If you're a Mac use with a love of 4X games and a lot of free time you will be pleased to know that Endless Space is now available for Macs. I've got more than 20 hours into various campaigns and the game and each one has been an absolute joy up until the last 20-30 turns when the AI decides to crush me like a bug but that's clearly on me rather than a defect with the game. Here's a new launch trailer that shows off a decent little chunk of the game.
The cool part about the game is that Amplitude Studios is still adding new features and other cool things to the game via their GAMES2GETHER program. We talked to them a while ago about this feature and how it allows the community to have feedback on the future direction of the game. I'm taking a bit of a break from the game right now but once the current glut of games is over I will most certainly be going back to this excellent little game.
Haarlem, The Netherlands – August 30, 2012- Publisher Iceberg Interactive and developer Amplitude Studios have announced today the Mac version of the 4x space strategy game Endless Space is available now on Steam.
Mac users will have access to a new cross-platform gameplay mode. This means that PC players and Mac players can play with one other from their different systems.
“We are hugely excited with the digital success of Endless Space so far and the acclaim by the press for the game,” said Matheiu Girard, CEO of Amplitude Studios. “We felt it was our duty to also bring the game to Mac users. We have have been working to realize its completion all summer and it is a thrill to announce this version today. We hope to welcome many players and expect to see some cross-platform multiplayer rivalries pop up.”
Download the brand new launch trailer here.
About Endless Space
This galaxy is ancient, and its first intelligent life was the civilization we call the Endless. Long before our eyes gazed upon the stars, they flew between them, though all that remains of this people is what we call Dust. A substance found scattered or in forgotten temples, it once gave powers to admirals and galactic governors. The galaxy will belong to the faction that can take control of the Dust and uncover its secrets…
A Born Leader: Guide one of eight civilizations as you strive for galactic dominion. Will you control the entire galaxy through subtle trade and diplomacy, explore every corner of the universe to find powerful artifacts and resources, overwhelm other civilizations with your advanced technologies, or destroy your enemies with massive armadas?
Endless Discoveries: With hundreds of star systems to explore, different planet types, luxuries, and strategic resources to exploit, mysteries within the Dust to master, and a host of strange scientific phenomena to deal with, the player will have no lack of challenges. Hire heroes to become fleet admirals or system governors and discover five hero classes and their unique ability trees and specializations.
Space Opera: Experience Endless Space with state-of-the-art graphics and interface, and switch between strategic battle decisions and long-term planning. Optimize each fleet for epic battles around contested stars. Create the perfect combinations from dozens of unique ships per civilization. Customize your ship with modules, armament, engines and special mods. The player has a plethora of choices of how to best destroy or dissuade his enemy.
Take on the Universe: Play against up to seven opponents and build up – or break – alliances at will. Discover an innovative and dynamic simultaneous turn-based gameplay. Permit instant jump-in for your ongoing online games. Define your own custom civilizations and confront the ones created by your friends.
Endless Replayability: Control every new game’s scope, from a quick match-up to an endless war. Generate an infinite amount of random galaxies where every start begins a new adventure. Modify the size, shape, density, age and a lot more to create your ideal galaxy. Choose from different victory conditions and adapt your strategy on the fly.
Creating GAMES2GETHER: Track the dev team’s objectives, progress and achievements. Participate in the creation of the game via the GAMES2GETHER initiative. Access early versions of the game and give your feedback to the dev team. Discuss actual and future game features and expansions with the dev team.
About Amplitude Studios
Amplitude Studios is an independent gathering of experienced video game lovers (and developers) with a single goal: create the best strategy games! Based in Paris, France, the studio boasts an international team that has worked all over the world. Developer credits include franchises such as Battlefield, Rayman, XIII, R.U.S.E., Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, Call of Juarez, Might & Magic Heroes, Might & Magic Clash of Heroes, and others. Working closely for years with communities of players to share, discuss or compare ideas, the whole team has the dream of bringing the idea of GAMES 2 GETHER one step further. Help us accomplish our goal to bring a brand new way for players around the world to participate in the creation of a video game! Read more at http://www.amplitude-studios.com.
About Iceberg Interactive
Iceberg Interactive is an independent videogame publisher founded in 2009 by an international group of games industry veterans. Iceberg operates in the vibrant European games market through retail publishing and worldwide via direct relationships with dozens of digital download portals. With a distinct focus on the genres of simulations, adventure, strategy and MMO/action games, Iceberg has successfully released digital hits in European retail, such as Killing Floor, Wings of Prey and APB Reloaded – but is also known to back indie developers in getting their games into both the retail and digital space. Read more about the company and its games at http://www.iceberg-interactive.com.