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Introducing… Alliance of the Sacred Suns!

Hey everyone!

Been a few weeks since we’ve posted but we’ve been very busy. We’re closing in on the massive .4 milestone with the completely revamped UI system. We’ve also refined the trade system, the migration system, and added the full Action and Project systems, which are critical for how you as Emperor interact with the game. We’ve also refined our art assets and have started working on the conversation and help system (tooltips, tutorial process, etc) and removed a lot of bugs. So any videos that you’ve seen in the last 2 months, you can pretty much throw out because the game looks very different at this point.

On top of that, though, there’s one big change we’re announcing today. I have used the name ‘Imperia’ since I started working on the game when it was a hobby, and at that point it didn’t make much difference what the game name was since I never intended to sell it (or even release it publicly, at first). Once we became serious about the game, however, we started looking at potential issues with the name. There is a game called Imperia Online that has been around for almost 11 years, and although the games are wildly different in type and scope, we decided to go a different direction so as to avoid confusion with that game. Plus, having a truly unique name will help with search results and not ‘cover us up’ as we are a much smaller game.

But the biggest reason for the name change, simply, is because the new name better reflects more accurately your goal as Emperor. Your ultimate ambition is to reform the shattered Celestial Empire in order to prepare it for mankind’s final test: the Xyl. Because of this, and since much of the background story is rooted in religion and mysticism, we felt that Alliance of the Sacred Suns was more appropriate as to tell the story of the game and your role as the Emperor.

So we’ll be rebranding in stages. We will be creating a new web site that brings together all the parts of the game universe (the blog, the forum, and the wiki) and create a one-stop shop site under http://www.allianceofthesacredsuns.com shortly. We will announce when the site is live. We will leave redirects from the old Imperia-titled links for a while to ease the transition, but it is our hope that by the end of the year most people are using the unified web site.

We’ll be releasing a new video shortly (probably this weekend) to showcase the new UI and game play. In addition. we’ll be featured on Space Game Junkie on August 23rd at 5:30 PM PST to show .4 and the early work on .5! More on this soon.

Thanks for your support while we’ve transitioned and worked hard on the game: we’re a small studio (essentially 2 people plus contract talent) so we don’t always have time to update the blog and forums as much as we should, but rest assured we’re working hard to bring AotSS to you as soon as possible!

As always, Long Live the Celestial Empire,

Steve

 

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Here’s the podcast for Imperia – catch it on Twitch.tv!!

Hey all!!

A great thanks to Brian Rubin and forum member moonrogue for getting me on the SGJ podcast last night! We had a lot of fun and I think if you don’t understand the game or want to learn more without committing to the download, this is a great way to learn!!

Check out the full podcast here: http://www.twitch.tv/spacegamejunkie/b/548267251. Enjoy!!!

By the way, the build used was the .310 test build. It performed (nearly) flawlessly so I think the last few bugs will be out by tomorrow, meaning a release on SourceForge!! If you are a forum member, you can get access to the early builds before I put them out publicly. (Yes, that is a shameless plug to visit and contribute to the Imperia forums at imperia.boards.net 😉

Talk to everyone soon!

-Steve

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NEWS: Podcast is now up at Space Game Junkie!!! Check it out…

Hey everyone!

The podcast for Imperia on Space Game Junkie is now up. If you want to see a game of Imperia played (and wondered who the hell I was) then check it out! And after you’re done, check out the rest of the site – it’s a veritable treasure trove of space game history and media!

Check it out here: http://www.spacegamejunkie.com/featured/sgj-podcast-68-living-life-emperor-imperia/

Thanks again!

-Steve