The summer after my freshman year of college, I was working at Pizza Hut. During the course of that job, a friend of mine and I were having a discussion about video games. He and I had spent quite some time playing Warcraft 2 over a direct modem connection in high school, so I told him about an idea I had for the ultimate cross-over video game event. My idea was simple, if simple means frakkin’ crazy-complicated. I wanted a video game that was a FPS, RTS, and world-building sim all in one.

Shortly after, I can only assume that he sold my idea and Savage was born. Savage was a 3rd-person melee combat role-playing game combined with a real-time strategy component that allowed one player to build defenses and upgrade your side’s capabilities as an army. The entire purpose was to wipe out your enemies, collect resources, and use those resources to further wipe out your enemies.

Now, I realize that there are differences between my idea and theirs, particularly because mine was set in space and also grew to include a flight-sim aspect. However, the fact remains that someone stole my intellectual property and I chose not to sue them, because I’m a benevolent being.

Well, a few days ago, said company decided to repay my kindness by giving away the sequel to Savage for free.

That’s right, free.

The game has been out for some time now, and after selling it for $20 for quite a while and distributing it solely through downloads or mail-ordered discs for a while, S2 Games has decided the best way to continue making money is to let people play for free, hook ’em on the concept, and then let the truly dedicated players pay for additional inventory space, customizable items, and persistent power-ups.

What this means for you, is you get to play a kickass multiplayer murderfest for free.

So, if you think it might be fun, check it out here.

Also, if you put my account name (Zepfhyr) in as how you were introduced to the game, we automatically become friends, making it easier to play together and track each others’ stats. I hope to stab you in the back and spit on your corpse soon. Or shake your hand, depends on which side you join.

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