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Wargaming Announces Master Of Orion Reboot In The Works
Master of Orion, a very influential series in the strategy genre, is being rebooted for a new modern audience by Wargaming and NGD Studios. The original game, an influential flagship title for the 4X genre and developer NGD Studios wants to keep it a familiar as possible, as multiple team members behind the original Master of Orion are involved with this reboot.
Wargaming is also treating this as a homecoming. The company found success and made a name with the Massive Assault series back in 2003.
“Master of Orion is a game that brings Wargaming truly back to its roots, not only as a company, but also in how it influenced my personal interest in both games and making them,” CEO of Wargaming Victor Kislyi says. “The series’ iconic gameplay has stood the test of time and working with NGD Studios to bring the series back to life is a truly exciting moment for the team.”
Wargaming is promising enhanced visuals, with a rebuilt user interface, a new music score from the composer of the original game, added voiceovers by “well-known actors,” new tutorials, and much more. The goal for the game, according to Wargaming, is to deliver a game that plays like a new experience while still remaining faithful to the classic Master of Orion games.
“As longtime fans of the Master of Orion, the opportunity to help breathe new life into this acclaimed game has been a dream come true,” Andrés Chilkowski, co-founder and CEO of NGD Studios says. “While we’ve made many improvements overall to the game, we’re confident that its classic and addictive gameplay will appeal to gamers no matter if they played the game years ago or are now just experiencing it for the very first time.”
Wargaming has also released an announcement trailer for Master of Orion, which gives a nod to the original game while showing off some of the enhancements that will more the likely be shown more of in the future.
Wargaming acquired the Master of Orion IP from Atari in July, 2013, but since then has been fairly quite. No release has been talked about as of yet.
Once the game is complete players will see the original races of the series, Alkari, Bulrathi, Darlok, Human, Klackon, Psilon, Meklar, Mrrshan, Sakkra and Silicoids. Also there will be six different ship classes for each race, the ability to customize a ship’s missiles, engines, armor, shields, scanners, bombs and lasers. The game will also include more than 75 future technologies with hundreds of advancements for players to get. Players will also manage colonies and populations; choose what to focus on research, production, resources, military power, and be the first to conquer the stars.