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Armada 2526

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: Iceberg Interactive (EU), Matrix Games (US)
Developer: Shining Pixel Studios (EU), Ntronium Games (US)
Release Date: June 25, 2010

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'Armada 2526' Coming to Europe

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 9:10 a.m. PDT

Armada 2526 is a space-based blend of addictive turn-based strategy and intense real time space battles. You guide your race from its first interstellar journeys, until it becomes a mighty galactic empire. Along the way, you'll explore the galaxy, conduct research, diplomacy and trade, found new colonies, maneuver mighty star fleets, and fight epic battles.

Armada 2526 continues the great tradition of space opera games. You guide your race from its first interstellar journeys, until it becomes a mighty galactic empire. Along the way, you'll explore the galaxy, conduct research, diplomacy and trade, find new colonies, maneuver mighty star fleets, and fight epic battles.

Although the game is complex, and the possible strategies endless, powerful help and advisor features, help you get up to speed quickly. Unlike many games in this genre, Armada 2526 focuses on providing a game that can be finished in a reasonable time, and emphasizes battle and strategy over economic micro-management.

The game consists of two sections. The Star Map is where you run your empire: manage your colonies, deploy your fleets, do research, and conduct diplomacy. It uses a turn based system, so you can take as long as you wish to plan your actions. However, once battle is joined, you switch to the battle module and fight it out in a real-time 3D system that brings to life the beauty and visceral carnage of space combat.

Iceberg Interactive CEO Erik Schreuder says: “We are really looking forward to once again step into the world of 4x space strategy with this challenging and great looking strategy game. Be ready to conquer the universe not just by sheer force, but by cunningly negotiating with alien races until you are strong enough to defeat them.”

Ntronium Games CEO Bob Smith says: “We are extremely pleased to be working with a veteran publishing team like the people at Iceberg, who have played and successfully published in the 4x genre before. Exciting times lie ahead when we will see localized boxed versions of our game on European store shelves.”

Some major features include:

  • Turn based star map for moving fleets, managing colonies, performing research, and conducting diplomacy.
  • Customizable map size and number of players, allowing you to construct tight 2 player confrontations, or huge galaxies with 50 or more players, and thousands of stars. Map designer included.
  • Twelve animated alien races to play and battle against.
  • Full featured diplomacy system, with a highly intelligent AI and options to ask favors, make demands, and issue ultimatums.
  • More than 100 technology items to research, including advances in ship construction, ground defenses, biological warfare, and psychic powers.
  • 3D Real-time battle system for fighting huge battles with 100 or more ships per side.
  • Ground combat is integrated into the combat system, allowing marines to be landed to battle ground defenses while ship combat rages overhead.
  • More than a hundred beautifully crafted ship models, including mighty dreadnaughts, long range missile cruisers, fighters, carriers, and asteroids for bombarding planets.
  • Tough A.I. opponents.

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