Far into the future, different factions fight throughout the galaxy for control of resources using armies of advanced machines...
Metal Factions is a FREE 3D real time strategy game that runs on the SpringRTS/Recoil engine.

It's an evolving game that currently features four factions: AVEN, GEAR, CLAW and SPHERE.
Main Features

  • 3D terrain, units and intuitive physics with real-time simulated gravity, collision handling and projectile trajectories
  • Four different factions with over 600 units, including robots, tanks, ships, aircraft, buildings, defenses, etc.
  • Make each faction your own by choosing specific morph forms for its revivable commander, upgrades and selection of optional units!
  • Large variety of viable strategies : overpower your enemies with a determined push or overwhelm them with multiple fronts and sneaky guerrilla tactics. Bombard them into submission with land or naval artillery or cripple them with air strikes! It's calibrated to allow a larger variety of openings than similar games and many units are viable throughout the game instead of units from later tech tiers simply replacing the low tier ones
  • Play against other humans or AI, which has different strategies and difficulty levels and it's also possible to build custom strategies
  • Works on Windows and Linux

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Latest Version

v2.41c - 2024-05-08
(changelog here)

Recommended SpringRTS/Recoil engine version is "105.1.1-2438-g6d74e91 BAR105".


The game can be downloaded and played through a SpringRTS lobby client. Recommended clients:
  • Skylobby
    NOTE: Skylobby hides the faction change option by default. To enable it, go to "Settings" > "Battle" and change "Players display type" from "group" to "table"
  • Springlobby

Install the lobby client first, then you can get the necessary packages (engine, game, maps) through one of the following methods:

--------- Method 1 (recommended)

Get both the necessary engine and game versions by joining the official Spring server (lobby.springrts.com:8200) using the lobby client, connecting to the official server and joining the "nebula" MF battle rooms.

Lobby clients should download games, maps and engine versions automatically.

--------- Method 2

If you already have the lobby client, engine and maps, Metal Factions can also be downloaded through here and manually placed on the Spring data directory (typically "C:\Users\<USER>\Documents\My Games\Spring\Games" on Windows or "/home/<USER>/.spring/games" on Ubuntu Linux).

--------- Maps

You can find more maps here.