Master of Orion, the classic turn-based strategy game series that has been dormant for over a decade, is back with better graphics and refocused gameplay, thanks to an injection of developers and money from World of Tanks publisher Wargaming.
The publisher purchased the rights to Master of Orion in 2013 during an Atari bankruptcy auction, and has now announced plans to reboot the game for the first time since 2003’s Master of Orion 3.
Wargaming brought on Argentinian studio NGD Studios to create the reboot with help from key members of the original game’s team.
Players can expect a revamped user interface, orchestral score from the original game’s composer, voiceovers by well-known actors, and new user tutorials, according to the announcement.
“Master of Orion is a game that brings Wargaming truly back to its roots, not only as a company but also in how it influenced my personal interest in both games and making them. The series’ iconic gameplay has stood the test of time and working with NGD Studios to bring the series back to life is a truly exciting moment for the team.”
-Victor Kislyi, Wargaming CEO
NPD Studios has made many improvements to the overall game, according to company co-founder and CEO Adres Chilkowski but retained its classic gameplay.
As with previous games, players will manage colonies and populations, choose how much to focus on research, production, resources, military power, and race to be the first to conquer the stars.
The game will also allow players to win through conquest, diplomacy, technology, or economy, according to Wargaming, and worry over their civilization’s morale, pollution, taxes, and defenses. Random events and anomalies will also add gameplay variety
When it’s finished, the game will include the series’ original races: Alkari, Bulrathi, Darlok, Human, Klackon, Psilon, Meklar, Mrrshan, Sakkra, and Silicoids. There will also be six different ship classes for each race and the ability to customize a ship’s missiles, engines, armor, shields, scanners, bombs, and lasers. The game will include over 75 future technologies and hundreds of advancements.