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Published on August 29, 2008 By Zoomba In Sins News

Today Stardock & Ironclad Games are proud to announce the first of several micro-expansion packs, for the award-winning Sins of a Solar Empire.  The first micro-expansion Sins of a Solar Empire: Entrenchment is currently in development and will be released late 2008 for $9.95 via Stardock’s Impulse digital distribution platform (www.impulsedriven.com).

Developed by Ironclad Games, Sins of a Solar Empire is a real-time strategy game that adds an extreme amount of depth normally only seen in turn-based releases. One of the highest ranking real-time strategy games of 2008, the title has sold over half a million copies and won several Editor’s Choice awards.

Specifically, Entrenchment promises to bring fans a Starbase defense platform for each race (extremely powerful and armored bases housing a variety of weapons and other upgrades capable of defending an entire planet), turret upgrades for each race to make them more powerful (not only stronger than the current versions, but also upgradable with long-range weapons), mine fields and a Subspace Inhibitor platform that will slow enemy ships within its range.

Ironclad has two additional micro-expansions in development as well. One of which adds new diplomacy features to the game and another that will add new technologies and ships.

The expansions are being developed to prevent fracturing of the multiplayer community. If both players have a given expansion pack installed, the features are available, but if one does not, the expansion pack features are disabled for that particular game.

You can pre-order the micro-expansion now for $9.95 directly from the Impulse Store.  Entrenchment is only available through Impulse.


Comments (Page 1)
on Aug 29, 2008

The expansions are being developed to prevent fracturing of the multiplayer community. If both players have a given expansion pack installed, the features are available, but if one does not, the expansion pack features are disabled for that particular game.

 

That is very very cool.

on Aug 29, 2008

Ironclad has two additional micro-expansions in development as well. One of which adds new diplomacy features to the game and another that will add new technologies and ships.

Sounds like a good plan, instead of selling 1 expansion pack for 29.99$ you develop 3 mini-expansion packs for 9.95$ each. Players can just buy the features they really want.

I like all three, so i will just buy everything anyway

 

on Aug 29, 2008

i hope all of those micro-expansion packs are included in the big expansion they are developing for sins, because i can't buy games through impulse only retail games

on Aug 29, 2008

Huzzah! Good news, indeed. I'll be sure to pre-order when I get home

on Aug 29, 2008

Sounds great and the feature RaveBomb quoted is brilliant.

on Aug 29, 2008

YAY! *now decides to read it*

on Aug 29, 2008

why not after they are all done, sell them all as a whole expansion in stores for those of us who don't like to buy stuff online but who still want the  stuff it provides..

on Aug 29, 2008

All it provides is a better tool for those people who like to turtle.  I definately won't buy this to ensure the MP games I play will be fluid.

on Aug 29, 2008

Woot woot!

on Aug 29, 2008

We will be bundling them all up together as a compilation expansion pack later next summer.  There will be more details on that uber-pack later 

on Aug 29, 2008

I bought Sins via Stardock Central.... And I bought Tokens especially fot he Expansion Pack? How can I use them with Impulse or will it be available thru Stardock Central?

on Aug 29, 2008

Fucking...sexy. Now I don't have to keep re-modding each patch to make my defenses stronger (how I like them), i will have Starbases and turret upgrades. This is just awesome. Thank you stardock. I will GLADLY pay you 10 bucks for this, pre-odering this tonight.

on Aug 29, 2008

Yay, sign me up!   Much to Stardock and Ironclad!

on Aug 29, 2008

Ok $10 is too much for too little imo, sorry guys you wont be milking me on this even though I still enjoy playing this game allot. I can wait till all of those are wrapped up into one and it's only $20.

on Aug 29, 2008

Okay - few questions.

Are you going to add a single player campaign, or at least something like a prologue?

Why this will be available only via Impulse? I don't want to install Impulse and there should be another way to get it.  Why not Stardock Centrall as well?

And as Howdidudothat mentioned isn't that major defences improvement going to turtle the games? Give more information about it pls.