiculously Fast Construction: Everything is built and repaired by spraying glowing green stuff at it.
  • Robot War: The backstory suggests it started out like this, but by the time the game starts, its Robots Vs. Robots.
  • Rule of Cool: In the words of designer John Comes - "We are not shooting for realism; we're shooting for awesome."
  • Shout-Out: One of the names in the random name generator for planets is SR388, and there's a vehicle called the Bolo
  • Space Base: Currently has the "Moon Base" variant.
  • Spam Attack: If you can't match their quality, you can try overwhelming them with quantity.
  • Single-Biome Planet: Averted with Earth-Like planets having polar regions, wooded areas, deserts, and seas/oceans. Played straight with Lava, Desert, and Ice planets. Realistic with Moons and Metal planets.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Total Annihilation.
  • Straight for the Commander: Since taking the Commander out is the only way to win, this will happen eventually.
  • Suicide Attack: Often, waves of units will be sent out as distractions or delays, with no intent of having them survive. Also the whole point of existence for the Bomb Bot, whose only weapon is the bomb on its back. Even Commanders can do this, if you have more than one - just walk into the middle of the enemy base and die in a nuclear fireball. (This is generally only done by the supremely confident or the supremely desperate, because - as previously mentioned - once your last Commander is dead, it's Game Over)
  • Tank Goodness: All the vehicle units look like some kind of tank. Some have anti-air missiles, some have BF Gs, and some are mobile artillery.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Teleporters look a lot like stargates while at time of writing transporters are planned but not yet in.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Actively encouraged.
  • The Wiki Rule: Of course.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: One of the possible reactions to seeing five hundred enemy tanks appear from one direction while three hundred (each) fighters and bombers roar in from the other. Give or take a few hundred.
  • We Have Reserves: By the end of a planet-side campaign, many players are cramming out so many units they tend to send out hordes with little regard to whether they survive or not. Averted early game where losing a few Worker Units can be a large setback.
  • Walk, Don't Swim: Commanders walk on the bottom of seabeds while all construction in the water are placed on floating rafts.
  • Walking Tank: A few of the more powerful Bots are this.
  • World Shapes: The default shape is spherical, but any mesh shape could be imported if desired.
  • Worker Unit: Fabrication units, nicknamed "Fabbers". Your commander can create basic buildings, but you're going to need some dedicated units to get anything done before your untimely death. Tier 1 fabbers are faster at moving and slower at building than the Commander, but have an expanded build menu and are significantly more expendable. Tier 2 fabbers build faster and have even more build options, but are themselves more expensive and take longer to produce.
  • You Require More Vespene Gas: Energy and Metal. Though both are theoretically infinite, the challenge comes from producing enough to meet demand. If you can get a force behind enemy lines, generators and metal extractors can better targets than factories - they have less health, and if you leave the factories running the actual efficiency will nose-dive as resource debt skyrockets. Taking out the factories instead leaves plenty of surplus resources for rapid rebuilding.
  • Zerg Rush: A viable tactic in the early stages of the game is overrunning limited defenses with weak (but cheap) units, particularly bots; this was a popular tactic of Uber's Community Manager Brad.

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