Master of Orion lizardman screenshot

Master of Orion made its debut back in 1993 and pretty much reshaped the entirety of the 4X genre (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate) overnight. It was just that good! While I have a lot of fond childhood memories with it, despite not knowing a lick of English back then, there is no denying the fact that the original Master of Orion is a fairly old game and quite flawed in many ways when compared to more recent titles.

This is where the annoyingly named Master of Orion comes into play as it offers a modern take on everything that made the original Master of Orion good, but without the iffy controls and dated graphics. If you're wondering what all of this might look like, wonder no more as there is a relatively recent trailer showcasing the new additions, and the same old snobby space-cats:


After going through Early Access for nearly half a year now, the modern Master of Orion is just about ready to finally ditch the beta tag and release in full. Unless something unexpected happens, you will be able to grab the final version of Master of Orion on August 25th from both GOG and Steam. As an added bonus, each player will receive a free copy of the 1997 RTS classic, Total Annihilation, though the process of redeeming it is a bit different than usual. You will need to create a Wargaming account, go to the options menu in Master of Orion and do a bit of clicking around in order to receive your copy.

Finally, if you would like to learn more about Master of Orion, whether that be about the gameplay or the story, I would recommend you head over to the official website.

Master of Orion's Trade menu