Master of Orion sets a date – and it’s closer than you think

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the cosmos: Master of Orion is set for interstellar domination in just a couple of weeks, when it launches worldwide on August 25. This brand new take on the classic game of conquest has been in the works for a while now – including a lengthy period in Early Access, and the team at WG Labs is happy to say it’s ready for reveal.

The eagerly-anticipated 4X title (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate) was first released more than 20 years ago for DOS and the original Apple Mac – but it’s now been polished up and revamped for an all-new audience.

Jacob Beucler, Publishing Product Director on Master of Orion explains:

The journey for Master of Orion’s reboot has been an amazing one, and now we’ve approached our destination. Along for the ride was the Master of Orion community, sharing their thoughts and guiding us toward an amazing Master of Orion experience for the new age!

…and if you’ll excuse the assumption that gamers interested in one classic strategy will probably also be interested in another classic strategy: Everyone who purchases Master of Orion will be given a copy of Total Annihilation – the 1997 RTS icon – absolutely free.

(It’s a simple matter of clicking “Options” in the Master of Orion Main Menu, and follow the prompts under the “Wargaming.net Account” button to link Total Annihilation to your Wargaming account.)

If you’ve missed the hype about this one, let me bring you back up to speed. We’ve chatted to the developers no less than three times about the game – at E3 2015, at PAX AUS 2015, and we even spoke to Wargaming CEO Victor Kislyi about the game as part of our hands-on Master of Orion preview.

This new take on the game that defined the 4X genre promises to return the best elements of the original, plus some new modern bits and pieces. All ten classic alien races are back, with a ridiculously impressive voice cast – including Mark Hamill (Star Wars), Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Alan Tudyk (Firefly).

This all hits (virtual) shelves on August 25 – just two weeks from today. You can pick up the standard edition if you’re happy with just the game – or fork out a bit more and snag the Collector’s Edition, which also features a detailed digital art book, a full orchestral soundtrack, retro pixel ship skins, an exclusive new race (the Terran Khanate) and – wait for it – all three of the original Master of Orion games.

If that doesn’t satisfy your inner strategy nerd, we’re not sure what will.

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