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Sword of the Stars II: Enhanced Edition/Free DLC This Month

Paradox Interactive announces a new End of Flesh add-on is coming at the end of this month to expand Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter, Kerberos Studios' space strategy sequel. To compensate for what Paradox admits was a game that "didn't quite meet expectations," owners of Sword of the Stars II will receive the expansion for free, while going forward, the add-on will be incorporated into a new Sword of the Stars II: Enhanced Edition. Here's a trailer, and here are the details:

The “End of Flesh” expansion to “Sword of the Stars II” introduces players to the Loa, a shape shifting artificial intelligence that can settle some of the most foreboding of landscapes. A former slave race, they now have freedom and an incentive to use their powerful and unique vessels to teach their old masters a lesson.

Features of the Sword of the Stars II Enhanced Edition include:

  • The new Loa race with a new drive for their ships – the Neutrino Pulse Gate
  • Over 25 new technologies including a new tech tree for cybernetics
  • 10 new weapons and attack systems
  • Expanded ship building options for all six original factions, including new Leviathan class ships
  • 2 new independent races to seduce or bludgeon into your imperial orbit
  • New random encounters and mission types
  • All previously released faction based DLC – the voices, the badges, the avatars, the skins...all of it.

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7. Re: Sword of the Stars II: Enhanced Edition/Free DLC This Month Nov 17, 2012, 10:33 Nate
 
Armengar wrote on Nov 17, 2012, 05:22:
TBH I lost patience waiting for this game to be patched. Ive deleted it for the time being. Perhaps in a year or two i'll go back to it. Too many game problems (not bugs) for me. Hivers were pretty much impossible to play due to the insane way the game forces you to watch combat (with your gates in contested systems). Silly ways of reorganising fleets, finding planets that are worth colonising, ordering fleets to "do" something.

all of these were perfectly fine in SOTS1 but in 2 they somehow took all the usability out of it. A shame as I really wanted to like this. So glad I got it in a sale and not for full price.

Before I got it refunded, I also thought that the fleet mechanics were a stupid idea. SOTS1 was perfectly fine without that aspect of SOTS2.
 
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6. Re: Sword of the Stars II: Enhanced Edition/Free DLC This Month Nov 17, 2012, 05:22 Armengar
 
TBH I lost patience waiting for this game to be patched. Ive deleted it for the time being. Perhaps in a year or two i'll go back to it. Too many game problems (not bugs) for me. Hivers were pretty much impossible to play due to the insane way the game forces you to watch combat (with your gates in contested systems). Silly ways of reorganising fleets, finding planets that are worth colonising, ordering fleets to "do" something.

all of these were perfectly fine in SOTS1 but in 2 they somehow took all the usability out of it. A shame as I really wanted to like this. So glad I got it in a sale and not for full price.
 
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5. Re: Sword of the Stars II: Enhanced Edition/Free DLC This Month Nov 16, 2012, 13:36 eRe4s3r
 
Wait till the expansion is out and at least twice patched. Besides that I have a hard time praising them for this. We pre-order customers who did not take refunds PAID for this addon development and 1 year patching phase. Anything but free would be a punch in the face.

On the other hand, It is nice they still bother. But SOTS2 has issues beyond bugs. Namely that it lacks polish and has some extremely daft gameplay problems. Related to gates, engines, generally small tightly packed non-random maps and how supply works.

As long as there are no random maps I won't be playing this game anyway.
 
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4. Re: Sword of the Stars II: Enhanced Edition/Free DLC This Month Nov 16, 2012, 13:10 dj LiTh
 
So...in its current state is this game fixed /w all the bugs broken features? I've heard previous posters in other threads comment how SoTS1 was much better than this? I myself have played neither but would like to get into another 4X game, just not sure if i should...yet?  
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3. Re: Sword of the Stars II: Enhanced Edition/Free DLC This Month Nov 16, 2012, 12:54 Slashman
 
I have it. It's installed. I just have to somehow find the time to play it between everything else I bought over the past few months!!

So I guess it's a good thing in a sense because the expansion can only make it better.

These guys really did stick with their game though. Unlike Novacore and the Legends of Pegasus debacle.

Once the new expansion is in place I'll give it a go(unless something else arrives on my plate to play). Curse you, Steam Sales!!! Curse you!!!
 
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2. Re: Sword of the Stars II: Enhanced Edition/Free DLC This Month Nov 16, 2012, 12:29 Stimpack
 
Say what you will, but you have to appreciate the dedication here. I loved the original SotS, and will continue to have high hopes for the second.  
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1. Re: Sword of the Stars II: Enhanced Edition/Free DLC This Month Nov 16, 2012, 11:24 Whiskers
 
Pretty excited about this. I haven't played SotS2 in a while but I enjoyed it quite a bit. Looking forward to getting back into it and seeing all the new stuff and fixes that have come over the last two months.  
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