4X strategy game Star Lords available now on Early Access


Iceberg Interactive launched its 4X strategy game Star Lords on Steam via Early Access. Star Lords promises "deep and complex gameplay" set in a large universe, in which players take part in turn-based space battles involving eight separate races.

The studio behind Star Lords is Portuguese developer Arkavi Studios, who created diplomacy, trade and intelligence tools that players use to weaken enemies and build an empire. Players can colonize worlds in the game, which includes a "randomly generated universe, tech tree and units." The alpha version of Star Lords costs $19.99 for PC players to check out, and does not include features like "multiplayer, huge galaxies and domestic policies" at the moment.
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Iceberg Interactive launches all new 4x space strategy game Star Lords, available NOW on Steam's Early Access

Arkavi Studios' firstborn Offers Rich New Galaxy to Explore, Tough AI, Modding and More

Haarlem, The Netherlands – December 6, 2013 – Veteran game publisher Iceberg Interactive announces today that its latest 4X space strategy game Star Lords is available now on Steam's Early Access program http://store.steampowered.com/app/246940. Developed by up-and-coming Portuguese developer Arkavi Studios, Star Lords offers many features that fans of the genre know and love, including a large universe to explore, deep and complex gameplay, customization options, and much more.
Players can purchase the game now in Steam's Early Access program and be involved in the rest of the development process, by providing feedback and suggesting what they would like to see updated, changed or added to the game. Early Access players can then play as the game evolves throughout the entire development process.

"Star Lords is an amazing 4X game, and we are thrilled to be working with the talented Arkavi Studios team," says Iceberg Interactive CEO, Erik Schreuder. "We are looking forward to players joining early as the game evolves, and hearing what they would like to see improved and implemented in the game. Early Access provides such a unique addition to the development process and we are looking forward to hearing what players and fans have to say."

A new Cinematic trailer is created to accompany the Early Access launch and is now streaming on the Iceberg Youtube channel here.

Star Lords is a tactical, turn-based space-strategy game eight major races in an epic-sized complex universe with some renewing twists to the 4X genre. Star Lords is set in space where players can take the command of one race to join the struggle for supremacy in the galaxy. As the leader of an empire, players explore the stars, colonizing new worlds, manage their empire and conquer whoever dares to oppose. In the Early Access Alpha some features are not available yet such as multiplayer, huge galaxies and domestic policies, as these are still very much being tested. They will be opened up further down the line in Early Access.

Star Lords Key Features:
Living, Breathing Universe: in addition to the major powers, independent races and pirate clans also claim the galaxy as their residence – use them to your advantage
Economic and Political Layers: War isn't the only way to weaken one's enemies; diplomacy, intelligence and trade are very powerful and effective tools
Eight major races each with their own ship designs, technologies, unique traits and unique abilities.
Create and customize your own ship designs
Generals: Unique and powerful units evolve as they battle
Randomly generated universe, tech tree and units - never play the same game twice
Empire shattering: unrest might lead rebels to start a civil war which in turn might lead to the creation of a new, independent empire that might grow to rival your own
Plotting: secretly finance a war against your enemies in order to weaken them or prepare a surprise joint war along with your allies in a bid to destroy that frighteningly fast growing empire
Human-like AI that doesn't cheat and plays by the same rules as human players, while presenting a constant challenge
Modding support
LAN, hot seat and online multiplayer with matchmaking
Star Lords 'Alpha' is available for $19.99 on Steam's Early Access Program. For more information about Star Lords please visit www.starlords-game.com.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.