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Lost Empire Demo

Lost Empire, the space 4X-type thing by Danish developers Pollux GameLabs, has a 600mb demo out. I’m not going to have time to play this one, so I’ll have to lazily leave the impressions open to any readers with some spare time and a taste for galactic conquest. It’s looking distinctly like one of those space strategy games the reviews for which read “nice try, but it’s no Homeworld,” but you never know when it might turn out to be another mildly entertaining excursion, such as Haegemonia, or Imperium Galactica. (Although helpful comments below report that it doesn’t feature tactical combat at all, and is a bit more GalCiv. You can see that if you check out the strategic star-system map screens down the page on this gallery.)

Speaking of tactical combat, I do wonder when Relic will get around to announcing another Homeworld game. I mean, after last year’s purchase of the IP by Relic-owners THQ, it’s surely only a matter of time. And I really would like to see some more Homeworld, perhaps with a bit more of a galaxy-eating metagame.

Lost Empire is out now in North America, apparently, and will appear in Europe on Friday.

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