Hot space porn in Sins of a Solar Empire to get a little hotter

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Sins of a Solar Empire developer Ironclad isn’t just working on Sins of a Dark Age, their upcoming contribution to the League of Legends genre. Today, they announced more DLC for their sci-fi RTS, which features equal parts smart gameplay and shamefully hot space porn. Okay, maybe it’s a 60/40 split, but I’m not sure which way.

Forbidden Worlds — a perfect name for more space porn — includes “four new planet types to colonize and exploit (Barren, Ferrus, Greenhouse, Oceanic), each created with beautiful high-res textures”. This will nicely round out the Earth, Hoth, and Tatooine planet types currently in the game. Settling the new planets types will require new techs, since you can’t very well build a city on the ocean without consulting scientists first. This means more techs on the already crowded tech trees. Science is hard work and boy, is there a lot of it!

But here’s the one that caught my eye.

New Planet Specialization System: Dedicate your worlds to either social or industrial output. Devoting your planet to social improvements will increase its population and culture, at the cost of trade income and ship production. Choosing an industrial path will limit your growth and culture, but make your planet a trading and ship building powerhouse.

Sins of a Solar Empire is mostly a fleet-based game of sci-fi naval combat. But if you want to get finicky (i.e. good), you have to master a touch of empire management by setting up trade routes, refineries, and culture centers. Planet specialization could fit neatly into that element of Sins.

And then there’s this:

Discover 40 new planet bonuses during your exploration of the galaxy, unlocking the dark past of the Sins’ universe.

New bonuses are great for empires who can spare the resources to explore worlds. I love that Sins expects me to decide whether to build a bigger fleet or buy another roll of the dice for an artifact. But what’s that bit about “unlocking the dark past”? Valley Without Wind was a mostly story-free game in which you unlocked rare shreds of backstory as you played. The universe of Sins of a Solar Empire is rich with gameplay; it’s about time the developers at Ironclad dribbled in bits of lore.

Forbidden Worlds will be available for $5 on June 5th.

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