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Mike Substelny

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Actually I can offer UNOFFICIAL speculation about this.

Artemis was written in a game engine that Thom developed from scratch. That game engine is now old and does not play well with modern graphics or with iOS or Android. For all the history of Artemis Thom has always hired outside programmers to port Artemis to mobile devices. This has not always gone smoothly or on schedule.

Thom is currently working on a brand new game engine that he will use for an upcoming major revision of Artemis. The engine is not finished, but he has already published a fun little game written with it (The General Retreats - click here to see).

I can't promise anything about an engine that isn't complete yet, but Thom has casually commented that his new engine should make it easier for him to use modern graphics, and easier for him to port his games to iOS and Android. We can hope that this means the next version of Artemis, and all future versions, will be available for iOS and Android. We can also hope that the graphics will be awesome.

He is working hard on finishing his new game engine so he can start writing Artemis 3.0. I don't know his timeline for the engine, but I believe his intention is to have Artemis 3.0 in beta testing around October 2019 with a stable release by January-February 2020 for use at Artemis Armada in April 2020.

Remember, all of this is just conjecture. I am not in a position to make promises on Thom's behalf. When he does have something official I will ask him to post it in the Announcements section of these forums.

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Addendum: I think the soon-to-be-released Project GR-5LYR: Galactic Relocation was also written in Thom's new but unfinished game engine. It's a fun little strategy campaign game that will be available to purchase by next week.
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Addendum: Thom has confirmed that Project GR-5LYR was written in the new game engine he is working on. He said that project helped him find problems with the new engine.

All of these are hopeful signs that in the future maybe we will get regular updates to the mobile versions of Artemis.

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Thanks for the info, Mike, that all sounds very promising. I look forward to checking out the new game on steam soon.
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