GameSpy Posts New Sins Preview
GameSpy has posted a new preview for Sins of a Solar Empire, relating a number of gameplay details based on their experiences. Here's a quote, "The level of strategic depth in Sins of a Solar Empire is pretty impressive for a game that's still in beta." See the full article here.
Gamespot Preview: Galactic Conquest in Real Time
Gamespot has published a new preview of Sins of a Solar Empire, calling it "...an elegant take on space strategy" and a "remarkably original space strategy game." Give it a read here.
IGN: Sins of a Solar Empire Hands-On
"Most are familiar with the 4X formula of games like Civilization, Master of Orion and Galactic Civilizations. Take over a planet or city, build defenses and research technology upgrades, amass forces to invade and conquer enemy territory, and repeat. Sins of a Solar Empire is built on the same kind of concept, but does away with the 'end turn' button," Charles Onyett of IGN describes his Sins game experience Read the whole article here.
Beta 2 Hands on Exclusive with PC Gamer Magazine
"I've had my eye on Sins of a Solar Empire since I first heard the promise of a 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate) space-empire sim executed in real time. I've been nagging for an early copy to try out and this month, I got my wish." PC Gamer's Dan Stapleton says "WARNING: TIME EATER Sins definitely captures that 'jut one more turn!' feeling you get from playing Civilizations, but since there are no turns here, it's even harder to find a good place to stop. Expect to play into the wee hours of the night (and enjoy it)" PC Gamer has Published a two page Exclusive preview for Sins in its September 2007 issue.
First Sins of a Solar Empire Ad Appears
As we get closer to release, you'll start to see more of Sins of a Solar Empire both in preview coverage and in magazine ads. The very first appears in the November issues of PC Gamer (available September 19th) and Maximum PC (on sale September 25th). Here's a screenshot of the ad that we wanted to share with everyone.
New Sins Interview at IGN
"I knew in my heart of hearts that the job I was most suited for was Supreme Galactic Overlor,." says IGN's by Steve Butts. IGN has published a brand new interview with Ironclad's Blair Fraser on Sins of a Solar Empire. The six page article relates more on the back story of Sins, along with many hints on upcoming features! Give it a read here.
Sins Beta 2 Open Until July 31
Due to popular demand, we've decided to keep Sins of a Solar Empire Beta 2 open until July 31st. Anyone who pre-orders the game in July will gain immediate access to Beta 2 and all subsequent betas before Sins' final release in February 2008. Pre-order here.
Sins Beta 2 Launched
Ironclad Games and Stardock Entertainment officially released Beta 2 of Sins of a Solar Empire. Beta 2 offers players five more specialized ship types, new artifact exploration features and more. Preorder Sins now to get in on the exclusive Beta.
Interview with GamersInfo
"Sins of a Solar Empire can be looked at as a new take on the traditional tropes in real-time strategy games. It's been dubbed a 'RT4X game' by Ironclad Games - the X's standing for 'eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate,' What does that mean for you? It means that Sins of a Solar Empire is going for an epic size of game, a 3D real time strategy game in space that will require the player to juggle economics, colonization, diplomacy and even warfare if the player wants even the chance to win."- Sean Michael Whipkey, GamersInfo. Read his interview with Blair Fraser here.
Interview with ShackNews
"Many real-time strategy gamers are beginning to see the minimap as an ancient relic, something fondly remembered but shunned in favor of zooming in close to the battlefield, or far, far out to inspect a player's entire army, spread out over a map like tiny pieces on a chessboard. Ironclad's upcoming Sins of a Solar Empire isn't content with showing players single regions of planets, or even single planets--this game is prepared to showcase entire solar systems, viewable simply by scrolling a mouse wheel back and forth." - David Craddock, ShackNews. Read his interview with Ironclad's Blair Fraser and Stardock's Brian Clair here.
"You've never played in a space like this." - Timothy C. Best. Australia's Power Play magazine featured Sins in a double page preview article in their May 2007 issue. See the magazine cover here.
Interview with Gamespot
"[A]n intriguing real-time strategy game about interstellar warfare. With its eye-catching starship battles and huge scope, Sins is one of the more innovative strategy games on the horizon." - GameSpot
Check the full GameSpot Sins of a Solar Empire Q&A with Ironclad's Blair Fraser. Read the full Interview.
Real-Time Strategy Road Map at Gamespot
Sins of a Solar Empire places third in GameSpot's list of the major RTS games to keep an eye on this year.
"Because multiple battles can flare up all over the galactic map, managing all this mayhem is an interesting challenge, but Ironclad seems to have developed a fairly elegant interface for this. It also helps that the game looks sharp, with battles that feature huge, lumbering capital ships, swift escorts, and plenty of fighter craft zipping by, as well as explosions all around. ... Altogether, Sins of a Solar Empire looks like an intriguing and innovative game that explores a subject rarely covered in RTS games." See the List.
1UP.com Posts Sins Preview & Interview
1UP has posted the preview from Games For Windows magazine (May issue)
Check it out here: 1UP Preview.
Games For Windows Magazine Preview
Matt Peckham of Games for Windows Magazine writes, "On a dim starlit map, scores of planets twirl in place like floating cat's-eyes. Between two, a miniature battalion of ships inches along a colored line until it reaches its destination, popping out of hyperspace and ringing the planet in a halo of dots. Roll closer--all the way in--and those dots become attacking ships, skimming a gravity well slung around the planet like a disk. At the disk's edge, a lone defending fleet led by several mammoth capital ships bristles and braces for attack as scouts and colony ships scramble for safety. "
GFW Magazine has published its second preview of Sins of a Solar Empire in their May 2007 issue (on sale April/ 2007)! Check out three pages of exclusive game content and screenies.
Stardock Entertainment and Ironclad Games unveil Beta 1
Sins of a Solar Empire, the innovative “RT4X” strategy game is now available for Beta testing. Check out the forum press release.
Preorder the game to access the Beta (limited time).
1UP.com Posts Sins Preview & Interview
1UP post the preview from Games For Windows magazine (March 2007 issue) and also the interview that goes into further detail on the game, Ironclad and Stardock.
Check them out: 1UP Preview Interview with Blair Fraser.
Sins Previewed in Games for Windows Magazine
Sean Molloy of Games for Windows Magazine says "Hard-science-fiction fanatics, lookie here! GFW Magazine has published its first preview of Sins of a Solar Empire in their March 2007 issue (on sale February 6, 2007)! Check out exclusive new screenshots showing off the epic scale of the galaxy map and more in their two-page article.
Most Anticipated PC Games of 2007 on IGN
Sins of a Solar Empire makes the Top Picks list of two editors at IGN.
Dan's Most Anticipated Games of 2007 "Space opera strategy games are the best. The whole time you're playing it's easy to overlook the failing marriage and termination warnings at work!"
Charles's Most Anticipated Games of 2007 "Plenty of options for combat, attractive and otherworldly ship designs, and an impressive map and interface system mean this game could fuse real-time action and grand strategy in new, entertaining ways."
Sins Previewed in PCGamer Magazine
When Dan Stapelton of PC Gamer Magazine saw Sins of a Solar Empire, he added "become interstellar warlord" to his list of things to do before he dies. PC Gamer published its first preview of Sins of a Solar Empire in their March 2007 issue! Check out your local news stand to find the double page article with exclusive screenshots showing off ships and planet structures.
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