Master of Orion: Wargaming reboots classic 90s strategy

Turn-based 4X strategy game Master of Orion was released back in 1993 and is considered by many to be one of the godfathers of the genre. However, some 20 years later, most people have forgotten about this MicroProse classic, so one unlikely publisher’s decided to bring the game back.

Wargaming might have made a name for itself making impressive military simulators but today the studio’s announced it’s changing tack, and publishing a “modern rebirth” of the critically-acclaimed sci-fi strategy game.

We’re not sure what appeals to the studio most about Master of Orion – perhaps the fact you can win the game in various ways (resource domination, diplomacy or straight-out brute force), perhaps the detailed, complex 4X style of gameplay, perhaps the way it captured gamers’ imaginations around the world.

Either way, it sounds like something CEO Victor Kislyi is particularly proud of working on:

Master of Orion is a game that brings Wargaming truly back to its roots, not only as a company but also in how it influenced my personal interest in both games and making them. The series’ iconic gameplay has stood the test of time and working with NGD Studios to bring the series back to life is a truly exciting moment for the team.

While you’d be forgiven for forgetting, Wargaming actually has its roots firmly embedded in the science fiction world – the publisher’s second release, back in 2003, kicked off the Massive Assault series, a turn-based hexagonal strategy.

Now though, it’s not alone. Key members of the original Master of Orion team have come back, joining Argentine-based NGD Studios on development duty.

Andrés Chilkowski, Co-founder and CEO of NGD Studios explains:

As longtime fans of the Master of Orion, the opportunity to help breathe new life into this acclaimed game has been a dream come true. While we’ve made many improvements overall to the game, we’re confident that its classic and addictive gameplay will appeal to gamers no matter if they played the game years ago or are now just experiencing it for the very first time.

If you have played the game years ago, you’ll be pleased to note that the new model Master of Orion features enhanced visuals from the ground up, bringing new energy and personality to the vast galaxy and its many inhabitants. We’re promised a revamped user interface, the return of the game’s original composer with an impressive orchestral score, new user tutorials, and voiceovers by “well-known actors”.

No mention of dates yet, but Wargaming might just be discussing the game at E3 next week, if we’re lucky.

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