Unfortunately our original developer of the matchmaker - ALACN - has retired from the world of Populous due to other time commitments. Fortunately I have taken over the development and released an update!
The latest version includes several new features including:
There are a few other minor updates and fixes, but those are fairly obvious on how they work.
A quick look into the game will reveal that Populous: The Beginning was released November 25th, 1998. After ten years, Populous is still kicking! Even after all this time, there is still active development including new mappacks (Try out Asgard Worlds II!) and modifications to the matchmaker (really theyre coming!). Congratulations to everyone involved in keeping Populous alive for all this time, lets hope for another 10 more.
Twelve maps have been chosen for USW2. If you are the creator of any of these maps, please email me the .hdr file that you created with the map. I will try to contact everyone who does not respond - if you don't respond or do not care which hdr file, then I'll just make a new one that looks fitting.
The maps included in this pack will be:
Map creators, please email me at Inca@PopRe.net with your .hdr file.
There have been a few new skins for the matchmaker added lately including:
Some of you might remember how we used to have a picture section on this site several years ago. Well after a lengthy hiatus, the picture section has returned! It's a bit empty at the moment so we need lots of people to submit picture to go on it (you'll get full credit for anything you submit). You must be logged in to submit a picture, and all picture must be approved by an admin after you submit it.
Long time contributer to Populous and programmer of serveral useful Populous programs, TedTycoon has setup his Populous Wiki on our servers. If you have any handy facts about populous, just head on over there and add them to the appropriate section, or go ahead and browse the many pages already created.
Over at one of our network sites, The Dakini Hut, Suleiman is working on a project somewhat like Populous: Reversed was suppose to be. If you have experience with Populous sprites or AI and want to contibute, you should take a visit to the site and submit an application