Modeled after the original Command & Conquer, 8-Bit Armies features a simple sidebar interface for base and unit construction and a linear tech tree. The game was released on April 22nd 2016 and features cross-platform multiplayer between GOG Galaxy and Steam as well as a skirmish mode and single player and co-op campaigns.
The single player campaign consists of 15 missions for the Renegades faction, with one main objective and two optional objectives per mission (the optional objectives are only available for normal and hard difficulties), which updates the player's starting loadout for both the next mission and when older missions are replayed. Main objectives unlock new structures and units available for construction, whereas optional objectives affect what the player will start with, which can be additional funds, units or base defenses.
On May 28th, 2016 a new faction was released for the game, called the Guardians, mostly modeled after Command & Conquer's GDI faction, having grenadier and sniper infantry units as well as Orca style drone aircraft and the Ion Cannon super weapon, though also including the Stealth Tank and flamethrower turret more closely associated with The Brotherhood of Nod.
The DLC was released first only as a multiplayer and skirmish faction, but with a campaign set to be added later in June. The initial release price for the DLC was free of charge. Along with the new faction, a map editor and support for Steam Workshop was also added to the game.