Sep 25, 2013

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Space-Strategy Game Horizon Hits Beta Phase

Space-Strategy Game Horizon Hits Beta Phase

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Video game publisher Icebeg Interactive just announced recently that their upcoming 4x space-strategy game Horizon, developed by L30 Interactive, has entered Beta on Steam. In Horizon, you control a civilization that enters deep space for the first time. Players will be launched to the abyss where you may explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate as you wish.

Raffi Parsekhian, CEO of L30 Interactive, had this to say:

“We are very excited with Horizon’s development, having moved to the next stage! The feedback from our early adopters has been terrific and while we have integrated many great suggestions already, we want to continue on this path during Beta on Steam’s Early Access program. Horizon already offers a compelling 4X experience and we are looking forward to enhancing it further as it continues to evolve with the help of 4X strategy gamers.”

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Having completed the Alpha stage through Steam’s Early Access program, new additions and changes have been added to the present features. You can take a look at them below:

A more challenging game experience:

  • A.I. now dynamically adjusts its aggressiveness against the player
  • A.I. now plans and executes various military actions with the help of an overall mastermind, several types of tacticians and a fleet coordinator
  • Improved path finding for ships
  • A more balanced game economy and colony population rates
  • Colony management will now require more decision-making and allow for specialized worlds

Other changes and additions:

  • A race report view has been added that keeps a history of major events relating to the race
  • Additional story missions have been added
  • 12 new Human ship designs added
  • Improved UI and higher resolution animation scenes
  • Galaxy generation with many more stars for bigger and longer gameplay sessions
  • Many fixes and better handling of non-standard windows system configurations

Horizon Game Features:

  • Advanced turn-based tactical combat for 4X fans
  • Full tactical ship control includes managing movement, weapons and more. Board other ships, attack from planetary and orbital defenses
  • A distinct open-world system, where ships can explore without artificial limits and where combat can span many turns before concluding
  • Engage in meaningful diplomacy choices that will impact the game outcome, includes coordinated actions with allies against enemies
  • Discover more than 80 technologies each with 10 levels of upgrades. Conduct planetary surveys and dig for artifacts
  • Design and customize ship weapons and systems based on available technology
  • A detailed economy and colony management system with different types and levels of colonies based on players’ building choices
  • Play in different galaxy configurations from a few dozen stars to over 100 star systems containing more than 1,000 planets
  • Interact with alien races of different levels, including ancient civilizations featuring their own unique storyline, schemes, ships and technology
  • An immersive galaxy storyline with open-ended missions that add another layer of gameplay over classic 4X mode which is also available

If you’re interested in joining the Beta, you can enter through Steam’s Early Access here.

[Source: Iceberg Interactive]