New Distant Worlds Expansion Unveiled

Screenshot from the new Distant Worlds expansion.
Oohhhh...pretty...

Thanks to V for Vegas over at Quarter to Three for this tip. Over on the Matrix Games forums, company spokesman Erik Rutins game some details about a second expansion for Code Force’s excellent real-time 4X space strategy game, Distant Worlds, a screenshot of which you can see above. Rutins also had this to say about the new, unnamed expansion:

Here’s something from the alpha (as in not yet beta, so please consider it work in progress) to keep you busy. Just to guide the discussion a bit, the large colored areas are spheres of influence. Spheres of influence are not quite the same as the way we think of “borders” here on our planet. They project from your colonies and define the space that you could control. Systems within your sphere of influence that you have at least explored are considered under your control. Borders in space are enforced within each controlled system but not in the deep space between systems. Also, building a mining station (for example) outside of your sphere of influence does not give you control over that system (though colonizing it does). Diplomacy has been overhauled to allow the negotiation of mining and refueling rights within your controlled systems, among other improvements.

Sounds nifty! I really need to dive back into Distant Worlds. I played it a bunch when it came out but never too much, and never got around to getting the first expansion, which I may need to rectify soon. I’ll keep you updated on this story as it develops.

3 comments on New Distant Worlds Expansion Unveiled

  1. A sphere of influence is hardly a ground breaking concept. I don't mean to poo poo the idea because I thought DW was a truly cool game. Like you, though, I never played a ton and didn't get the expansion. I have a huge backlog of games, but DW is one of the few I feel like I really NEED to play more.

    Anyway, I'm interested in this, for sure, but with Matrix running the show I'm not sure I'm willing to shell out the cash for an expansion to a game I want to play, but really haven't. Just my personal view. Don't quite know why I went off about this. ;)

  2. I love Distant Worlds, and I have played the expansion. Still, as much as I like it, it's still missing something, somehow, in my opinion. I'd particularly like some more feedback on the trading part of the game, since I never really have a clue about what's going on there.

    I'll certainly be getting the expansion. And while it's true that spheres of influence isn't exactly something new, it's sort of been missing from Distant Worlds, so I'm glad to see that they're adding it. Hopefully, that's not all the expansion brings to the table. :)

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