Distant Worlds - Return of the Shakturi

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An ancient evil is returning to the vast universe of Distant Worlds! The Return of the Shakturi is the highly anticipated expansion to the critically acclaimed 4X space strategy game Distant Worlds. In addition to a long list of new features and improvements, Return of the Shakturi includes two new and unique alien races complete with riveting events that expand upon the original Distant Worlds and move the timeline of the universe forward into its next chapter with exciting new endgame options. A completely new and vastly expanded research system with comprehensive new tech trees awaits, with new tech and options for avid ship designers such as fighters, bombers, missiles, Ion weapons, planetary facilities, regional capitols, and much more!

Return of the Shakturi also comes packed with interface improvements like an Empire Navigation Tool to provide quick access to everything in your empire, Action Buttons for one-click access to common tasks, an Enemy Targets list showing all known enemy threats, Build Orders to mass-produce groups of new ships in one simple step, and much more! All this coupled with new Empire Policies to fine tune the auto-management of your empire, new galaxy shapes, and extended modding support make Return of the Shakturi an essential add-on to the vast, living galaxy of Distant Worlds!

Please note: Distant Worlds – Return of the Shakturi REQUIRES ownership of the original full Distant Worlds game.

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  • New backstory Two new alien races with exciting storyline events! Next chapter of the storyline where a possible intergalactic menace returns! Fighters and Carriers Build fighter bay components into ships and bases Fighters launch from carriers to intercept enemies: standard fighters that attack other fighters, bombers that attack ships and bases. Several fighter and bomber variants available with research. Completely new Research system with comprehensive tech trees Greatly expanded technology options with customizable research costs allow you to tailor your game to your liking! Queue multiple research projects in each tree, crash research to obtain new tech faster Some research projects improve existing components, minimizing the need to retrofit ships and bases to obtain new tech advantages New tech for your ships and bases Missiles faster and longer range than torpedoes Ion Weapons fire ion bolts that disable weapons and engines of enemy ships Ion Defense protects ships and bases from the effects of ion weapons Point Defense Cannons attack enemy fighters and bombers Fleet Targeting Uplink improve weapons targeting of all nearby ships Fleet Area ECM improve countermeasures of all nearby ships Area Shield Restore quickly recharge shields of your nearby ships when in battle HyperBlock Components provide safe zone around space ports, pulling enemy ships out of hyperspace before they reach a target Trace Scanners reveal internal details of enemy ships and bases Planetary Facilities built at colonies Troop Academy trains elite troops with high strength Robotic Troop Foundry manufactures robotic troops Troop Cloning Facility clones the best troops in your empire Giant Ion Cannon fires disabling ion bolts at invading enemy ships Planetary Shield defends the colony against enemy bombardment Regional Capital provides additional capitals in your empire, reducing corruption in nearby colonies User Interface Improvements Action Buttons - One-click access to common tasks, enabling you to easily manage most of your empire directly from the main screen

    • Colonize planets, build mining stations and other bases Construct new ships and bases at space ports and colonies Select enemy targets to attack
  • Empire Navigation Tool - Set of scrollable lists that provide quick access to everything in your empire: colonies, space ports, fleets, potential colonies, potential mining stations, etc.

    • Hover over an item in the list to ping its location in the main view Click an item in the list to select it, double-click an item to move to it
  • Enemy Targets List - Shows all known enemy targets

    • Click a target to assign the nearest available fleet to attack it Or cycle your fleets to attack with the selected fleet
  • Build Orders - Mass-produce many new ships in one simple step Fleet enhancements Automated Fleet formation generates both large and small sized fleets to more effectively handle both offense and defense Automated Fleets automatically respond to intercept nearby enemies without additional player management Other Empire Policies: More detailed control over the automation of your empire set policy options that your advisers will enact for you, allowing you to focus on the strategic level. New galaxy shapes in game setup Extended modding support Access to tech descriptions during Diplomacy Many other minor improvements Play Distant Worlds in windowed mode minimize the window while your game plays in the background Please note: Distant Worlds Return of the Shakturi REQUIRES ownership of the original full Distant Worlds game.

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Review on The Wargamer
The unbelievable vastness of the galactic environment modeled when fused with game play infinitely customizable to the players taste could well make this game an instant classic.

Review on Space Sector
8.7/10 - DW RotS made me feel in control of the lives and hopes of my civilization, I cared for them and could feel immersed in a huge galaxy interacting with other alien races. And that in my opinion is what 4X games are all about. That was one of the reasons I took so much time to review RotS, I was really enjoying playing :) And I will continue playing no doubt about that.

Review on PC4War (Print Only)
9/10 - Everything that didn't convince us in the almost perfect Distant Worlds has disappeared and there are a few improvements too.


Distant Worlds - Return of the Shakturi

Release Date: 16 DEC 2010

Language: English
Genre: Strategic
Turns: Real-Time Pausable
Complexity: Intermediate
Period: Sci-Fi

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Product Specs

  • Theatre: Space
  • Unit Scale: Individual (People, Planes, Tanks, etc.)
  • Players: 1
  • AI: Yes
  • PBEM: No
  • File Size: 102mb
  • Download Time:
  • - 56K Modem: 4hr 2min
  • - DSL or Satelite: 13min
  • - High Speed: 2min
  • Version:
  • Manual: PDF E-Book
  • Editor: Yes, Moddable Data Files

Product Requirements :
    OS: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, Windows 7
    CPU: Pentium 4 @1.5 GHz
    RAM: 1Gb RAM
    Video/Graphics: minimum 1024 x 768 resolution, 32 bit
    Sound: DirectX 9 compatible
    Hard disk space: approx 500Mb
    CD-Rom: not required, except if installing from CD
    DirectX version: 9.0c or later
    Windows Media Player
    Peripheral hardware: Mouse
    Anything else that is needed: Microsoft .Net Framework 3.0 or later (will be included with installer anyway)

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Distant Worlds - Universe

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Release Date: 23 MAY 2014

Distant Worlds: Universe is the newest chapter of this critically acclaimed sci-fi series, adding incredible new features and an exciting new storyline. Universe is also the ultimate collectors edition, the first time all previous Distant Worlds releases have been included in one package, along with an updated manual and greatly expanded modding support.

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Digital Express Edition: This edition comes with a full color printed box, full color printed CD (with your order number and serial number printed on it) and a PDF E-Book indexed manual.
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