L3O Interactive-developed Horizon will launch on Steam in full in February. The strategy game's beta version was added to Steam Early Access in July 2013, and is still available to purchase for $24.99.

Horizon belongs to the 4X strategy genre, which emphasizes universe exploration and conquest. In Horizon's case, players partake in turn-based tactical space combat, developing colonies that interact with ten alien races in industry, trade and sciences. The game is being published by Iceberg Interactive, which brought about another popular 4X space strategy game in 2012, Amplitude Studios' Endless Space.
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Iceberg Interactive Lifts Off With 4x Game Horizon coming February on Steam
Haarlem, The Netherlands – 14 January 2014- Kicking off the New Year with a bang, L3O Interactive and Iceberg Interactive have revealed that the upcoming 4X space-strategy game Horizon (PC) is headed to Steam early February 2014. Horizon is currently in the late Beta stages on Steam's Early Access program, where it has an active and involved community that's helped shaped the game's development and added to its robust feature list. The game will also be released in boxed European retail.

Horizon is a single-player 4X game of galactic exploration and conquest in which players control humanity's destiny and stands out from the 4X crowd with its focus a unique storyline focused on mankind's expansion beyond its own solar system and immediate confrontation with two powerful and ancient races bent on shaping the future. One of the features that was added during Early Access thanks to the community pleading for it, is the option to also play Horizon in 'classic 4X' mode, choosing 1 of 8 races to set out and conquer a hostile universe.

Gamers will venture into deep space, expand into new frontiers and discover alien artifacts on long-abandoned planets, while negotiating, fighting in deep ship-to-ship combat, or partnering with alien species as they reach their intergalactic destinies. They will develop new colonies – and then watch them become galactic centers for trade, industry and science – as well as military bases, outposts and shipyards on their way to conquer new horizons.

Horizon offers immense customization options including races, ships, and power stations; real-time management of multiple tech research branches and simultaneous turn-based battles; and two distinct play modes – Scenario mode focuses on a story encapsulating the fight between two ancient races with dozens of side missions, and Classic mode, the traditional sandbox play mode 4X gamers have come to love over the years.

Players can still get in on Horizon's development process by purchasing the game in Early Access for $24.99, or pick up the full game next month.http://store.steampowered.com/app/236130/

This article was originally published on Joystiq.