In the deep, dark days of the Planetary Annihilation Alpha, developers and players worked side-by-side to forge a strategy game that would revitalise a genre long thought dead. These were happy, blissful days, and a sense of harmony and righteous progress lingered in the air.
Then the Beta came along. With it came many changes; the developers allowed multiple planets to be fought over for the first time and the players grew excited. In their excitement, however, they overlooked an act of treachery set in motion by the wicked Scathis. For in amongst the many treats the developers had laid out for the players, he had changed the name of the beloved Basic Tank from “Ant” to “Pounder”.
Once this monstrosity was unearthed, chaos took hold. The players demanded the restoration of the Ant’s rightful name, petitioning the developers repeatedly. One among their number stood forward as the brave champion of their cause: the Marshall.
He resiliently fought against a protracted campaign of malicious propaganda set forth by the developers. As the futility of their lies became apparent, they switched to outright mockery, changing the name of the tank with each successive patch to the game: a demonstration of their absolute power over the helpless players.
From Ant, to Pounder, to Titanium Insect, to Histericlese, to Alleged Tank, to UTC-8, to Unit Cannon, to Scamper, to BOLO, to Aventail, to Ripper – the tank was stripped of any semblance of identity it once had. The players sat back, accepting defeat. But not their Marshall.
Through a glorious propaganda campaign of his own, he kept the fires of hope alive that one day the Ant would make its return. He challenged Scathis to a duel – an honorable fight one-on-one to decide the fate of this iconic tank and to restore the honour of the Planetary Annihilation community.
The time has come, brothers and sisters, as Scathis has accepted this challenge. Join us for the glorious spectacle that is the Fight for the Ant, steamed live on Uber Entertainment’s Twitch channel at 1800hrs UTC on 26th September 2015. Celebrate with us as our Marshall fights for our honour, and decides once and for all the name of our dearly beloved Basic Tank.
Immediately after our honour has been restored, Marshall will then join Sorian from Uber in commentating on the AbleGamers Tournament 2015, where you can donate towards an exceptionally worthy cause in exchange for interplanetary carnage. Let us show Uber that the Knights of the Ant are as generous as they are righteous!