If you’ve played Endless Space, you know that calling it “Civilization in space” is not a fair analysis at all. Endless Space has incredible levels of depth that simultaneously make it challenging to get into and incredibly hard to put down. A galaxy full of species that are wildly creative both in art direction and game play design, Endless Space has offered players a way to experience galactic-scale rule with factions that are as different from one another as they can get. Watching your ships clash with the enemies from a god’s eye view is one of the more satisfying experiences a strategy game can give you, second only to nuking Catherine when she refuses your trade deal AGAIN. I just want some coal, how hard is that?
Endless Space 2 looks to be upping the ante. The original game was beautiful; Endless Space 2 is even better looking. The politics system; the combat system; colonization and trade; it all looks to be trying to outshine the original game. Don’t believe me? The four core gameplay trailers show quite well the potential this game has.
The trailers follow the 4X scheme (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate), each one devoted to a specific aspect of the formula.
The faction trailers expand further on the universe, one that seems packed with mystery and interesting things to discover. I have a personal infatuation with ancient space faring civilizations like the Forerunner and the Protheans, so the Endless and their Dust are right up my alley.
If you want to uncover the technology of the Endless and the secrets of the Academy, the full release of Endless Space 2 is May 19 for PC, or if you just can’t wait the extra few hours as of the writing of this post, the game is currently available on Steam for early access purchase.