What many consider the gold standard for 4x (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate) space games, Masters of Orion is making a triumphant return to the world of galactic strategy. With the last version, Masters of Orion 3, being released all the way back in 2003, many strategy enthusiasts have been eagerly waiting for their chance to explore the cosmos once again. Early Access awaits!
Publisher WG Labs is striving to make the definitive Masters of Orion experience; this is crystallized by their illustrious list of excellent voice actors cough Mark Hamill cough for their upcoming game. Aside from the numerous voice actors, MoO will have
A fully orchestrated score, interstellar warfare and exploration against the backdrop of beautifully animated far flung galaxies. Confront hostile civilizations, negotiate with mysterious aliens, share knowledge with allies and uncover this newly imagined universe.
As you can tell from the trailer, Masters of Orion really enjoys modern movie trailers, even in the tawdriest moments. Yet, if you don’t find a swelling celestial soundtrack and a massive tech tree something to drool over, well, we can’t be friends. So, as long as you purchase the Collectors Edition, on either Steam or GOG, for a cool $49.99, you will get immediate access to the early access version of Masters of Orion.
Here’s a short list of what that entails: [Source]
The first round of Early Access on February 26 includes the core gameplay experience and these key features:
- Six playable races
- Two victory conditions: Conquest and Diplomatic
- Tactical Battles
- Ship designer
- Full language localization with English and Russian voice acting (Explorers from across the world can expect German, French, Spanish, Czech, Polish, Turkish, Spanish (MX), Portuguese, Korean and Japanese text localisations to be implemented soon)
- Playable on 64-bit Windows
What do you think about Masters of Orion (MoO) for the gaming world of 2016? Can you only play for one more turn?