Sword of the Stars: Collector’s Edition Demo

Publisher Lighthouse Interactive and developer Kerberos Productions announce the release of a playable demo for Sword of the Stars: Collector’s Edition, along with details on the CE. The demo is mirrored on AtomicGamer, ComputerGames.ro, FileFront, Gamer's Hell, and Strategy Informer, and here's word:
Toronto, Canada – May 27, 2008 – In honor of the recent launch of their critically acclaimed 4X space strategy game Sword of the Stars: Collector’s Edition, leading Publisher Lighthouse Interactive and accomplished developer Kerberos Productions, released a new demo today. This demo was taken from the gold master code, which is the very latest version of the game, and is representative of the Sword of the Stars universe as it is now.

Sword of the Stars: Collector’s Edition began shipping to retailers across the United States and Canada earlier this month. The Collector’s Edition brings the entire Sword of the Stars universe together by including the official add-on Born of Blood, which has never been released to retail in North America. It is packed with exclusive bonus material, further upgrades, and a 150+ page Sword of the Stars paperback novel entitled, The Deacon’s Tale, penned by renowned science fiction author Arinn Dembo.

Chris Stewart, Producer at Kerberos Productions said, "The entire Kerberos team is fired up about the release of the Collector’s Edition because fans of Sword of the Stars will now have a chance to play the long awaited expansion Born of Blood. For newcomers, we’ve created a comprehensive tutorial video pack to ease player into the Sword of the Stars universe. The demo is based on version 1.5.2 – the most awesomest version – of the game, and covers gameplay leading up to the Cruiser/Fusion era, two wicked maps, and multiplayer action for up to three players. Our goal is to whet the appetites of strategy game fans that have yet to enter the vast world of Sword of the Stars.”

Demo Features:

        • Created from the gold master version of Sword of the Stars: Collector’s Edition, version 1.5.2
        • Play as Human, Liir or Tarkas races
        • Two maps (2D and 3D sphere)
        • Limited to 150 turns
        • Features just a few of the fun and devastating weapons in the full version of the game
        • Single player and multiplayer campaigns (against other 1.5.2 demo players) Leads up to the Cruiser/Fusion era
        • Tutorial video pack can be downloaded separately and installed into this new demo

Sword of the Stars: Collector’s Edition Includes:

        • The popular base game Sword of the Stars*
        • The highly acclaimed add-on Born of Blood*
        • The first ever Sword of the Stars paperback novel, The Deacon's Talewritten by renowned science fiction author Arinn Dembo (150+ pages)
        • A Bonus CD with stunning concept art, video interviews, trailers, music tracks, and extensive backgrounds on each of the five races

* Updated to version 1.5.2 featuring standalone server capabilities and the ability to create custom maps.

To download the version 1.5.2 demo and the tutorial video pack, visit: www.lighthouse-interactive.com.

For more information about Sword of the Stars, please visit: www.swordofthestars.com or www.lighthouse-interactive.com
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You know I have lurked on the Kerberos Forums for a few years now and I have never seen anyone gagged or threads removed simply because they were critical. I have seen LOTS of posts criticizing some aspect of the game and never once saw the posts deleted afterwards. Yeah, sometimes the Devs might defend themselves vigorously (go figure) but I have never seen them abusive, and if you go on there being an obnoxious asshat they are going to call you on it. Don't take my word for it - visit the forums yourself. Usually when someone criticizes some aspect of the game with a modicum of politeness they respond back as to why they didn't do it that way, or they say "Good idea".

Anyway ... forum politics aside, Sword of the Stars is really one of my fave games. The Diplomacy is a little light, but that is my only gripe. Its kind of like "Rome Total War-In Space" except this AI actually fights back. Oh yeah, and unlike Rome Total War you can play the full game with multiplayer.

Here are a couple of You Tube videos that let you see what the battles are like (obviously the resolution sucks on You Tube). If you like what you see you should really try the demo. If you like the game, finding it is tricky (the publisher is very small because Kerberos wanted to retain their IP). You will either need to order it from Amazon or buy and download it from Gamer's Gate. I recommend Gamer's Gate over Direct2Drive since the latter wrap it in some sort of DRM.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MSIJ3cGY8U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5ASOMbzXXo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNDi3jumJ1o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPI-_91haCw&feature=related

Hatman

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May 27, 2008, 18:54
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I must have missed that somehow. What happened exactly?

http://kotaku.com/gaming/tom-chick/sword-of-the-stars-vs-tom-chick-204905.php



edit: http://www.quartertothree.com/inhouse/news/287/

Cirulis’ insinuations via email, first through his hired PR agency to my editors and then directly from him to me, have been insulting. He’s questioned my integrity and made cryptic remarks about resorting to “other venues” to resolve the issue. It reminds me of his other attempts to mute negative opinions. Cirulis bullied Worthplaying into revising a skeptical preview and then running a new preview written by one of his personal friends. After the demo for Sword of the Stars was released, critical posts and threads were routinely removed from Kerberos’ message board and people who didn’t like the game were banned. Posting as “mecron”, Cirulis dismisses complaints with accusations of “GalCiv2 fanboy”. Or “manual writer”.



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May 27, 2008, 18:44
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I just remember the dev flipping out over a review and going after the guy who reviewed it...


I must have missed that somehow. What happened exactly?

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May 27, 2008, 11:28
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As much as I wanted to like this game, I just couldnt get over the fact it felt like I was playing a beta of a game released in 1995.

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May 27, 2008, 10:15
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May 27, 2008, 10:15
 
Yeah I'll try the demo for sure.

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May 27, 2008, 10:13
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It's genuinely innovative. It's also a bit of an acquired taste, and as much as I loved the ideas, I eventually gave up on the execution.

It's a free demo, it's worth trying IMO.

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May 27, 2008, 10:11
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Is this game really good? I haven't tried the demo yet but I am just curious how people like this game?

I just remember the dev flipping out over a review and going after the guy who reviewed it...



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Is this game really good? I haven't tried the demo yet but I am just curious how people like this game?

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