Endless Space out next week (and why you should care)

by: Chuck -
The folks at Amplitude studios have announced that their new 4X game Endless Space will be out next week (July 4th) for $29.99.  If you remember the interview we did with them a few months ago they took a fairly interesting approach to the development of the game as they partnered with people in the community to get ideas for what people wanted in the final game.  

I've had the pleasure of playing the alpha and beta of the game and I'm here to tell you that if you're a fan of 4X game this one is worth checking out.  Sure all the standard 4X tropes are there but the folks at Amplititude have streamlined the 4X experience so that you focus on the important stuff without having to micromanage.  Things like colonization have been made a lot easier so you don't spend the early parts of your came trying to colonize every planet in a system, rather you just colonize a system and then work the planets from there (assuming you can colonize that type of planet).

Combat in the game is also a joy as the game has a nice cinematic approach to the actual encounters.  I'm not sure I'd called it real time but you do get to control some of the tactics your ships have in battle.  Look for more information in the coming weeks as we get the chance to play the final version of the game.
ICEBERG INTERACTIVE AND AMPLITUDE STUDIOS ANNOUNCE ENDLESS SPACE, LAUNCHING JULY 4

4X Sci-Fi Strategy Video Game Releasing Worldwide on PC Digital Download Platforms

Haarlem, The Netherlands - June 26, 2012 - Publisher Iceberg Interactive and developer Amplitude Studios invite players to celebrate the holiday this year with the launch of Endless Space, for Windows PC. Coming to digital distribution platforms on July 4, 2012, Endless Space is a 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate) sci-fi strategy game that pits eight civilizations together in galactic conflict.

“With the success of the game’s beta program and tremendous feedback from the community, we couldn’t be more excited to be able to get the final game in front of fans,” said Mathieu Girard, CEO at AMPLITUDE Studios. “We look forward to even more players getting their hands on Endless Space as we deliver an intuitive, yet immersive experience for all types of players.”

Set to launch after a highly successful beta campaign via Steam that saw over 20,000 fans registered on the community website, Endless Space is a deep 4X strategy game covering the space colonization age, where gamers can control every aspect of their empire: Economy, Diplomacy, Science and War. As one of eight unique civilizations, players must strive to control the entire galaxy through trade and diplomacy or technological advancements and strategic warfare. Begging the question, will they conquer the galaxy with an open hand or a closed fist?

Additionally, Endless Space marks the first Amplitude Studios title to take advantage of GAMES2GETHER, a new platform that lets the community track the development team’s objectives, progress, and achievements, while gaining access to early builds, providing feedback, and discussing the game’s future with the developers themselves, giving them an active role in the future of Endless Space.
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