Master of Orion
The original turn-based 4x sci-fi strategy game was released in 1993 by MicroProse and today the gaming rights are held by Wargaming.net who plans to release a reimagined version with the title Master of Orion Conquer the Stars.
Wargaming.net bought the Master of Orion franchise from Atari in July 2013 during their bankruptcy proceedings and they announced the new game in June 2015. The reimagining wants to enhance the original experience through more options and a more complex strategic game that will bring new graphics, diverse races and a gameplay that will bring Master of Orion back to its science fiction origins.
The game was developed by NGD Studios from Argentina and several members from the original Master of Orion design team worked on this to ensure its classical atmosphere. The races available are the Bulrathi, Humans, Alkari, Sakkra, Mrrshan, Darlok, Klackon, Meklar, Psilons and Silicoids, with the additional Terran available for those who get the collector’s edition. You also get the option to customize your own race in case the ten offered don’t fit your needs.
Those who grew up with the original game and Master of Orion II might recognize the races from the previous games. The term 4x actually comes from an article about the original game and it comes from explore, expand, exploit and exterminate, the four pillars of each game.
The description of each race is made in rich detail and you have animations aplenty, with an epic orchestral score setting the tone. There will be voice over recordings and tutorials for the newcomers in the genre and there is an AI option to control some parts of your empire until you get accustomed enough to run everything by yourself.
The game was available for preview at PAX Prime pre-orders for the Collector’s Edition started during the Fall of 2015, but the actual Master of Orion game will finally be available on the 25th of August 2016 for the price of $29,99. The game will also have a copy of the original 1997 Total Annihilation game and for $49,99 you can buy the Collector’s Edition featuring a digital art book, the three original Master of Orion games, the soundtrack as well as a new race (the Terran Khanate) and retro pixel ship skins.