Endless Space

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Endless Space 2 will launch on Early Access this Summer

Endless Space 2 will launch on Early Access this Summer

And it wants you to design its next faction.

Endless Space 2 will initially be released on Steam Early Access this summer, although the exact date is yet to be confirmed.

Alongside this announcement, Amplitude Studios also revealed the game's first two factions: the Sophons and the Cravers. Both of these made their debut in the original Endless Space.

Speaking of factions, Amplitude is now looking to its fanbase for further inspiration. A contest begins today in which players can submit their own ideas for a new Endless Space 2 faction.

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Endless Space Review

Endless Space Review

Infinite wisdom.

One of the advantages of gaming's increasingly fragmented digital landscape is that the cracks allow niche titles to poke out into the spotlight, and so it proves with Endless Space. An entry in the under-served 4X strategy genre, it asks you to explore, expand, exploit and exterminate as you build up a galactic empire, seeking domination through scientific knowledge, military might or financial success.

If you've played any of the Civilization games then you know what to expect, as Sid Meier's long-running classic series remains the most popular example of 4X strategy. With its sci-fi setting, Endless Space sets its sights on less well-known inspirations such as Master of Orion and Sword of the Stars, though. In the early going, this dedication proves fruitful and fans of the genre will be satisfied. Over the long haul, however, there are just enough hiccups to keep it from attaining true greatness.

Right from the start, Endless Space defines itself by a willingness to bend to accommodate the player. Not only can you tweak the expected parameters such as difficulty and game length, but you can dictate the size and shape of the galaxy you'll be playing in. This in turn dictates the sort of stars, and by extension the kind of planets available for your conquest.

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PC strategy game Endless Space given release date

PC strategy game Endless Space given release date

Lettuce trust in Iceberg as publisher.

Gaining-momentum PC strategy game Endless Space will be released in boxes in shops on 24th August, newly signed publisher Iceberg Interactive has announced.

The game can be pre-purchased now on Steam, where it carries a "summer 2012" release date.

Iceberg plans to take Endless Space to other digital distributors as well.

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