Sins of a Solar Empire crosses the Pond

Highly praised space RTS finally gets an international publisher following stateside success.

Although Kalypso Media has been operating in the UK only since August 2007, the Leicester-based company announced today a new transatlantic publishing alliance. The fledgling publisher confirmed that it is teaming up with Stardock Entertainment to publish Ironclad Games' critically acclaimed debut Sins of a Solar Empire in Europe, and is looking to launch the game across the continent by early June.

Stardock and Ironclad have been looking for a European publisher since the game's US release. One of their representatives told GameSpot UK in February, shortly after the game's US release, "Hopefully with the success of the game in North America, someone will pick it up soon. We were told that space games just wouldn't sell over there."

Sins of a Solar Empire is a real-time strategy game on an interstellar scale that sees players control one of three factions spreading out from a single world in an attempt to gain control of resources and territory while dealing with battle tactics and empire-wide issues. Scoring 9.0 when reviewed by GameSpot in February, it was described as an "addictive, deep game that elevates space strategy to new levels."

Sins of a Solar Empire will have a recommended retail price of £29.99 ($60) in the UK and €39.99 ($63) in the Eurozone, and will include six exclusive maps and a tech-tree poster. The game made it into the US top 10 earlier this year, having sold 100,000 units online at retail over a period of two months, according to Kalypso.

Kalypso and Stardock's deal isn't limited just to Europe. The former also announced that it has the rights to publish Sins of a Solar Empire in both the Middle and Far East, though release dates and pricing information for those regions haven't yet been announced.

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31 comments
JoeyTrib1550
JoeyTrib1550

Normaly a new pc game costs 50euro, a collectors edition even 55-60euro I bought the game from America, and it was cheaper than most games in europe even in spite of the high shipping costs (Awesome game by the way) PS: I wasn't the only one shipping it from the US, in fact there were quite many in Germany who did just the same, actually so many, that they released a patch for german voice-over. Even though it isn't really essential to play the game, I think it's a very good service

Drower
Drower

JokeofAnubis, that simply isn't true. The reason games cost more in Europe is that the distributors can get away with asking for a higher price. When buying one game, an european spends a higher percentage of his hard earned cash than an american does.

rockatanski
rockatanski

I bought Sins from the US for $50 Oz. Awesome game apart from no campaign ;( It really is a good multiplayer though!

herodotus2006
herodotus2006

Australia gets it this weel or next, though its' been reviewed here 2 months ago. This does not make for good sales points. Initial interest wanes as more newer releases come out ahead of it.

BlueBirdTS
BlueBirdTS

I hope this will help the global community grow further!

ChocoKat
ChocoKat

RaiKageRyu, Correction. Gamespot loves fantastic games.

MichaelGeorge70
MichaelGeorge70

errrm i got this of stardock.com in the uk well over 3 months ago???? great game and space games do sell nexus, homeworld(cat and 2), star trek legacy ,star trek conquest to name a few i own

Exostenza
Exostenza

Good for Sins. This game is extremely fun and sold very well in North America. I am glad the other side of the world is now able to experience the glory of a hard copy of the game rather than just the download as the manual is huge and nice to have.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

Cool, good game, very deep and fun even in lan play!

JokeofAnubis
JokeofAnubis

Euros are worth far more than US dollars right now, which is why the American dollar amount seems so much higher. For people living in the EU, however, that is consistent with, say, the amount of money they make in Euros.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Gamespot loves it spaces strategy games.

Drower
Drower

But it has already been available to us europeans for a long while due to digital download.

Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

$60? Well, I guess. Seems a bit odd.

ukillwegrill
ukillwegrill

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starwars0000
starwars0000

**** I just bought this yesterday without a tech tree

mismajor99
mismajor99

deannatrois, just import it man, it's cheaper and you can have it now. I agree though, you guys do have to pay more with the exchange rate, but the opposite was true years ago when we actually had a respectable currency. fiat currency is what sucks b.....

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deannatrois

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DukeEdwardI
DukeEdwardI

good to see a great game become available to more people.

Atomic_Mutant
Atomic_Mutant

Why pay more than 50% the normal retail price the game's selling for in the US while one may as well just import it at a cheaper price?

Scroll-Lock
Scroll-Lock

Already imported the special edition. I'm sure it'll get noticed by some people. It's a great game that keeps getting better.

bangell99
bangell99

YEAAAH! Why do they always leave us till last? I played the demo and loved it. I'm gonna go out and buy it now.

Alastes
Alastes

Anyone over in Europe who wants to play it badly enough probably already has downloaded it or imported a copy. Not to say they won't get sales over there, just probably not very many.

BetterThanLife
BetterThanLife

The game is generic RTS at its best, don't buy into the hype, it's pretty standard RTS.

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

slowly but surely this game gets the recognition it deserves.

crawfish406
crawfish406

I'm glad it's finally physically coming out over here, but you can already download it from their website for about £23

JianJLyman
JianJLyman

If u haven't played his game yet ur missing out of one of the best games of the year!