Strategy fans with some time on their hands might want to check out the new Sins of a Solar Empire
beta Star Dock is set to release on Thursday. You do have to pre-order the game but if you're a fan of the Galactic Civilization series you owe it to yourself to check out this excellent 4X space game. I spent some quality time with the first beta and was pretty impressed with what I've seen. Check out the official site
for screenshots of this very good strategy game.
Multiplayer-Enabled Sins of a Solar Empire Beta 3 Blasts Off Thursday
Pre-Order Customers Gain Immediate Access to Beta Test of Anticipated Space Strategy Game
PLYMOUTH, Michigan – September 18, 2007 – Stardock Entertainment and Ironclad Games announced today that the upcoming Beta 3 of Sins of a Solar Empire, which begins on September 20th, will introduce multiplayer functionality and a host of other new features to the RT4X space-strategy game. Gamers who pre-order before September 26th will gain immediate access to Sins of a Solar Empire Beta 3, allowing them to vie for galactic supremacy with their friends via LAN and Ironclad Online (ICO). Players can pre-order Sins of a Solar Empire now via the world’s most user-friendly digital-distribution service, TotalGaming.net.
Scheduled for release in February 2008, Sins of a Solar Empire is one of the year’s most anticipated PC games. Hailed by GameSpot as “remarkably original” and “an elegant take on space strategy,” Sins of a Solar Empire puts players in charge of one of three distinct factions as they explore star systems, expand their empire, exploit conquered planets and exterminate their rivals, all in an intuitive real-time environment. The game’s unprecedented scale allows players to zoom from a view of multiple solar systems right down to a single fighter in the midst of a massive space battle, while the sophisticated interface ensures they’re not overwhelmed by their vast empire. Stunning visuals and remarkable artificial intelligence are among a massive number of features that help immerse players in this innovative strategy game that had PC Gamer warning its readers to “Expect to play into the wee hours of the night (and enjoy it).”
Features of Sins of a Solar Empire Beta 3 include:
- Multiplayer for up to 10 players via LAN or Ironclad Online (ICO), as well as 14 custom maps to accommodate various multiplayer game types
- New artifact/planet exploration system allowing players to spend resources to have analysts and scientists survey a planet's geography, indigenous wildlife, and core industries to determine how best to exploit the natural wealth of the planet
- Introduction of the ominous Pirate Base, all new pirate ships and new pirate behavior allowing players to influence pirate factions by economic means through new additions to the Bounty System
- New environmental features, including space anomalies, a new planet type and planetoids that factor heavily into players’ tactical choices and overall strategies
- The revolutionary Smart Zoom to Cursor camera, upgrades to the cultural system that allow players to intimidate enemies with capital ships, improved research mechanics, tons of new artwork, and many more improvements, updates and fixes
For more information about Sins of a Solar Empire, visit http://www.sinsofasolarempire.com.
Pre-order Sins of a Solar Empire now at http://www.totalgaming.net.
Stardock is the world’s leading developer of utilities that enhance the Windows experience. Its software is used by over 10 million people worldwide and has been licensed by trendsetting companies like nVidia, ATI, Alienware and Microsoft, plus in movies and on TV. Stardock operates WinCustomize.com, the premier portal for Windows enhancement, drawing more than 3 million unique visitors each month, in addition to one of the world’s largest blogging communities, JoeUser.com. Stardock is a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner. The company's website is www.stardock.com.
About Ironclad Games
Ironclad Games is an independent development studio headquartered in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Team members' credits include the highly acclaimed Homeworld: Cataclysm for Sierra Studios, and Disney Interactive's Treasure Planet: Battle at Procyon. Innovation, vision and excellence are the core values Ironclad stands by in their commitment to developing outstanding games. The company’s website is www.ironcladgames.com.
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