Infantry, tanks, aircraft and 'colossi' will be battling it out with a dynamic weather system affecting tactical play. Etherium also has a non-linear campaign with multiple online modes.
It some ways this new sci-fi RTS is hiding a barely concealed nostalgia for Westwood Studios' Dune, which frankly can only be a good thing. Etherium rages war across seven planets.
"In Etherium, three empires are locked in a ruthless struggle to control the etherium, a mysterious and precious resource found only on a handful of planets. Take the lead of one of the three factions, each with its individual characteristics, strengths, weaknesses, technologies and special skills such as climate control, espionage and precognition."
"The solo campaign in Etherium is non-linear: you are free to decide how your conquests progress. Manage your resources, expand your colonies and extend your control of the map to assemble an army capable of crushing your opponents. Epic battles will ensue between formidable armies comprising numerous units: infantry, tanks, aircraft, and even gigantic colossi of war several meters high; real machines of destruction!" continues Focus.
"You will also use scientific research to develop a tech tree enabling you to unlock new units and upgrades, access new structures to develop your colony and to use new special skills." Do we finally have something to challenge the Command & Conquer space? By the looks of things it wants a slice of Total Annihilation/Supreme Commander too.
Etherium releases on PC this spring - see the newly released teaser trailer below.