Planetary Annihiliation's launch date revealed with an explosive new trailer

The Kickstarter for Planetary Annihilation , the real-time strategy game about annihilating planets, may not have received quite the same level of attention as the Double Fine Adventure or Project Eternity , but it was nonetheless a huge success, drawing more than $2.2 million on a goal of $900,000. And now, just shy of two years after the campaign wrapped up, we have a launch date and a very cool new trailer.

The description on Steam pretty much says it all: "Blow up everything, anywhere; dominate with punishing spacecraft, robots, and other futuristic machines of war. Arm asteroids and send them on planet-destroying collision courses. And take over an entire galaxy in a dynamic single-player mode with procedurally generated content. Don't just win, annihilate!"

In case there was any doubt, behold today's launch trailer, in which armies of automatons do just that. It's not big on plot, but man, there are a lot of explosions, and the narrator's building excitement as the destruction reaches a fever pitch is hilariously over-the-top. It's like pillow talk for Darth Vader.

Planetary Annihilation is available now as an Early Access game on Steam, but will launch officially on September 5. For a closer look at what's in store, feel free to read our preview of the Galactic War single-player mode from May.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.