Endless Space 2: United Empire Update

Posted on 24 Nov 2016 by
Stephen Haselden

Endless Space 2 (ES2) has released its first major update on its journey through Steam’s Early AccessThis update introduces: new minor races, new quests, new technology, the new Marketplace mechanic, Deeds mechanic and a new major race, The United Empire. Adding a new major race to ES2 is no small thing, each race has a rich backstory, jaw dropping artwork and most importantly of all, hugely varying play styles.

The current playable races are: The Sophons, The Cravers, The Lumeris, and The Vodyani, with each bringing a unique focus on: Research, Conquest, Economy and Fanaticism (religion/technology), respectively. The addition of the United Empire now brings the number of playable races to five. With their focus on Influence (gained through population and construction), they can make better use of the the new Marketplace to buy their way into the lead. 

Another three playable races are planned for future updates to Endless Space 2. We’ll let you know more details as they are revealed.


Official Press Release

Paris, France – November 22, 2016 – Award-winning developer Amplitude Studios has announced a new update for their sci-fi strategy game Endless Space 2. The update will become available later today and adds a new major faction, the United Empire, to the game, plus three new minor factions and gameplay changes including an increased turn limit, a reworked truce system and more.

Set in the same universe as the original Endless Space and its fantasy-themed spin-off Endless Legend, Endless Space 2 is a turn-based, 4X space-strategy game that expands the popular Endless universe even further. Currently in Early Access, Endless Space 2 features five asymmetric factions with a total of eight factions planned for the final version of the game.

Endless Space 2 Update Includes:

  • New major faction: The United Empire, which features economics-focused gameplay based on the generation and use of influence.
  • Three minor factions: The Pilgrims & Amoeba factions from the original Endless Space, and the new Z’vali faction have been added.
  • Minor faction quests: Players can now assimilate minor factions through various special quests.
  • Increased turn limit: Players can now play up to 200 turns. Players can choose to continue their game after achieving a victory at turn 100.
  • Marketplace: Allows players to acquire resources and heroes in exchange for Dust
  • Technology Tree: Era 4 of the Tech Tree has been added, offering for more research paths, unlocks and buildings
  • Addition of deeds: Players will receive special rewards for performing specific actions

In addition to the features listed above, Amplitude Studios has once again listened to its community and revamped the truce and weapons systems. With the reworked truce system, a truce will no longer be forced, but will instead be based on civil unrest. With the reworked ship design system, players no longer have any restrictions on weapons, as all hulls can use kinetics, beams, lasers and missiles.

Endless Space 2 is currently available on Early Access on Steam for €39,99/£34,99 (Standard Edition) and €49,99/£44,99 (Digital Deluxe Edition).

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