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Galactic Inheritors: A Space 4X From HoI 3 & CK2 Designer

Out on Early Access

Declaring war is rarely as simple as pressing a big red WAR button. You'll want your citizens on your side, ideally, though of course propagating a few choice lies can build and exploit prejudice. Space 4X strategy Galactic Inheritors [official site] makes the media an important part of warfare. It's made by Crispon Games, a studio founded by Chris King, a designer on games including Crusader Kings II and Hearts of Iron III, and fellow former Paradox chap Pontus Åberg. While the only 4X I've spent real time with is Castlemaine, I like the sound of some of its ideas.

That media stuff, right? You can get folks to support war by bending a media angle to make them hate or fear another culture, is the idea, and can get a sense of what other cultures are up to by observing their media. Or do the opposite. Make peace. Or fake people out. Or follow some other dastardly plan. Just think: what would (or could) Malcolm Tucker do?

That's only one part of the game, mind, along with the usual 4X shenanigans of building out and teching up. It's also a little clever with army-building. It's outsourced it to a military industrial complex where companies will design ships to your spec and follow feedback, levelling up and producing better designs, but limited production facilities mean it's risky to become over-reliant on one company.

Anyway! Galactic Inheritors is out for £10.99 right now on Steam Early Access, where Crispon intend to be for about 6 months gathering and acting on feedback before launching. Yes, yes, I know "Early Access this", "Early Access that", but as we haven't covered Galactic Inheritors at all before, you can consider this an announcement post if you'd rather. Have a trailer:

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.

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