Wargaming.net, developers of World of Tanks, World of Warplanes, and more recently World of Warships, has announced that it, along with Argentine-based developers NGD Studios, is rebooting Master of Orion, a 4X Strategy game classic. The announcement took place with the launch of this website, accompanied by the reveal trailer below.
For those unfamiliar with 4X strategy, the term stands for “Expand, Exploit, Explore,” and of course, “Exterminate.” Notable games within this genre include the very popular Civilization series, and games such as Galactic Civilizations can trace their roots to Master of Orion. The original Master of Orion, which was released in 1993, has long been heralded as a classic of the strategy genre.
While revisiting this legendary franchise seemed unlikely after the critically panned release of Master of Orion III in 2003, the announcement of its “resurrection” (as Wargaming puts it) will surely pique the interest of young and old players alike.
The game is set to follow the classic formula. After picking their race — the website mentions ten races like the original game, though the trailer says 13 — players set about the business of colonizing planets, building diplomatic relationships with their neighbours, researching technologies and of course, crushing your enemies.
Some gamers may be understandably concerned when a company takes a key memory from their childhood and offers to put a new skin on it. However Wargaming seems to have taken this into account as they have stated that they have hired the original composer along with “key members of the original team” to make the game alongside them.
The game seems to be currently in early alpha stages, and it is unknown when exactly we’ll get our hands on it. For now, we’re cautiously optimistic in hoping that Wargaming, and NGD Studios, can pull this ambitious resurrection off.
This article originally appeared on TheMittani.com, written by Worldshatter.