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Endless Space to Drop on July 4

Iceberg Interactive and developer Amplitude Studios are releasing the turn based 4X strategy game Endless Space on July 4th. I still need to dig into this one. Yes, I have failed you. It’s going to run $30.

PR ahead:

Publisher Iceberg Interactive and developer Amplitude Studios invite players to celebrate the holiday this year with the launch of Endless Space, for Windows PC. Coming to digital distribution platforms on July 4, 2012, Endless Space is a 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate) sci-fi strategy game that pits eight civilizations together in galactic conflict.

“With the success of the game’s beta program and tremendous feedback from the community, we couldn’t be more excited to be able to get the final game in front of fans,” said Mathieu Girard, CEO at AMPLITUDE Studios. “We look forward to even more players getting their hands on Endless Space as we deliver an intuitive, yet immersive experience for all types of players.”

Set to launch after a highly successful beta campaign via Steam that saw over 20,000 fans registered on the community website, Endless Space is a 4X strategy game covering the space colonization age, where gamers can control every aspect of their empire: Economy, Diplomacy, Science and War. As one of eight unique civilizations, players must strive to control the entire galaxy through trade and diplomacy or technological advancements and strategic warfare. Begging the question, will they conquer the galaxy with an open hand or a closed fist?

Additionally, Endless Space marks the first Amplitude Studios title to take advantage of GAMES2GETHER, a new platform that lets the community track the development team’s objectives, progress, and achievements, while gaining access to early builds, providing feedback, and discussing the game’s future with the developers themselves, giving them an active role in the future of Endless Space.

Endless Space will be available on digital download platforms on July 4, 2012 for $29.99 (MSRP).

For more information on Endless Space, please visit: http://endless-space.amplitude-studios.com/

Imperium Galactica II Released to App Store

Well, how about that. Here I was expecting the usual cavalcade of fake retro 8-Bit bullshit, cutesy-poo single-mechanic physics games, and freemium scams to turn up on the App Store this week and out pops Imperium Galactica II. This is a real-time 4x space game that was released on PC in 1999 by Digital Reality, the Hungarian geniuses behind Sine Mora. I was too busy being in a terrible relationship to check it out when it was new and $50. Now I’m happily married and I can pick it up for the budget price of $3.99. I just downloaded it and took a look around, I have no idea what’s going on but the interface is bad ass and the graphics look pretty good if a little muddy. There is no retina support, and it’s iPad only.

You know, I despise many of the current trends in the video games business. But putting the great PC games of the 1990s onto the iPad is something I can definitely get behind. Now let’s see Age of Wonders, Imperialism II, Star Control 2, Planescape: Torment, Total Annihilation, Dungeon Keeper 2…