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Space Wars: Interstellar Empires will launch into Early Access next month

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If you’re eager to scratch your space MMO itch, you won’t have to wait much longer. You can expect to play this fusion of real-time travel with tactical battles on December 6th.

Space Wars: Interstellar Empires [Official Site] seems to fill a niche that’s a little empty on Linux. We don’t really have that many native MMOs available for our platform and even less set in the vastness of outer space. We've covered this one before and it's been delayed multiple times in the past. The failure of its kickstarter campaign to fund singleplayer content was partly responsible in slowing down development.

The game will be free to play and will feature several factions and will have up to a thousand players per server as well as large-scale battles. The usual RPG fare where you use experience to improve the skills and attributes of yourself and your officers is part of the game as is improving your ship. There’s a story, too, and cutscenes and narration that will drive it forward. Future campaigns and content are slated to be added as the game continues to be worked on.

I'm not certain how tactical battles will feel on such a scale and whether or not it'll end up being fun or repetitive. Balance and grind make or break these online experiences and I imagine it's been tough for the developers to get it right here. Ultimately, Space Wars sounds like something different to most of the things we've gotten on Linux, so I'm curious to see how it'll shape up. Hopefully the ambitious goals and scope will make it a game well worth playing.

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razing32 13 November 2017 at 9:50 pm UTC
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Is it confirmed for Linux though ?
The trailer only shows Windows and Apple logos and can't find any concrete info on their site.
liamdawe 13 November 2017 at 10:03 pm UTC
razing32Is it confirmed for Linux though ?
The trailer only shows Windows and Apple logos and can't find any concrete info on their site.
Yes, we've also been offered early access and Linux is confirmed.
BTRE 13 November 2017 at 10:06 pm UTC
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razing32Is it confirmed for Linux though ?
They said as much (twice) in their press release email sent to GOL a few days ago:
QuotePHOENIX - Nov. 9, 2017 - Space Wars: Interstellar Empires, the free-to-play turn-based tactical strategy MMO from developer Desert Owl Games, warps into Steam Early Access on Dec. 6, 2017 for Windows PC, Mac and Linux.
ison111 14 November 2017 at 12:14 am UTC
Awesome to hear that this is coming to GNU/Linux. Seems really interesting. I'm a bit concerned about the "free to play" aspect though, as always it can be a game killer if not done well.
cRaZy-bisCuiT 14 November 2017 at 9:44 am UTC
Unfortunately it's turn based, so I'll skip it.
Patola 14 November 2017 at 1:59 pm UTC
cRaZy-bisCuiTUnfortunately it's turn based, so I'll skip it.

Unfortunately it's turn-based, so it's not my preferred style. Then again, I played X: Rebirth and went all the way through the campaign, which ends but lets you continue the game and do whatever you like. And I never liked unending games, I always found it kind of pointless, but right now I am enjoying it to the fullest, so you can say I really changed my mind. So don't be so rigid, you might just like it.
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