If you grew up playing PC games in the 90’s it was hard to not hear the name Master of Orion. It was the king of the 4X genre. Taking your race of aliens and slowly conquering the galaxy. This is a game I personally lost countless hours to, and if I had a PC that could run it, I would be playing it still. Well it seems Wargaming, the people behind World of Tanks will be reviving the series from the ground up with a fully new engine, visuals and new galaxies to explore.
It seems Wargaming have some real reverence for the source material, so this could be a very exciting project. The Team at Wargaming seems to know how to draw people into genres that may other studios have long since abandoned. Will this be true about the 4X genre? We will soon find out! You can head over to masteroforion.com to read all the details, and to pre-order your copy.
Full press release below:
June 9, 2015 — Wargaming today announced Master of Orion, a modern rebirth of the critically acclaimed sci-fi strategy game. The forerunner of the influential “4X” style of gameplay, Master of Orion captured the imagination of gamers around the world. Its deep, strategic gameplay offered numerous ways to win—through brute force, diplomacy or resource domination.
Master of Orion brings Wargaming back to its science fiction origins, which began with the company’s acclaimed Massive Assault game series. Developed by Argentine-based NGD Studios and with key members from the original title’s team, Master of Orion stays true to its renowned 4X gameplay.
Enhanced visuals, built from the ground up, breathe new life into the vast galaxy available to explore and conquer, as well as give new personality to the many races which call it home. Players can expect a revamped user interface, an orchestral score from the original game’s composer, voiceovers by well-known actors, new user tutorials, and more to deliver a classic yet fresh experience to one of gaming’s most respected franchises.
“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,” said Victor Kislyi, CEO of Wargaming. “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.”
“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,” said Andrés Chilkowski, Co-founder and CEO of NGD Studios. “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.”