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Stardock Wants You.. on February 25th – The Scoop on the SoaSE Expansion

I totally understand how this gaming habit of yours can sometimes reap the majority of your paycheck. Have no fear! The folks at Stardock also sympathize with you as they are offering unlimited open beta slots to the new expansion to Sins of a Solar Empire : Entrenchment.

A fun FAQ:

WTF is Stardock?
If you have ever played Galactic Civilizations or Demigod, then you know about Stardock. They are one of the big fish in the vast sea of PC gaming. Not only that, Stardock assisted with the advent of popular modern concepts such as “skinning,” “widgets” and “gadgets.” We all love us some gadgets!

WTF is Sins of a Solar Empire?

“Sins of a Solar Empire is a space-bound game. The playing field is a 3D web of planets and other celestial objects in the orbital plane of one or more stars..

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Players can view entire star systems, then zoom in to their planets, individual fleets, starships, and even fighters, similar to the strategic zoom featured in the 2007 RTS title Supreme Commander.

Players can conquer neighboring planets and explore distant star systems in a “massively scaled, fully 3D environment featuring entire galaxies, orbiting planets, clusters of asteroids, space dust and radiant stars.” In an interview with IGN, Ironclad director Blair Fraser suggests that the game’s “Iron engine” is specially designed with new technologies that allow it to handle very large differences in size, scale, and distance.” – Wiki’d.


I know all that, what about the open beta?

Sins of a Solar Empire, or SoaSE (as it’s more affectionately called) is set to have three micro expansions. The first expansion boasts crazy new weapon upgrades and defense platforms, while the other two expansions are said to concentrate mostly on new technologies and ships.

If you’re a veteran to Sins, you can check out the change log for Entrenchment here.

The president of Stardock said it best:

“One of Stardock’s key strategies for success with past games has been the incorporation of player feedback from our open betas. We want fans to get the most of this expansion and are making sure we’re delivering the best content possible.”

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Where do I download the beta?

Firstly, it helps to have the original game, Sins: (the price dropped!)

If you already got that covered, here’s where you can go to pre-order the expansion, “Entrenchment”:

Sins of a Solar Empire was IGN.com’s “PC Game of the Year” and achieved numerous “Strategy Game of the Year” awards and “Best of 2008” mentions from distinguished media outlets including G4TV, Gamespy.com, Wired, Gamasutra.com, Gametrailers.com and Gamespot.com.

I’d say it’s time to see what all the buzz is about. ;D

Read more news about the upcoming micro-expansion here!