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Gold - Sins of a Solar Empire

Stardock announces Sins of a Solar Empire is gold, and that Ironclad Games' 4X real-time strategy game will appear in North American stores on February 4:

PLYMOUTH, MI -- JANUARY 29, 2008 -- Stardock announced that its new PC strategy game, Sins of a Solar Empire, has gone gold. Developed by Ironclad Games, Sins of a Solar Empire is a real-time strategy game that adds an extreme amount of depth normally only seen in turn-based games. The game will be released digitally on Stardock’s digital download service, TotalGaming.net (www.totalgaming.net) and will be available at most retail outlets in North America on February 4. The game lists for $39.95. A collector’s edition is available directly from TotalGaming.net for $49.95 and includes a CD sound track, a poster, and other non-game content.

“What’s amazing about Sins is that thanks to its innovative user interface, there’s very little micro-management needed which allowed Ironclad to integrate features like diplomacy, culture, more sophisticated economics, and unique tech trees per race,” said Brad Wardell, president & CEO of Stardock. “This gives the player more time for action sequences and more time to produce, create and upkeep their race in order to most effectively conquer the universe.”

Stardock and developer Ironclad collaborated for over a year to optimize the game mechanics to ensure that the game would have both an outstanding multiplayer and single player experience for players. Multiplayer games can be saved and resumed later allowing for far more epic games than typically seen in an RTS. Single player games, by contrast, features near-human AI which makes single player game play as invigorating as multiplayer.

With innovative features such as the empire tree (which allows players to manage all their ships and planets on-screen at once) and the ability to put bounties on other players to encourage pirates and others to attack them, Sins of a Solar Empire is set to bring a new milestone to the genre.

Visit http://www.sinsofasolarempire.com for more information and pre-order information.

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28. Re: Homeworld Jan 30, 2008, 11:50 Dmitri_M
 
Not sure about Germany, but here in the US, Stardock will sell you both a digital download and then send you a cd in the mail. It's like $5 more.

International shipping costs $20+ :\


 
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27. Re: No subject Jan 30, 2008, 10:38 nin
 
The one thing I was not thrilled about with GC2:GE was the whole stardock central thing. Put the game up on Steam or just let it autoupdate in game. I don't want this extra download manager thing for just 1 game.

Stardock Central is (I think) a far better system than Steam. It's less of a resource pig, you can choose if you want to update or not, etc...

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26. No subject Jan 30, 2008, 10:26 Skoll
 
I admit that I bought GalCiv2 Gold Edition based solely on reviews and no DRM and I was not disappointed. Just reading this thread already makes me very likely to get SoaSE too.

The one thing I was not thrilled about with GC2:GE was the whole stardock central thing. Put the game up on Steam or just let it autoupdate in game. I don't want this extra download manager thing for just 1 game.

The installer also totally screwed up the install of everything. To this date I still have separate Stardock and Stardock Games start menu folders. In one is stardock central. In the other are 2 submenus called Galactic Civilizations II Gold Edition and Galactic Civilizations. In one of those is an exe called Galactic Civilizations II Gold Edition and in the other is both Galactic Civilizations II and Galactic Civlizations II Dark Avatar. Which one do I run?

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25. Re: Homeworld Jan 30, 2008, 10:24 nin
 
I never buy digital downloads BUT since this won't be out here in germany for some time I'll break my rule here. Can't wait.

Not sure about Germany, but here in the US, Stardock will sell you both a digital download and then send you a cd in the mail. It's like $5 more.


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24. Re: Homeworld Jan 30, 2008, 02:11 Flo
 
I never buy digital downloads BUT since this won't be out here in germany for some time I'll break my rule here. Can't wait.  
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23. Re: Homeworld Jan 30, 2008, 02:01 Bet
 
We are releasing a special Bonus Pack on day 1 including modding tools, more maps, more special planet content, Galaxy Forge (map editor), balance updates, and a few minor upgrades.

So awesome. So very awesome. Makes up for the lack of a beta update since v4. Then again I wanted a break from the beta so that retail really felt like a special occasion. Having the beta for so long almost made having the game on my computer feel tame.

 
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22. Cool Jan 29, 2008, 23:47 Surf
 
Well it looks neat. I haven't been a fan of the art direction this game has taken, and still prefer the Steve Elson (And many other realistic space ship artists) of the Home World series. Still, if the game plays great I can over look graphics any day and the art direction in this game looks good so don't get me wrong.

I will still wait to see if I like it. No more buying any game sight unseen except for the Total War series!

Here's wishing the team luck and a profitable game! Thanks for not making another fantasy MMO too!!!!!



Edit - Steve Elson? Sorry, Peter Elson. For those not sure what the F I am talking about:
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Anyone else have these books as a kid?


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21. Re: Homeworld Jan 29, 2008, 23:29 Enahs
 
Dear Stardock, and the developers it uses.
F' you.
You have already taken way to much of my life away form me from you excellent products! Just when I thought I was getting away, you suck me back in.

Evil bastards!!!


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20. Re: Homeworld Jan 29, 2008, 23:11 nin
 

Just preordered this and the new GalCiv2 add-on in one swoop.

I love the fact that I can buy <both> a digital download AND get a cd in the mail.

<looks at calender>
The 4th, eh? That's next Monday!


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19. Re: Homeworld Jan 29, 2008, 22:42  Blair Fraser 
 
Thanks for all the support everyone. Surf, the game is fun and playable right out of the box (and even more stable than our betas which got special attention for this very attribute). We are releasing a special Bonus Pack on day 1 including modding tools, more maps, more special planet content, Galaxy Forge (map editor), balance updates, and a few minor upgrades. But again, we made a special effort to make sure this isn't like those games where you need to download a 500mb patch just to play and have fun.

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18. Yeeeehaaa!!!! Jan 29, 2008, 22:23 Creston
 


Been waiting for this game for fucking ages.

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17. Homeworld Jan 29, 2008, 22:02 Surf
 
I still play Homeworld Coop against the CPU with my buddy now and then. If SINS is half as good as Homeworld I will love it!

One thing that I think will happen. Sins will probably be a better multiplayer game, but not a better single player game than Homeworld. Still, here to any company with the balls to make something risky just for gaming.

They will get my money as soon as the game is patched and has most of the bugs fixed. I hate buying a game day one, then downloading a 500 mb file right afterwards!

 
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16. Re: No subject Jan 29, 2008, 21:55 ColoradoHoudini
 
okay im buying this

 
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15. Re: No subject Jan 29, 2008, 21:25 Prez
 
Having no copy protection means having the confidence that your customers will see the value in your product and pay for it. I love Stardock. This is an automatic purchase for me.  
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14. Re: No subject Jan 29, 2008, 21:09 verybad
 
"Yeah, I'm a Stardock fanboy. Damn proud of it, too."
QFT

Same Here. They UTTERLY kick ass. They make games that they want to play, they don't have bs marketing type people feeding you a line of shit, they just make good fucking games.

 
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13. Re: No subject Jan 29, 2008, 21:02 Bucky
 
where can i find gameplay videos? i dont see any on the site. I see pics.. but no vids

Look at the news posts. There are several; a dev video blog being the latest along with a clip from X-Play when Brad showed the game a bit further down the page. I'm pretty sure there are several floating around the forums as well, but those are from older betas of the game. Your best bet would be the latest news posts.


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Yeah, I'm a Stardock fanboy. Damn proud of it, too.
 
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12. Re: No subject Jan 29, 2008, 20:42 ColoradoHoudini
 
okay... i'm interested..
where can i find gameplay videos? i dont see any on the site. I see pics.. but no vids

 
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11. Re: No subject Jan 29, 2008, 20:39 verybad
 
Instabuy. This game looks FANTASTAMASTIC. Easy to mod, @8 month public beta test, you can SAVE an inprogress multiplayer game and start back later! Great graphics, great developers (they're all over their forums).

Some of the developers were involved with Homeworld Cataclysm.


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10. No subject Jan 29, 2008, 20:17 Dev
 
Remeber, NO COPY PROTECTION on this!!

Its got the normal stardock use your serial to get updates and bonuses. Thats all.

I'm seriously thinking of buying it mostly for that reason alone. I want to encourage companies to do this more.

Copy protection inconveniance legitimate customers, and thats about it.

On an unrelated note, I'm also glad to see companies like ubisoft, etc, trending away from copy protection like SF.

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9. Re: No subject Jan 29, 2008, 19:18 Prez
 
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!

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