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This is shaping up to be something special. Grand strategy masters Paradox, are finally delving into the sci-fi space with the release of Stellaris, out May 9th. Unlike traditional Paradox grand strategy, a game in Stellaris will feature 3 distinct phases of play; covering the early > mid/late > end game scenarios. Starting off with a single homeworld in one star system; a typical campaign begins like a traditional 4X game. Explore other systems; expand your borders and colonise other worlds; gather/exploit resources; conquer other races (or not!). Mid to late game; focus shifts towards traditional Paradox grand strategy as races and territory throughout the galaxy battle for supremacy. Conquer other races, create and shatter alliances, jostle for territory. Dominant race in the galaxy? The game doesn't end there. Experience end-game scenarios that dramatically shift the balance of power. Fallen empires far superior to yours offering judgment on your dangerous AI research; visitors from another galaxy; space-time rifts. Don't take your dominance for granted FEATURES PAUSABLE REAL-TIME STRATEGY WITH MULTIPLAYER SUPPORT In Stellaris, you can conquer the galaxy on your own, or contend with upwards of 32 players DYNAMIC WORLDS WITH A VAST NUMBER OF UNIQUE RANDOM SPECIES Design and name a custom species with the government and attributes you desire. Encounter countless different alien species, each with unique appearances, traits, and ethics EXPLORE VAST GALAXIES FULL OF MYSTERY AND WONDER Uncover the secrets of the galaxy - every time you play! expect the unexpected as your science ships explore new anomalies with branching storylines and surprising twists RESEARCH AND REVERSE-ENGINEER RARE TECHNOLOGIES The skills and personalities of your scientists will affect which technologies you can develop. Many technologies are unique and must be found or reverse-engineered from debris, wrecks or alien ruins... DEEP DIPLOMACY AND WARFARE Conquer the competition, or entice the alien empires to join your glorious federation. the mid-to-late game of stellaris features the same kind of depth and dynamism seen in games like Europa Universalis IV and Crusader Kings II BE WARY OF THE COST OF PROGRESS The expanses of the galaxy hold many dangers, as do your own advances at home... SCREENSHOTS VIDEOS Fantastic playthrough series with one of the lead developers...
Has anybody played this, it's a lovely little Civ-lite (note very light atm) game on the iPhone, and possibly others, don't know. There's rudimentary combat, city building, tech trees, population control, and different civs. https://goo.gl/images/0lZ29q Link: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/the-battle-of-polytopia/id1006393168?mt=8 Oh and it's free- just pay for civs beyond the first 4. And whilst it's rudimentary currently, it does have pass and play and I can see it getting even better.