Paradox Goes Space
Somehow it seems to me that Space is making a big return to PC Games. Sure we always had some games at the side, and let's not forget Triple-A titles like Mass Effect and Dead Space, but now they spring up like rabbits in a field of carrots. It's also not just big budget titles such as Elite: Dangerous or Star Citizen and neither is it the transfer of an old, proven mechanic into the space genre as with Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth. No really, Space is making a return big time and Paradox Interactive and CreativeForge Games are jumping on to the train with their new title: Ancient Space.
Now I must confess that I tend to like Paradox games. They aren't a publisher/developer without any flaws – just a few years ago, theirs was the talents to release great conceptualized games in an utterly disgraceful and bug-ridden state that the community had to fix themselves – but after some face first encounters with the community backlash, things started to improve. So the question then is, what is Ancient Space?
Well, for many of those that know the Hearts of Iron, Crusader Kings or Europa Universalis (et cetera, et cetera and once more et cetera) this might come as a surprise; Ancient Space doesn't take maps on a hexagon map or something similar to that. Yes, Paradox doesn't just do those kinds of games. Instead, Ancient Space is announced as a game with an 'engrossing single-player campaign story with time-honored RTS gameplay for a suspenseful experience. Mission objectives are many, varying from exploration to stealth, from assault to defense and more'.
Granted, that doesn't tell us much – but the trailer will fill you in on the backstory. In short: A few years ago some vessels were lost exploring a deadly part of space and you are going in to investigate. What could ever go wrong? However, story aside – we won't know how they'll be pulling it off until we get the game so no comment there – Ancient Space promises a set of features that include the building, maintaining and upgrading of ships and fleets, with new challenges and decisions as you progress through the game. And as you do so, you might start to recognize some familiar voices for the character voice cast has already been announced:
• John Billingsley (Doctor Phlox - Star Trek: Enterprise, Mike Spencer - True Blood)
• Aaron Douglas (Galon Tyrol - Battlestar Galactica)
• Ron Glass (Darriel Book - Firefly)
• Richard Gunn (Sketchy - Dark Angel)
• Dina Meyer (Dizzy Flores - Starship Troopers, Commander Donatra - Star Trek: Nemesis, Allison Kerry - Saw)
• Dwight Schultz (Reginald Barclay - Star Trek: The Next Generation, Reginald Barclay - Star Trek: Voyager)