Master of Orion’s galaxy just got a little bigger. Beginning tomorrow, March 25, those who have already started their quest to conquer the stars will be able to lead even more races to galactic domination. Explorers can wield the power of the hive with the Klackon, control the technological might of the Meklar, or harness the ruthlessness of the Terran—a race exclusive to the Master of Orion Collector’s Edition. A new victory condition has also been added: Technological.
The Klackon are part ant, part cockroach. There are lots of them, which means they develop rapidly and can build a large fleet in a heartbeat—perfect for a head-on strategy. The Meklar, on the other claw, may not be the most industrious, but they are masters of technology and can produce fleets of huge ships.
The Terran, the black sheep (with white hair) of the Human race, have spent millennia preparing for war. They can create ships at a reduced cost, which boast powerful beam attacks, and are great at engineering. You don’t have to be genius to know that you should focus on growing your army to dominate space. However, if you want to keep some enemies closer for a while, the Terran can swing their weight about in the Galactic Council thanks to their commanding nature.
If, for some reason, this selection of races doesn’t quite fulfill your game plan, you can now create your own custom race. Custom races are great to test new ways of playing the game. Ever wanted to see what the normally intellectual and reserved Psilons would be like if they had the skills to become warmongers? Now you can.
Early Access is NGD Studios’ chance to hear your feedback, and the team has been hard at work listening to fans. So far, the team has improved Tactical Battles, offering explorers more of a challenge. You’ll find that AI has been enhanced, making races more individual, and levels of difficulty have been implemented. Finally, your ship designs influence your fleet characteristics and impact battle results.
Remember, the team still want your feedback, so why not join thousands intrepid explorers and make the game greater together with NGD Studios and the WG Labs Team.
Fans can also check out the latest Master of Orion Developer Diary. In it, the crew at NGD Studios take you through the creation of their distinct art assets and race design:
The Master of Orion Collector’s Edition grants immediate access to the game: