On August 26, 2016, Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars, better known simply as Master of Orion, launched for PC. A “reimagining” of the classic 4X series launched in 1993, Master of Orion originally launched in early access in February of this year.
Master of Orion is 4X (exploit, expand, explore, and exterminate), turn-based strategy game where players play as one of ten different races to take control of the galaxy. As with other 4X games, the galaxy is procedurally generated every time, forcing players to start small in their own little corner of the galaxy, before finding all of the best spots and taking them, by force if need be. With hundreds of different technologies, players will need to plan ahead accordingly, getting behind in a 4X game is about the very worst thing you can do. But don’t distress if you do get behind, Master of Orion‘s espionage system will let you grab a tech from your enemies, as well as sabotage other players in a variety of ways. Master of Orion also features dozens of different ships, from scouts to death-raining battle cruisers.
Master of Orion comes complete with fully-voiced characters from some of the biggest names in science fiction. Mark Hamill (Star Wars), Alan Tudyk (Firefly), and Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation) all lend their voice talents to the game. The game has two editions, the Standard Edition, and the Collector’s Edition. The Collector’s edition comes with the game, a digital soundtrack and art book, bonus ship skins, and an bonus race, the Terran Khanate.
Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars is available now through Steam or the game’s website. The Standard Edition costs $29.99/£22.99/€27.99 while the Collector’s edition will run players $49.99/£29.99/€45.99. Purchasing on Steam before September 4, 2016 will give a 15% discount. Players who link to a Wargaming.net account (new or existing) will also receive a free copy of the RTS Total Annihilation with their purchase of Masters of Orion.
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