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Sword of the Stars II Developer Diary Blasts Off!

Paradox Interactive and Kerberos Productions today announced the successful launch of the first developer diary for Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter, the follow-up to the hit 4X strategy game, Sword of the Stars. The first in a series of articles recounting the grueling missions undertaken by the game’s daring developers, this diary outlines core differences between the original and the ambitious sequel.

To read the Sword of the Stars II developer diary, please visit:
http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/showthread.php?512001-Sword-of-the-Stars-II-Developer-Diary-1-Re-Inventing-the-Future

"... to actually see the fan base come across our game and then embrace and run with the entire universe we had crafted was both thrilling and humbling. But to paraphrase the American philosopher, Stanley Lee, ‘With great success comes great need for a sequel,’ and so we find ourselves in the exciting, but often dangerous world of trying to top ourselves.”
- Martin Cirulis, CEO and Lead Designer, Kerberos Productions

Features:
- Lead one of six playable factions, including a mysterious new race with influence that was felt throughout SotS I, as you strive for galactic dominance 
- Unravel highly detailed star systems featuring planetary orbits, moons, asteroid belts and different space terrain
- Experience 4X space strategy in stunning new ways with the powerful MARS 2 graphics engine
- Design and build your own ships - including the formidable new Leviathan class - with new levels of detail, including specific sub systems, allowing for more fleet strategies and tactics
- Explore advanced technology systems as the game begins in the Fusion era and moves beyond the Anti-Matter era
- Engage in fierce multiplayer battles with up to 8 players 

Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter offers an evolved version of the original six races from Sword of the Stars and its expansions. The game will reveal the deep, dark secret of the Suul’ka.
Boasting an all new graphics engine and incorporating new ship details that allow for new fleet strategies and tactics, Sword of the Stars II is poised to revive the 4X space genre and is scheduled for a 2011 release.

Watch the engine teaser trailer at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXuFYV-Iddk

Watch the teaser trailer at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXThLOnfSdQ

Watch an early video interview with the developers:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eothybbOrL0

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Web page: www.swordofthestars.com 

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