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Endless Space 2 Awakening Launches

The new Awakening expansion is now available on Steam, offering the chance to boldly go further in Endless Space 2, developer AMPLITUDE Studios' turn-based "strategic space opera" for Windows and macOS. This includes a new playable faction with new heroes and a new fleet, a new minor faction, and the promotion of the Academy to an empire in its own right. Here's a new Gameplay Trailer, and here's the captain's log:
We here at Amplitude, in collaboration with NGD Studios, are happy to announce today that "Awakening", the latest expansion for Endless Space 2, is available now. If you've never played ES2 before, allow us to fill you in: it's a galactic turn-based strategy game that puts you at the helm of your very own space empire. The Endless universe is full of different factions vying for control, each with their own stories and unique characteristics that make for radically different gameplay depending on which faction you've selected as a player.

We've pushed this asymmetry even further with "Awakening", by introducing the all-new Nakalim faction. Typically, what ES2 factions have in common is that they start the game focused on growth and expansion. As the Nakalim, however, you will begin as an extremely technologically advanced society that has recently been awakened from a dormant state. Your mission will not be to expand, but rather to seek ancient relics and reconquer lost lands, and to maintain your lead all the while staving off decline.

But the Nakalim are just one element of this jam-packed new expansion. Here's the rundown of everything that's included:

EXPANSION CONTENT

  • Nakalim The aforementioned new playable faction has a large technology head start, balanced by weak science per turn. They depend on discovering lost Relics to learn new technologies. Their relationship with the Academy allows them to gain control over other systems through the Influence of their temples.
    • Four new Heroes The Nakalim are explorers, warriors, and believers. Use these heroes to master exploration and for developing systems and diplomatic influence.
    • New fleet Re-discover and take control of your ancient territories with heavily defended exploration-oriented fleets.
  • Minor Faction Xirmisala Dust-sensitive philosophers whose skills were defined by the community via a Games2Gether vote.
  • Academy empire The Academy has always been the training ground for Endless Space's legendary heroes. In "Awakening", the Academy becomes an empire with the ability to manage star systems, fleets, and colonize new worlds. Contribute to their expansion, and you will be duly rewarded with special Academy roles that will give you special powers and bonuses, as well as access to the Academy's own fleet of impressive ships.