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Sins Of A Solar Empire
Type: Real-Time Strategy
Mode: Single Player, multiplayer
February 4, 2008
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Sins of a Solar Empire is a science fiction real-time strategy computer game developed by Ironclad Games and published by Stardock Entertainment for Microsoft Windows operating systems. Sins is a real-time strategy (RTS) game that incorporates some elements from 4X strategy games; promotional materials describe it as "RT4X." The game was released on February 4, 2008, its first content expansion titled Entrenchment was released as a download on February 25, 2009, and its second content expansion titled Diplomacy was released as a download on February 9, 2010. A package that combines the original game with the two expansions was released at that time with the name Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity.
Ironclad made two micro-expansions, both of which were available on Ironclad's website and Stardock's digital service Impulse. After both micro-expansions were released, Stardock released a final retail version with both micro-expansions included. To prevent fracturing the multiplayer community the features of the expansion packs are only available if both players have the expansions installed. If not, the features are disabled for that game.
On August 29, 2008 IronClad and Stardock announced Entrenchment. The expansion includes new weapon upgrades and defense platforms, including modular starbases. Originally scheduled for November 18, 2008, it was released on February 25, 2009.
On August 26, 2009, the second micro-expansion was announced. Diplomacy expands the diplomacy side of the game, allowing players more control over who they are at war with; and making diplomatic victory possible as well as offering very real incentives for peace and cooperation including everything from increased resource rates to more firepower. The opponent AI, pacing and number of game scenarios are also improved. It was released on February 9, 2010 and is available for download on Impulse. Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity combination package was also released on the same day.
On March 1, 2011, the third expansion, and first stand-alone expansion was announced. Rebellion adds new factions, capital ships, variations of old ships, the all new giant Titan-class and the small Corvette class ships. The release date is yet to be announced.