Haarlem, The Netherlands – 11 March 2013- Video games developer Amplitude Studios celebrates 300,000 units sold by releasing another free add-on for their 4X turn-based strategy game, Endless Space. This 4th add-on, titled ‘Virtual Awakening’, will be made available through Steam later today. The new add-on will bring new content designed or voted by the community such as mysterious heroes, gameplay elements gravitating around asteroids and gas giants, new escalating random events, AI improvements, and several other additions.
To make the release of ‘Virtual Awakening’ an event, the original Endless Space game will have a -50% week long promotion on Steam which will end Monday, 18th of March.
Background story for the ‘Virtual Awakening’ add-on:
“Driven by their need to terraform and cultivate, it was only a matter of time before the Automatons turned their eyes to the least hospitable planets: Gas giants. A probe ship departed for an uncolonized system, hoping to test technology that could transform these jovian worlds into something livable.
It was a nice plan, but luck and reality had other ideas. The gas giant had a derelict platform orbiting it that had been of the Virtual Endless war effort - and the Virtuals had left a guard behind. Worse yet, the system was rich in minerals from its asteroid belts, so a small but well-equipped group of Pirates was also keeping an eye on it.
Automaton, Endless, and Pirate - an interesting enough mix. But there was a fourth unknown actor, watching from the “surface” of the gas giant. Deep in the viscous atmosphere, where the boundaries between gas and liquid and solid are vague and changeable, an intelligent life form tracked the signals from the platform and wondered what was going on.
Up above an uneasy truce was reached: Automatons experimented while the Pirates kept an eye out for profits. The project went smoothly until one of the Automatons, who had shown unusually clever behavior since landing on the Endless platform, noted that the radiation seeping from the planet might be transmissions from a sentient race…
Finish the testing at the risk of genocide? Try again elsewhere, regardless of the costs? Steal the technology and see what you can get for it? There are many questions, not the least of which is: What exactly is going on with that unusually clever Automaton?
The galaxy is about to get even stranger.”
Features of the ‘Virtual Awakening’ add-on:
Free Weekend Rewards
4 unique Heroes including a powerful Virtual Endless
Extra Technologies and Buildings focusing on asteroids and gas giants
Global Interactive Events (including an event designed by Codename_Veers)
New Escalating Random Events (2 of them designed by KingJohnVI)
Additional Exploration Rewards and Planet Anomalies
Ability to scrap buildings
Enhanced hero management
Better affinity and faction trait management
Other additions and improvements
Victory Warning alert messages
Improved blockade effects: now activated on Guard and Invasion only
New Auto Scrap button for unnecessary improvements in the Empire view
Redesigned game speed effects
Tax Rate tooltip in the Empire view
About Endless Space
Endless Space, a critically acclaimed 4X turn-based strategy game covering the space colonization age, is the first game from Amplitude Studios. The player can explore an infinity of galaxies, expand their civilization through subtle trade and diplomacy or warfare and conquest, exploit different planet types, luxuries and strategic resources and challenge up to seven opponents in online confrontations. The game has been designed - and is still being enhanced - with the participation of the community via the GAMES2GETHER process. Read more here http://endless-space.amplitude-studios.com.
About Amplitude Studios
Amplitude Studios is an independent gathering of experienced video game lovers (and developers) with a single goal: create the best strategy games! Based in Paris, the studio boasts an international team that has worked all over the world. Developer credits include franchises such as Battlefield, Rayman, XIII, R.U.S.E., Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, Call of Juarez, Might & Magic Heroes, Might & Magic Clash of Heroes, and others. Working closely for years with players to share, discuss or compare ideas, the team is bringing the idea of community one step further with GAMES2GETHER , a new way for players around the world to participate in the creation of a video game! Read more at http://www.amplitude-studios.com.
About Iceberg Interactive
Iceberg Interactive is an independent video game publisher founded in 2009 by an international group of games industry veterans and is located in Haarlem, The Netherlands. While keeping its roots in the European retail games market, Iceberg has rapidly increased its focus towards the global digital games market, by building strong direct relationships with dozens of Game Portals. Staffed with avid gamers, Iceberg works closely with an international assembly of game developers, both midsize and indie. With a distinct focus on the strategy, action, simulation and adventure game genres, the company has garnered attention with acclaimed releases including Killing Floor, Wings of Prey, APB Reloaded and Endless Space among its 50+ game arsenal - with more promising games in the pipeline.