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Today Stardock and Gas Powered Games announced their partnership to develop and publish the much anticipated PC strategy/RPG game Demigod. Demigod is going to be a milestone PC game for a lot of reasons that will be made clear in the coming months.

What Gas Powered Games and Stardock are doing is not your typical publishing agreement. Just as Stardock and Ironclad teamed up in an unprecedented way on Sins of a Solar Empire, the three of us are teaming up in ways that, to my knowledge, have never been done before by independent developers in the game industry.

For example, Stardock, Gas Powered Games, and Ironclad are teaming up to build a unified multiplayer architecture. For years, PC gamers have struggled to get multiplayer games going. And then, even when they get these games up, the on-line experience can be, how shall we say, less than ideal at times.  With our experiences in this area, we are collaborating on a multiplayer architecture that will make the PC strategy game experience much more enjoyable.

The first step of this will find its way into Impulse.  Impulse will allow users to browse through available multiplayer strategy games.  A player who has Demigod, The Political Machine, and Sins of a Solar Empire would, for instance, be able to see the available games for all 3 and join with Impulse launching the corresponding game automatically.  Moreover, all three games will share an existing account which will have ranking data, achievements, friends lists, kindreds (we'll talk more about this soon), and much more. 

From this start, we intend to allow others to make use of this architecture so that eventually, multiplayer gaming for strategy gamers is a seamless, easy to use, and enjoyable experience. 

And this is just the start. Over the coming year, the 3 indies teamed up will be delivering content and features to PC gamers that we hope you find worthwhile.


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on Apr 07, 2008

Sweet I own so far Sins of Solar Empire, Supreme Commander, and Galactic Civilizations II so the fact that all three companies are cooporating with eachother is just frigging sweet.

Can't wait to see what you guys can cook up.

on Apr 07, 2008
Glad to see you guys expanding an excellent business model and finding new revenue streams. What impact, if any, does this have on Stardock's own development schedule? While I enjoy a good RTS, adore RPG's, and Demigod looks interesting, I have to admit I'm far more interested in your future turn based offerings.
on Apr 07, 2008

I have to admit I'm far more interested in your future turn based offerings.

Same here any chance that were going to get at least a name of you little fantasy turn based game that you keep hinting at but never reallly reveal anything about?

on Apr 07, 2008

Sweet!  I'm excited now!

on Apr 07, 2008
My question:

What will happen with the TG.net token system? For me, it's a great incentive to keep buying everything possible through Stardock's distribution rather than elsewhere.
on Apr 07, 2008

The screenshots look awesome.  I can't wait to get my hands on this.

 

on Apr 07, 2008

What will happen with the TG.net token system? For me, it's a great incentive to keep buying everything possible through Stardock's distribution rather than elsewhere.

The token system will probably fade away. I.e. you'll still be able to use it on our stuff and select other publishers stuff but Impulse itself won't use it.  A lot of gamers hate it and nearly every publisher we've talked to hates it.  Obviously we like it but we can't support it on our own.

on Apr 07, 2008
Sweet I own so far Sins of Solar Empire, Supreme Commander, and Galactic Civilizations II so the fact that all three companies are cooporating with eachother is just frigging sweet.
Can't wait to see what you guys can cook up.


Supreme Civilizations of a Solar Empire (with snathi)!!!!

Oh yes.
on Apr 08, 2008
Supreme Civilizations of a Solar Empire (with snathi)!!!!Oh yes.


That could actually be a very, very interesting prospect in a few years...

Combine the massive unit totals and vast battles of Supreme Commander, the incredible strategy, roleplaying and deep combat of Sins of a Solar Empire, and the unit customization, technological tree, tactical and strategic focus, diplomatic options and so on of Galactic Civilizations II and beyond, and you'd get something that would be so massive, so utterly incredible, that it could only bear one name...

UNIVERSE.
on Apr 08, 2008
Or Frogs
on Apr 08, 2008

The token system will probably fade away. I.e. you'll still be able to use it on our stuff and select other publishers stuff but Impulse itself won't use it. A lot of gamers hate it and nearly every publisher we've talked to hates it. Obviously we like it but we can't support it on our own.

Then I hope that Impulse will allow somehow to buy the download only version of a game. Currently, only the DVD version of Sins of a Solar Empire is available through Impulse. And this means that you MUST pay the S/H costs, which can be important when you live in Europe (20$ for S/H with possible custom taxes).

on Apr 08, 2008
Good luck Stardock et partners!
on Apr 08, 2008
I am not very interested in Impulse i have to say. So I see no need to buy Demigod. If you gave me Warp for it we could talk...

on Apr 08, 2008
Hmm, its better than Steam, but it doesn't interest me very much. I prefer to get my games from a store and have the disc. Sometimes I'm without any connection at all, and large programs take a long time to download anyway. It wouldn't be much good for me. It would definitely make a difference in my choice of purchases. I'd probably get a different product because it happens to be in a store.
on Apr 08, 2008
Then I hope that Impulse will allow somehow to buy the download only version of a game. Currently, only the DVD version of Sins of a Solar Empire is available through Impulse.


Impulse does not yet have the full catalog added to it. I'd expect that the download option will be in its list by the time it is launched.
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