-> Many factors contribute to placing you IN the game. These include the representation of the player as an actual Emperor. Move the Emperor, and you move the center of your empire - "Homeworld is where you hang your Emperor". Communications between YOU and the rest of the empire are NOT instant! No one else has dared to attempt this functionality, rationalizing that it would be "too complex". We've done it, and turned it into an exciting, strategic element of the game!
-> This game is BIG. Others are not. Why? Design and performance. We designed this game to be large in scope from the start. Up to 200 players in a game, and a HUGE universe to use as your playground. Performance is DEFINITELY an issue when hosting games with large numbers of players. Instead of worrying about it, we decided to let YOU decide how long is too long to process turns. If it's too long, don't host large games. If your new Pentium system has time to spare, then go for it! :-)
-> Open-ended play. Yes, we know some of you play solely for the thrill of victory. However, if you've ever played games where:
Xoftware Innovations never set out to build the "perfect game". Far from it, Xpace - The New Frontier won't appeal to everyone. It isn't as flashy and polished as some of the other well-respected games in this market. Our goal was, instead, to develop an entirely new gaming experience to appeal to those who are looking for something fundamentally different. If enough people take a liking to the game, there's always time for 3D graphics and celebrity voice-overs in Version 2... ;-)
*** THIS IS A BETA RELEASE ***
Over 100 testers from around the world have been helping us stabilize and refine the game for months. It has finally arrived at a state where it is playable and enjoyable. However, there are still many features missing, and certainly many flaws left uncorrected (most of these are documented on our web site). More importantly, the documentation is still rough. So what are we getting at?
We felt it was important for everyone to get a chance to experience first-hand what we're working on (this is not a demo version - it really works, save for the missing features and known bugs). However, we cannot officially support this pre-release, beta version. At our web site, however, you will find information on how to:
AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD:
http://www.xoftware.com/ (other download sites coming, including international)
(NOTE: be sure to read the Known Bugs section on our web-site, as there is a potential problem with installation. We've documented a simple work-around).