Stardock Game News
We are working on version 2.3 for Crusade and the base game simultaneously. We don't have a final date but I expect you will start seeing opt-ins very soon.
I want to make you guys aware of some important changes happening on Steam that will affect you.
“Jupiter’s Forge expands on Offworld Trading Company, taking you to Jupiter’s moon, Io. With this area comes two new factions, a range of new buildings and a whole new way in how to manage resources. Io is a try planet, there is no water to pump and the game will challenge you in a way that makes it feel fresh.” -Chris Wray, wccftech
See the full review here: http://wccftech.com/review/offworld-trading-company-jupiters-forge/
The biggest, deepest space 4X just got bigger and deeper!
The best-selling space 4X series of all time recently got its biggest expansion pack ever: Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade. Today, Stardock has released the first major update to it that adds a new map size, fixes bugs, improves balance and adds some new features.
Jupiter’s Forge is the first major expansion to Offworld Trading Company and it certainly wouldn’t be complete without additions to the campaign. Io has come to OTC, bringing with it significant changes to to resource tree, specifically centered around water. This means that simply adding to the Martian campaign was never going to be enough, and Io therefore has received its own separate campaign.
Thrive on the Volcanic Moon of Io and Crush your Competition
in Jupiter's Forge
You thought Mars was a tough environment? Think again.
Prudent business decisions take you to Jupiter's moon, Io, to harvest its resources and keep an edge on your competition. Io's 42-hour days and lack of an atmosphere means that you'll have to change your strategy and choose what to build very carefully! Radiation storms, sulfur frosts, tremors, and harsh landscapes threaten your business model and force you to adapt in order to survive.
Missing some DLC in your collection? Get the rest for the complete experience!
In an effort to stay ahead of your competition, prudent business decisions take you to Jupiter's Moon, Io. With new factions, resources, buildings, patents, and more, Jupiter's Forge offers a whole new experience and a fresh set of adventure to Offworld Trading Company.
Learn more here.
The Nomads of the Penrose Collective aren’t the only ones throwing their hats into the ring. With them comes the Diadem Trust, known quite simply as the Elites. Led by Philippa Ndiaye, this faction is not looking to be sneaky, crafty, or clever. Their plan is to overwhelm to competition with the raw strength of their corporate empire.
Every last bonus the Trust brings with them comes from their superior advanced buildings. Some of these bonuses are straightforward, and easily exploitable. Easily fitting into this category is the Elite Pleasure Dome, which gains a bonus to income when compared to other factions. However, the enhancements made to the dome do require small amounts of chemicals to stay operational. In addition to this, Elite faction headquarters themselves are well populated and wealthy; they contribute more to the Pleasure Dome’s income than any other headquarters. This already makes the Trust a tempting choice in matches with large numbers of players.
May has been a big month for us at Stardock with the launch of Galciv 3: Crusade, and the upcoming release of the expansion for Offworld Trading Company, Jupiter's Forge. Despite that, we have been hard at work on Episode 3 to get it ready for launch in June. Aside from the big set of balance changes in the 2.25 Update to pave the way for Juggernauts, there's not much more to reveal after what's already been talked about in the previous Dev Diaries. Regardless, I'll go through some things here again to keep everyone in the loop.
## What is Episode 3? ##
Episode 3 is the third installment of the story-driven single player campaign which adds in two Juggernauts, a new class of units beyond Dreadnoughts. Episode 3 will be released for free to all owners of Escalation. It will also include other changes such as some bug fixes and map updates.
## New Campaign ##
The new fully voiced campaign, Genesis, will be our most challenging yet; I've put a great deal of effort to make sure "Much Harder" is no walk in the park, even despite having access to the two new Juggernauts.