Gearing up for Early Access around this time last year, Endless Space 2 has enjoyed a rigorous development time. Headed up as the sequel to Amplitude's original Endless Space 4X strategy game, the sequel is attempting to expand on everything that managed to make the original a household name within the strategy community.
For years now, two competing football/soccer sims have been at each other's throats. Despite PES being judged the more accurate, enjoyable experience over FIFA, it's undoubtedly the branding that secures the win when it comes to sales.
Ever thought the AI of Galactic Civilizations III could wage war against you in an more efficient manner? Did you want additional bloodshed and opposition? Good. You're getting it.
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While E3 starts to wind down after an exhausting - if not exciting - week of gaming goodness, Paradox Interactive have those covered who'd rather spend the time conquering the world while the rest eyeballs games far further down the release calendar.
In the case of Amplitude Studios and Endless Space 2, plans to keep momentum high after release were shot down when rushed out content meant injecting game-breaking bugs into the public version of the game.
There's a certain tradition Paradox Interactive seems to hold dear with each of its games. Rather than leave players out with an expansion, they're always dish out a handful of new features for free while the loyal players who decided to front them more cash get more bang for their actual buck.
Paradox Interactive typically host an annual event for members of the press to converge on a single location and try out everything the group has up their sleeves. This year it opened to the public with just as much to share as before: like snatching up Jon Shafer for a new project.
Paradox Interactive has announced that it's working on a new management strategy game called Surviving Mars, which will be developed by Haemimont Games, who are known for working on some of the Tropico games and Victor Vran.
After no more than 8 months in Early Access, Endless Space 2 is just about ready for full release. But content is needed to celebrate the feat; the eighth major faction is coming.